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Best Hotels to Stay in Kona Hawaii (Best Resorts in Kailua Kona, Big Island)

Kailua Kona located in the sunny and dry part of the Big Island offers sprawling coastline views , rugged lava field and gorgeous beaches.  Here I will list the best hotels to stay in Kona Hawaii to make your vacation relaxing and memorable. 

Where to Stay on the Big Island? (Best Hotels to Stay in Kona Hawaii

Sheraton Kona Resort

Sheraton Kona as of this writing is about to be rebranded to Outrigger Kona. This property is tucked way in Kona past Alii Drive but with beautiful views once you arrive overlooking Keahou Bay. Most of the property 

Ocean front rooms are built on top of reef from volcanic lava. Yes, your room is right at the water. If you happen to visit during winter, be careful when booking ground level because the waves could be crashing into your balcony. 

This property is large, where there is a tennis court, swimming pool with huge slide, and deck overlooking manta rays at night. This is a full service hotel where you can also order room service. 

Royal Kona Resort

Right on Alii Drive, Royal Kona Resort can easily be found by looking for nose shaped property. Rooms  and property are a little dated compared to the other properties but you can’t find a property with Ocean front rooms right on Alii Drive where there are a lot of shopping and dining options. 

Huggos restaurant is right next to the property, although not part of the resort, it is only 5 min. walking distance to this restaurant which I highly recommend with spectacular sunset views.  There is a small saltwater lagoon on this property if you choose to get some salt on your skin.

Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel

Property is situated right at the wharf as you enter Alii drive. This property was recently renovated so the rooms and common space has new and fresh look. 

An important note about this property compared to other properties mentioned above is that it has white sand beach where you can lay and soak up the sun. 

Yes, previous properties mentioned earlier do not have a beach or large enough beach to soak up and enjoy the sun.

When traveling to Kona, most of these properties are busy particularly during October. During this period, the Iron Man triathlon is held annually, King Kamehameha Hotel is prime location for the triathlon. It starts and ends at this property.

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

If you are looking for luxury property to stay at. There is no other than the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. This resort is just 10 mins away from the airport.

 Surrounded by world class golf course and spectacular views. You will have a bungalow to your self where you will live in luxury.

Kona Village Resort

This property you will need to wait until 2023 when it re-opens. But this property will be renewed and refreshed as a luxury resort sitting next to Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.


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