A sprawling complex on the opposite side of Kona from the airport right on the bay, this resort is classic open air Hawaiian architecture from the 70's and 80's (read, poured concrete). Despite being in town for the Ironman World Championship the place never felt full. The front desk and lobby is beautiful and has a nice view of the mountainous interior of the island. There is a shuttle bus that runs most days into downtown Kona letting you escape the resort and explore town a bit. It also takes you to one of the few beaches on the big island. Our room was a garden view on the second floor. The room itself wasn't anything special, but it was large and the A/C worked well on the humid days leading up to the race. The pool was very nice and the water slide and connecting water path let kids and the kid-at-heart play in both sun and shade. Service at poolside was quick and attentive. You had to be quick though to get the good seats at the pool overlooking the bay. The gift shop was well stocked, which given the location away from shops was a necessity. The prices were no worse than in town at the ABC Store. The spa was excellent, but definitely requires reservations. We had a couples massage on the patio overlooking the bay. It was well worth every penny. The dinning is varied and in most cases was quite good. The portions are very American and having just arrived from Paris this was a bit of a shock. In the evening the Manta Rays come and play in the light of the hotel, so you don't have to pay to see them, just go to the bar at night.