Royal Sea Cliff, Big Island

The Royal Sea Cliff Resort in Hawaii is an architectural masterpiece situated on over 7 tropical acres, offering stunning oceanfront views and a peaceful atmosphere. The resort is conveniently located just a mile from Kailua-Kona village, with its charming restaurants and shops. Guests can enjoy a variety of amenities, including oceanfront saltwater and freshwater swimming pools, a hot tub, sauna, tennis court, game room, and poolside BBQ grills. The resort also offers weekly cultural activities such as lei-making, live entertainment, and local food tastings. The well-maintained grounds feature beautiful gardens with palms, mangoes, and a stream with waterfalls and pools. With its unique terraced design, the Royal Sea Cliff Resort provides a relaxed and upscale atmosphere for vacationers seeking a memorable Hawaiian getaway.

Royal Sea Cliff Average Rates


As of July 2024, the average price of a 1 bedroom unit at Royal Sea Cliff is $318. The average price of a 2 bedroom unit is $557. Note that prices vary depending on the specifc unit and season (holiday rates are usally much higher), and the averages don't include Hawaii's 18% accommodation tax or cleaning and booking fees. Visit the rentals page to see specific unit rates.

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What Do Guests Think? An AI Analysis of 228 Guest Reviews


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The following executive summary is based on a comprehensive and impartial AI analysis of guest reviews. Keep in mind that all units are individually owned, and review scores among units can vary considerably.

The Royal Sea Cliff condo resort on Big Island receives overwhelmingly positive reviews from guests, highlighting its stunning views, spacious and well-equipped units, and excellent location. Many guests praise the resort's beautiful landscaping, two pools, and proximity to beaches and downtown Kona. The wrap-around patios or lanais are frequently mentioned as favorite features, offering luxurious spaces for relaxation and enjoying ocean views. The resort's cleanliness and the responsiveness of property managers and hosts are also commended. While a few reviews mention minor issues such as outdated decor in some units, difficulty with Wi-Fi, and occasional maintenance problems, these do not detract significantly from the overall high satisfaction. The peaceful atmosphere, combined with the convenience of amenities like fully stocked kitchens, washer/dryers, and beach supplies, makes Royal Sea Cliff a highly recommended stay for a wide range of travelers, from families to couples. This summary is based on a comprehensive analysis of 228 guest reviews.

Recent Royal Sea Cliff Reviews


The adult pool was relaxing, quite and the jacuzzi was nice and hot. Perfect for time to unwind.
Lisa
April 2024

Located about 1-1.8 miles just south of the center of downtown Kailua-Kona on Ali'i Hwy - this was an awesome spot on the west side of the Big Island! Incredible sunsets from the back porch (which wrapped around the entire corner of the building) and no road noise at all because of the distance from Ali'i Hwy to the unit - which is at the ocean's edge. We could hear the ocean from both bedrooms and it was incredibly relaxing and tranquil! We played pool on the billiard table almost nightly, used the fully equipped kitchen, and the washer and dryer regularly. Our family of four was quite comfortable in this spacious unit!!! We would love to have stayed even longer than the 8 nights we were there and hope to be back sooner than later! Mahalo!
Jennifer M. B. C.
April 2024

This was our fifth stay at this property. Every stay ends with discussion about when to come next! The owner and the local manager are wonderful - communicative and definitely convey the spirit of aloha. A five star experience, but with the privacy of a luxurious Hawaii style house, right on the ocean.
John H.
April 2024

Perfect family friendly location
Steve R.
March 2024

Hot tub not available and tv in room did not work first 4 days. Management replaced the remote but it froze every 20-30 seconds. Old tv is what I was told when it wasn’t working. Everything was clean that was nice and very roomy. Loud buzzing in unit. Management said it wad the cooler and nothing they could do. Difficult to sleep. Noise didn’t stop even with AC OFF.
Barbi M.
March 2024

We loved this place, not just the room itself, but the view and the location. The location allows an introvert to get their needed downtime. The location allows an extrovert to walk/drive just a mile or so to the life of Kona. Watching the sun set was something we enjoyed almost every night. Taking family pictures at the rocky shoreline and watched the sun come up behind us as we enjoyed the sound of the crashing waves!
Ida S.
March 2024

Condo worked great for us. Close to parking and getting groceries. Pools and hot tub great. Just had to keep following up to get new refrigerator since it was not repairable
Mary G.
March 2024

Overall the condo is great. I have stayed in this property as a timeshare owner numerous times. However this stay included lots of cockroaches, even though we were assured it was fumigated the day we arrived. As a former resort owner I was surprised at the response from the rental company that no one came to inspect the unit for cockroaches after we voiced our concern. We will continue to stay as timeshare owner at this property. The location is great. Close to the farmers market and restaurants.
Carol S.
March 2024

This property touted as garden view, with the images which show that are misleading. The photo's in the listing have been strategically taken to not show the parking lot that you overlook and the backside of the next wing of the building.
Ken W.
March 2024

We had such a wonderful stay! So much so that we booked our next stay before we checked out. We live on the opposite side of the island. Occasionally we like to stay on the Kona side for a staycation. Within minutes of stepping out onto the lanai, we saw 3 whales that seemed so close to the shore. I was blown away! So close that we could hear them blowing out their blowhole! The condo is very comfortable. Great location, clean, and the grounds are beautiful. Looking forward to our next stay. Mahalo!
Jaime L.
March 2024

We stayed 40 nights. It is a studio suite so keep that in mind if a lengthy stay. The unit needs some updating, the bathroom in particular. We made it work. The owner, Marc, was great to deal with. Communication was instant. You can’t beat the location and the resort itself is beautiful. Thank you Marc!!!
Austin B.
March 2024

The apartment was clean and spacious and we had a fantastic stay. It is close to everything Kona has to offer. The complex itself is very well maintained as well.
Gaurav M.
February 2024

Our stay for two weeks was amazing! The condo was so well appointed and had everything we needed!
Judy S.
February 2024

Wonderful property everything we expected. Would highly recommend.
Lisa S.
February 2024

Clean, very confit and close to all amenities. Would definitely come back.
David K.
February 2024

This place was fantastic! The property overall was really nice. The lanai was an absolute dream. We ate breakfast out there daily and spent tons of time watching whales and could even see fish in the breaking waves. Bring your binoculars! The furnishings inside were very tasteful. The kitchen was equipped with the cooking supplies we needed. We didn’t have a chance to use the pool and hot tub but they looked great from the lanai. I would definitely stay here again!
Jen C.
February 2024

A pleasant surprise! Large 1 bedroom unit with spacious lanai with sunset views. Complex is quiet and well-kept with 2 Oceanside pools.
Robert W.
February 2024

Great property and place. Lots of room.
Pete H.
February 2024

It was a great stay with family
David F.
February 2024

We've stayed at this property a few times now, but this was our first stay since the pandemic. New owners since our previous stay and although the property was already fantastic, they've found a few tweaks and improvements to make things even better. As other reviews have pointed out, as good as the photos are they really do not do it justice. There is simply nothing negative to say about this place. The location is stunning, watching sunsets from the garden wall is jaw-dropping. The garden is immaculate, a very generous size, and very private. The house is finished to a very high standard and the owners have thought of pretty much everything you may need while enjoying your stay. If you need a definitive example of perfection done right, just stay at this property. There is absolutely nothing I can say - however trivial - that is anything less than 10/10 Sitting in the hammock, with a morning coffee and an unobstructed view of whales breaching just a few hundred yards away........things don't get much better than that. We'll be coming back (again) - staying anywhere else on the island would feel like a huge downgrade.
Neil H.
February 2024

The best lanai around. We loved our visit!! Thank you for sharing this special place.
Gina B.
February 2024

The property had amazing ocean views from the huge lanai. We enjoyed watching whales and dolphins from our unit. The condo had everything we could need and more. So nice to have the washer and drier. Also appreciated the multitude of beach towels. I will recommend this place to friends and would stay here again.
Pam R.
February 2024

this property is amazing. no better view of the ocean! no obstructed views & patio was very spacious and private. multiple seating options. condo had everything needed to make meals. lots of beach toys & chairs no cooler. condo had beach towels for use. close enough to town if you wanted to walk but it is not as close as you would think. we took uber about $7-10 one way but parking starts at 25.00 so uber was a great deal!
Troy B.
February 2024

Very nice facility, good location and highly responsive communication.
Rich W.
February 2024

This property was wonderful. We were looking for a place right on the water and this condo delivered. The unit was well appointed and made a perfect base to enjoy the island.
Heidi M.
January 2024

This unit has an amazing view! The lanai is so large, we enjoyed watching the sunsets. The property has gorgeous gardens. Would recommend
Lena M.
January 2024

This is a nice location which has everything 2 couples may need for their visit. As others have mentioned- we could see whales from the balcony which was a nice bonus.
Tamara C.
January 2024

Very comfortable bed and clean unit!! Everything you need for a great vacation! I would stay there again for sure!
Ellen K.
January 2024

Loved being close to the water. The view isn’t a full view but it’s still a good one. Spacious patio. The pool and view from there was wonderful also. We utilized the bike share close by which made a quick trip to nearby restaurants. Otherwise it’s just over one mile down the road. Great coffee place close by, Green Flash.
Jessie C.
January 2024

We could not have asked for a greater view. The large wrap around large porch area allowed all eight of us lots of room when watch for whales or when the cruse ships came in. The pool table was the favorite activity in the evening when we were not out watching the sun sink into the ocean. Just gorgeous and make sure you video it. We highly recommend this luxurious property to all. The only comment was from the young adults that could not log into the wifi because the special character was a period and they totally missed it on the instructions. The 69 yr old had to show them how it's done.
Steve S.
January 2024

This is an excellent, central spot to stay. There are two pools on the water. Love it! Beautiful complex. The lanai has an ocean view. You can always hear the waves and see whales and birds.
Brittany B.
January 2024

The property was quiet, totally on its own from the large resort and had the full view of the ocean front with all the necessary amenities. The spinner dolphins added the true Hawaii touch.
elaine C.
January 2024

The condo was clean, comfortable. Well kitted out kitchen. Check in was easy. Great place for a couple.
janine n.
January 2024

Beautiful in every aspect!
Jeannie H.
December 2023

I must say that with all of the times that we have visited the Hawaiian Islands, we have never stayed in a nicer place. This was the first time that we vacationed in a house and not in a resort hotel. I don't think that we would ever stay in a hotel again in Hawaii. The best part about staying here has to be the location with an unobstructed view of the blue Pacific ocean and the awesome Hawaiian Sunsets. Just having the pleasure of listening to the ocean waves breaking as we rested on the Lanai and later in the master Bedroom at night was very peaceful. Closeness to the town for shopping and dining was great and the people were very friendly. Royal Sea Cliff one of the best and nicest property's to visit and just a note that it may have been more cost effective making the reservation directly!
James S.
December 2023

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was more than happy with the location. I was more than satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: All went well. Well organized. Very good communication. Nice apartment, quiet, nice view, clean.
Mathias L.
December 2023

Beautiful property - absolutely loved our stay here. Quiet resort, gorgeous ocean views, & large patio. Easy drive everywhere & can walk to some restaurants/stores within a mile. Kitchen is well stocked with appliances and cookware. Inside the condo is very open and comfortable for a group. Would definitely recommend highly & would stay here again!
Terri C.
December 2023

The unit was just as stated. Nice kitchen, lanai and amenities.
Wendy G.
December 2023

Condo was well equipped in a super quiet complex. Loved that you could open the sliders and sleep to the sound of the ocean without traffic noise or loud neighbors. Covered parking close to the condo without stairs for easy load and unload of luggage. Would stay here again.
Eric S.
December 2023

Relaxing spot right on the ocean.
Paul and Brenda V.
December 2023

The perfect stay at the perfect place! Everything we were looking for during our stay. Will definitely book again!
Tito
December 2023

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: Spent 5 nights here with my daughter. Decent views, condo was very clean. Property manager checked in and responded to a simple request. Thanks so much!
Heidi D.
December 2023

We stayed in this beautiful condo with another couple for 5 days. The condo itself had the absolute best location and ocean view. We enjoyed the large lanai with multiple seating areas. The inside of the condo was very roomy and comfortable. The two large bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths were perfect for 2 couples. The pool table was a very nice extra. We will definitely recommend this condo to our friends when traveling to the area!
Elizabeth K.
December 2023

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was very clean. I was very happy with the location. I was more than satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: All good - loved Val ... but we did have issues with TVs ... and it was difficult to negotiate getting in and out of the dated tub enclosure - maybe alert those guests over 60 of age about this :-)

November 2023

This property is over the moon. We are truly lucky to have found such an amazing place. Our host was incredible, attentive, responsive and truly wonderful. We cannot wait to come back.
Den J.
November 2023

The location next to the ocean was the best part of this rental. We loved the pools and listening to the wildlife.
Ellen H.
November 2023

Everything was perfect!! I would highly recommend this property! Amy was super helpful with check in and questions throughout the week. The location was fabulous - beach, ocean and location to Kailua. The house was so comfortable, clean, well stocked and I really just want to live there. :). Coffee on the wall in the morning, reading in the floaty tube in the pool, games on the deck in the evening...it just doesn't get any better.
DeAnne R.
November 2023

Wonderful owner, very engaged and helpful, really nice place overlooking the ocean with Lookout Vantage points to watch the sunsets and also wonderful sunsets right from the patio at the condo!
Angelika H.
November 2023

Nice unit in an oceanfront complex near downtown. Everything was nice, well stocked with everything you need in the kitchen. The bed was super comfortable which was much appreciated after busy touring days!
Brad S.
November 2023

Five star accommodations minutes from town. Would definitely stay again.
Renee T.
November 2023


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