Crystal clear waters and near-perfect weather have made the Big Island's Kona coastline a popular spot for visitors. Resorts can be found up and down the coast, ranging from luxurious AAA four diamond resorts to smaller, more affordable places. Whatever your budget, there is surely a Kona resort fit to suit your needs.
Sheraton Keauhau Bay Resort
The Sheraton Keauhou Bay sits atop rocky black lava, next to the turquoise blue waters in picturesque Kailua-Kona. Rooms at the Sheraton offer expansive views of the ocean and mountains, and include amenities such as the Sheraton “sweet sleeper” bed, a mini-refrigerator and high-speed Internet access for a fee. The resort offers three dining options serving Pacific Rim cuisine, and children under 5 eat free. Every Monday evening, guests can experience a traditional luau with Hawaiian cuisine and entertainment. If you are traveling with children you might want to consider putting the kids in the local keiki (kids) program, which features a wide range of activities, allowing you to enjoy some treatments at the on-site day spa.
Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort
The Outrigger Keauhou Beach is also in Kailua-Kona and offers excellent resort facilities for those on a budget. The resort earned the “solid gold value” rating from Andrew Doughty, author of "Hawaii: The Big Island Revealed." The resort stands next to three heiau (Hawaiian temples) that are well worth visiting. Rooms feature complimentary high-speed Internet and a refrigerator. Those who select rooms with full-ocean views will find that their rooms look down directly into the water, providing a peek at turtles and other marine life. Another great way to spot turtles is to stop by the Verandah Lounge at sunset, where you can watch turtles lying on the rocks outside.
Kona Village Resort
The Kona Village Resort is situated between Kona and Kohala. Instead of rooms, the resort features private bungalows with thatched roofs. Although the bungalows have no air conditioning, TV or telephone, they do offer amenities such as bathrobes and slippers and refrigerators, and some have private Jacuzzi tubs. You can choose from bungalows on the sand, lava rock or next to a lagoon. A number of activities are available, including scuba diving, paddling and golfing. If you feel like being lazy, grab a book from the resort's lending library and lie in one of the many hammocks around the 82-acre property.
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is another resort that sits between Kohala and Kona. Room amenities at this luxurious, AAA four diamond resort include a bamboo canopy bed, walk-in closet, deep-soaking tub and a private lanai (balcony). Rooms on the first floor have a small garden with a second outdoor lava rock shower. Take in a treatment at the resort's on-site spa or play a round of golf at the on-site championship golf course. When you're hungry, you will find a choice of three on-site restaurants serving Asia-Pacific cuisine.
- Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort: Dining
- Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort
- Kona Village Resort: Amenities
- Four Seasons Resort Hualalai: Guest Rooms and Suites
- "Hawaii: The Big Island Revealed;" Andrew Doughty; 2008
- Marketwire: AAA Hawaii: 2010 AAA Four Diamond Awards Announced
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