Kona Village Resort

Kona Village Resort My home away from home.
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Please note: this resort closed in March 2011 "for an extended period of time" due to extensive damage done by the tsunami that followed the March 11 earthquake in Japan. Please check the Resort Website for updates. Update, February 2012: the resort hopes to open by the end of 2013.
 

Location

Kona Village is north of the Kona International Airport, on the west side of Hawaii's Big Island. Eight upscale properties dot the 20-mile Kohala Coast.

Conde Nast readers have voted these Kohala Coast properties among the "Top Fifty Tropical Resorts Worldwide." Another claim to fame: lots of sunshine year round. (Certain areas of Hawaii are prone to rain.)

What's Special about the Kona Village Resort?

Inclusive Pricing: Hawaii doesn't have the type of all-inclusive resorts you find in the US and in, the Caribbean, and Mexico; but the price here includes meals, many activities and kids programs, so the end result is a close-to all inclusive price. (Kona Village calls itself "the only inclusive resort on the Big Island".)

Unplugged Getaway: With no phones, TV or even radio, you're in for a true getaway

Hale: Guests stay in individual hale (hah-lay) bungalows spread over 82 acres. The two-room bungalows can sleep five. Some visitors prefer the lagoon area, with bird-life nearby. If you need more pampering, many of the oceanfront hale have private whirlpool spas.

Complimentary Kids Programs for ages 5 to 12 includes a focus on Hawaiian culture: activities might include coconut painting, Hawaiian crafts, net throwing, as well as pool games etc. (Note: kids programs are offered daily except for two weeks in May and two weeks in September; children are allowed during these periods but pay the full adult price and there is no children's program available.)

Teens have complimentary programs too: be sure to sign up, as each program isn't available each day. Sample activities are snorkeling tours, sunfish sailing lessons, and kayaking.

Activities

Complimentary activities include tennis, arts and crafts such as shell hunting and lei making, the use of kayaks, boogie boards, surfboards, and snorkel gear. The bay is a marine sanctuary, full of colorful fish. Guests will have a choice of several places for snorkeling.

Activities for the whole family might include ukulele classes, ti-leaf hula skirt making, hula lessons, lawn games, or tours to the resort's petroglyph field.

Stand Up Paddle Boards: guests 12 and up can try this novel watersport. Guests pay $130 for an initial learning session, and then have unlimited use for the rest of their stay. (Read more about Stand Up Paddle Boards.)

Activities with a fee include scuba, the use of outrigger canoes, and deep sea fishing.

Meanwhile, activities further afield include golf at a nearby resort, horse-riding, helicopter tours, whale-watching, and visiting active volcanoes.

- Check prices at Kayak.com

This brief profile is meant to introduce this resort to family vacationers; please note that the writer has not visited in person.

* Always check resort sites for updates!