Located on the western shores of the island of Big Hawaii, the four-hotel Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa was a resort I had to check out during my time in Hawaii. Located in Keauhou Bay, a short drive away from the airport which connects with Honolulu and certain airports on mainland USA, the resort is perched on the iconic lava rocks and offers fantastic Hawaiian hospitality.
The resort is located near the Kona Coffee farms, Volcanoes national park, the giant manta ray coastal feeding grounds and snorkeling in Kealakekua Bay. Don’t worry about being too far away from the rest of the sights of the island, the resort does offer tours which include helicopter flights and checking out the traditional dance of the island with a meal. Or hire a car like I did and drive all over the island taking in many amazing sights.
Want to know what I did on the island of Big Hawaii? Check out my blog post here.
On arrival (with the hired car – hint, if not arriving with a hired car but want to hire a car later on, the resort does have a desk which offers this service), there are two types of car parking. Valet and self-parking which I did the self-parking and costs around $15 a day. The walk to the reception (with the luggage) isn’t too far or too hard.
Checking in, I received fantastic customer service and got in-depth information on the resort and what to do on the island (as I was a first timer to Hawaii). The lobby is the place to find the tour companies and a place to sit down and check out the beautiful view over the bay.
The hotel room
The hotel rooms were fantastic and managed to get a comfortable sleep on the huge bed (well, they huge to me as my double-bed back home in the UK is tiny!). The furniture is all wooden and is bage in the decor colour which had a nice calming feel. Bathroom had all the needs catered for but my favourite feature of the room has to be the balcony. OK, I didn’t get the sea view room but I did get a nice view of the mountains and gardens. So nice to chill out every evening before I headed out to bars and restaurants below with a glass of beer and hearing the sound of the birds and the ocean.
In my four-day stay at the resort, I used the restaurants a few time. There is the Holua Poolside Bar which I used for lunch times and offers the usual drinks from beer, wines and sodas to burgers, fries, nachos.
The main restaurant is Rays on the Bay which has a fantastic bar with bar staff who knows how to make a cocktail (which is essential on vacation).
The restaurant has fine dining (and breakfasts as well) where most of the food is locally sourced and has an assortment of dishes from the islands, North America and Asia. Whilst eating here, guests will be in the only restaurant in the world to offer views of the giant manta ray in its natural habitat (but I didn’t see any on my stay) however I did get to see the dramatic views of the ocean when the sun was setting whilst hearing the crashing of the waves down below.
Keeping fit and having a good swim
One of my favourite thing I love to do is to keep fit whilst on the road so I was grateful the resort had a gym with the usual treadmills, cycling machines and weights but I have to admit, I spent most of my time in the pool. I even did my first proper water slide here (and I was about to turn thirty-six years old at the time!).
The hotel does offer some entertainment and the one I opted to do was to watch some traditional Hula dancing (which was a show put together to explain the history of the dance, the various type of dance and then a fire show afterwards) whilst having meal and drinks.
Overall, I really did enjoy my stay here at the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa and the service I received was top notch. Really did enjoy my walks around the grounds along the oceanfront and just generally chilling out by the pool, eating fine food and doing some gentle exercise.
A personal note from me – my time at the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa was paid for by myself and was not sponsored in anyway by the company. The opinions in this post are my own and is totally honest. I would like to thank the staff for making my short stay here an enjoyable one.
To book up a stay at the hotel click here.