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4 Best Places To Stay In Kona Hawaii

Gather Vacations
| Big Island, Vacation Rentals

Hawai’i is known for its white-sand beaches, scenic hikes, and aloha spirit. Even better–each island has characteristics that make it unique unto itself. Only on the Big Island can you venture to the top of Mauna Kea or experience an active volcano at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. 

The leeward side of the Big Island, where Kona is located, has the perfect climate for enjoying outdoor activities like snorkeling and golf year-round. This particular region also grows world-famous Kona coffee beans. 

If lava fields, coffee sampling, and exceptional beaches sound like the perfect vacation for you, it’s time to look at the best places to stay in Kona.

Hainoa Villa at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

If the expansive glass pocket doors, view of dancing palm trees, and bright blue ocean beyond don’t immediately make you fall in love with Hainoa Villa then the giant, relaxing lanai kept cool by the ocean breeze surely will.  

Warm colors create a sense of coziness and relaxation throughout the gourmet kitchen and living space. The master bedroom boasts a private lanai with breathtaking views, and a spa-like bathroom, complete with a soaking tub and dual vanity. No need to worry about travel, the villa also includes a golf cart to help you get around the resort in style.

Why Hainoa Villa Stands Out

Hainoa Villa is located on the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai’s property, giving you exclusive access to the resort’s amenities once you pay a daily resort fee. You’ll be able to hit the links on their breathtaking golf course, lounge next to their hotel pool, or get active on their tennis courts.

What Vacationers Are Saying

Vacationers who have stayed at this property couldn’t get enough of the views and the resort’s many amenities. 

The best part was the two relaxing terraces – both with spectacular views of the ocean and surrounding lush landscaping. -Susan O.

We paid the Four Seasons resort fee and used their facilities daily. What an amazing property for a family to enjoy! -Danielle B.

Blue Water

Located in an exclusive gated community along the Kona coastline, Blue Water truly lives up to its name, delighting you with sightlines to the beautiful Pacific Ocean throughout the home, as well as an incredible pond and water feature immediately upon entering the property. 

As you make your way into the home, natural light hits you from all angles. Open up the retractable doors, located on three sides of the open-concept living area, to bring the outdoors in. The enormous kitchen is a chef’s dream only made better by the trade winds. 

Use the outdoor breezeway to gain access to the incredible master suite, where you’re able to gaze at the ocean from both your private lanai and your giant master bath, which is equipped with both a walk-in shower and a jetted tub. Your guests will fight to stay in the loft above the master, with its charming Twin-size beds and stunning garden and ocean views.

Why Blue Water Stands Out

Blue Water’s coastline location ensures that this property offers up the best possible view of the expansive ocean. Take your morning coffee and breakfast out into the backyard dining area while listening to the waves crash along the shore. Gaze at the fluffy, white clouds passing by as you whip up a meal in the kitchen. Grab a glass of wine and enjoy a romantic sunset on the master bedroom lanai. You never have to pull your eyes away from the sea in this beautiful home.

What Vacationers Are Saying

Location is so important when choosing a rental. Blue Water is close enough to Kona to easily enjoy its shopping and dining, but far enough away to be a peaceful retreat. 

Great place! Our family had a fun time. Close to everything but still quiet. -Dave S.

Hillside Villa

The moment you enter Hillside Villa, you’ll have to resist the temptation to immediately go to the outdoor living space that treats you to mountain, ocean, and scenic golf course views. Whether you’re lounging on the plush sofa, eating at the dining table, or cooking in the gorgeous kitchen with cabinets crafted of koa wood, you won’t be able to take your eyes off the outdoors. 

The master suite is made for relaxation. Warm wood tones and a giant soaking tub create an environment that exudes comfort. Two golf carts are provided so you can easily access the lovely community pool, heated spa, and BBQ area.

Why Hillside Villa Stands Out

You can’t beat the location of Hillside Villa, especially if you or a member of your party love to golf. From the comfort of your patio, you can grill up some lunch while watching professional golfers traverse the course during a tournament. Or, you and your friends can grab your clubs and see how you level up.

Treat yourself to a romantic dinner at one of the incredible restaurants on-site, just minutes away by golf cart. While everything you need is at your fingertips, if you feel like venturing out to Kailua-Kona, it’s only a short 30-minute drive.

What Vacationers Are Saying

Hillside Villa’s location and views really struck a chord with former guests. 

The view is really quite spectacular, you have a western view of an immediate garden which is perfect for kids to play, which then flows into a vast view of one of the golf fairways, which then flows into the ocean. -Michael B.

Enjoyed watching whales breach offshore from the comfort of our own veranda. -Hilary R.

Hale Maluhia

Atop a towering hill above Kailua-Kona and behind a private, gated entrance lies Hale Maluhia. If you can take your eyes off the infinity pool that leads directly to the sparkling ocean you’ll be the first. Every inch of this home is made to take advantage of the gorgeous weather and beautiful outdoor environment. Why confine yourself to the indoors when you can rinse off in a luxurious outdoor shower? Why have the doors closed when you can blur the lines between indoor and outdoor with retractable doors? 

Why Hale Maluhia Stands Out

Without a doubt, Hale Maluhia is our winner for the most expansive ocean and city views. From the alluring infinity pool, you can stare out at the endless ocean for hours or look down upon the beautiful city of Kailua-Kona and its coastline. The view lends itself to the kitchen, living area, and master bedroom as well. The beauty of the landscape is endless at Hale Maluhia.

What Vacationers Are Saying

Vacationers who have stayed at Hale Maluhia agree; the views are stunning. 

The infinity pool and patio are the perfect spots to relax and watch the Hawaiian sunsets!! -Aloha D.

Blown away by the gorgeous infinity pool and the magnificent and sweeping ocean views that extend all the way from the town in the north to the Keauhou bay in the south! -Tillman S.

The Best Way to Reserve Your Stay

Taking a Hawaiian vacation should be one of the most restful and relaxing experiences of your life, and when you book with Gather Vacations, planning one can be too. 

More than just planning your stay, Gather’s Concierge Services can arrange grocery delivery, a private chef, and housekeeping services. They can also assist with the planning of adventurous outdoor activities like helicopter tours, or calming indoor activities like an in-home massage. 

Gather Vacations is ready to welcome you to Hawai’i and make sure you have a vacation experience you won’t soon forget.

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