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TRAVEL / Jan ‘2019

Sheraton Kona, Hawaii is a fabulous resort for families

TRAVEL / JAN ‘2019

Sheraton Kona, Hawaii is a fabulous resort for families

The Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa in Hawaii is a fantastic option for families, with the best pool area I have stayed in any resort.

Words Kate Durack

We spent a week at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay in Hawaii and there was plenty to do whether it was enjoying the magnificent pool area, relaxing in the suites or outside adventure.

Kona Island is home to the active volcano, which was interesting, and is popular to visit by helicopter.

The hotel is large and comfortable, well-facilitated to simply enjoy the resort, but also close enough to venture into the busier township.

The pool area is outstanding, featuring a “fantasy” pool with rocky waterfall, streams, interactive fountains, a 60-metre lava tube waterslide, two Jacuzzis and a sandy beach children’s play area.

The pool area is outstanding, featuring a “fantasy” pool with rocky waterfall, streams, interactive fountains, a 60-metre lava tube waterslide, two Jacuzzis and a sandy beach children’s play area.

This popular hub is expansive and includes a pool bar and a great menu for poolside snacks and cocktails, which are competitively priced. Happy hour is particularly good value for food and drinks!

We stayed in a two-bedroom suite which was ideal for me and my two children aged 7 and 10 – they had their space with a sofa-turned queen bed they shared, a TV, bathroom and balcony – and I had mine which included a King bed.

While we enjoyed a fair share of time out in our comfortable, spacious rooms – me reading a book and the kids watching TV or on their iPad – it was also fun to hop onto the complimentary, open air, shuttle bus and venture into the township for some shopping or to try out the range of restaurants or bars, and swim at the various beaches.

The hotel is set on the Keauhou Bay marina, which is a gathering place for the Mantra rays which can be viewed from the hotel’s quality Rays on the Bay restaurant. Many marine activities are on offer including snorkel and dive cruises, kayaking, paddle boarding, deep sea fishing and night-time manta ray snorkel and dives.

The hotel also features a fitness centre and family lounge.

For more information visit the website here.

Kate Durack