Step Back In Time At The Wyndham Kona Hawaiian!
Having already given a list of things to do and eat on the Big Island, this post is my review of the Wyndham Kona Hawaiian Resort in Kailua Kona. I’ve stayed at this awesome resort twice now, and had a great time on both occasions. The above link is to Expedia’s booking page for the resort, but there are other ways to book a bungalow. Here’s a few reasons why this resort could be the perfect spot for you to relax while in Kona!
Location, Location, Location!
The Wyndham Kona Hawaiian is located on Ali’i Drive, and is a stone throw from most of the popular spots on this oceanfront street. The trip from the airport takes about 20 minutes, so you don’t feel like you traveling forever to get to your hotel. This perk really shows its value when you’ve taken an extremely long flight, and just want to jump into your bathing suit as soon as possible. Another great feature of this location is that the beach is right around the corner. None of the beaches in Hawaii are privately owned (although some resorts can limit the amount of cars parked on the property), so you can bring your towel or chair and sunbathe wherever you want!
This resort doesn’t lack for the right amenities to get you through your stay! At check-in you’re given a map of the property, a weekly activities calendar, and a rundown of the best spots in town to visit. This resort features two swimming pools, two hot tubs (one of which is the only sand bottomed hot tub on the island), a workout room, hospitality clubhouse, propane grills, and fully equipped kitchen! When I say fully equipped kitchen, I actually mean a real kitchen, not a little dinky microwave and mini fridge Nope, each bungalow has everything you’ll need to make a family of six a full meal. You will also be able to travel back home with a suitcase full of clean clothes, as each bungalow has its own washer and dryer. I can’t tell you what a boon this is, as I hate traveling back home with dirty clothes!
Driving onto the property you’ll notice that it was created to look like a Hawaiian village in the 1930s. Each building features two bungalows (upper and lower) that have a large master suite, second bedroom featuring a king size bed and spacious guest bath with entry from both the guest room and hallway. Check out an actual diagram of the layout here. As you can see, these bungalows have ample space for at least six people (the sofa pulls out to a queen size bed), and with such a large lanai (porch) you will be able to extend the living space. I wish I had taken more pictures of the room, but we were honestly so busy touring and relaxing that none of us got any good ones 🙁
The truth of the matter is that there are several different accommodations on the Big Island that would suit all manner of tastes. When you’re surrounded by beautiful scenery and friendly locals, how much time are you really going to spend in your room? However, for my two cents, I love the Wyndham Kona Hawaiian! I fully intend to stay there the next time I visit Kona! Since this property is a part of the Club Wyndham Ownership group, you’ll most likely be asked at check in if you’d like to attend one of their presentations. We happened to attend the presentation, and while the salespeople definitely want you to buy in, I would not say that they were obnoxious about it. If you know that it’s not in your budget, then be up front about it, and you should be fine!