by Whitney Rife
The Royal Kona is a landmark hotel in the heart of historic Kailua-Kona on the Big Island. Over 430 rooms, in three towers, feature expansive lanais, air conditioning, flat-screen televisions and mini-refrigerators. Families can choose to stay in a room that faces the ocean or mountains. Don the Beachcomber Restaurant offers rooftop views, breakfast and dinner dishes that showcase Pacific Fusion cuisine. An oceanfront split-level swimming pool overlooks the private beach and saltwater, snorkeling lagoon. A massage and spa center is also at the resort. The resort holds celebratory luau three days of the week. Families should not miss the chance to witness traditional luau dancing, music and fire shows. Nearby, families can visit the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Our Editor Loves
- Oceanfront pool
- Private beach and snorkeling lagoon
- Traditional luaus
Awesome experience! Clean rooms! Accommodating staff! Beautiful views! Very relaxing! Can't wait for the next time we come back. My daughter and I loved it so much we wanted to stay longer. In fact my daughter is compilating going to College in Hawaii. We truly felt like we were in Heaven each day because of the views from the sunsets at night to the ocean sounds we woke up to in the mornings. Because of this stay we now have planned to take a vacation like this every year to a new location to get away from home. I've learned the importance of enjoying everything life has to offer outside of our own city. Thank you to all the staff at The Royal Kona Resort.
We have visited the Big Island six times and every single time we have stayed at the Royal Kona Resort. The grounds are lovely and the rooms are larger than most hotels. Everything is “old Hawaii” and their staff goes above and beyond. I would like to recognize Ann at the front desk who really made our vacation a wonderful experience by placing us in our favorite building and making sure our daughter was only a couple of rooms away. Our views were spectacular, the pool was perfect, and the mai tais were the best at Don the Beachcomber. And a big shout out to their gift shop that always carries quality merchandise. I bought two kimono style robes this time because they are my favorites!