Rooms feature up-to-date amenities, like flat-screen TVs
Open-air trolley shuttle to and from Kailua village (15-minute ride)
No beach on-site
Daily resort fee
Limited dining options on-site
The four-pearl, 509-room Sheraton may be lacking an on-site beach (it's a five-minute drive to the Kahaluu Beach Park), but prices are affordable and the south Kailua-Kona location is convenient. All guest rooms were renovated in 2012, receiving new paint and carpeting, as well as flat-screen televisions. Spaces are bright and cheerful, featuring unique touches from Hawaiian designer Sig Zane. There is also a huge free-form pool (arguably the resorts best feature), and the natural setting on lava rock cliffs right on the ocean is stunning, making the Sheraton Kona Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa a decent choice for the right price.
A relatively affordable option near Kailua-Kona, though the lower price tag does come with some noticeable drawbacks.
The Sheraton Kona Keahou has long been known as a great Manta Ray viewing sight at night, with beautiful outdoor gardens that have been well cared for. Clean rooms (refreshed in 2012) and beautiful views from the rocky coast are still positive draws. There is no on-site beach access, but a nearby public beach is a short drive away.
There are a few on-site dining options, including a breakfast buffet , a poolside bar , and evening dining , but more restaurants, as well as grocery stores, are available at nearby Keauhou Shopping Center and in Historic Kailua Village. (The hotel offers a shuttle ride that is included in the resort fee.)
Just south of Historic Kailua Village, a bustling seaside town with excellent shopping, dining, and nightlife
The Sheraton Kona Keauhou Bay is a 15-minute drive south of Historic Kailua Village (a.k.a Kailua-Kona), a small -- but busy -- seaside town on the Kona coast. The main shops, restaurants, and nightlife spots can be found on Alii Drive, and the Kailua Pier -- where the annual Ironman Triathlon starts and finishes -- is a popular place to watch the sunset. There are also several historic attractions in the town, including the Hulihee Palace (once a royal summer home and now a museum), and the Ahuena Heiau, a reconstructed temple where King Kamehameha spent the final years of his life.
The Big Island is packed with natural wonders, including active volcanoes, where visitors can still see lava flows, numerous beaches, and rainforests. It's by far the largest of the Hawaiian islands, so be prepared to drive to experience some of the top attractions.
31-minute drive from Kona International Airport
2-hour-40-minute drive from Hilo International Airport
5-minute drive to the Kahaluu Beach State Park
14-minute drive to Kailua-Kona
1-hour drive to the Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, one of the island's top beaches
2-hour-25-minute drive to Akaka Falls State Park, home to the 442-foot Akaka Falls and the 100-foot Kahuna Falls
2-hour-33-minute drive to Mauna Kea Observatories (at the summit)
1-hour-40-minute drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, home to the island's most popular volcanoes
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