Be prepared A review of Paniolo Greens Resort
Aloha, Got back from Hawaii October 13/03 after a weeks stay. There were 6 of us in total - 2 adults, 3 teenagers and one senior. The resorts is not steps to the beach as the paniolo video claims, it's actually about a ten minute drive, but that's okay because we knew that in advance and had rented a vehicle anyway. The accomodations are actually very secluded and unless you rent a vehicle you will be forced to pay a $5 each way fare per person for the shuttle which only runs until 4pm. The place you check in is a healthy ten minute walk from where you will actually be staying, so be prepared. The grocery store and a couple of restaurants are right near the check in area and you can't cut across the golf course to get to it quicker from where your rooms are located. The rooms were fairly clean but we needed an extra cot for our son as he didn't want to sleep with his grandmother on the pull out couch, the front desk's solution was to send a thin piece of foam for him to sleep on the floor with, it took 2 more days to have them locate an extra mattress which they finally showed up with and placed on the floor, so be prepared. The blinds didn't close in any of the rooms properly and I had to fix one with a kitchen knife. The kitchen, by the way, was less than half the size shown on the video, whereas the upstairs rooms were considerably spacious. (They are planning to renovate all the rooms sometime next year, figures!) Three bathrooms were wonderful though with all those people. No lineups! As long as you plan on getting up around 5:30 am you won't mind the hum of the lawn mowers cutting the golf course, earplugs come in handy,be prepared.As for the island we travelled 1050 miles by the time we left and it was beautiful. The rental companies tell you to stay off the Saddle Road if you don't have an SUV, but honestly some of the roads in my city are worse than it was.The turtles on the black beach were an incredible site, Hapuna beach (man-made) is nice for suntanning and swimming but not much different from a Caribbean beach. The Volcano park is amazing to see as well, we have beautiful pitures of a rainbow plunging into the volcano. Waipio valley is worth the drive too.If you belong to Costco bring your card, it's worth the drive to the Kona store to buy gas, it was 30 cents per gallon cheaper than the regular stations, the week we were there Costo was selling it for $2.02.There is a antique store on Hwy.11 south of Kona that has an old red station wagon out front, if you see it stop cause they serve the most incredible ice cream.Mahalo nui loa for reading my review, have fun.