Big Island Revealed – Resort Reviews

Here are some of the Big Island Resorts that we have reviewed. Each review is unbiased and based on our personal visits. Our team regularly visits these resorts and reviews them for your benefit. You can also find Big Island resorts in our app for free! There you can filter them the way you want to find your perfect place to stay.
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Kanaloa at Kona

Kanaloa at Kona

Upscale condos with amenities, such as showers with two heads and large Jacuzzi bathtubs in the two- and three-bedroom units by the water, outdoor wet bars, etc. 2/2 units are quite large, 3/2 units simply add an open loft to 2/2 unit. Our only complaint is that...

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Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

This resort shines, even among its superb competitors: 37 one- and two-story bungalows in several crescents with six to eight rooms per building, including a few golf course buildings. They used a lot of local materials, giving the resort a very Hawaiian feel. All...

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Volcano Village Lodge

Volcano Village Lodge

What a find! This inn is small, just over an acre, and was originally built as an artist’s workshop, but was converted in 2006 with buildings added over time. The stand-alone rooms are set amid a very lush, dense tropical forest of native plantings. Each feels very...

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Kilauea Lodge

Kilauea Lodge

Opened in 1937 as a YMCA youth camp, this quaint lodge was converted in 1986 by Albert and Lorna Jeyte. (He was a make-up artist on Magnum P.I.) The whole thing was very well done and lovingly maintained, but it switched hands in 2018 for $4 million (we assume this...

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Keauhou Punahele

Keauhou Punahele

This condo is toward the south end of Alii Drive, the grounds are fairly quiet and peaceful except for the birds chirping (but we consider that a plus). There are lots of long-term rentals here. Most (but not all) units are expensively furnished with large lanais....

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Dolphin Bay Hotel

Dolphin Bay Hotel

We find this hotel quaint and comforting. It helps that it's one of the better bargain hotels in Hilo. Rooms are clean and have complete kitchens. No phone in your room, but you can always use the one in the lobby. The coqui frog problem here is particularly...

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Kolea

Kolea

It’s hard to imagine being unhappy here. These are some of the most impressively appointed condos we’ve seen, and it’s the only gated complex in Waikoloa that’s next to a beach. Rooms are richly furnished with high-end appliances in the gourmet kitchens, African...

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Kona Bali Kai
Kona Bali Kai

Kona Bali Kai

With some units on both sides of Alii Drive at this condo property, the oceanfront units can be a very good deal, depending on which company you rent from. The complex is run by Castle Resorts, but units rented from Grand Welcome Big Island (listed below) offer...

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SCP Hotel Hilo

SCP Hotel Hilo

Update: The Hilo Seaside Hotel was sold and reopened as SCP Hotel Hilo. We will be back to re-review it as soon as can. Very clean, simple hotel (but very dated except the bedding) rooms across from the Ice Pond. Very warm staff that make the whole hotel feel...

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mango Hotel Outside View
Manago Hotel

Manago Hotel

Not-too-close, not-too-far from the more touristy Kona, this hotel was built in 1917 by a Japanese mail-order bride and her husband (with an initial investment of $100) as a restaurant with futons for their customers to sleep on (the rate was $1 a night back then),...

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