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... So, this ditch was built in 1905 to irrigate the sugar cane which filled this northern tip of the BI. Industry ceased in the 70s. So we get to this kayak at the canal ditch. CJ, our guide is driving, then me being the princess! and Harry paddling the back. Sure, it was pretty outside and then the tunnels canals started. FML. Absolutely awful - I had to find my happy place. CJ said a few ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsSea Village Resort Kailua-Kona
We couldn't ask for a prettier view. We are right on the water, overlooking the town of Kona. It's about a 1.5 mi walk into town so a nice way to get a little exercise and burn off dinner and drinks.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sea Village Resort Kailua-Kona
NOT alot of Bang for your Buck
Our family of four (2 adults & 2 kids (5 and 3) stayed at Sea Village April 13-21, 2005. I must say I was disappointed. Initally, I thought we were getting a great deal for the money but after realizing our options once we got to Kona, I realized we could have done much better saying up North at a desination hotel (Hilton Waikoloa) or renting a house in Parker Ranch. My reasons for giving this property only an "Okay" rating include the location of the property, family friendlyness, noise level from road, bugs, bugs & more bugs in the unit, the condition of the unit and beach options near us.
First, we stayed in a 2bed/2bath unit in building 2 - unit 2301. We rented directly fron Vacation International, our timeshare company for about $165/night. We had a marginal view from the 3rd floor as our corner unit was trapped between building 1 which also impeeded air flow into the room. This was a HUGE problem because the units do not have air conditioning and only 1 of the 3 fans in the unit worked properly. Further, we could have easily saved a bit of money and rented a 1 bedroom. The 1-bedroom units are the same size as the 2 bedroom units and with a pulldown bed in the living room (which we had to use nightly due to the noise level from the road starting at about 4am through midnight and lack of air flow from the non-functioning fan) could have easily accomodated our family. Our inlaws stayed in room 2205 which had a much nicer view and better air flow - but they too had noise from the road and bugs.
The unit and the building were very dated in my opinion. I would say that I have high end taste, but I don't think this building has been updated since the 70's. The walls were peeling in areas, fans didn't work, windows were ---- poor at keeping bugs out and exterior noise down and the furniture was not that comfortable. We had bugs constantly in the kitchen and bathroom - which was very disgusting when preparing food in the kitchen.
While the grounds looking out your lani were nicely kept, this is not a family friendly property. The bbq area was a nice option, but not a lot of room for kids to run and the pool is pretty small. Keeping in mind no beach front, we found ourselved driving 40 minutes north each day to try and get a spot on the beach at Mauna Kea, hapuna or anaehoomalu. We spent two days at the Hilton Waikoloa which is probably where we will stay next time b/c for as little as $200 a night you can be in a tropical disneyland. They have so many options for kids and adults and the facility is just breathtaking. Plus, all the beaches we liked were up north. We also found some houses to rent for about $300 a night which have private pools, etc near the parker ranch area and in Puako. In our opinion a much better way to go.
I will say that we didn't come to Hawaii to sit in our room and take in the view 24/7 but with small kids, we did need a good base that was centrally located and clean and quit and family friendly and Sea Village did not meet our expectations. If you don't really care about the condition of your room or you want to stay down South were all the tourist stuff is located, then sea village might work for you.
I will also add that the front desk help was very nice but not able to accomodate us on a room change upon request:(
We had great meals at Roys in Waikola - ono, ahi and to DIE for chocolate souffle and NOT so good meals at Bubba Gumps (the special - I should have known better - shrimp in lemon butter) and Huggos (crusted crab ahi). Huggos location is kinda cool but my meal was undercooked which made the crab taste like tuna salad on top of fish. We also liked the French Bakery for pasties with our coffee each morning.
Kona is a great place to explore and spend a family vacation but I would not recommend Sea Village to you based on our experience.
Right on the water in Sea Village condo #3317
Boy, my wife wanted to be right on the water to hear those waves splash 24 hours a day and this condo provides it. The Lanai darn near overhangs the seawall. One morning we really enjoyed sitting at the Lanai table and watching the humpback whales spout and splash about, and those were OUR whales, as we live in SE Alaska where those very whales summer, then winter in Hawaii --- smart whales.
We stayed in this nicely appointed condo for six nights in January 2005 and found the on-premises management very helpful, and appreciated the efficiency of Property Network, Ltd in making the arrangements for our stay here. We did all initial arrangements over the Internet, verified by phone, received immediate confirmation faxes, and dropped by their Kona office to discover a friendly professional staff.
This one bedroom condo was well kept, roomy, and quite clean. The kitchen had oodles of cooking facilities (appliances, pots, pans, utensils), and the BBQ area out by the pool functioned excellently. Bedroom was comfortable, and everything functioned fine in the bathroom, with plenty of hotwater. My wife verified that the washer/dryer unit work well.
For you techies, there were plenty of wall outlets to get things recharged, but there is no wireless Internet at this condo, you dial on your own ISP or go to the food court at the Kona Coast Shopping Mall where there's free wireless Internet.
The only downside is the stairs, this unit is on the third floor and its all stairs, no elevator or bucket with rope and pulley. For us youngsters in our 50's this was no big deal, even with big deal suitcases.
We'll definitely keep this condo in mind on our next visit. This is a nice location, not far from downtown Kailua, one-way a short 15 minute jog, to work off last night's BBQ. Plenty of free parking.
Nice, quiet place
We (a party of 3 adults) stayed at Sea Village for one week in August, 2004. We stayed in room 1205 (building 1), which we rented through the internet (Konaweb). The rental process was very efficient, and they sent us very detailed information on how to reach the place from the airport, and all amenities around.
The condo was very spacious; it has two sleeping rooms (one with a queen bed and a smaller one with two separate beds), two bathrooms, one living room with kitchen, and a lanai with oceanside view (great sunsets from there!).
The kitchen was provided with everything you need, including dishwasher. Also, washing machine and drier are available. The only problem were ants, but you get used to them...
Everything was in very good order. Only the wardrobes were a little smelly.
In the common grassy area downstairs there are 4 barbecues. A small pool and hot tub (which we actually did not make use of) are also available.
You get to the town center in 5 minutes by car; we had no problems with parking. However, when we tried to get to the town center in the morning between 9 and 11, we got trapped in a 20-minute queue (but this might have due to street repairs in that period).
We found this place to be a lovely one; the condo rates were also very reasonable. We would certainly recommend it to other people.
Would be perfect with A/C
Spent a week here and had no problems with the condo. Stayed in unit 4208, which is privately owned and was rented from Lehua properties, not Sunterra. Outstanding value at $100/night (+ tax and $85 cleaning fee) for a 2bdr/2bath (ocean front) that can sleep up to 6 adults.
The furnishings were nothing fancy, but it was all very comfortable and reasonably clean. Large living room had comfortable chairs and pullout sofa. Also had nice TV with cable and Stereo/CD player with a number of Hawaiian music CDs to listen to. Balcony had a nice table and chairs to relax on. Fantastic view of the ocean.
Prior guests had left several rolls of paper towels and laundry detergent (bonus). They also had left a lot of stuff in the fridge. Some might be put off by the partially used jars of food (jelly, mayo, mustard, etc.), but some things, like cans of soda, were appreciated. Kitchen had everything we needed to prepare and serve food, including blender, coffee maker, toaster, and microwave oven. All of this in addition to full oven, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, and stacked washer/dryer.
Only thing that some folks may find to be a problem is that the unit is not air conditioned. Ceiling fans and additional small fans helped, but without a breeze, it was quite hot inside during the day. I think we were there duing a very hot week (even the locals were complaining about the heat). Fortunately, things cooled off in the late evening and sleeping was comfortable.
If you're looking for a sterile, hotel atmosphere with a 'sanitized for your protection' band around the toilet seat, this is not the place for you. Mind you, the place is professionally cleaned between guests, but it's definitely lived in. If, however, you feel comfortable staying in someone else's home, you'll appreciate the excellent value offered here.
Not Too Bad
We stayed in unit 3-207 for over a week. The condo could use some serious updating. Carpet is soiled and stained. Kitchen had a ton of bugs.
The people are very nice at the office and other guests. The grill area is a fun time at night. Bedrooms are nice. Good size and comfortable.
Our Hawaii Home
We are heading back to Kona in a few days and will be staying at the Sea Village for the third time. Our family loves this place! The condos are roomy and have great ocean views - I would recommend staying in buildings 1,3 or 4 since they are on the water. We really like unit #1205 which faces north towards Kona town - there is a magnificent view from the balcony at night. This unit is also slightly larger than the others (great for families with kids). There is a large grassy barbecue area in the middle of buildings 1-3 that is great for family get-togethers (we usually come to Hawaii with other family members and on one visit had 8 kids running around so the play area was key!). The pool area is ocean front and is surrounded by outdoor carpeting and that is great for toddlers who always seem to be running and falling. Only minus is that you must drive to get to Kona town, but we have never had a problem parking and the drive is only 5 minutes. Last but not least - rates at the Sea Village are very reasonable.
Nice views and people
This condo resort is comfortable and roomy, with good grounds and a friendly staff. The views on the water are excellent. There is no real beach access around and shopping, restaurants, and services are a bit distant (not withing walking distance). Like with all condos, prices vary - shop carefully!
Great view, great condo
We stayed in unit #1101 for a week. The condo itself was comfortable; the view was stupendous. We had ocean view from almost every room! The kitchen could use some updating and we had ants. We told management and they sprayed for them the next day which got a majority of them. But those little critters seem to be everywhere so we made an arrangement with the ones who survived - you don't bother us and we won't bother you. ;-)
The condo was a 2 bdrm/2.5 bath oceanside. Smaller units are available but since we were travelling with our kids we needed a 2nd bdrm; this unit had twins beds which also what we wanted. It was certainly a good value for what we got. There is a nice pool area and a BBQ area with picnic tables. We grilled out almost every night, and enjoyed our meals at the picnic table or the lanai. It was common to see most the people staying there do this, and everyone was very friendly and welcoming. By the way, don't go to Safeway except for items you can't find at the KTA. The prices are outrageous.
We would highly recommend this place and plan to stay there again. I would have given it an excellent rating, but because the rental site stated it was a luxury unit but the kitchen didn't reflect that. It is certainly worth it for the location and view!
We stayed there for nine days in the beginning of October 2003 and really enjoyed our time there. The ladies at the resort office (Lei and Iva) were extremely nice and helpful and really made us feel at home.
They helped us book our tours and suggested a lot of places to see during our stay. After hours check-in was no problem nor was there any difficulty when we checked out earlier than planned. Maid service was weekly but with our own washer/dryer it was not a problem. We had a ground floor, two bedroom/bath unit that had a lanai facing the ocean.
There was a very generous lawn area with 4 bbqs and a great swimming pool with a hot tub right by the water. The unit was very spacious and clean. We had three couples in our unit and it didn't feel crowded at all. We went to an orientation meeting the morning after we arrived which was very helpful and informative. Beach chairs, mats, and swimming noodles/floaters, etc available at the resort office to use which was great because we didn't have to rent anything when we went to the beach. It was located just minutes from the main town but was far enough away that allowed the resort to be a peaceful place to relax and enjoy. I would definitely stay there again.