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Pacific 19 Kona - Kailua-Kona - Lobby
Pacific 19 Kona
7.8 Good
$263+
$263+
Free Wi-Fi
Pool
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Wyndham Royal Sea Cliff - Kailua-Kona - Building
Wyndham Royal Sea Cliff
9 Wonderful
$596+
$596+
Parking
Free Wi-Fi
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Kona Tiki Hotel
9 Wonderful
$326+
$326+
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Holua Resort
8.7 Very good
$268+
$268+
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Free Wi-Fi
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Hale-Hoola B & B
9.2 Wonderful
$177+
$177+
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Free Wi-Fi
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Ka'awa Loa Plantation
9.7 Wonderful
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The 9 best hotels in Kailua-Kona

Discover the top hotels in Kailua-Kona handpicked by local expert Kathleen Wong.
Kathleen Wong
December 6, 2023

The best hotels in Kailua-Kona take advantage of the coast’s striking black lava rocks and spectacular sunsets to immerse guests in the natural beauty of Hawaii Island. They offer stunning tropical gardens, some of the state’s top golf courses and put you face-to-face with Hawaii’s history and culture. As a local from Hawaii, I can assure you that staying at the Holualoa Inn is a treat for the senses, where fresh coffee mixes with natural mountain air. The gorgeous pools, world-class spas, and oceanfront views don’t hurt either, like the swimmable aquarium at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai that literally immerses you in a tropical marine life that I enjoy a lot. And if I am making a quick trip to Kona town, I’m likely at the charming Kona Tiki Hotel. Those details and many more make the list of my top 10 hotels in Kailua-Kona.

1.

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

Address:

72-100 Ka'Upulehu Drive

Price:

$1,085-3741/night

A secluded oasis awaits at the award-winning Four Seasons Resorts Hualalai, perfectly nestled into the dramatic lava rock shoreline that Hawaii Island is famous for. With the pristine Kona-Kohala coastline on full display at this indoor-outdoor resort, you’ll never forget where you are.
Perfectly manicured tropical landscaping completes the feeling that you’ve been whisked away to some Edenic retreat. Amenities are galore at this sprawling resort, where you can enjoy eight outdoor pools (including a swimmable aquarium), an 18-hole golf course designed by J, 28,000-square-foot spa and world-class fitness center complete with a rock-climbing wall and volleyball court.
Dine at one of the three onsite restaurants, especially ‘Ulu Ocean Grill and Sushi Lounge, which is the island’s only Forbes star-rated restaurant. For a true taste of Hawaii, order the locally sourced and flavored Kona coffee-crusted Maui venison. It’s paradise within paradise, among the best luxury hotels in Kailua-Kona.

2.

Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection

Address:

68-1400 Mauna Lani Drive

Price:

$628-4978/night

The Mauna Lani sits on what were once ancient fishponds used only by Hawaiian royalty. Flanked by lava fields and shoreline, the luxurious spot, one of the unique hotels in Kailua-Kona is a tribute to the deep connection between the natural world and Hawaiian people.
Take up the hotel’s cultural experiences led by its Living Culture team, including exploring ancient petroglyphs at the nearby Ala Kahakai National Historic Trails by e-bike or hike. I love how many ways the resort encourages you to experience the ocean: go on an early morning outrigger canoe ride or take a surf lesson at the retro-style Surf Shack.
Experience dinner at the oceanfront restaurant CanoeHouse, whose kitchen is run by a former Nobu Chef. Nosh on lobster tempura and wagyu tataki as the sun sets below the horizon. At the end of the evening, you can return to your carefully designed idyllic retreat.

3.

Holualoa Inn

Address:

76-5932 Mamalahoa Highway

Price:

$731-1062/night

If classic Hawaii is what you’re looking for then look no further than the Holualoa Inn. Placed on the slopes of Mount Hualalai on a working coffee farm, this endearing bed and breakfast gives guests a close look at the relaxed Hawaii Island lifestyle.
Book quickly because Holualoa Inn has only four rooms, two suites and two stand-alone units – and each accommodation has its own distinct style and charm. My favorite is the idyllic Gardenia Suite. Tall windows provide sweeping views of the ocean and orchard, and the dark wood furniture is so ornate and intricate.
The owners of the bed and breakfast paid close attention to detail, with original artwork inspired by Polynesia and island-style cotton robes and fleece socks. Book one of the packages, like a luxury picnic or private yoga lesson, for a truly romantic getaway.

4.

Kona Tiki Hotel

Address:

75-5968 Alii Drive

Price:

$213-628/night

The Kona Tiki Hotel has quite the claim to fame: it’s the only resort in Kailua-Kona where every room has a private oceanfront lanai (local word for a roofed porch). You should definitely make it out there to watch the sunset, especially since Kona is known for its stunning green flashes as the sun touches the horizon.
With only 16 guest rooms outfitted in a vintage Hawaiiana style, Kona Tiki Hotel is among the top reviewed boutique hotels in Kailua-Kona, fostering a quaint, cozy vibe. There’s no air conditioning, but being right on the water, the rooms get plenty of breeze.
The charming three-story hotel offers free parking, so you can rent a car and explore all parts of the island without an extra fee. The hotel pool is also set up right next to the water so you can watch the waves crash against the sea wall.

5.

Holua Resort

Address:

78-7190 Kaleiopapa Street

Price:

$207-588/night

With elegant two-story villas placed along its perfectly landscaped grounds, the Holua Resort at Mauna Loa Village is a sanctuary for visitors looking to enjoy Hawaii’s natural splendor. I love how it never feels crowded at this resort because guests can spread out over six pools, six hot tubs and 11 tennis courts. There are also barbecue areas and a fitness center too.
Up to six guests can stay in the villas, which have a full kitchen, in-unit washer and dryer and private lanais. Some of Kona’s best beaches are just a few miles away from the resort, like Kahaluu Beach Park, a favorite of mine to snorkel at. The Kona Country Club neighbors the resort, so definitely pack your golf club if hitting the green is on your mind.

6.

Kona Coast Resort

Address:

78-6842 Alii Drive

Price:

$174-542/night

The Kona Coast Resort is a quintessential Hawaiian resort, located on the Kona coast with vibrant gardens and stunning oceanfront views. At 21 acres, the resort has endless activities to occupy its guests such as two pools, three hot tubs, jogging paths, sand volleyball courts, and basketballs and tennis courts.
It’s also one of the best hotels to stay in Kailua-Kona for golfers, as it neighbors the Kona Country Club, which has an 18-hole course designed by William Bell. The studios are classic, comfortable and notably spacious with tall wooden ceilings and a private lanai.
For larger groups up to six, the villas are equally spacious with full-size kitchens and dining areas. Each day, the resort hosts free and paid-for activities such as ti leaf lei-making and hula lessons.

7.

Ka'awa Loa Plantation

Address:

82-5990 Napoopoo Road

Price:

$158-247/night

Located in South Kona, the Ka’awaloa Plantation Bed & Breakfast is an absolute gem of a bed and breakfast located on a hill overlooking the ocean. Your senses will be in heaven since this cozy inn is located on a coffee and tropical fruit farm in the heart of the famous Kona Coffee Belt.
Visitors can indulge in a fresh buffet-style daily breakfast that’s included with their stay. In 2016, the bed and breakfast started to run completely on solar power, so you can feel good about choosing to stay there.
If you’re staying in certain rooms, like the Mountain Room, your shower accommodations include outdoor lava rock showers in the garden. There is also a steam room and hot tub. If you want to head down to the beach, the bed and breakfast has coolers, umbrellas or beach chairs to borrow.

8.

Aston Kona By The Sea

Address:

75-6106 Alii Drive

Price:

$246-876/night