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May 2, 2010
From journal More Kona Adventures
Lino Lakes, Minnesota
August 7, 2007
When I traveled to the Big Island several years ago, all I remember was my exclamations of "Oh, how nice, another historical lava flow. Isn't it cute how they have markers in each one to record the specific date." Yawn, yawn. I must have been traveling with my eyes closed! This time, I was amazed at the diversity of this island. Where else in the world can you begin a two hour drive departing from a balmy white sand beach, heading up through rain forests, deserts, cattle ranches, and end up in a ski resort where the chair lift allows you to view the whole island at a height of approximately 13,000 feet?
On to my accommodation...I arrived at the Mauna Loa earlier than planned. Check-in was at 4pm, and I was there at noon to inform the resort that my luggage have been lost and to be on the look-out for its arrival. How surprised I was that the resort had already cleaned and prepared my room. This was during peak season when most hotels are lucky to have your rooms ready at check-in! I decided to press my luck and see if there were any upper floors available as I have gotten to the point in my travels that the sound of children frolicking above my head brings out a very manic personality, and postal is not the way I like to spend my holidays. Back to my request, I digress. I was informed I had both an upper and lower unit. The Mauna Loa is a series of townhouses, where there are four townhouses in each cluster. Private entrances, each two bedroom unit had private baths with both bedrooms, and private lanais attached to each bedroom! There are units on one floor, which you can request, for those who don't do stairs.
When you enter the unit on the lower level you find the bedrooms and laundry room located off a small foyer. Upstairs, there is a spacious living room with a pull out couch, dining area, a well equipped gallery kitchen, and another half bath. Each two to three clusters of homes share a pool and a hot tub. There were never more than two to three people at our pool when we were there.
The staff here are marvelous! There were no questions that they did not answer regarding the area. They went over backwards to give you as much information as they could about directions, best beaches, restaurants, parking, etc. I have never had such a receptive experience when dealing with staff anywhere I have traveled.
Very few rooms in this resort have ocean views of any kind. Many overlook the golf course (the resort sits between two fairways), or just peer up at the mountains and coffee fields above. Recommendations: families (lots of room to spread out and get some private space); honeymooners (for the same reasons); anyone who wishes to discover a vacation paradise at a reasonably priced vacation home.
From journal Kailua Hawaii- Paradise
September 23, 2004
From journal Kailua Kona
January 9, 2004
The Mauna Loa Village by the Sea is situated next to the Kona Country Club and, as such, enjoys vistas of green lawn and swaying palms. While our one-bedroom unit did not have a view of the ocean (few do, I beleve), we definitely felt like we were "in Hawaii" and felt like this was the best RCI resort we've stayed in.
If you've ever been to a Disney park and noticed how staff are always moving about cleaning and polishing, you'll see some similarity at the Mauna Loa Village by the Sea. The grounds are immaculate, staff seem to be very intent on keeping them that way, and the units themselves seem extremely well maintained.
This resort is similar to, but differently managed from, the Holua at Mauna Loa Village. Both are on the same grounds and share common facilities, but after seeing the Holua condos, we preferred the more muted tones of the furnishings in the "By the Sea" property.
Our only beef ... and it is a small one: parking at the resort is in a central parking facility. You then walk along beautifully landscaped trails to your condo unit. Depending on what building you are in, that can be a bit of a hike, especially if you have bags of groceries.
Overall, this is an excellent resort and we wouldn't hesitate to return in the future.
From journal Relaxing in Kailua-Kona
May 29, 2003
From journal Paradise in Kona
West Valley City, Utah
May 8, 2003
The staff was helpful and the grounds were kept up.
The directions to the condo were on the dot. I would definitely stay there again.
From journal The beautiful Kona
by Judy Gelwicks
March 26, 2003
From journal A winter week in Kona