We stayed here for two weeks with my parents who are close to 80. They were here for a month before we got there and were very pleased overall. We rented a car and traveled to all areas of the island. Our villa was located on the first level and overlooked the golf course, perfect location from the big pool. There are BBQ grills available for evening cooking. We ate out often and loved Jackie Reyes and Sam Choy's (what a view). The Honokohau Marina south of the airport was a good casual dining spot. The Kona Coast Resort's restaurant overlooks the pool and is actually pretty good-we enjoyed the convenient location many times. And the prime rib on some nights is 22 ounces! But do go early, they run out. There is a good grocery store and a Long's drug store within walking distance of the resort. In the heart of Kona, many, many shops are located not far from "the Palace" and the King Hamehameha Hotel, wear your walking shoes and we liked to be in the area when a cruise ship was not docked. We ate at the Kona Inn for lunch which was good. We visited "The Palace" which is small, but the tour guides were knowledgable and the relics, I thought, were worth seeing.
We are not interested in time shares, but learned that for those that are interested, there is a resale office on location, so don't go through the long and pressured sales pitch. The discounts, we thought, were not worth the time involved.
Snorkeling at the City of Refuge was superb. Bring your rock shoes! We liked the Body Glove boat for whale watching (they also do other trips) We saw many whales the day we were out (generally, luck of the draw, but best to go on overcast days). The narrator was knowlegeable and answered people's questions.
A great spot to learn the in's and out's of the island is to hang out by the pool and especially the hot tub! People were VERY friendly and many were time share owners.
We did drive to South Point, and so glad we did. The southern-most point of the US....very windy and hold on to your children (and spouse) it's dangerous near the edge. And there is an awesome cavernous "hole" where you can hear waves, but I didn't get close enough to look over the edge to view. What a fantastic island in so many ways!! And we would choose Kona Coast Resort again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Kona Coast Resort on Hawaii's Big Island sits on 21 acres of lush, tropical gardens and offers spectacular views of palm trees and calm waters. 267 spacious and air-conditioned villas at Kona Coast Resort are designed with a Hawaiian flair. Each comfortable villa offers a magnificent Pacific coastline view or a manicured tropical garden view from its private lanai or patio and include full kitchens and all of the comforts of home. Enjoy two swimming pools (one family pool with a children’s pool and one quiet spa pool), three Jacuzzis, sauna, playground, tennis courts, volleyball, fitness center, and on-site activities like hula lessons and dive instruction. The abundance of things to do on the Big Island found within easy distance of the Kona Coast Resort is as remarkable as it is exhilarating. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kona Coast Hotel Kailua-Kona
- Kona Coast Resort Hawaii/Kailua-Kona