The Royal Kona Resort
Where should you stay when you go to Kona on the beautiful Big Island? I’d highly recommend the Royal Kona Resort. We extremely enjoyed our stay there and plan on making it our go-to location whenever we journey to gorgeous Kona.
Upon arrival our first impression of the Resort is that it looked like a elegant Sea Liner with tiered levels where each room had it’s own private lanai/balcony. As we approached the front desk we loved how open the main level was and adored the lit Tiki lamps guiding our way. The grounds were covered with vibrantly colored exotic plants. We were excited to be there.
We were promptly greeted by the Royal Kona Resort’s delightful staff. They were extremely welcoming and eager to assist us during our stay. Our room was picturesque, clean, and brought the Hawaiian Island feeling home. We had an amazing ocean view overlooking the crashing waves and turtle featured pool. The room included a small kitchenette, clean and spacious bathroom, and large lanai. The furniture was classic-style Hawaiian themed. It appeared to made out of local Hawaiian wood.
Our favorite spots at the Resort included the Private Salt Water Lagoon (a great place for beginning snorkelers), the beautiful Coconut Grove (you can lounge pool side there under swaying palm trees), and the Don The Beachcomber restaurant (amazing courses served to you on an oceanfront overlooking – very romantic). The open bar, Don’s Mai Tai Bar, was only twenty feet away from the pool. They offer poolside beverages and meals served to you while you’re relaxing under the palm trees. It is home to the original Mai Tai.
Right next to the Resort is a great cropping of shops, restaurants, and bars. Even if you are not into the bar scene, you can still grab a delicious shave ice and enjoy the highly talented street performers. About a mile down Alii street we found some great surf shops and a great farmer’s market selling local produce and Hawaiian made goods.
By the end of our stay, we were sad to go. We’ll never forget our amazing stay at the Royal Kona Resort – it was everything Hawaii promises it to be.
Destination Expert Chelsea Roberts