With Kailua-Kona’s largest (if somewhat fickle) sandy beach next door, and oceanfront lanais on every unit to soak in the fabulous sunsets and let in the sound of pounding waves, this location is ideal for couples who don’t want to spend a bundle at a resort. All the units are studios, with the living/sleeping area bracketed by the lanai on one end and the kitchen on the other; because they’re individually owned (and some managed by other companies than the one listed below), furnishings vary greatly unit to unit. Try to book a corner unit, since those have larger lanais, or spring for the luxuriously remodeled No. 302, which comes with granite counters, travertine tile floors, and gorgeous hardwood cabinets, including one that hides a Murphy bed with Tempurpedic mattress. The pool is also right on the ocean.
Note: The ground-floor restaurant was closed at press time, but units above it can expect to hear noise if it reopens.
- Jeanne Cooper