Even before you are welcomed to the Royal Kona Resort by the gracious staff you will be embraced by a swirl of salt air — ha, in Hawaiian, the life-breath of the islands. You will see it ruffling the fronds of the palm trees that fringe the 12 manicured acres, tossing the waves against the stark black lava rocks at the property’s feet, marching columns of clouds across the uninterrupted expanse of sky. The air here presents you with the perfume of tropical flowers. It is a reminder that you are on the Big Island of Hawai’i, a reminder to breathe, to exhale, and completely relax.
Designed by renowned Tiki architect George “Pete” Wimberly, the soaring, sheltering roofline of the resort’s signature Don the Beachcomber Restaurant perfectly sets a tropical theme. Hawaiian music wafts through the dining area, flowing past the shaded, waterside tables. Don’t be surprised if you are joined for breakfast by a pod of spinner dolphins, or starting in late October, migrating humpback whales whose breathtaking aerial performances bring the whole bay to a standstill. The dining is as spectacular as the view, a fusion of Asian inspiration, European technique, and the finest, freshest local ingredients.
Whether couples desire a small, intimate affair or a lavish, catered ceremony, the Royal Kona Resort is a popular choice for Hawaii weddings and vow renewals. The beautiful sands of Sunset Cove or the cliffside Nohea Point with its dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean and stunning sunsets are the ideal backdrop for your special day. Couples can customize their own wedding package with our a la carte services or select from pre-set Hawaii wedding packages.