I love my job. It pays my bills, it pays my groceries and it pays for me to stay at places like the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay. This particular Sheraton is just one island away, which makes it a perfect location for a staycation AND a workcation!
Work In Kona
I’m a Hawaii Air National Guard Recruiter – BEST. JOB. EVER. Since I’m in Hawaii, I get to island hop in the performance of my duties. Our team takes a couple trips a year to the Big Island, Maui and Kaua’i for community awareness, zone canvassing and promoting events. This past weekend, we had our gorgeous F-22 Raptors out on the Kona International Airport flightline on the Big Island for all the world to see. About 300+ people came to take selfies with these sexy birds, so I got to enjoy a free two-night stay at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa. Not bad, right?!
Location, location, location
The best thing about the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa is the location. Situated right on the water about 30 minutes south of the Kona International Airport, the hotel is far away from the busy strip (which is actually a lot of fun too!). You really do feel like you’re away from it all. It’s cocooned by mountainside but touches the ocean, so you see green AND blue. Best of both worlds!
The lobby is beautiful! You walk in and then BAM!!! There’s the view. Here are the pics that I took with my Google Pixel 2 (all the pics in this post of the Sheraton Kona Resort & Hotel were taken with my phone). One day I’ll get super professional with the photography, but until then, this is the best I can do! Feel free to leave any recommendations for a great camera and photo editing software in a comment below!
Guest Room (King Single)
I love a roomy room. Who doesn’t!? The Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa did NOT disappoint. The bathroom was huge, the closet was huge, the actual room was huge. Even the balcony was huge. Where they fell short was in the tired decor of the room. Although very clean (thank you, Sheraton!), it was quite dated and I could see the wear on the wood pieces. It was pretty meh, but not a deal-breaker for me considering it was free and clean. I was still stoked to be there!
Highlight: THE PILLOWS. They are the MOST comfortable pillows I’ve ever slept on, hands down! It was so hard to get up in the morning. SO HARD. I just wanted to keep snuggling with them. For the longest time, I’ve been looking for the-best-pillows-in-the-world. And now I’m so happy I’ve found them. And will be getting them here.
Outer Beauty Wins This Time
Like I said earlier, where the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa really shines is in its setting. The outdoor spaces took advantage of all the gorgeous Hawaii scenery. You get mountains! You get ocean! And guess what else you get a whole lot of?! AH-MA-ZING sunsets! They are truly spectacular!
Would I Pay to Stay Here?
It was definitely worth the money if you’ve never stayed at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa; even better if you can get a good deal on it or use your points. It was very relaxing, so you really do feel like you’re on vacation (even when you’re working!). The staff was super nice and accommodating and the resort has a lot of activities to occupy your time, if that’s your thing. I usually like to laze around the pool, and luckily the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa has a 24/7 warm water pool!
Also, you get 500 SPG/Marriott points every time you skip room cleaning service, and they give you a free welcome gift within 24 hours of your arrival. Free is ~always~ good! Although the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa is regularly over $200/night for the lowest rooms, if you can swing a discount or take advantage of a special, you won’t be disappointed. Government rates when we stayed there were $189/night, so that military ID card is legit! If you don’t have one, you should get one!
TIPS: Eat at the hotel restaurant, Rays on the Bay, at least once. Get their Ahi Poke Stack…it’s SO good! Skip the Holua Poolside Bar & Lounge. Why? One: Although both places are overpriced (it’s a resort, after all), you walk out of Rays very happy with the quality of your meal. Two: Rays serves fresh seafood caught that same morning AND they how to make a dirty martini. THREE: Rays gets you ocean views regardless of where you sit – its completely missing a wall separating you from the sea! For the rest of stay, get into the local community. There are a ton of delicious options within 15-20 minutes of the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa. Yelp’s ratings are usually pretty accurate in Hawaii.
“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”
– Susan Sontang