Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa

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(888) 488-3535 or (808) 930-4900
78-128 Ehukai St, Keauhou

It’s best described as sophisticated, understated, islandy with Sig Zane designs scattered throughout, but a bit stark with lots of concrete. It does, however, embrace its oceanside location. (But there is no sand beach here, and they could use more plants in the interior areas to absorb sounds bouncing around the atrium.) They cater to families, and it’s reflected in their multi-level water feature with 200-foot waterslide, waterfall and pool that meanders into the atrium of the hotel. With the ocean and pool the focus here, we wish the pool deck felt better maintained—it’s showing its age. Cabanas by the pool are $100 per day and include beverages and snacks. The fitness room (for those who can’t bear to be on vacation without working out) is state of the art with a killer view of the ocean. The teen center gets very busy and has foosball, air hockey, ping-pong, wide-screen TVs, game consoles and more. There is a keiki activity room with crayons and toys, but parents must be present as there is no staff on duty. They have a lot of cultural activities on site. They have a good wedding infrastructure, including an oceanfront chapel and licensing on site. Couples can get a private ocean view massage and Jacuzzi in the day spa. It also has a “salt room.” Simply a room where they blow microscopic Himalayan salt on you (or you could just sit next to the ocean).

There is a mandatory resort fee of $30 that covers internet, local and toll-free calls, international calls up to 30-minutes, trolley that runs all the way into Kona Town, daily cultural activities, poolside midday refreshments and some other items. Self-parking is $20, valet parking is $27. Rooms are fresh but not remarkable and include “Sweet Sleeper” beds. Rooms (420 sq. ft.) are $199–$349, suites (925–3,000 sq. ft.) are $499–$2,550. Their partial ocean view category is worth the upgrade from mountain view.

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Resort at a Glance

  • 509 rooms
  • Pool
  • 2 spas
  • 3 lighted tennis courts
  • Free 24-hour fitness room
  • Room service
  • Valet parking
  • 4 restaurants
  • 2 lounges
  • Empty fridge
  • 2 shops
  • 8 conference rooms
  • Free 24-hour business center
  • Wi-Fi throughout resort
  • Coin-op laundry room
  • Coffee makers in room with free coffee daily
  • Free laptop-sized room safes
  • Wedding coordinator
  • Wedding chapel
  • Day spa
  • Lu‘au

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