Hello. My wife and I will be visiting the Big Island next week for 6 nights. We're staying at the Hapuna Prince based on recommendations from you helpful folks.
Our return flight from Kona Airport departs at 11:45 PM on a Wednesday. We're trying to figure out how to spend our last (almost) full day in Hawaii before arriving at the airport around 9:30 PM for our flight home.
The Hapuna Prince can't confirm a late check-out for us until the day before we're leaving. And even if it's avaialble, I'm not sure how late of a check-out we'll be able to get. A 2pm check-out won't be of much help, since we'll still have 7+ hours to kill. A 6pm checkout would be good, but who knows what they be able to offer. Storing our luggage at the resort is an option, but probably limits our last-day activities to things nearby the resort.
As a back-up plan, I'm wondering if there are any recommended hotels closer to Kona airport that would be OK for a half-day stay prior to our 11:45PM departure. Doesn't have to be fancy, just clean and "affordable" for a less-than-overnight stay. I found an unnamed 4* property on Hotwire that was ~$131, but after taxes and resort fee it priced out at $180+, which is a bit steep for a 6 hour stay.
I guess we're just not used to the red-eye thing and want to avoid carrying around our luggage in the car that day. Just looking for a room to crash for a few hours, store our luggage, and take a shower before heading off to the airport. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks again.