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Where to Stay in Kailua-Kona
Practically all of the hotels located in beautiful Kailua-Kona are located along the city’s breathtaking oceanfront. The question for most travelers is whether they want to keep a distance from the main urban area or stay within the city proper. For many though, it doesn’t matter, since, all the area’s major sights and attractions are just a short trip up or down Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona’s waterfront main street. One option is to book a room on the edge of Kailua Bay. Here you’ll be close to Kailua-Kona’s largest shopping and restaurant district as well as many of the area’s top historical spots. Or travel south and enjoy a stay at a luxurious resort among the island’s natural landscape.
Kailua-Kona Hotel Tips
Most visitors to Kailua-Kona use the city as a base for exploring the rest of the island of Kona. Consider this when making your hotel reservation. If you plan on spending a lot of time in the nearby Kahaluu-Keahou, a region noted for its excellent snorkeling waters, you’ll want to stay at one of the many resorts just south of Kailua-Kona. A short distance east of Kailua-Kona is Holualoa, a quaint Hawaiian town of about 6,000 residents. Those wanting to explore this village will likely want to stay closer to Kailua-Kona proper.
Unlike other parts of the Hawaii islands, Kailua-Kona doesn’t experience a very long rainy season. December and January see the most precipitation, which means if you want to avoid getting a little wet on your vacation, book your flight to Kailua-Kona outside of these months.
Kailua-Kona Hotel Recommendations
History buffs should search for rate deals at the King Kamehameha Hotel. Adjacent to the hotel’s property, you will find royal residence of former Hawaiian king Kamehameha I as well as one of the most sacred temples in all of Hawaii. Inside the hotel, you will find many exquisite Hawaiian artifacts, including a mural, portraits, weapons and a traditional whale-tooth pendant. The hotel also features a swimming pool, whirlpool spa and sauna. For an additional price, guests can partake in a traditional Polynesian luau.
For those looking to be pampered in paradise, reserve a room at the Royal Kona Resort. This luxurious resort occupies 12 acres along the picturesque Kailua Bay. Guests can choose to wake up to views of the island’s mountain vistas or the sparkling Pacific Ocean. The hotel also features a private beach and a saltwater snorkeling lagoon as well as an extravagant luau celebration on select nights of the week. Royal Kona Resort also offers prospective guests special online discounts during certain times of the year.
If you’re looking for cheap rates without sacrificing personal comfort, consider a stay at the Kona Seaside Hotel. Part of a small chain of hotels across the Hawaiian islands, the Kona Seaside Hotel rests on several acres of lush tropical vegetation and provides guests with gorgeous views of the nearby ocean. The property also features two large swimming pools and a sundeck. Visitors can eat at the handful of restaurants within walking distance of the hotel or drive the short distance to Kailua-Kona’s downtown.
The best way to get around Kailua-Kona is by car. Taxis and hotel shuttles are available to transport you to and from the airport. Depending on the hotel you stay at, you may be able to reach various destinations on the island via transportation provided by your hotel. Or you can rent a car from one of a number of car rental agencies.