Best Things Nearby:
The Mauna Loa Village by the Sea is located close to Kailua town and all the fun and activity there. However, the bay that is about three blocks from the resort (Keauhou Bay) is a terrific place to walk down to, sit on the rocks, watch the sunset, and soak up the atmosphere.
Best Things About the Resort:
The units at Mauna Loa Village by the Sea are fantastic. They are well appointed, spacious, and very comfortable. It seems very well taken care of, and the staff is very friendly. The otherwise dry Kailua-Kona area seems very distant when you're staying in this lush tropical resort, even though it is just down the road a few minutes.
From the moment we drove into the Keauhou Resort area off of the main highway, we knew we had made the right chioce. The Kona area is very dry and rocky, but the Keauhou area (where the condo is located) is lush, green, and clean. Additionally, a small shopping center is in the area with a nice-sized (and suprisingly well-priced) grocery store, a drugstore, a few really nice restaurants (try the Thai restaurant ... very good!), and a multi-screen theater.
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.
- Unit Type: 1 Bedroom
- Activities: Good
- Amenities: Excellent
- Unit Satisfaction: Excellent
- Family Friendliness: Excellent
- Service: Excellent