While the Westin Hapuna is a large, gorgeous property, it lacks variety when it comes to dining. In fact, the Ikena Landing Breakfast is the only breakfast service available aside from room service.
Of course, heading into our stay at the Westin Hapuna Beach, I knew dining options would be limited. So, at check-in, I opted for the free breakfast vouchers in-lieu of the bonus points. Which, to me, anyway, made sense. The breakfast buffet at Ikena Landing, which the voucher is good for, runs $38 per person. So, saving almost $80 for breakfast was a good trade-off, in my opinion.
Ikena Landing is two floors below the lobby, which places it a floor down from Piko (lobby bar).
The restaurant occupies a large open-air space with different seating zones overlooking Hapuna Beach.
Service + Ambiance
This being August meant that, while the weather was gorgeous, it was also hot. I’m not going to lie, the temperature did get a little uncomfortable during our meal. Otherwise, I’ve got no complaints. The restaurant was buzzing with activity, but it was never too loud, and the service was generally quick and friendly.
The Ikena Landing Buffet is quite large. Among the different options where things like pastries, bread, fruits, build-your-own salad, breakfast meats, three kinds of yogurt, cereals, eggs, eggs benedict, build-your-own loco moco, miso soup, waffles, an omelet station, and more.
Such a massive variety is welcome, while the commitment to local (and even resort-made) sourcing is nice, there was nothing that really stood out to me.
The omelet was probably the best item, while everything else was rather underwhelming. Heck, the loco moco was a massive disappointment. The mealy, dry burgers weren’t made any better by the thinly-flavored gravy.
Ikena Landing Breakfast, Final Thoughts
After our breakfast at Ikena Landing, I was even more happy that I took the vouchers instead of the points. I would’ve been pretty unhappy if I paid full price for this buffet. The quality simply wasn’t there, in my opinion, and I certainly didn’t eat my money’s worth. Plus, there was no seafood at all; no smoked salmon or shrimp, etc. So, thank goodness we got the fruit plate later that day, which we used as an impromptu breakfast on our final day. Otherwise, I probably would’ve gone elsewhere for breakfast or skipped the meal entirely on our last day. And thank goodness dinner on-property was delicious! But, more on that later.
Big Island LUV
- Southwest Airlines 1503 Honolulu – Kona
- Alamo Kona Airport
- Tex Drive In
- Mauna Kea Tea
- Westin Hapuna Beach Resort
- Merriman’s Waimea
- Ikena Landing Breakfast at the Westin Hapuna
Lara S. says
I would have gotten points and gone to a grocery store for cereal/croissants and fruit to stock up for the week rather than overpay for a mediocre buffet. This is assuming there was somewhere to get coffee on property or in room.
I just switched my reservation from Westin Hapuna to next door at the Mauna Kea for my birthday weekend next week. When I saw Westin was fully booked and never gives upgrades my saving 20,000 points for a semi-ocean view there made a lot less sense than paying a little more for a beach front at a not fully booked Mauna Kea. Especially with the ongoing construction at Westin, I was afraid my relaxing long weekend would turn into a non-ocean view overlooking the condos being built.
Island Miler says
Honestly, the real reason I chose the breakfast over points is to write about it. That, and I was lazy.
Nice that you got Mauna Kea for your birthday. I haven’t stayed there before, but it looks like a great place! The Westin, though, was a Cat 5 at the time of booking, so I used my credit card certificates for it. In reality, if it wasn’t we may have not even gone to the Big Island. With our upgrade, though, I did like the Westin. The dinner service is good too. I’ve got a post on that coming in a couple of weeks.