Wyndham Kona Hawaiian Resort
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We are staying in a 2 bedroom condo. It has a large deck overlooking the pool.
The check-in was a bit complicated, & there is a mandatory time share presentation involved. We have booked an early time so we do not waste a day listening to the presentation, other than that, the resort is amazing.
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Enjoyed Kona Hawaiian Resort
Just returned from a weeks stay at the Kona Hawaiian Resort. We had a two bedroom condo that had all the ammenities in the kitchen, laundy, living room space, etc. This resort is above average in comparison to many other timeshare resorts we have stayed at around the world.
It is a comfortable resort in a beautiful garden setting. It is definitely a great resort with only a few criticisms. The coastline is across the road from the resort, but the nearest public beach is a rocky snorkelling beach 3 miles down the road that is home to sea turtles and amazing fish. The Big Island does not boast limitless sandy beaches in Hawaii, as they are few and far between. A rental car is necessary to explore some of the beautiful sandy beaches up the northern coast of the Island. We did spend some time at the resort's unique pool, however, it was difficult finding a lounge chair to relax in due to limited furniture. The hot tub looks great built into a rock feature wall with a waterfall cascading into it..but isn't practical at all. Be careful of the uneven, sharp rock, and unlit stairs into it. (Seriously, someone could get hurt on those!) The hottub also has a sandy bottom that is literally painful on your feet. We ended up carting lots of sand back into our condo from the hottub. They actually have a tiki hut with a built in bar at the pool but don't use it. My suggestion is to open it during the day and serve drinks or snacks there. This would be especially helpful since the resort has no food facilities on the grounds. We did eat-in a lot in our condo and enjoyed our outside dining room. This was the best part of the resort. Each condo has an incredible and expansive lanai furnished with a huge dining table, chairs, and relaxing area. The best lanai I have ever seen at any resort! My family and I enjoyed our outside room in the mornings, noon and at night. There were several bbq's on the grounds so there was never any waiting to bbq our food. The resort is perfectly located and offers beach chairs, boogey boards, coolers, etc. The gym, which I used everyday only has one treadmill, weights and a bike. The dumbells only went up to 20 pounds and I heard several men complain they wished they had larger dumbells. Overall, the resort was extremely attractive and comfortable. I wasn't sure at first..the pictures on the internet and the resort's website don't do it justice. However, it grew on me through the week and now I can't wait to go back! After our stay at Kona Hawaiian Village, we stayed at the 5 star Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, which had an amazing pool and beach, plain hotel room...and I kept saying I missed our roomy condo and incredible lanai at the Kona Hawaiian Resort. Ps. Try to get to the Merriman's cafe for dinner in either Waikoloa or Waimea. Totally affordable and the food and outside entertainment were incredible. I went two nights in a row.
Had a great time here!
My partner and I were supposed to stay at Mauna Loa but was transferred to Kona Hawaiian as the former was fully booked when we arrived. They gave us a 2-bedroom unit, which was really nice. We were impressed with the place - well-equipped kitchen, great living room, washer and dryer, board games...they even had a bathtub jacuzzi thrown in for good measure! The staff were great too, very friendly, helpful and prompt.
Now for the 'bad' points. We had a groundfloor unit so the view wasn't great, we couldn't see a bit of the ocean. There were also plenty of bugs to keep us company..roaches, millipedes and we even found a small scorpion once!
Overall, we had a very good time and would definitely stay there again. Aloha!
Kona Hawaiian Village -- Great Location/Facility
My husband and I stayed at the Kona Hawaiian Village for a week and enjoyed it very much. However, we used the facility more as a base of operation because it was centrally located. It's an easy 15-20 minute walk into the primary area of Kona for meals and/or shopping. If you plan on doing some driving around the island, it's about 15 minutes from the airport, 30 minutes from Waikaloa, about 2 hours from Hilo, and about 2 1/2 hours from the Volcano National Park. The resort personnel were very nice and helpful. We were a little disappointed with the pool though (it's small), so we opted to travel to nearby beaches instead. This facility is not on the beach/water and the units offer only a "partial" view of the ocean, if you are lucky, since it is across Alii Street from the ocean. While I was worried about the construction going on at the facility, we didn't even notice it going on while we were there. The units are very nicely appointed, with a well-stocked kitchen, if you plan to cook in. The grounds are beautifully maintained. All-in-all, it was a great place to stay if you are not looking for the true "resort" atmosphere and just want to get away, relax and see the Big Island.
Thankful for the resort
Great place to use as a base to all areas of the island. Able to go to anywhere on the island from location. Kona flea market just down the street and "downtown" Kona the other way. Not very accessible to beaches but the pool is in excellent location. Stayed on first floor unit with to mothers who could not make it up many steps. We would be glad to stay there again. Ensure you visit the coffee growers in Kona and buy coffee from them visit a tourist trap.
Enjoyed our stay
Our family stayed at the Kona Hawaiian Village the week of July 10, 2004. We occupied 2 2-bedroom units (there were 7 in our party). The resort is early 1900s style so the units are decorated accordingly. It is still under construction but we did not notice any noise or debris. This is not a luxury resort. The units are sparsely decorated, however, were clean except for several bugs that would make their way daily. Kona has been having a VERY rainy year and is overrun with every type of bug (gnats, mosquitos, worms, etc.) We were quite surprised to find games available in the unit (Monopoly, Scrabble and cards) and did not know until check-out that there were beach items available for use. We would not have bought beach toys had we known this. The pool is extremely small. Our family of 7 took up half the chaise lounge chairs and you definitely can't swim laps in this oddly shaped pool. There is another pool planned for the future but it is nowhere near being finished. The activities by the pool, however, were fabulous. Lei making, basket weaving, hawaiian angel making, hula lessons. We wished we could have taken advantage of more pool activities but did not have enough time because of sightseeing. The grounds of the resort are magnificent! Pineapples, coffee trees, banana trees and many, many types of flowers were plentiful all around the units. Most entertaining were the mongoose that run around in the mornings! Our concierge, Randy, gave us several good tips, the best being Captain Bean's cruise! The whole family loved it. Thanks Randy! I would not advise doing the timeshare show to get the discounts, you can find similar discounts in the magazines at the airport. It is not worth the time. Overall, I would stay there again. If you are looking for an old fashioned hawaiian experience the Kona Hawaiian Village is for you. If you are looking for luxury, I would go elsewhere.
Excellent value but don't expect a view
My husband and I, with another couple, spent the week of 7/4 through 7/11 at this establishment. It basically consists of several two-story condo units. Although it's set up as a time-share community, I've seen on the web where anyone can book a unit for a week, you don't have to be an "owner". PROS: Beautiful condo, fully equipped, nicely furnished, and clean. Maid service on Wednesdays. Definitely saved money eating breakfast in. My favorite part was the washer and dryer (with this option, we could have packed substantially less clothes). Perfect for two couples or a small family to stay - you will not be falling over each other. TVs each room, iron/ironing board, jacuzzi tub in main bedroom. Quiet, no construction noise despite the fact they're still developing the site. Had several activities planned for poolside but can't attest to quality - we didn't go because we were busy around the island. CONS: They need to pick up the facility and place it on the beach. If I looked through the number of buildings in front of me, on a good day, I could see the ocean and we were on the second floor. Basically I had a view of my neighbor in front of me and that's it. In fairness, other units probably had better views. The nearest beach (4 miles down the road) is called White Sands or "Disappearing" beach because it disappears at high tide. You will have to drive down the road to the State Park to a decent beach (and some you'll need a four-wheel drive to get through - Kalakua (sp?) was deserted, worth the drive, and beautiful). Pool is beautifully decorated but is no larger than a pond, a small pond at that. A new, larger pool is slated to be built in the future (it already appears on the resort map). A lot of families stay here, so this small pool is usually packed up to its closing time of 10:00 PM. Concierge office needs some serious work. Several suggestions weren't worth the money (i.e., Huggos, a nearby restaurant with 5-star prices but mediocre food and service - great sunset view - go for drinks only.) Several times no one at the concierge desk, several times left messages with no return calls and some reservations they supposedly made actually weren't done. Fitness center is basically a small room with about 3 machines. Avoid the timeshare presentations at all costs. They'll try to intice you with savings at various island attractions/shows. You can get the same savings through any of the free tourist advertising magazines you'll find around the island (only exception were discounts on helicopter rides, they can be substantial if you go through the presentation but check other avenues, i.e., AAA, first). The place likes to picture itself as a resort, but it really isn't. The services just do not measure up to true resort status, but then again, you're not paying "resort" prices. $1900/week in Hawaii between two couples makes this is a nice, economical place to stay.
The village and rooms are beautiful. The kitchen is stocked with new appliances, dinnerware, soap, pots and pans, kitchen towels. The living room is big. It has a CD player complete with Hawaiin music CDs, TV, VCR and boardgames (Monopoly, scrabble, and cards). Ceiling fans throughout and air conditioning, though we didn't need it. They supply laundry detergent, toiletries, ironing board, a flashlight (take to the volcano park!). The property is not on the water; it's across the street, but our room had a view of the ocean. The pool is not huge, but it's clean and decorated nicely. Sand-bottom spa. We didn't hear any construction noise. This place surpassed all of our expectations. I can't think of anything to complain about!
Great place to relax & enjoy a vacation
This resort had everything and the staff was very responsive. Concierge staff were terrific in their recommendations for snorkeling and other island activities. Front desk had bicycles, beach chairs, and coolers to check out for daily use. When we first arrived all the chairs were checked out, the bike tires were flat and the jacuzzi jets were out. We complained and everything was taken care of the next day with working bikes, new chairs and a working jacuzzi. Activities available such as lei making. basket weaving, etc. This kept the elder in our group entertained while we went off for the day to explore the active volcano. Pool & poolside activities ranked high and made this a very relaxing vacation.
Beautiful and Friendly Atmosphere
I've never experienced a resort quite like this. The staff is so wonderful and helpful, and the scenery gave the feeling of paradise. I loved walking around and seeing all the exquisite foliage and flowers.
Not to mention, you could even take a tour with one of the staff and learn about the different plants and flowers. The sacred areas on the grounds were also a treat to see. There's something intriguing about being near a sacred site that is forbidden to enter. I couldn't help but wonder about the people who once lived in these areas. I experienced a spiritual closeness while staying at the resort. I didn't want to leave.
There's also many activities to get involved in for all age groups. My family and I had the opportunity to learn how to make flower leis by the pool while being entertained by a band playing melodious hawaiian tunes. I especially enjoyed being able to participate in a hula dance with one of the band members. The band was very interactive with us which made it even more enjoyable. We also learned to weave baskets and make birds out of leaves. I discovered some hidden talents in myself I never knew I had. There was always something to do everyday. There is only one suggestion I thought might be helpful and that is to have a workout area. However, there were oppurtunities to do power walking around the resort with one of the staff in the early mornings, and I did hear that there were plans in progress for creating a workout room.
The rooms were very comfortable and spacious, and I felt at home. The lanai (patio) gave a different touch because I could sit out and relax while overlooking the surroundings. The outward design of each building fit right into the uniqueness of the environment. The grounds were kept up very well which added to the attractiveness of the resort as a whole.
Overall my stay was superb. I would definitely recommend Kona Hawaiian Village Resort to anyone. It's ultimately a place of excellent service and fits any lifestyle. I was very pleased and impressed with it's superiority in all aspects of what a resort should be. I'm looking forward with much anticipation to my next stay, and I can hardly wait!
Lastly, I'd like to thank the entire staff, especially those who welcomed us so warm heartedly, for making mine and my family's stay so delightful. You definitely gave me some very memorable moments that I can share and cherish along with others. I look forward to making more memories with you in the future. Mahalo and Aloha!
Best wishes and yours truly, Mae Hernandez ( San Antonio, TX)
Wonderful! Loved it!
Beautiful! The staff were very friendly, and went out of their way to help, in every way. The property is expanding, so there are some contruction, but does not deter from the accomodations. Built to style of early hawaiian, 1900's, and with onsite historical sites, you feel transported back to that era. The accomodations were fantastic! Kids enjoyed the pool area, with fun waterfall into hot tub! Pool bar, and onsite barbeque too! We enjoyed our stay very much, and loved being close to town. :)
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