DESTINATION WEDDINGS AT MAUNA LANI BAY HOTEL & BUNGALOWS
RANGE FROM INTIMATE SUNSET GATHERINGS TO LUXURIOUS OCEANFRONT BUNGALOW CELEBRATIONS
Kohala Coast, HI, - Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows makes tying the knot as simple as saying “I do.” The 341-room resort, along the Big Island’s ever-sunny Kohala Coast, can make any destination dream wedding come true with customizable nuptial offerings, stunning oceanfront and garden venues that can only be found in Hawaii and a dedicated romance specialist who will help turn the Big Day into a picture perfect affair to remember.
With Mauna Lani Bay’s 2017 Wedding Packages, couples can choose to say their vows barefoot with a toes-in-the-sand oceanfront experience or while the sun sets on the manicured Milo Tree Lawn overlooking the cobalt blue of the Pacific Ocean. Couples and their guests can later savor a joyous reception at the resort’s lush poolside lawn overlooking the ocean, in the Mauna Lani Ballroom or at Hale Hoaloha, “House of Friends,” an indoor/outdoor pavilion that blends the charm of old Hawaii with the latest modern amenities.
Wedding packages can include access to a wedding consultant, ceremony and reception coordination, a minister to perform the ceremony, wait staff, photography and Mauna Lani Bay bride and groom’s leis and bridal bouquet. A range of decor, entertainment and wedding cake options are also available. For details, visit: www.maunalani.com/weddings/big-island-hawaii-weddings.
“Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows is an idyllic locale for couples who’ve dreamed of a wedding in paradise,” said Rodney Ito, Mauna Lani Bay’s general manager. “We strive to only host one wedding a day. This allows us to focus all of our attention on a single wedding party to make the special day a loving memory to last a lifetime.”
Couples seeking ultimate luxury can host their wedding at a private oceanfront bungalow. Each of the Mauna Lani Bay’s five bungalows features 4,000 square feet of living space, two master bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, a full kitchen and spacious lanai with its own swimming pool and whirlpool spa. The bungalows are equipped with a gated driveway, private access to the beach and are located within a minute’s walk of the hotel making it easy for wedding guests to retreat back to their rooms.
Mauna Lani Bay can enhance each wedding ceremony with touches of Aloha and Hawaiian cultural elements. Couples can opt for a conch shell blower to initiate the ceremony, an aisle of scattered orchids for the ceremony, hula dancing performances to grace the cocktail hour, and live Hawaiian music. No wedding would be complete without Mauna Lani Bay’s signature Passion Fruit Dream Cake, a vanilla chiffon cake with passion fruit filling and white butter crème frosting, made to order in any shape or size and decorated to match any wedding theme.
When it comes to dining, a destination wedding in Hawaii deserves local cuisine and only the freshest farm-to-table ingredients. Mauna Lani Bay offers island favorites such as fresh sashimi, kalua pork spring rolls, tender local greens with Maui onion dressing and macadamia nut crusted locally caught fish. For dessert, couples can impress guests with a fresh malasada (Portuguese doughnuts) serving station. For a completely customized dining experience, chefs can craft a personalized menu attuned to guests’ taste preferences again utilizing local ingredients from around the island.
As part of the pre-event festivities, wedding party guests can pamper themselves with the very finest healing treatments, relaxation therapies and ambrosias that the island has to offer at Mauna Lani Salon & Spa. Described as a “volcanic Eden,” the spa celebrates the geographic wonders unique to Hawaii Island, offering rejuvenating Hawaiian treatments such as the Kona Mocha Body Scrub, Hawaiian Hot Stone Massage and the Lava Watsu Experience, a massage performed while guests float in a lava saltwater pool. For a private pre-wedding party, guests can head to the Spa Garden or the open-air Lava Sauna for a unique exfoliating and detox treatment.
Meanwhile, the golfers in the group can enjoy some quality time on Mauna Lani Resort’s two championship golf courses, the Francis H. I’i Brown North and South Courses. Carved from ancient lava fields, both courses offer breathtaking scenery, unforgettable signature holes and cutting-edge course design built around ancient Hawaiian petroglyphs, trails and fishponds. Each environmentally friendly course provides players with different terrain and playing experiences.
There’s no shortage of enriching, and complimentary, cultural activities right on property. Guests can learn to play the ukulele, dance hula, throw a fish net (Hawaiian style), explore ancient Hawaiian petroglyphs and shelter caves and take historical tours with Hawaiian historian, Danny Akaka. For more adventure, the resort keeps guests entertained with a myriad of group and individual activities such as sunset sails on the Mauna Lani Sea Adventures’ catamaran, stand-up paddle boarding or snorkeling in Mauna Lani Bay’s protected bay.
Guests will want for nothing during their stay in elegant guestrooms and spacious suites equipped with private lanais for taking in stunning ocean or lush garden views. Design elements by noted Hawaii designer Sig Zane reflect the island’s flora and fauna and complement the natural textures of each guestroom, enhancing the signature comfort and tropical ambiance that have made Mauna Lani Bay a treasured wedding destination.
About Mauna Lani Bay
Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows sits oceanfront on the Kohala Coast, Island of Hawaii. Located 23 miles north of the Kona International Airport the hotel is located at the Mauna Lani Resort which features the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, Mauna Lani Spa and Mauna Lani’s Francis H. I‘i Brown Golf Courses. Mauna Lani Bay is a member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts LVX Collection. For reservations call (800) 367-2323 or visit www.maunalani.com.