Kohala Coast Resorts
Kohala Coast resorts, here on the Big Island of Hawaii, are best known for seamlessly combining luxurious hotel amenities with the unrivaled climate and location that they enjoy. Indoor/outdoor spaces filled with warm breezes and the scent of tropical flowers creates an atmosphere so relaxing it borders on euphoric. It’s no wonder that so many guests return year after year while some simply give up and make the Kohala Coast their year round home.
The arrival of tourism to the Kohala Coast in the mid 60s, ushered in a new era for an area, that at the time was struggling with the decline of its agricultural economy. Well known investor Laurance S. Rockefeller was invited to visit the Kohala Coast in 1960 by then governor, William Quinn.
Stopping by beautiful Kauna‘oa Beach for a swim, he envisioned what would become the area’s first luxury resort hotel, the Mauna Kea. Opened in 1965, the resort set the standard for integrating hotel design with its natural surroundings. The Mauna Kea’s environmentally sensitive design made it a forerunner of the movement that came to be known as eco-tourism.
The Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel was a new addition to the resort in 1994. With a more contemporary design and the latest amenities, it is a perfect complement to the Mauna Kea’s traditional style of luxury.
The Mauna Lani Bay Resort raised the standard of private luxury a notch when the hotel opened in 1983 and added five ultra-luxurious bungalows with private pools and butler service. The resort also set a new standard of respect for local Hawaiian cultural heritage and environmental stewardship.
Numerous footpaths lead to ancient cave dwellings, fishponds and archaeological sites that are preserved within the resort. Since 1989 the Mauna Lani has maintained a program to raise green sea turtles in their protected fish ponds. Each year, on July 4th, mature sea turtles are released into the ocean to celebrate their independence.
The Fairmont Orchid was added to the resort in 1990 and opened their award winning Spa Without Walls. The spa features 8 private outdoor waterfall hale and six oceanside hale. Each hale (pronounced ha-lay) or hut offers warm ocean breezes and an extensive menu of spa treatments, including several based on ancient Hawaiian healing practices.
Numerous residential developments have been added to the resort since it first opened and the shops at Mauna Lani offer access to galleries, cafes, fashion, accessories and resort activities.
Waikoloa Beach Area
Occupying a coveted location fronting Hawaii’s only naturally sheltered beach, the Waikoloa Beach Marriott may be the Kohala Coast’s best kept secret. Regularly ranking as the best value beach front, ocean view accommodation on the Kohala Coast, you can stay and snorkel with sea turtles at the beach, lounge by the pool or step out and explore all the activities that Waikoloa has to offer.
Hilton Waikoloa Village Beach Resort
Cruising along the canals at Hilton Waikoloa Village is just one of many memorable experiences you will take away from this fairy-tale-come-true resort. Sleek Swiss-made air-conditioned trams are also available to carry you around the resort. From Buddha Point to the Dolphin Quest lagoon, you’ll find dozens of things to see and do. The lagoon is teaming with tropical fish and offers a protected place to try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding or grab one of the complimentary teak lounge chairs scattered around the property. They are built for two and come with a retractable hood that gives you a little privacy and protection from the sun while you ponder the deep blue Pacific.
The Lava Lava Beach Club Restaurant and Bar at the Waikoloa Resort is famous for their Sandy Toes cocktails and nightly live music on the beach. This one of a kind venue can be booked for special events and includes four private beach front cottages for guests that love it so much they just don’t want to leave.
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai ( North Kona District about , 10 minutes south of the other resorts)