This hotel is a beautifully located spacious hotel with internal court yard and elaborate swimming pool which consists of many smaller pools that are all connected by waterslides and waterfalls. You can swim from one to another and the pools are designed to look like a natural waterfall. The room itself was clean and had a lanai balcony which offered a great view of the bay (at least ours did). The best thing visually here is that at sunset and beyond you can either choose to swim in the bay just off shore from the hotel - or view from land at the bar/restaurant - the Manta Rays in the ocean. They shine underwater lights which attracts them and the swimmers can touch and experience them as they swim. From the shore you can watch the whole thing while zipping your Mai-Tai (which is what I did!). Great experience.
"Resort fee socks."
The hotel is located on a beautiful beach with a fantastic view of the pacific ocean. The lobby is lovely with a nice view of the ocean and the beach. There is a beautiful pool in the resort and a luxury restaurant is located inside the hotel. The conformation of the rooms reminded me of military granaries with not enough privacy in the rooms. But surprisingly we felt an acceptable level of privacy during our stay. The hotel is placed far from Kona city and you will need to take the Trolley bus or rent a car to get around. They are not clear about their prices. This resort fee is really annoying. We came with a reservation. But on check-in they asked us to pay extra "non-optional" $30 "resort" fee although on the paper that they gave us it says it is "optional", and on the notebooks in the room it says that it is $35/day and not $30 in total. It more looks like they are hiding the real price from you until checkout.
"Cross a motel 6 with a Sheraton....."
If you're looking for a modern hotel (or expect a "normal 4 star Sheraton") don't come here. The hotel definitely needs a good refurb - it's stuck well in the 70's but is redeemed (a little at least) by its location and swimming pool facilities.I wouldn't stay here again. Cons: -Rooms are OLD -Dreadful bathroom - door made of paper chips, vents that clearly haven't been cleaned out in decades (you can see the dust and dirt hanging down from them), toilet leaking loud and covered in years of limescale, no lock on the bathroom door, bath towels that probably cost a dollar in walmart.... - Beds are also old, uncomfortable and the bed skirts are covered in stains - You can hear everything outside the door and in the rooms next door - Limited food options in the area and the on site restaurant is very over priced - Very high resort fee - very little value for it - Breakfast very limited Pros: - Great views - A lovely pool area especially with young kids - Staff very warm and friendly - Rooms very very big and housekeeping good
"Possibly the best in Kona."
If you have ever upset your significant other, this is where your sins can be absolved. Gorgeous waterfront property, surrounded by lava rock and trails to walk and experience the vast space. The rooms are ample and luxurious. You cannot be disappointed here.
"Short get away "
I love the Big Island! And this was my 3rd time in the past 13 years. This time I explored different things and areas. Stayed at the perfect resort at the perfect location. 1 of the best maitai's I've ever had poolside. Weather was great. Weekend and week of Ironman so book ahead of time. Took a helicopter ride with Paradise Helicopter tours and saw a little bit of flowing lava. And ventured out to Black sand beach and saw some sea turtles and snorkels a bit. I tried to snorkel with the Rays at night with jack's dive shop but they happened not to show up that night. I should have gone with out resort because they were successful with the Rays in that bay. Stopped at a great breakfast with astonishing views and history of captain Cook, called the coffee shack which was so tasty and a great recommendation from my boyfriend. Had a great dinner at Sam Choy's very close to resort. And 1 of my favorite local spots for good coffee and eats in Kailua town called the FishHopper. Well I hope you have an amazing stay. Clean and quite rooms with a great pool area, recreational game room. I'd definitely come back to stay at this hotel. This hotel is not in Kailua town it's just about a few miles south.
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard - American Express - Diners Club - Japan Credit Bureau (JCB) - Discover
Check-in: 3:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM