NOT alot of Bang for your Buck A review of Sea Village Resort
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.