Stayed at the Bay Club in December. Was conflicted about which of the three resorts I should book, but given the point structure of Bay Club and the fact that I only wanted a one bedroom, I took a chance. I loved the place. The island is so different from Oahu. It is desolate, very isolated, black from the lava flow remnants that are everywhere, and it is a very harsh, windblown landscape that is romantic, full of adventure, and very relaxing.
First, Waikoloa is a little oasis of condos, timeshares and two major hotels in the middle of all the desolation. There is nothing in any direction for miles. It is 20 minutes north of the airport. The only real downside was the distance to Hilo and the Volcanoes National Park. The drive is about 3 hours to the park, and given the narrow two line highways, you want to avoid night driving. But more on that later.
We entered the resort and it took a bit to find the Bay Club and to find where to check in. The Waikoloa resort, which they call the Kohala Suites, is in one big development with Bay Club. They share three pools, the gym, and parking. Check-in was at the club house in the middle of the two properties and was easy. We got a third floor room in Building 1, room 131. At first I was worried about Building one, but I would never stay in another room. It was great. Most 1 BR views were of the parking lot and beyond, with plenty of beyond to be viewed, but ours was on the corner and viewed the entire mountain range, no parking lot at all, and was wonderful
The rooms, well, they aren't really rooms. Most of my friends New York apartments are smaller than this place. We walked in and were shocked. It was so big. There is a nice sized living room, with sofa, coffee table, a few chairs and a flat-screen TV. There is a dining area next to it, and the lanai connects the two. The lanai has loungers, chairs, tables. It was a big lanai and lovely for gazing at the view. The kitchen is small but efficient, very high end appliances, and immaculately clean. Granite countertops, nice art on the walls. They supply everything you need to cook and clean. The laundry machine is in the kitchen closet.
The bedroom lies beyond two closing doors, and was very big with a king bed, dressers, closets. I wish I had such a big room at home. The bathroom had an oversized tub, closed off toilet and double sinks. There was an elevator up to the floor and a stair case as well. It was so comfortable.
I checked out the Waikoloa suites and they were smaller and not nearly as nice in my opinion. The King's Land development looked very unexciting for all the hype and high point values. I am going to try to peek inside, but I can't imagine how they could be any nicer that where I am right now. Their pools are nicer I suppose, and the gym, but it was too windy and cool to use pools so it didn't matter anyway. The one free visit to Kingsland pools is no longer offered, but for $15 per person you can go for the day. The Hilton Pools are $150 for three days of use, per person and that, in my opinion, is absurd. We didn't do it, but spent a lot of time over at the Hilton. It was fun, the beach is open to all, and there is a lot to do and see on property.
If you are not sure, go for the Bay Club. It's fantastic. We were 500 yards from the Hilton HOtel (a massive bizarrely big place with a train and boat service to get around), whereas Kingsland is remote and far from everything.
there are two shopping centers, Queens and Kings. They are both nice, with high end stores like Louis Vuitton, Tiffany, Coach and even a mini-Macy's. There is a supermarket in the Queen's center that was fine. Not any more ridiculously expensive than anywhere else in Hawaii. We went to the Safeway in Kona and it was cheaper using their card, for certain items that had sales but everything else cost the same as the market on property.
For dinner, if you are here on Sunday or Monday, don't miss Sensei's 50% off everything on the menu happy hour from 5-6 pm. You have to line up by 4:30 at the latest because once all the tables are full, that's it. I would have loved it if I had paid full price, but for half price, it tasted even more delicious. They have a great menu and high quailty sushi and regular food. Wonderful. We went twice.
Definitely don't waste your points on one of the higher point level properties. There just simply is no reason to.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Bay Club at Waikoloa Beach Resort is a spectacular hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii and is designed to be an ideal Hawaiian haven in the heart of Waikoloa. Superbly situated adjacent to championship golf courses, the premier location of the Bay Club resort provides an unsurpassed vacation setting. Hawaii visitors staying at the Bay Club at Waikoloa Beach Resort will enjoy spacious one- and two-bedroom suites which incorporate a casually elegant tropical style and feature a superb variety of upscale amenities and furnishings. The suites offer all of the convenience of home including separate living and dining areas, a fully-equipped kitchen, washer and dryer and private lanai. ... more less
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