If you’re looking for an upgraded budget holiday in Hawaii Big Island, this is the place to be! As the Holua Resort delivers good value for money in pleasant surroundings. Expedia does some nice package deals with this resort, resulting in a 7-day holiday for two (including flights) for just under $1,800.
The resort is just outside of Kailua, Kona and consists of various two-level buildings with either 1 or 2-bedroom apartments. Yes, this is not just a hotel room, you get an entire apartment for the price you pay. The apartments come with a full kitchen and bathroom and include a washer/dryer. They provide washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets and laundry detergent. It’s ideal for families or longer stays.
The staff at the front desk are super friendly and helpful, but housekeeping varies significantly from one staff member to the next. Even though the overal cleanliness was reasonable, as the most important things were clean (bed sheets, bathroom, kitchen utensils and crockery), it could use more attention.
For the location you will require some form of transportation. The resort has various amenities on site (pools, tennis courts, gym, etc.), but it does not have any restaurants. For this, and more, you will need to leave the resort. The nearest place will be Kailua, where you will find beaches, grocery stores and restaurants, all about 5 – 10 minutes away by car. It’s advisable to ensure you have a rental car. This is also a good idea for exploring the rest of the Big Island.
For the budget contious people out there, this resort delivers good value by providing a full kitchen with all the necessities (microwave, stove/oven, dishwasher and all kitchen utensils and crockery). This way you can save a lot of money on going out for dinner. Grocery prices in Hawaii are not cheap, but it still beats going out for a meal each day!
For a small family a 1-bedroom apartment would suffice, as the living room sofa can be turned into another bed. Larger families will want to go for a 2-bedroom option.
Do take note, that the parking spaces can be a few minutes away from your actual apartment. This might be a problem for people with any disabilities or when minding small children and carrying groceries at the same time. The resort does offer golf cart rides to and from the parking garage for people who need this.
Overal Holua Resort is a very nice, budget conscious resort, suitable for couples and families wanting to stay in the Kailua, Kona area of Hawaii Big Island.