We agree with all the positive reviews. These condos are new, upscale, well thought out, and beautifully furnished.
All of the condos are individually owned. Some can be rented directly through the owners, others through various rental agencies. We dealt with Castle Resorts and had an excellent experience. They charged only one night's deposit to secure the reservation and we could cancel without penalty up to three days before arrival. There was no extra cleaning fee, and the rate we paid -- though not cheap -- represented good value. I e-mailed and called the agency several times with questions before we arrived, and they always answered promptly and cheerfully. They even took pictures of our unit (17G) and e-mailed them to me.
The hardest thing to figure out about Hali'i Kai is which building to request. They are numbered from 1 to 24, with the most desirable ones close to the ocean and the pool/restaurant.
The only buildings that are OCEANFRONT (as opposed to Oceanview) are numbers 13, 14, and 15. There's no sandy beach, just black lava rock. But you'll have an unimpeded view of the ocean, which can make a big difference (and is reflected in the price.)
Of the Oceanview buildings, the best is no. 12 because it's closest to the ocean. Numbers 11, 10, and 9 are also good, but a little bit further away. Numbers 16 and 17 are close to the ocean but overlook the road. It's not a busy road, and we hardly even noticed it. But apparently the buildings that overlook the golf course are more desirable.
The rest of the buildings are further removed from the ocean/pool area, although some still have ocean views. The distance from the pool is a consideration only if you have very small children or people who have difficulty walking. Otherwise, it's not a big deal.
One reviewer said their condo didn't provide shampoo. Ours had ample hotel-sized containers of shampoo, conditioner, etc., but no beach towels. You might want to get a list of what your condo provides. We had to buy our beach towels, which was an unnecessary expense since we could easily have brought our own.
But that's a minor complaint because the condo worked very well for us, and we had an amazing vacation!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Halii Kai at Waikoloa is a recently developed 29-acre oceanfront resort, stretched along Waikoloa's Beach Golf Course and the Pacific Ocean. Spacious two- and three-bedroom villas and townhomes are luxuriously furnished. Amenities include a cascading pool, private restaurant, fitness cabana, walking trails, and a basketball/tennis court. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Halii Kai Resort At Waikoloa Beach Hotel Waikoloa