Royal Kona Resort

Big Island, Hawaii

Virgin rating

The hotel

An established resort hotel, the Royal Kona is surrounding by 12 acres of tropical landscape, just steps from the sea. Its laid-back ambience ensures a relaxing stay with amenities such as an oceanfront swimming pool and a private swimming lagoon to tempt you. There are also tennis courts for those who’ve remembered to pack their whites and a fitness centre for keeping trim. A hot favourite we think will be the Mai Tai Bar, not only serving 10 types of Mai Tai’s but set in a spectacular location, against the backdrop of Kailua Bay. The Breezaway Lounge is also idyllic, with sofas and armchairs strategically placed to offer full ocean views. Grab yourself a seat, a Mai Tai (of course!) and admire dazzling sunsets night after night. At Don the Beachcomber, the dining is as sumptuous as the view, fusing Asian inspiration and European technique to create the most delightful of dishes. Not to be missed is the Lu’au — a feast of tropical delicacies, song and dance celebrating the legends and lore of Polynesia, the dramatic Fire Dance finale is breathtaking!

Amenities

  • Tennis
  • Bar
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Service
  • No Smoking
  • Restaurant
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Beachfront location

Where is it

On the Island of Hawaii, beside the sea in Kailua-Kona, in the historical district and close to Hulihee Palace.

Hotel information

436 rooms and suites in 3 ocean front towers. All with air-conditioning, balcony, satellite TV with pay-per-view films, telephone, WiFi*, mini-fridge, coffee maker, safe, hairdryer, iron and board. Standard Room with 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Partial Ocean View Room with 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Ocean View Room with 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Ocean Front Corner King offer full panoramic ocean views with 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Don the Beachcomber Restaurant, Don’s Mai Tai Bar, Don’s Breezaway Lounge. Ocean front swimming pool, private swimming lagoon. Fitness centre. 4 floodlit tennis courts. Ocean front Voyagers of the Pacific Lu’au* (select evenings). Weekly Hawaiian Music Legends Concert Series. Regular live music. Activities desk. Hair salon*. Spa and Massage Centre*. Laundry self-service*. Shops. Self-parking $12 plus tax per day (payable locally, subject to change).

This hotel has a resort fee of $25 plus tax per room, per day (payable locally, subject to change)

Resort fee, tax and inclusions are subject to change - please see hotel check-in for current inclusions available to you upon arrival.

*Denotes local charge.

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Traveller rating

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Mar 3, 2024 BabyYodaLives

First time staying here & the LAST!!! Loud wedding party under my balcony. No mention of this when I checked in. Called front desk...no reaction except noise should wind down after 10 pm. For what I paid for this room, not acceptable. Rooms are dated & need upgrading. AVOID...not worth the money!!!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Could’ve been such a great stay if it wasn’t for the noise of the area

Mar 1, 2024 Getaway21667308477

Great location close to restaurants and the parking was so convenient. The renovated room was great too. Downside is the noise. There’s a bar nearby that has karaoke, with an MC and DJ blasting music until 1am every night. 3/4 nights we barely slept because of this, and then was woken up by a worker using a leaf blower at 6:30am right outside the… Read more
Great location close to restaurants and the parking was so convenient. The renovated room was great too. Downside is the noise. There’s a bar nearby that has karaoke, with an MC and DJ blasting music until 1am every night. 3/4 nights we barely slept because of this, and then was woken up by a worker using a leaf blower at 6:30am right outside the rooms. The staff were kind enough to move rooms but due to it being so booked up, we were only moved a couple of rooms down which meant we lost our view but still copped the noise from the bar. Such a shame because this would’ve been a great stay otherwise. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great location

Feb 27, 2024 861cathleena Boston, Massachusetts

Location was a 5 out of 5. Daily whale and dolphin sightings. Two negatives brought my rating down to four stars. 1. Corner king had a huge balcony but only one uncomfortable high top bar table and two high chairs. Requested two lounge chairs but was told not allowed. No reservations at restaurant. First come first served. Showed up at 4 pm… Read more
Location was a 5 out of 5. Daily whale and dolphin sightings. Two negatives brought my rating down to four stars. 1. Corner king had a huge balcony but only one uncomfortable high top bar table and two high chairs. Requested two lounge chairs but was told not allowed. No reservations at restaurant. First come first served. Showed up at 4 pm for the entertainer whose show began at 5 and the wait was 60-90 minutes. Do not want to spend my vacation waiting in line. Went elsewhere. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great location that could use an update and bigger beds

Feb 26, 2024 Adventurer441115

The good: The location and views out on this volcano rock can't be beat, especially at sunset from the pool! The beachfront bar and free mai tais at checkin are fun and the grounds have a kitchy, lovely old Hawaii feel. Fridge in the rooms. The saltwater lagoon was a secret retreat we discovered in our last days. The cons: The two beds are only… Read more
The good: The location and views out on this volcano rock can't be beat, especially at sunset from the pool! The beachfront bar and free mai tais at checkin are fun and the grounds have a kitchy, lovely old Hawaii feel. Fridge in the rooms. The saltwater lagoon was a secret retreat we discovered in our last days. The cons: The two beds are only doubles or fulls NOT queens, so I would not book here again with four people as we did. The interior of the building felt a little dingy and the exterior could use an update and freshener. The pool was quite cold with no hot tub. The price was more reasonable than some beachfront resorts but still so expensive! I almost wish we'd paid a bit more for a nicer pool/queen bed room elsewhere. Then again, the balcony view and sunsets were just incredible, so might be fine for a couple with one kid. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating We would stay here again!

Feb 25, 2024 kellach3 Fonthill, Canada

I booked my 6 night stay at this resort about 6 months ago. I was impressed with the price (Reno rate) and the walkable location. A few weeks before leaving for my trip, I decided to check out recent reviews to see if there were any tips from travellers about activities to try, etc. I was surprised and concerned to see lots of recent negative… Read more
I booked my 6 night stay at this resort about 6 months ago. I was impressed with the price (Reno rate) and the walkable location. A few weeks before leaving for my trip, I decided to check out recent reviews to see if there were any tips from travellers about activities to try, etc. I was surprised and concerned to see lots of recent negative reviews, I contemplated cancelling and staying elsewhere but didn’t because I would have lost my deposit and found that other options in the area were considerably more expensive. All this to say, I had a positive experience! My biggest issue was that the mai tai’s we ordered from the bar were our least favourite cocktail we had our entire trip. We also didn’t have luck ordering takeout lunch from the on site restaurant, I think they were short staffed. If you want to check out the live music on Thursdays, go early, it was too busy when we arrived and we had to go elsewhere, bummer. Room was clean and housekeeping was efficient. Check in wasn’t more than a 10 min wait, we got upgraded to a better room and received complementary sparking wine upon check in because we were celebrating our anniversary. Read less