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Kona Reef Resort
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Reviewed January 28, 2007

We stayed ocean front in A14, loved the view and falling asleep with the ocean sound. It is so convient having so much including the farmer's market within walking distance and also being close to the grocery stores to stock up for picnics and such. Only real problem we had was noise in the bedroom from outside as the walls are a little thin. The furnishing was typical bamboo style, but it worked--could use a new matress as the one in there made us stiff. For the price and location we loved it though and would stay again.

  • Stayed: January 2007, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank kja100
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Reviewed January 18, 2007

kona reef is great the unit was on the 3rd floor overlooking the ocean we were lulled to sleep every night by the sounds of the waves altho it isn't brand new i would not go to a bigger resort over this one the place was clean the staff very friendly and helpful, you can walk to town within minutes , and the turtles and dolphins we seen almost daily was a bonus thank you kona reef

  • Stayed: January 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 17, 2006

If you are looking for a 3 bedroom condo in Kona, I stayed in a jewel. On the south end of Kailua's main drag, this condo sits far enoughto be away from the noise and crowds, but a close walk to all the shopping and dining. We booked a re-modeled unit (D-22) and I cant say enough what a great job the owners did. The unit is on the 3rd floor on a corner right on the ocean and next to the pool The view from the xl lanai is awesome. The sunsets from this vantage point are what postcards are meant for. The decor was all new as well as all the appliances. All the cooking supplies, swim toys, books, guides and such were there waiting! The pool was great for swims or late night dips in the hot tub. The grills at the pool were spotless and cleaned every morning. Nothing beats grilling a steak with the surf next to you! You get the sound of surf from all the rooms. You fall asleep and wake up to the ocean crashing. There is no area to swim in the ocean out front, but there are some great tidepools to explore full of urchins, fish and crabs. Lots of local flavor watching surfers and fishermen from your lanai.
This is a great place to launch site seeing to the volcanoes, coffee farms and to the North Coast. Really close to the main stores to stock up (Costco, Safeway, Longs).
Great place to go is the Kona Brewing Company. The food is good and the tour is free! Plus you get to sample some fresh micro brews afterwards.
I would stay here again as long as it was D-22!

  • Stayed: October 2006, traveled with family
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8  Thank outof714
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Reviewed October 17, 2006

My wife and I stayed in unit D3 at the Kona Reef in late September 2006, and we both recommend our specific unit and the resort itself, with some caveats.

PROS: The location of the Kona Reef is awesome! It’s the best of both worlds – just outside the downtown area so you avoid the worst of the noise and shady characters (I don’t mean to scare anyone; we found them rare and non-threatening but there are a few), but close enough to be a very quick and easy walk. In fact, I would say no other Kona-area resort has a location that’s as desirable.

Spend the extra few bucks and get yourself an oceanfront condo. You’ll be glad you did! The view was great – we were literally 50 feet from the water. Plus you’ll be further from the relatively busy Alii Drive, which is the main drag through Kona.

The pool area at Kona Reef is surprisingly nice. It was clean and near-empty day or night. During the day it was easy to get a lounge chair in the sun and at night the hot tub was, well, hot. There are four very nice gas BBQ grills by the pool as well as a sink in the cookout area.

D3, our unit, came well-equipped with beach towels, a cooler, flashlights, binoculars, a dog-eared copy of “The Big Island Revealed” (which should be required reading), DVD/VCR, etc. Be sure to take the binoculars and flashlights with you on your trip to the volcano (we recommend getting to the volcano park early in the afternoon to see the inland sights before driving down the Chain of Craters Road just before sunset; from most vantage points you can’t see the lava flowing until dark). Oh, and we got wireless Internet inside our unit.

CONS: Try and research which unit you’re reserving because some are much nicer than others. Ideally, you’ll want a unit above the ground floor. The 1BR, 1BAs are big enough for two people, but squeezing in more may make them too cozy (and extra bedding was lacking). The 1BR layouts aren’t great – the bedrooms border the outside corridors and that makes for a bunch of problems. First, the BR gets hot and stuffy because it’s on the opposite side of the condo from the wall AC. Second, the BR can be noisy depending upon who’s outside – the walls are thin and the corridors are high traffic.

Don’t expect luxury. Our unit was functional but hardly fancy, and we got the sense it was nicer than many. The bathroom needed an upgrade, the AC unit dripped water inside the condo (though it did work), the kitchen has the bare necessities but little more and the lanai sliding door didn’t slide so well.

Overall, though, we’d stay there again; it was nice enough and the location is simply superb. In addition to the typical Big Island sights, try to see the green sand beach. Be warned, though: It’s a taxing hike. Take water, don’t wear sandals, be relatively fit and allot a lot of time. It’s about a 2.25-mile walk each way, but it's worth it.

  • Stayed: September 2006, traveled as a couple
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14  Thank scribeguy
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Reviewed August 26, 2006

Excellent location at the south end of Kailua-Kona. Walking distance to many restaurants. Beautiful ocean frontage. Condo design is perfect for families. Nice BBQ area. Highly recommend Lava Java for any meal (super early breakfasts!) and great coffee. Wonderful fresh food at reasonable prices and ocean view. Huggo's on the Rocks has great music, right on the beach (under your feet!).

  • Stayed: August 2006, traveled with family
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2  Thank Lynn & Wayne G
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