Glad we bought the timeshare A review of Paniolo Greens Resort
Since this is our home resort we have been there four times. I won't repeat the comments in the previous reviews except to note that they are pretty accurate, though I wonder about being able to see whales from the property! I would like to mention what I see as the good points and also the drawbacks to this resort. Good points: the master bedrooms have king-sized beds which is a rare thing to find in timeshares as far as I know. Because the resort is at a higher elevation, it is cooler by about five-ten degrees which is a plus for this Seattleite who finds the shore temperature great for swimming and snorkeling but too hot in general. When you stay at the resort you get reduced rates at the golf course, about $50 if I remember correctly, which is a fine course, though not as fabulous as Mauna Kea, for example, but then I don't like to spend the $200 a round it would cost there. The units are spacious and six miles away are possibly the best beaches in Hawaii. The area is uncrowded and you get a more "local" feel of the place. Bad points: you need a car and it seems that you spend a lot of time in it as Kona is about a half hour away (more during rush hour) and the snorkeling we like the best at Captain Cook Monument is more like an hour away. The restaurant scene nearby is limited.