If it’s good enough for Hawaiian royalty it’s good enough for me.
I sadly bid goodbye to Maui but I happily say ALOHA to the Big Island of Hawaii. The youngest island in the Hawaiian archipelago is twice the size of all the islands combined! While it’s easy to stay at one hotel and explore every part of an island when you are on Kauai, Oahu or Maui, the Big Island is a bit different and requires some planning. For my first couple of days on the Big Island I’m going to exploring the Kona Brewers Festival and snorkelling with Body Glove so it makes perfect sense to stay in the Kailua-Kona area and at the Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. Steps from the ocean, restaurants everywhere you turn and a beer festival on the grounds. Sounds like the answer to the questions “where to stay on the Big Island?” and a perfect place to call home for 30 Days In Hawaii.
Kona has one of only 3 royal palaces in Hawaii, actually make the the entire USA. Two of them are on Oahu, one of which I visited, Iolani Palace. Kona has the summer palace of King Kamehameha I and the royals that followed called Hulihee Palace. If it’s good enough for a King it’s good enough for me. The Kona Beach Hotel is only a 2 minute walk away from the Palace which tells you that it’s location is perfect. I was able to get up on the roof and take a picture during the Kona Brewers Festival to show you just how amazing the location is including a protected little beach.
Now that you know how perfect the location is it’s time to take you inside to my room. A good friend from Vancouver, John Biehler, actually joined me for this stay so that’s why my room has two beds instead of one. To be honest we are lucky we could even get a room as the hotel was sold out ages ago thanks to the fact it is the host hotel for the Brewers Festival. As it was the room was very nice, not too big but just right for two buddies that had full schedules.
We had a nice little patio which faced back into town but it did have a sideways view of the ocean and Ali’i street which is the only street you need to know in Kona. Take a look at the view we had and we weren’t even facing the ocean head on. Pretty nice wouldn’t you say?
After we checked in we went straight to the pool bar and started on Mai Tai Madness! Four of those fun little drinks are very easy to consume let me tell you. John and I spent a lot of time at the pool and bar actually. While technically not a swim up bar, if you caught the waitresses attention she’d deliver your cocktails to the pool or Hot Tub. After our day at the Brewers this is where we retired to, the Hot Tub and had some great chats with other tourists. Unfortunately no photo evidence of those adventures, I was too worried I’d drop my phone into the pool
With rates ranging from $179 to $279 a night the Kona Beach Hotel is a definite place to call home when you are exploring the Western portion of the Big Island. Unless you want to get in your car to explore other parts of the island you can be car free when you stay here. I counted over 25 places to eat within a 20 minute walk plus there is the beach, pool and all sorts of other adventures you can get up to in Kona without hopping in your rental car. Next time I visit Kona I’ll be staying here for sure, just look at the sunset from the pool bar I captured. It’s a place fit for Hawaiian Royalty.
Thank you to my friends at the Hawaii Visitor’s Bureau for helping make this adventure possible. If you want to have your own Hawaiian adventure there is no better place to start than Go Hawaii, after you read this blog series though first.