Located about 7 miles south of Kailua Village right next to Keauhou Bay off of Alii Dr.
Currently it’s undergoing some renovation but the swimming pool is one of the best on the island. Its water slide is THE BEST on the island hands down. Check out this video of the slide shot June/2012.
There are 8 major Kona resorts north of the airport on the “gold coast.”
One reason I’ve heard it called the gold coast is because of the nice sunny weather all the time. This particular area of the big island receives vary little annual rainfall.
The Prince Hupuna is my personal favorite. I’ve stayed there twice and think it’s the best value on the island. Plus, it has arguably the best beach on the island.
The Airport Is Close To All Kona Resorts
The first of the major Kona resorts is about 6.2 miles north of the Kona airport, they are the Four Seasons Hualalalai and Kona Village Resort, not the town. Then about 14 miles further north is the Waikoloa resort area next to Anaeho’omalu bay, known by the locals as “A”bay for short. It took me about 10 years before I could pronounce it.
To get there you turn left on highway 19 when leaving the Kona International airport. Don’t worry about the hiway number though, there’s only one leaving the airport. I just included the number for technical accuracy. Driving north 6.5 miles you will see the sign for Hualalalai Resort on your left, after making the turn, just a little ways down the road on your right will be a small and I mean “small” sign for the right turn that goes to Kona Village Resort.
About 14 miles further you’ll come to a stop light and notice the entrance toAnaeho’omalu Bay on your left, turn here. You’ll notice beautifully manicured grounds as you enter the resort, lush green grass and majestic swaying palms as you continue on.
Just up the road a little ways you’ll come to the Kings Shops on your right. It has a couple of restaurants, Starbucks, and some unique little shops.
Across the street on the left is another Kona resort, the Waikoloa Marriot, continuing on just a little further down the road and also on your left you’ll come upon the Hilton Waikoloa. Now this hotel is practically a destination all by it’s self.
Make sure you check out the 4 cheap Kona hotels in the Kailua village area if you’re trying to keep costs to a minimum but still stay at a nice place.