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  • All one has to do is look around there to experience paradise
  • Also, we were disappointed that on weekends the staff didn't keep the pool private for guests
  • We had a romantic date there our first night, and unfortunately that was the last time we ever felt compelled to eat there

    • by Gracie Glee
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      My boyfriend and I spent more time than most travelers spend in any one hotel when we decided to max out our lazy, soak-in-the-sun time with a whopping 22 nights at the Royal Kona resort in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. The average rate per night of the room we stayed in is $175, but the trick is to look for the special rates. Although there are deals offered through the hotel’s web site, we got our deal through Alaska Airlines, with plane tickets and three weeks stay for only $2000 each!

      And we weren’t disappointed. The Royal Kona Resort is beautiful.The building itself looks like the hull of a giant cruise ship jutting into the ocean, and from the moment we stepped into the breezy open-air lobby and were greeted by the friendly desk attendants we knew we’d chosen the right place. All one has to do is look around there to experience paradise. At the front of the hotel is


      a lush, but manicured, garden area full of flowers and palms. There’s even a pond filled with giant coy. From the lobby we could see the mai tai bar, the pool, and the ocean. Fortunately for us, we could aslo see these things from our room, which was directly above the lobby.

      The room itself wasn’t anything elaborate, but it was very clean, with a comfortable bed and a big screen t.v. with satellite, and a roomy deck. There was a big dresser to put our clothes in and we especially appreciated the little refrigerator to keep our food in. Oh, and maid service was impeccable. The only unpleasant experience we had with the staff was an early morning shout/chat between a maintenance worker fixing something in the empty room next to ours and another employee standing one story down.

      We didn’t spend much time in our room anyway. We spent most of our time lounging in the sunshine. I preferred to lay out ...


      • in one of the lounge chairs by the pristine split-level pool, while my boyfriend preferred to snorkel in the resort’s private salt water lagoon, which was loaded with tropical creatures of all kinds. Even by the pool though, the ocean is right there, and so is the black lava rock beach. What was not always right there, I noticed, was a cocktail server to take drink orders for the pool loafers. Some days they would pester you every 20 minutes, and other days nobody would come by at all. Also, we were disappointed that on weekends the staff didn’t keep the pool private for guests. Each weekend big groups of locals would show up with lots of kids, and they were rude and disruptive. Meanwhile they made my boyfriend get out of the lagoon one day to show them his room key. Two thumbs way down there. Otherwise, the pool experience was amazing.

        There are two places to eat and get a drink

        in the hotel: Don’s Mai Tai Bar and Don the Beachcomber. Don’s mai tai bar is the more casual of the two and it’s the only one opened at lunch, but if you want to belly up to the bar for a tropical refreshment, it’s best to wait until happy hour between four and six. That’s when drinks are half priced, otherwise they are expensive. the food is also expensive, and bad, but the view is so great you almost don’t notice. Almost. Don the Beachcomber Restaurant is the same. We had a romantic date there our first night, and unfortunately that was the last time we ever felt compelled to eat there. We’re not picky, but we both thought the food was terrible. Fortunately there are lots of other great places to dine within walking distance of the hotel, including a great place to have coffee in the morning, Lava Java.

        The bottom line: This was a great place to stay! I’d recommend for sure.




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