My wife and I stayed for four nights at the beginning of January. We showed up and just wanted to sleep the first night after a long flight. We were welcomed by Wendi and Dave, given directions to a nearby restaurant for dinner, and made to feel at home right away. During our stay, the breakfasts were excellent, although served a little later than what we preferred (none earlier than 8:30). However, the coffee was great (and local), and this was more of the relaxed Hawaii way. The rooms were very comfortable with nice beds. There was no air conditioning in the rooms, but fans were provided and there were large windows to allow the cool night air to flow in. At night, there was an outdoor firepit on the lanai that was shared with the other guests. There was also a grill on the lanai that we used one night, as did each of the other guests (it happened to be one of the guests each night by coincidence). Wendi and Dave went out of there way to get to know the guests and to make sure everyone enjoyed their stay.
The location was better than we had imagined when booking. It is only a few minutes from the heart of Kona and its markets. It was easy to get to the main roads to travel the big island.
The best part about Honu Kai, Wendi, and Dave was after breakfast every morning, they would make sure each guest had plans for the the day along with anything they could possibly need. We were given coolers, snacks, beach towels, snorkel and masks, ice packs, glasses, napkins, plates, utensils, and most importantly, a guide for the part of the island we would visit that day. These guides, prepared by Wendi, were invaluable. They listed the best routes to get there, the best restaurants on the way, stops at beautiful overlooks or beaches, local shops, and where clean restrooms are. These honestly made this one of the best places we have ever stayed on a vacation. They made life easy.
We went on to a very nice, expensive resort for the final three nights of our trip so that we could spend a couple days on a beach without having to drive, park, and unpack. This made us appreciate Honu Kai even more. It was a nice hotel with beautiful grounds and beaches, but the service was horrible. We were treated as though we were a nuisance, especially if we were not spending a lot of money at this fancy resort (see my review of Mauna Lani). Needless to say, we preferred the B & B, but this could be due to our personalities. We really do not like being in touristy places, and Mauna Lani is a tourist trap. Honu Kai had much more of a local island flare.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aloha filled vacation at a plantation styled B&B, set on a lush tropical 1.3 acre estate. Private park-like setting,gated parking. 10 mins. from Kailua-Kona, shopping, beaches & restaurants. Old-growth garden, zen zone with lots of statuary, relaxing & peaceful, welcoming! Expansive covered and sun decks, garden jacuzzi. 4 spacious rooms, all private baths,luxury linens: bungalow w/kitchenette, 2 tree-top bedrooms with sundeck, & master suite w/deck area. Shared outdoor kitchen with huge gas BBQ, shared fridge. Concierge services, trip planning, owners are very knowledgeable of Island activities and special things to do. We provide snorkel equipment/beach chairs/bags/boogie boards/umbrellas. 3 course hot breakfast, varied daily: pastries, local tropical and exotic fruits, special dietary needs are catered to. Teas/Kona coffee 24/7. Adult guests, no children under 17 years. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Honu Kai Hotel Kailua-Kona
- Honu Kai Bed And Breakfast
- Honu Kai B&B Hawaii/Kailua-Kona