Big Island Hotel, Resort and Condominium Hotel Reviews
Hotel, Resort or Condominium Hotel Name
Holua Resort at Mauna Loa Village
Dates You Stayed There
May 19 - May 28, 2011
Room was spacious/clean
Great amenities in room: fully stocked kitchen with utensils, dishwasher, full-size fridge
Close to airport
Close to shopping: Targe, WalMart, Ross
Close to markets: Great markets - cheap prices for fruit & veggies
Nice gym: Small but sufficient
Well maintained grounds
Small pools - not enough lounge chairs
Not a lush island: Lots of volcanic rock, which is fine but not as green as I had hoped.
Staff at resort were only satisfactory.
Staff allowed to use gym - sometimes a bit excessive.
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Worth the Money
If you are looking for a clean and spacious room, with all of the amenities from home, then this is the place for you. Though there are 8 pools on - site, they are all very small and can get crowded at times. Lots to do on the island; top day-trip: Drive to Palolo Valley; it's about 1.5 hours, but well worth the trip - make sure you do the hike...you will find a black sand beach at the end of the hike!
Groceries are expensive, but go to the Markets (easy to find) and you can get fruit & veggies really cheap! And their souvenirs are very affordable at the markets.
There is no "walkable" beach nearby, I actually am not sure how much of a walk it would be to get to a beach from this resort.
The best beaches are a 20 to 45 minute drive from the resort...well-worth the drive.
Snorkeling was average. Rented our gear from Millers...he gave us a 2 for 1 deal.
There are a lot of feral cats on this island and at the resort. If you are like us, we ended up feeding some of them...they were very friendly and not aggressive at all.
Great island. Though I would return, I think I would go back to Kauai first as Kona is a very volcanic island (lots of rocks), and Kauai is a much greener location. Just depends what you like more.