I’ve been writing about Kona Village resort on TripAdvisor since 2002 when I first went to KVR. I have returned every year since and this was my second visit in 2008. This visit was on a different plan. For this trip, my wife and I visited the village under the Bed&Breakfast plan. It was different but the essence of Kona Village is the same.
The b&b plan is perfect solution for a few complaints I have read here. Those complaint are: too much food for lunch and dinner; can’t see the island because you don’t want to leave the resort; the food is too expensive; after a week the food selection gets boring; the village is too quiet; the beach is ok but there are better. Now, I do not subscribe to these criticism but they are out there.
With the b&b plan you eat breakfast on resort but are on your own for lunch and dinner. You have all the amenities of the village such as tennis courts, pools, snorkel equipment, garden, kayaking and great bartenders but you plan to leave the resort for other meals. This is a great plan for Isle of Hawaii newbies. This way you don’t feel guilty when leaving to explore this beautiful island. You can stay and play or take-off and explore. Want to play in the waves on a beautiful white sand beach, no problem drive to Kua Bay or run down to Kailua for lunch.
As a regular, I thought I wouldn’t like this plan. My thinking was that it would interfere with the flow of my visit. That wasn’t the case at all. We brought snacks, bread and meats for lunch and basically only left the resort of dinner. We were off campus for all of a 1.5 hours a day. We had all the advantages at a lower price. This is a great option for many. I will return in May of 2009 on the regular all inclusive plan, but I know that in the future I will use the B&B plan again. BTW, do not think that the staff will treat you differently if you stay under the B&B plan or the all inclusive. The staff doesn’t know. Everyone at KVR is equal. That’s the beauty of the place.
I usually visit in May so here are a few observations on late October and early November. The water seems a few degrees warmer in November. There is noticeably more gentle wave action in November and I felt the bay was a little choppier. Snorkeling, at least based on this trip, was better in May. Swimming in the bay is still great in either month. Weather, seem almost identical but there was a tad bit more humidity in the air. I am sticking with May but that’s just my preference. We had no problem with the lack of air conditioning. The fans worked great.
We stayed in a Deluxe Hale ST4. It’s out in burbs on the beach side as some regulars know. It was good walk to the Hale Moana but with all the food we ate, we needed the exercise. The lanai had a little view of the ocean and the room was clean and comfortable. I not going to get into the room décor, because you either get Kona Village or you don’t and hale decors are for the don’ts. Besides, within the next year or two the village will be shut for a total facelift.
The Friday luau show was great. We went to dinner at Merriman’s Cafe and were back in time for the show. If you want to go to a great luau KVR is the best.
A note to the regulars, the Four Seasons definitely is more hospitable to KVRers, we even swam in the fish pool. The unspoken rule seems to be, inter-resort graciousness during the slow seasons.
My only complaint was the trip was too short.