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Hotel Review: Outrigger Kona Resort and Spa

Perched above the lava-rock cliffs of Keauhou Bay on the lush southern end of the Kona coast, the 22-acre Outrigger Kona Resort and Spa offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, where graceful manta rays swim right up to the shoreline.

If relaxation is more your mood, our 4-star Kona resort is ready to please. Lounge by the large, lagoon-style pool complete with a water slide. Listen to the rhythm of the waves from your own garden hideaway. Or grab a front-row seat in our beautiful open-air lobby for a spectacular sunset view.

Keauhou Bay was once a place of rejuvenation for Hawaiian royalty, and that tradition is carried on at the resort’s Ho‘ola Spa. In Hawaiian, “ho‘ola” means to “heal.” The spa menu includes ancient Hawaiian therapies and modern healing and spa treatments – including the unique Himalayan Salt Room.

The island vibe radiates throughout the resort and friendly staff welcome you with smiles and Alohas.


Any room is a good room when you are located right on the ocean. The spacious guest rooms are clean and comfortable and equipped with a private, spacious lanai (balcony) overlooking either the stunning Keauhou Bay cliffs and ocean, the mountains, or the hotel grounds. The Voyager 47 Club Lounge is accessible to all guests with the purchase of a Club Room. In room amenities include air conditioning with individual climate control, coffee maker/tea service, mini-fridge and safe. In the bathroom you will find a bathrobe, bathroom amenities and hairdryer.


Food is a plenty at the Outrigger Kona Resort and Spa. There is the Holua Poolside Bar and Lounge where you can take a break from your own poolside makahiki (party) and cool off with one of Holua Poolside Bar’s signature cocktails. Relax and enjoy crisp salads, delicious wraps and fresh catch of the day sandwiches if you feel peckish. At the Wailele Café, enjoy freshly brewed Kona Coffee and breakfast using the freshest local produce and chef-inspired cuisine using local ingredients, paired with signature cocktails and wines.

This iconic Feast and Fire Luau is one dining experience you won’t want to miss. The Feast and Fire is an incredible display of music, chants and hula that honours the kūpuna (ancestors). Performed by the famed Lim Family of Kohala, and with their lineage being traceable back to Alapa‘i Nui, guests are in the presence of royal descendants of the one-time ruler of Hawaii who has been iconic musicians for generations. You’ll get to savour soulful local favourites like slow-cooked Kalua pork and taro rolls with lilikoi butter while sipping Mai Tais and cocktails—with desserts like to-die-for lilikoi cheesecake, Kona-coffee chocolate cake and traditional Hawaiian coconut pudding (haupia).

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Hot Tip

Go to the bar at night and you can even spot manta rays while sipping on a cocktail. If you do anything at this resort, make sure you book in for the Feast and Fire Luau.


Address: 78-128 Ehukai Street, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740 USA

Phone Number: +1 808 930 4900

Email: okr@outrigger.com

Website: outrigger.com/hotels-resorts/hawaii/hawaii-island/outrigger-kona-resort-and-spa

Disclosure: The writer Kate Webster travelled as a guest of Hawaii Tourism Oceania. All images are credited to Kate Webster unless otherwise specified.

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Kate Webster

Kate Webster is the founder and owner of Captured Travel Media. She is a world traveller, ocean lover and conservation warrior who is determined to make every moment count for not only herself, but the world around her. An editor and travel journalist, Kate travels the globe in search of vivid imagery and compelling stories that capture the essence of the people and places she visits. She is a passionate conservation advocate, sustainable traveller and always travels with reason and cause.