Editor's Note: This property was formerly the Aston Royal Seacliff Resort.
April 5, 2001
It''s important to note that a blender was included in the kitchen, which is essential for making papaya, mango, and pineapple smoothies, which we enjoyed every morning on our balcony. As I thought about my small one bedroom apartment in Manhattan, I was thrilled at the size and setting of our condo.
We found that many families were also staying here, as it was Hawaii''s Spring Break. You won''t find luxurious spas, golf courses, and room service here, but it''s a very nice place to stay if you''re active and want to feel more at home than in a hotel. After all, we only spent mornings and late evenings there. The decor at this hotel is not what you''d find in a luxury place either, but it''s like what you''d find in a nice Hilton or Sheraton hotel.
The Royal Seacliff Resort is located along the western coast of Hawaii, about a mile south of the center of Kailua-Kona. It''s close to the water, but there is no beach because the coastline there has black lava rocks and no sand. You''ll have to drive a few miles to visit beaches for snorkeling and swimming. Alii Drive is a main road and sort of busy, but the walkways are spacious and many people run and bike along it. It runs along beaches, small hotels, and vacation homes.
There is an open air atrium in the middle of the resort with tropical plants, small waterfalls, and pools. It gives it a nice tropical feel. There are saltwater and freshwater pools that kids really like. If I had a family I would defintely come back. If I had a lot of money, I''d really like to see what the Four Seasons is like!
From journal Spring trip to the Big Island