Review: The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort on the Big Island of Hawaii

The Westin Hapuna Beach, located on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, sits adjacent to one of the best beaches in all of Hawaii, the white sand Hapuna Beach.  Following a $50 million renovation and rebranding to a Westin property in 2018, the resort is one of the best places to stay on the Big Island featuring all ocean facing guestrooms, 18-hole championship golf, great dining and on-site amenities.  Review of our stay here and the great amenities offered at this resort are detailed below!


Resort Overview
The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort is situated on 32 oceanfront acres on the sunnier and less rainy Northwest side of Hawaii Island.


The Westin Hapuna Beach sits within the larger footprint of the 1,839 acres of the Mauna Kea Resort, originally imagined and built by Laurance Rockefeller.





The other luxury resort within this footprint is the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, which is now a part of the Marriott Autograph Collection.  Guests staying at either location have access to the amenities of the sister hotel including beaches, dining, golf, the spa and a variety of resort activities.  You can check out a review of the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel here.


Resort Amenities
The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort is perfect for couples and families alike - there truly is something for everyone here with a lot amenities, beaches and dining to enjoy.

Here are some of the highlights:
  • Hapuna Beach
    • An award-winning white sand beach perfect for swimming in and enjoying ocean activities

  • Hapuna Golf Course, designed by Arnold Palmer & Ed Seay
    • Guests at The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort have access to two world-class golf courses, the Hapuna Golf Course and the Mauna Kea Golf Course at its nearby sister property.
  • Two swimming pools located on different tiers of the resort, as shown below
    • Adult-only infinity pool

    • Family Pool overlooking Hapuna Beach 

  • Hapuna Spa by Mandara
  • WestinWorkout and Crossfit Studio
  • Reciprocal signing privileges at sister property, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, with complimentary evening dining shuttle
  • Westin Kids Club Program

  • Dining
    • The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort has four on-site dining options (as well as access to the restaurants at the sister resort)
      • Meridia is the signature, more upscale restaurant here and features island inspired dishes. It is located on the right side of the picture below, overlooking the resort and beach.

      • Ikena Landing overlooks Hapuna Beach and the ocean set in a casual, open-air restaurant setting.  Breakfast buffet is served here daily, as well as an extensive à la carte menu.
      • Piko Coffee & Bar features Kona Coffee and elevated grab and go selections in the morning and in the afternoon and evenings, is the place to connect, lounge or relax with an island beverage while enjoying panoramic views.
      • Naupaka Beach Grill is located poolside and features everything from burgers and pizza to more island dishes

Note that there is a daily resort fee of $31.25 which includes internet access, self-parking for one vehicle, one hour of snorkel gear rental daily, discounts on spa services and more.

It is also worth noting that if you stay here, you should rent a car to explore the island and if you want to dine off-property, as there isn't anything within walking distance (other than the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel)

Accommodations:
The rooms at the Westin Hapuna Beach Resort feature an understated Hawaiian ambiance with light and airy decor.  The room decor features tropical woods and wicker along with Polynesian-inspired fabrics and traditional kapa print artwork.



All rooms here feel spacious starting at 600 square feet, with all rooms facing the ocean, with room views ranging from Partial Ocean View, Ocean View and Premier Ocean View rooms.




All rooms and suites have a fully furnished lanai and also feature Westin Heavenly beds.


Summary
We enjoyed a wonderful five-night stay at the Westin Hapuna Beach Resort and were able to experience all of the great things the resort has to offer; from its amazing beach, pools and dining choices.  It is a resort we can definitely see ourselves coming back to in the future.



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