Wow! What a lovely resort! The architecture puts me in mind of the Greek Isles, and the friendly staff offer not only hospitality but a wide range of activities and events each week. The seaside location brings spectacular sunset views, while two pools offer both boisterous fun and a quiet place to read and take in the sun. The newly renovated units are comfortable, as secluded as you could want, and fully equipped with all the modern conveniences. We highly recommend Royal Sea Cliff.
Royal Sea Cliff is a combination resort, with 76 of its 150 units in a timeshare pool managed by Wyndham, and 74 under individual full ownership. Our timeshare exchange was a 2BR, 2BA unit on the fourth floor (of seven). The baths were each attached to a BR, so anyone sleeping on the pullout sofa would have to go through a BR in order to use them. That’s the only potential drawback I saw, and then only if the unit was filled to capacity with 6 people. The master BR boasts a king-size bed, while the 2nd BR has a queen-sized unit in a somewhat smaller space. Both BRs and the LR had modern, flat-panel TVs, although only a few channels on the cable system were offered in HD. The DVD player did double duty as an AM/FM receiver also. A mini-washer-dryer combination resides in a closet in the master bath.
Both the master BR and LR have sliding glass doors that open to a balcony that holds a spacious 4-person table and chairs. The LR is slightly smaller than some we’ve seen, but eminently usable in conjunction with the balcony. Another dining table for 4 is located in a corner of the LR.
The full kitchen has all the usual appliances, plus a dedicated rice cooker, the first I’ve seen in a timeshare. An adequate battery of pots and pans was of good quality, and the Henckels International knife set was, pardon the pun, a cut above the usual timeshare junk. Dishware was near-new and pleasantly designed as well.
Condition of Unit and Property
Our unit appeared newly renovated, with granite countertops and near-new looking furniture and equipment. The resort was impeccably maintained. Our only maintenance call (for a showerhead with a broken adjusting tab) was answered promptly and effectively the same day. Landscape workers were in evidence each day, and an evident remodeling project in one unit was effectively contained and very unobtrusive.
Any problems encountered such as check-in problems, room changes, etc.
None. Unusually, we were offered our pick of two units and the chance to inspect each one before choosing.
Planned Resort Activities such as welcome parties, barbecues, kid programs, and outings
Since we had been in the same area the week before, I skipped the orientation meeting, although my wife attended. The resort offered a Hawaiian welcome party, with samples of Island cuisine (including delicious “Kalua pork”) and a hula demonstration by a group of both learning and accomplished dancers.
Both pools were clean and neat, with new tables, chairs and chaises. Both pools front the ocean and it was easy to get over the seawall and marvel at the lava rock patterns at the actual water’s edge. One BBQ grill located at the smaller “quiet” pool seemed to suffice for the whole resort, although there may have been a second one at the other pool. Parking is available both under the main building and adjacent to each of several levels off the main under-building space. A tennis court was tucked into one corner of the property, and a ping-pong table sat next in the main “lobby” space, which was open to the wind and stars on two sides.
Staff Friendliness and Responsiveness
The staff was friendly, responsive and very attentive throughout our stay.
Convenience to Area Attractions
The resort is located about halfway between the “downtown” areas of Kailua and Keahoue. A large number of restaurants and several grocery stores are nearby. (I liked the Kailua “Sack-n-Save” store the best.) Several public beaches are located further toward Keahoue, but this area does not have extensive sand beaches. Most oceanfront in the area is solid lava from old volcanic eruptions. Water shoes are recommended, and you’ll need to watch out for any unusual waves that could pound you into the lava. The resort is about 9 miles from the airport, and over 90 miles from Volcanoes National Park, making a rental car a very good idea. Taxis are expensive.
Additional fees assessed
There was a local timeshare occupancy tax of $7.50 per night levied at checkout.
Suitability of Resort for couples, families, relaxing, partying, etc.
Hearty partiers will want to go elsewhere. The resort enforces rules on the number of guests in a unit, and also quiet hours that begin at 10 PM. Roisterers are first remonstrated with, then ejected. We found Royal Sea Cliff a relaxing, quiet, comfortable base for our week of island touring and sightseeing. Our 2BR unit would be good for a small family, less so for a large one.
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- Also Known As:
- Wyndham Royal Sea Cliff Hotel Kailua-Kona
- Wyndham Kailua-Kona
- Kailua-Kona Wyndham
- Wyndham Royal Sea Cliff Hawaii/Kailua-Kona