NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELER MAGAZINE has named Kona Village one of five Hawai'i resorts on their annual Stay List.
NG Traveler tapped into reports of journalists, road warriors and local experts basing nominations on: Is the hotel engaged with the local community? Does it subscribe to sustainable practices that respect the region? Does it truly capture the spirit of its setting? Research and detailed questionnaires resulted in the final list of 129 properties in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean published in this month's issue of National Geographic Traveler.
"The hotels on our Stay List 2009 don't just reflect their surroundings — they help define them," says Traveler senior editor Sheila Feldman Buckmaster. "And after your stay, you'll leave with the kind of insight only soulful places can provide." Kona Village bungalow rates start at $570 per night. www.konavillage.com.
HILTON HAWAIIAN VILLAGE spring kama'aina rate starts at $129 per room per night and includes a 4 p.m. check-out and a self-parking rate of $10 per night. Also included in the special: 50 percent off Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon water toys (waterbees, kayaks, water cycles) and 20 percent off Mandara Spa treatments. The Hilton Hawaiian Village features nightly entertainment, fireworks each Friday night, and exotic wildlife including the South African Penguins.
The Hilton's new Paradise Pool, with its 77-foot tube slide, has become a favorite for all ages. The rate is valid through June 30. Proof of Hawai'i residency required. www.hiltonhawaiianvillage.com. 949-4321 and ask for rate code P3.
KAUA'I MARRIOTT RESORT & BEACH CLUB'S "Hollywood Meets Kaua'i Movie Package" includes daily breakfast for two, the Coastal Hawai'i Movie Tour for two and a 50th Anniversary Edition of the movie "South Pacific," which was released Tuesday on Blu-ray disc. The original "South Pacific" version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical starring Mitzi Gaynor will be shown under the stars and moon at Kalapaki Beach, fronting Kaua'i Marriott Resort & Beach Club at 7 p.m. tonight. Many scenes of the 1958 Hollywood blockbuster were filmed on Kaua'i. The package costs $339 per room per night, with a three-night minimum stay.
Hawai'i Movie Tours offers the Coastal Hawaii Movie Tour that includes lunch on the beach at a location used in both "South Pacific" and "Honeymoon In Vegas." www.HawaiiMovieTours.com, 800-220-2925 or 808-245-5050 and ask for promotional code ARN.
THE DOUBLETREE® ALANA HOTEL kama'aina special offers a $109 room rate on weekends and $125 rate on weekdays. The rate includes free valet parking as well as a Doubletree Chocolate Chip Cookie, presented warm to each guest upon check-in. 941-7275, 800-445-8667 and ask for rate code KAM. www.doubletreealana.com.
KONA GETAWAY: Dragonfly Cottage, a vacation rental and health retreat offers rooms for $100 to $150 per night including breakfast. 808-328-2159, www.dragonflyranch.com.