Find Your Perfect Hotel in Kona

By Karen Rose

Photo: Royal Kona Resort.

The Island of Hawaiʻi, often called the ‘Big Island,’ is exactly as it sounds — vast. Twice the size of all the other Hawaiian Islands combined, Hawaii Island includes 11 of the world’s 13 climate zones, making it an incredibly diverse landmass, including everything from deserts to rainforest and snowy mountain peaks to tropical beaches.

Among the sprawling, diverging landscapes and distinctive vistas, lies the historic seaside town of Kailua-Kona on the west side of Hawaii Island. This popular tourist destination boasts ample shopping, dining and ocean activities to please everyone from honeymooning couples to vacationing families. Because this popular tourist town attracts visitors from all walks of life, there are plenty of lodging accommodations for guests to choose from. Half the fun is researching the variety of lodging options to find the perfect one to suit your needs and budget.

Sheraton Kona Resort

The Sheraton Kona Resort sits proudly upon the volcanic cliffs of Keauhou Bay, the sacred birthplace of King Kamehameha III. With beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean and beautifully manicured grounds, the Sheraton Kona Resort also offers an exhaustive list of free cultural activities, including lei making, hula dancing, ukulele lessons and Hawaiian language lessons. The Haleo Luau show performs every Monday and Friday evening and features beautiful hula dancers, award-winning fire dancing and a delicious Hawaiian style luau buffet. Master of Ceremonies, loving known as ʻAunty Tutu’, makes every person feel the spirit of Aloha and ʻohana (family). The Sheraton Kona Resort is a huge hit with families, as it boasts one of the best pool water slides on the island. There’s also a sand bottom children’s pool and a special club for teens. Guests are also given free access to the trolly to take them into downtown Kailua-Kona.

Royal Kona Resort

For accommodations within walking distance of downtown Kailua-Kona, the Royal Kona Resort is just a short stroll away from Kailua Pier and many of the popular area restaurants. The Resort hosts the Voyagers of the Pacific Luau presented by award-winning Tihati Productions. Guests can enjoy a traditional Hawaiian buffet and open bar while being entertained with music and dance celebrating the culture of the islands. Every August, Royal Kona Resort celebrates the infamous Mai Tai cocktail at their annual Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai Festival. Two dozen of the worlds’ top bartenders convene on the Island of Hawaii to battle for the title of World’s Best Mai Tai and a $10,000 cash prize.

Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel

The Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel is located on the historical site where King Kamehameha the Great once lived. The beachfront hotel offers direct access to Kailua Pier where several charter activities depart from including snorkel trips, parasailing and dinner cruises. From this hotel, guests can walk to Hulihee Palace, one of only three royal palaces in the state, the historical Mokuaikaua Church and dozens of restaurants and cafes. The hotel showcases the Island Breeze Luau to share the culture of the Polynesian Islands with their guests.

Kona Seaside Hotel

For those wanting to vacation on a budget, the Seaside Hotel is located in the middle of historic Kailua Village and offers lovely, clean and practical accommodations. With views of Kailua Bay and affordable rooms, it’s the perfect place to unwind after an adventurous day of trekking across the Big Island.

Holualoa Inn

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Holualoa sunset. Photo: pointybongo.

For visitors wanting to get off the beaten path a bit, the Holualoa Inn is a fusion of casual elegance and Polynesian style. Located on the slopes of Mount Hualalai in the heart of the Kona Coffee belt, Holualoa Inn is about a 15-minute drive from downtown Kailua-Kona. Perfect for honeymooners, the inn features four guest rooms, two suites and one historic cottage. With sweeping ocean views at a 1,400 foot elevation, the inn offers cool breezes and lovely, manicured gardens and walking trails. The ultimate in romantic getaways, this tranquil accommodation offers delicious breakfasts and afternoon treats.

Wherever visitors choose to stay on the Island of Hawaii, it’s sure to be an unforgettable adventure filled with tropical breezes, fruity cocktails, salty air and an abundance of glorious memories. Aloha ʻoe!

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