Included among the Kohala Coast hotels are some of the most recognizable hotels on the Big Island, which is why many visitors look here first when trying to find their ideal lodging. Since the Kohala Coast is the ritziest of the Big Island coasts, the Kohala Coast lodging establishments are among the priciest, so it's not the ideal place to base yourself if your travel budget is tight. Luxurious Big Island resort hotels such as the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and the Fairmont Orchid call the Kohala Coast home, and they are definitely worth a look if your budget allows for them. You might also consider the region's vacation home rentals when looking for your ideal accommodation on the Kohala Coast, as there are plenty of good ones to choose from. Great weather and a host of fun things to do await you when you stay at one of the Kohala Coast hotels or vacation rentals.
The Mauna Lani Resort area is a privileged place to relax on the Kohala Coast, and it's here you will find the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows, which is one of the Big Island's more relaxing upscale resorts. Set right on the coast, the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows offers access to both sandy beaches and lava -rock tide pools. It also boasts two amazing 18-hole golf courses, ten flawless tennis courts, a full fitness center, and an alluring spa. That's not all that there is to enjoy at this upscale Kohala Coast lodging, however. The large outdoor pool is a great place to relax with a drink in your hand, while the saltwater stream that courses along the grounds and through the hotel itself is a great place to observe some fish. This stream is also home to a shark, however, so it's not the best place for swimming. When you get hungry during your stay at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows, there are five restaurants to choose from, including the award-winning CanoeHouse, which specializes in contemporary Hawaiian cuisine. You can bet that the guest rooms, guest suites, and guest villas at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows are all cozy places to relax when you're not exploring the resort's 3,200-acre grounds. All of the 342 guest units here are well-outfitted, and standard amenity highlights include a spacious private balcony, a flat-screen television with cable, complimentary high-speed internet access, and guest robes and slippers.
In addition to the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows, those who are interested in upscale Kohala lodging will also want to consider the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel and the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. If you are looking to spend less when it comes to the hotels on the Kohala Coast, however, then resorts such as the Bay Club at Waikoloa will be a better fit. Situated slightly inland, the Bay Club at Waikoloa still offers relatively easy access to nearby beaches, such as Anaehoomalu Beach. Two fantastic golf courses and some fascinating petroglyphs can be found even closer to the resort grounds. While there's a lot to enjoy in the immediate area, you won't have to leave the grounds of the Bay Club at Waikoloa to keep busy. Among the resort's facilities are two outdoor swimming pools, a few hot tubs, a fitness room, tennis courts, and picnic areas that feature barbecue grills. As for the accommodations here, they come in the form of one-bedroom and two-bedroom condo-style units. These guest units are not the most luxurious on the island, but they are attractive enough for most and should provide you with everything that you'll need, including a lot of space, a fully equipped kitchen, a private lanai (balcony), and cable TV.
While most of the Kohala Coast hotels are relatively expensive, there are some that shouldn't put too much of a dent in your travel budget. The Kohala Club Hotel is one of the cheapest hotels on the Kohala Coast, and you'll be hard-pressed to find a better value anywhere else on the island. Found on the northern end of the Kohala Coast, this small, plantation-style hotel is off the beaten path, though not far enough away to seriously limit your enjoyment of Big Island activities and attractions. It certainly won't take too long to get to Spencer Park Beach or the Parker House. Originally built in the late 1800's, the Kohala Club Hotel was lovingly restored, and while the six guest units here are fairly basic, they are simply ideal for some. Cable TV is about the extent of the in-room amenities, though comfortable beds and a pleasant Hawaiian decor help to make up for the relative lack of frills, as do the low rates. You can save extra money by staying in one of the cottage units, though they will not be ideal for everyone because they share a common bath. All of the guest rooms are cleaned on a daily basis, and this includes replacing the towels, which is a nice bonus. The Kohala Club Hotel offers great access to some authentic Big Island small towns, such as Kapaau and Hawi, so you can explore them when you're not heading south to spend some time on the busier side of the west coast.
When looking for hotels on the Kohala Coast, it's always a good idea to check out the Kamuela area. Kamuela, which is also known as Waimea, is but a fifteen-minute drive from the best Kohala Coast beaches and golf courses, so the location should prove to be satisfying. One of the Kamuela hotels that couples will especially want to consider is the Aaah the Views Bed & Breakfast, which, as its name implies, offers some terrific views. Huge windows in each of the four guest units allow guests to take in the breathtaking views from the comfort of their rooms, and there is also a communal deck. The rates at the Aaah the Views B&B are relatively low across the board, though you will spend a considerable amount more to rent the apartment-style studio, partly because it boasts its own kitchen. It also features a private bathroom, as does one of the other rooms. The two cheapest rooms share a bath. Amenities that are featured in all of the rooms include cable TV, a VCR, a mini-refrigerator, a coffee maker, and complimentary high-speed internet access. A hair dryer and an iron can also be found in every room. Relaxing, charming, and romantic, the Aaah the Views B&B is an example of Kohala Coast lodging that deserves some extra attention if it's a Big Island honeymoon that you're planning.