My husband and I were extremely impressed the second we walked "in" to the resort. The open air lobby is gorgeous. We came here with 30 other people for our wedding, and everything went off without a hitch! Marites at the group desk was very helpful during the planning process. We fell in love the the Royal Kona because of the old hawaii charm, you can't find that just anywhere. Our room was fantastic, in the Ali'i tower. We had the most amazing view of the ocean and kona town. One of our favorite parts about the hotel was Don's Mai Tai Bar! Great Mai Tai's and great food at decent prices. Also the hotel is in walking distance to Kona town and everything is at your fingertips. We orginally planned on staying 4 nights then moving to other resorts for our honeymoon. We couldn't leave the Royal Kona after the 4th night so we exteded our stay one more night.
On this trip we also stayed at the Hilton Waikoloa Village, and wished we were still at the Royal Kona. The hilton was nice, but a bit too much like Disneyland for us. We even returned to the Royal Kona to have lunch at Don's Mai Tai bar after we were staying at the Hilton.
This is a long overdue review! We planned our Wedding and Reception at the Royal Kona Resort. It was the perfect wedding for us, beautiful and low stress! The wedding location is gorgeous and the staff took care of everything for us. Besides choosing a day, time and menu... I didn't have to make any other decisions. I can't say enough positive remarks about the wedding planning services.
My only tip is to not book a room in the Bay Tower. I've heard bad reviews about the Bay tower, because it's the only tower that hasn't been renovated. Stick with the Ali'i or Lagoon tower and you will have no complaints. The building is old, it's a landmark! ...but that's probably part of it's Hawaiian charm, it feels authentic.
Did I mention that the sound of the waves crashing on the rocks was amazing to listen to while waking up every morning?
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Kona Hotel Kailua-Kona
- Royal Kona Kailua
- Royal Kona Resort Hawaii/Kailua-Kona