We stayed in Banyan Tree #405 in early February 2011. This is a very nice, renovated unit with lots of amenities. We stayed with another couple and had plenty of room. We used the well-equipped kitchen for almost all our meals. It has granite counter tops, updated appliances, and a great view of the ocean through the living/dining area and lanai. Internet is provided but we could not get the wireless connected and had to use our cable to connect.
We particularly enjoyed the surfers, boogie boarders, and paddle boarders right out in front. They provided all day entertainment. The pool area was great with a hot tub and comfortable furniture. While there is only one gas grill we experienced no waits, grilling 4 nights out of 7. Security is excellent with a code required for the elevator and the pool area. We felt very safe here. We appreciated the elevator to haul groceries and luggage.
There are a few negatives: noise from Ali’i Drive in the second bedroom (moderated by the layout of the building); a narrow lanai that does not facilitate outside dining by more than two people; and, a master bathroom without a door to shut it off from the kitchen/dining area. Even a curtain across the doorway would help the situation considerably.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Banyan Tree is a small complex of 20 individually owned condos. There is a mix of owners who live full-time at the complex, owners who live part-time at the complex, long term rentals and owners who vacation rent their condos when they are not staying in them. Every condo is uniquely decorated by their owners. No two are alike! You are not just renting a condo, you are renting someone's home. Each condo does have a full kitchen, no kitchenettes here. There is a heated pool and an adults only hot tub. Check-in/out details and rental policies are different for each condo. The owner or rental agency will give you instructions. There is not a front desk or office. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Kona Banyan Tree Hotel Kailua-Kona
- Kona Banyan Tree Hawaii/Kailua-Kona