Kona Village Resort (on the Big Island of Hawaii)


Before I left Seattle I made arrangements to take a site inspection of Kona Village Resort.  A fellow travel consultant had told me that this is one place you really need to see, and she was so right!  We arrived around 9AM and after being introduced to sales managers Tracie and Yuki, Tracie took us over to the dining room for breakfast.  We were taken to an outdoor table with a magnificent view!  I could have sat here for hours just looking at the beautiful water. 

                           

They brought as a fabulous fruit plate with Pineapple, melon, grapes, Star and Dragon fruit.  It looked so good, we dug right in – then I remembered I should have taken a picture.  Our breakfast came and the food was wonderful, as was the service. 

After breakfast, we went back to the office to find Yuki and start our tour.  The resort only has 102 rooms – private bungalows and some double bungalows for families – and is set on 82 lush acres.  We took a golf cart around the beautiful grounds, past the bungalows, a beautiful lagoon, 2 swimming pools, the water activities area, and beach.   We saw the luau grounds – they have 2 luaus a week, one Polynesian and one Hawaiian.  We also saw the Imu area where they roast the pig in the traditional style in the ground – they do an authentic Imu ceremony. 

              

There is also a beautiful grassy spot where they hold receptions, as well as a little gazebo for weddings (they do weddings at the lagoon as well).                                                  

There is a wooden walkway you can take out into the lava fields to see the petroglyphs.  It is suggested that you do this early in the morning as it gets pretty warm out there as the day goes on – and why not spend those warmer hours in a hammock outside your private bungalow?  There is also a fitness center, full spa, and tennis courts. 

We stopped near the beach and the Shipwreck Bar, it is built around an actual shipwreck.  We also stopped and toured one of the Beachfront bungalows (or hales, as they are called).  This particular one had a small extra room with a twin bed so it could be used by a small family.  There are hammocks outside on the beach area, chairs and a jacuzzi on the lanai (not all have the jacuzzi tub), and what I really liked was the coconut that you put out front if you don’t want to be disturbed.

                     

This resort is the place to go to really de-stress!  There are no televisions, radios, air conditioners or phones in the rooms.  Cell phone use in public areas is highly discouraged.  (They do have some computers for use if you really can’t completely disconnect while you are there.)  Turtles come and sun themselves on the beach.  Guests return year after year, some have been coming back for 40 or more years.

You feel like family here.  Everyone gets to know each other, people wave as you go past on the golf cart.  There are plenty of activities to keep you busy.  Everything is kept to the Polynesian theme – including the little huts with coolers of ice, and the thatched roof laundry rooms. 

And if all of the beauty, privacy, and peace and quiet aren’t enough for you, this resort offers packages that include all of your meals (including both luaus) as well as all of the activities.   

If you want to feel like you are in old Hawaii, this is the resort for you.  It is a perfect spot for a Wedding, Honeymoon, romantic vacation to reconnect, or just to relax and get away from the stressful world we live in!

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Royal Plantation Collection by Sandals


Royal Plantation Ocho Rios sit atop a seaside bluff above the stunning Caribbean Sea offering the perfect setting to truly get away from it all.  The 74 All Oceanview Suites come with Butler Service and is a member of “The Leading Small Hotels of the World”.  All your needs will be taken care of at this resort – with 3 Gourmet restaurants, two private coved beaches with Beach Butler Service, a Red Lane Spa, and the only Champagne & Caviar Bar in the Caribbean you will feel pampered from morning to night.  Enjoy Yoga on the Pier, golf at the nearby Upton Gold & Country Club, or get your workout in the 24 hour Fitness Center or on one of the 2 lit Tennis Courts.  Enrich yourself with Cooking Demonstrations and Cigar-rolling Classes.  Make this a true worry-free vacation by opting for the “Royal Plan” and receive all of the complimentary inclusions as well as all meals, snacks, spirits & wine, scuba diving and roundtrip luxury shuttle airport transfers.

For an even more indulgent vacation, choose the Villa Plantation, an exclusive 3 bedroom villa with private pool, butler, plus a car & driver to get you around town. 

This resort will truly exceed your expectations with its combination of old world charm and Jamaican hospitality.

Royal Plantation Island is in the Exumas, Bahamas.  This breathtaking, private 50 acre island has 6 magnificent rental houses to choose from.  All include a full kitchen, all food & drinks, a golf cart (per house), tennis court, kayaks & sailboats, and a motorized boat for guest 18 and over.  You can also stay well connected with Satellite TV, DVD & CD player and Internet enabled computers.  Not to mention the sensational cuisine in the Harbor Club Restaurant.

What an incredible place this would be for a Destination Wedding or Family Reunion to celebrate a special occasion. 

The Royal Plantation Private Villas of Jamaica are Butch Stewarts private homes which he makes available to those who insist on the very best and would like an unforgettable experience. 

Any one of these 4 stunning villas would be the perfect setting for a Destination Wedding or other special occasion.  With accommodations for up to 16 adults these would also make be the ideal place for a small group of friends who want a private, exclusive vacation.  Or you could choose one of the properties with a guest cottage which sleeps 4.

You will feel like Royalty when you choose one of these fabulous Royal Plantation properties for your special vacation.