Just below Keauhou Shopping Center, this timeshare resort offers furnished condos on 21 acres with pleasant ocean views and a host of on-site amenities including two swimming pools, beach volleyball, hot tubs, tennis courts, hula classes, equipment rentals, and children's activities. The complex is within walking distance of a movie theater, grocery store, Longs Drugs, and an array of cafés and restaurants. Scuba and snorkel trips depart from nearby Keauhou Bay.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There are no elevators and no bell service at the resort.
Each villa and suite comes with a full kitchen, private lanai, and plenty of space for groups (up to six people can stay in some of the offerings). For singles and couples, there’s also a standard hotel room option that includes a kitchenette. Each unit is different, but most are decorated with standard island décor that is inviting, but also a tad dated.
If you’re looking to avoid noise, try for a third floor room away from the pool. Just know that there are no elevators to get to that third floor.
The number of bathrooms vary by the type of room that you select. Most are spacious and some have soaking tubs.
Kona Coast Resort signs welcome guests as they come in, and the check-in area is marked by a hanging sign.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Check-in times are a little later than average (4 p.m.) and check-out times are a little earlier than average (10 a.m.).
The Splash pool area is quite nice and includes a large statue of dolphins joining you for a swim. There is also another quiet spa pool, three hot tubs, a toddler pool, and palm tree and ocean views add to your relaxation.
In addition to a fitness center with a variety of equipment and nice views there are tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts, and a three mile jogging track.
Sunset Terrace is located within the resort, and is a favorite among locals and visitors thanks to live music and great prices.
You will need a car to reach your accommodations and explore the island.
Holuakoa Gardens and Cafe (13-minute drive) is a slow food restaurant that sources lots of its ingredients locally (most within five miles of the restaurant) and changes its menu regularly based on the season and available ingredients. Broke da Mouth Grinds (16-minute drive) has tasty food that will give you your Hawaiian and Filipino food fix with favorites like loco moco, furikake chicken, and adobo fries.
Get drinks and a show at Gertrude’s Jazz Bar (14-minute drive), an open-air jazz bar with great beer and wine selections, plus a few decadent desser-tinis to complement their cocktail list. Kona Brewing Company (15-minute drive) has some of the best pizza you’ll find in Hawaii, paired with a fun atmosphere and the chance to taste a variety of their famous brews.
WHY WE LIKE IT
A variety of water and cultural activities help to add to the resort nature of this vacation rental property, and the individual units are spacious and affordable. These are great options for traveling groups and families. There are also a variety of pricing options, including their Hawaii Seasonal Deals and AARP discounts that help to make it an even more affordable price for a quality stay.