Summer Savings

Big Island resorts offer big savings this summer

By: By Marty Wentzel

Royal Kona offers summer savings // (c) 2009


With unprecedented values at a variety of accommodations, Hawaii’s Big Island is positioning itself as a truly affordable destination. Here are some of the current money-saving offers your clients should know about:

Overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Kailua Bay, the Royal Kona Resort is providing clients with a fourth night free in the upgraded Alii and Lagoon Tower guestrooms for travel now through Dec. 21. Garden-view rooms start at $160 per night (800-222-5642,

At the Hilton Waikoloa Village, clients receive the seventh night free and two general admission tickets to the Legends of the Pacific Luau when booking a package starting at $219 per night. The offer is available through Dec. 20 (800-445-8667,

For girlfriend getaways and other intimate groups, Kalaekilohana Bed and Breakfast has created the Go Ahead and Get Away Super Saver special. Good throughout 2009, it provides suite accommodations, a gourmet breakfast each day and a welcome gift. Clients can customize their getaways with add-ons like spa services and cultural workshops. Three-night stays start at $149 per night, per person (808-939-8052,

Friends and family can save money on visits to the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort and Spa when they book their vacations at least 30 days in advance. The property’s Reserve and Relax rates begin at $167 per night through Dec. 25 (866-924-8746,

Uncle Billy’s has announced new Deals in Paradise starting at $77 per night at its Hilo hotel and $83 per night at its Kona property. In each case, guests get a continental breakfast and early check-in/late check-out upon availability. Book this deal by Sept. 1 (800-367-5102,

At Holualoa Inn, located on 30 acres of upcountry farmland, clients who book a room or suite for at least three nights through Oct. 15 get a traditional lei greeting, daily breakfast, petal-strewn bed, $50 dining certificate to a local restaurant, afternoon tea and use of snorkel gear (800-392-1812,

From now until Nov. 30, Naniloa Volcanoes Resort in Hilo is offering the third night free. Rates start at $99 per night for a tropically renovated room (808-969-3333,

With the new Mahalo Card from King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, guests get a 30 percent discount off room rates when staying four nights or longer. They also save up to 20 percent at the hotel’s restaurant, bar and luau, and they get discounts on tours, golf and shopping at a dozen stores in Kailua-Kona. The offer is good through Dec. 16 (800-367-2111,

Aston Hotels and Resorts is giving clients what it calls a Vacation Bailout, good for travel from June 12-Dec. 21. Starting rates are $166 per night at the Aston Shores at Waikoloa and $169 per night at the Aston Kona by the Sea (866-774-2924,

After the successful May debut of its Girls Getaway in a Day, the new 10-acre Lokahi Garden Sanctuary in North Kohala is offering similar getaways on June 28, Aug. 15, Oct. 24 and Dec. 5. Girlfriends, mothers and daughters choose as little or as much as they want to do, with wine-tasting, organic cuisine and health and wellness treatments as options (808-889-0001,

The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls in upper Hilo offers private accommodations for the budget-minded. Perks include a private 120-foot waterfall, Asian architectural themes, a pristine rainforest and views of Hilo and the Pacific Ocean. Rates from $119 include full breakfast (808-935-6789,

Kona Village’s new online Hut Offer starts from $550-$610 per night through Dec. 3. For two people, the rate covers three meals a day, a twice-weekly luau dinner show, a weekly paniolo (cowboy) barbecue, numerous ocean activities, and cultural tours and highlights. The Hut Offer also includes an upgrade to the best available bungalow category (800-367-5290,

For business travelers, the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa is pitching Marriott Resorts Hawaii’s Meeting Incentive. The program offers planners a 10 percent rebate on their master account, including meeting-related charges like guestrooms, food and beverage and room rentals. It’s valid through Dec. 15, 2010 (866-516-5381,