The Big Island resorts along the Kona-Kohala Coast offer a variety of luxury accommodations. These hotels are world-class, from dramatic golf courses to stunning Big Island beaches to a wide selection of fun, family-oriented activities.
Think of Kohala hotels as an oasis in a lava desert: everything from palm tree-lined pristine white sand beaches to unparalleled amenities. These resort hotels are perfect for a magical Hawaii family vacation or a dream honeymoon.
The service, amenities and available activities vary widely from one Kohala resort to another. The old adage “you get what you pay for” may be true in some instances, but it really depends on your own individual preferences.
At some of the Big Island resorts, activities are included at no additional charge. At others, you may pay less for your room but get charged for extras. If most of your time will be spent out exploring the island and all you want is a comfortable bed, any of the Kohala hotels will fit the bill. That being said, some definitely offer a quieter, more peaceful feel, and some are more authentically tropical. Do your research. Find what feels right for you.
Most resorts do such a good job of catering to your every need that you may find it hard to pull yourself away to explore other sights on the island! If you do decide to get out for a day or two of exploring and have not rented a car, some of the resorts have rental car desks. This can be a good option if you only want a car for a portion of your stay.
Because of their special emphasis on programming for keiki (kids), many Hawaii Big Island resorts are especially suitable for families traveling with young children. Most have "kids camp" programs that are open to kids ages 5-12 (Hawaii state law). Many Kohala hotels also offer nanny services to care for your children under age five.
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
The #1 hotel in Hawaii, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is world renowned and the only Five-Diamond/Five-Star resort on the Big Island. 14 miles north of Kailua-Kona and only 7 miles north of the Kona airport.
243 guestrooms and suites, 3 restaurants, a private golf course, 8 tennis courts, 6 pools, spa and fitness center.
Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort
Ideally situated behind the 'Anaeho'omalu Fishponds and beach, the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort is 25 miles north of Kailua-Kona.
555 guestrooms and suites, restaurant, 3 pools, 3 spas, fitness center, 16 conference rooms, close to King's Shops and nearby golf courses.
Hilton Waikoloa Village
Indulge yourself in elaborate extravagance at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort, by far the largest Big Island resort. 25 miles north of Kailua-Kona.
1240 guestrooms and suites, 9 restaurants with 8 lounges, 2 golf courses, 8 tennis courts, 3 pools, 3 spas, fitness center, lots of shops and 24 conference rooms.
Mauna Lani Bay Hotel
Among the finest Big Island resorts for comfort and service, the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Resort is 28 miles north of Kailua-Kona.
343 guestrooms and suites, 5 restaurants, 2 golf courses, 6 tennis courts, 2 pools, 2 spas, fitness center, 2 shops and 11 conference rooms.
The Fairmont Orchid
Formerly the Ritz Carlton, the beautiful Fairmont Orchid Hawaii is an exceptional Big Island luxury hotel located 28 miles north of Kailua-Kona.
540 guestrooms and suites, 5 restaurants, 2 golf courses, 10 tennis courts, swimming pool, 2 spas, fitness center, 5 shops and 17 conference rooms.
Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel
Located right next to one of the most popular Big Island beaches, the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel is 32 miles north of Kailua-Kona.
350 guestrooms and suites, 3 restaurants, 2 golf courses, pool, spa and fitness center, 4 shops and 14 conference rooms.
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
33 miles north of Kailua-Kona, Mauna Kea Resort and the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is the original and one of the most popular Big Island resorts.
258 guestrooms and suites, 4 restaurants, 2 golf courses, 12 tennis courts, pool, spa and fitness center, numerous shops, 6 conference rooms and a spectacular beach.
If you prefer the privacy of a Bed and Breakfast or Big Island vacation rental home, we have plenty of those to choose from as well!
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