The Hawaiian island officially called Hawaii is usually known by the name “The Big Island.” It is becoming an increasingly popular destination for vacations, so I’ve done some research and found a few great resorts for families there.
Aston Waikoloa Colony Villas on the Big Island
This is a different sort of resort. It is condominium resort, each condo individually owned, managed by Aston Hotels and Resorts to give you a mix of a condo-hotel feel.
Family Size Considerations: There are one-, two- and three-bedroom villas available, allowing you have up to 4, 6 and 8 people per villa respectively. If you are going with extended family as a large group and need more space, you can contact them and they will do up a proposal.
What Makes This Special: Spacious villas; even the 1-bedroom has 1000 sq. ft. of space. Those who like to golf will be delighted to find out that the villas are right next to the golf course. The villas are condos with complete kitchens, laundry and extras like air conditioning and cable TV.
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
This resort popped up more than once in my searching as the best place for families to stay on the Big Island. Of my three posts here and given I have teens, this would be my pick.
Features for Kids: Kids for All Seasons is a free program for kids aged 5 through 12 with daily scheduled activities ranging from crafts and canoe lessons to feeding animals and playing games. They also have a teen club, Ka Hui, for those ages 13-18, with a wide variety of activities.
Features for Kids: Kids club, Club Keiki, is available for kids aged 5-12, meals are free for kids 4 and under, and there is a kids’ pool.
What Makes This Special: Dolphin Quest–the only interactive dolphin program offered on the Big Island. Different programs are available for families where you can interact with the dolphins and participate in a variety of related activities. Tennis is also available as well as lei making, ukulele lessons, and since the hotel is beach front, there are also all kinds of water sports. And let’s not forget the spa and fitness centre available for Mom and Dad.
Features for Kids: The kids club, Keiki Aloha, is available for kids aged 5-12 where they get to do things like explore the tidal pools, make leis and weave things with coconut fibers. Like other Fairmont hotels, kids 5 and under eat free from the kids’ menu and kids aged 6-12 eat half-price from the regular menu.
What Makes This Special: Fairmont hotels are known to be luxurious places to stay in, so that alone makes it special. This particular hotel is beach front and on 32 acres and offers tennis, golf, 6 restaurants, a spa and more. This makes it extra special. Passes, good for your entire stay, are available to enjoy some of the resort’s features, like beach rental equipment and yoga classes.
Sheraton Kona Resort at Keahou Bay
“At Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa, we have fun activities for every age to ensure that all of our guests depart Hawaii, the Big Island with special memories.”
Features for Kids: Children and teens have a number of activities available to them, ranging from a teen lounge (which has a ping pong table and gaming systems, among other things), special areas of the pool for kids, a waterslide (okay, Mom and Dad might have some fun with that, too). A number of areas are open to kids and adults, so the whole family can have fun together.
What Makes This Special: There are a few special features to this resort: 1) The Manta Ray Super Slide and Pool is a fantastic feature for families that like water slides or just hanging out by an amazing pool. 2) The opportunity to actually see live manta rays. 3) There are also complimentary features like the fitness centre and a shuttle to Kona and Kailua shops. Other places tend to charge extra for such features.
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