Best Place to stay on The Big Island! The Royal Kona is absolutely THE BEST place to stay on The Big Island. The resort is charming and has that old school Hawaiian feel. The staff here are incredibly friendly and accommodating. The resort is perfectly located within walking distance to all shopping and dining. However, you really don't even need to leave the resort. The food is excellent here and you will not find better Mai Tai's anywhere on the island. The views from this hotel are undeniable. Especially for the perfect Kona sunsets. This resort is my absolute favorite place to stay when on The Big Island.