Bigger than all of the other Hawaiian islands combined and with 11
different climate zones, Hawaiis Big Island is often referred to as the
states largest playground. Here are our picks for the Kona Coast, on the
islands west side.
A Rockefeller creation, Hapuna
Beach Prince Hotel is a large-scale resort but with uber-friendly
staff (everyone knows your name). One of the Islands best beaches,
Hapuna is just steps away and when the winds reach their highslocals
call the neighbouring Waikola Waikablowatake shelter with a Chi Chi at
the hotels pool. Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, 62-100 Kauna’oa Dr., Kohala
Coast, Hawaii , 808-880-1111, from $295/night, www.princeresortshawaii.com
Its nearly impossible to find
less-than-delectable sushi anywhere on the Island but Sushi
Rock in the historic town of Hawi is our favourite. A new-wave take
on sushi means youll find rolls with apples, walnuts and Parmesan cheese
but the menu also caters to vegetarians and guests who want their meal a
little less raw. Reservations recommended, Sushi Rock, 55-3435 Akoni
Pule Hwy, Hawaii, 808-889-5900.
Break from beach time at the Queens Marketplace
and the Kings
Shops at Waikoloa, perfect for a little outdoor perusing or
purchasing. Here, youll find all the big names like Tiffany & Co., Louis
Vuitton, Coach and a number of locally owned boutiques.
If youre missing the snow, head up to Mauna
Kea, a dormant volcano and the tallest sea mountain in the world,
often covered with the white stuff. Its cold and youll need a few layers
over the bikini but the sunset and the stargazing is worth the trip. If
youre more of a water baby, do a night
snorkel with the manta rays ($79.95) but beware the massive mantas
get up close and personal.