This facility is gorgeous and ideal for a relaxing holiday. Beach Villas is set in the secured access resort community of Ko Olina along with two Marriott resorts and a Disney one. These are all joined, as is the marina, by a beautiful, paved trail skirting the four, fantastic man made lagoons and are all accessible to the public. We dined at all of them, apart from the Beach Villas itself, which has no dining facilities, though there are four large barbecues for your use by the pools. (Hint: the gas control switches immediately to high and then lowers as you turn, so for lighting, don't turn the control all the way.) There is also a small shopping centre inland from the Marriott and Disney Resorts which has about three restaurants and an ABC Convenience Store which we found very useful for picking up food and liquor items and the odd souvenir (mainly clothing). Unlike some posters, we didn't find the prices too out of line, though you will want to do your main shopping in Kapolei at Safeway, Costco or Target.
The condo was a three bedroom penthouse in the Ocean Tower, very high end and well equipped, including beach and pool toys and snorkeling equipment. The view from the lanai was stunning. The gardens and pool areas were gorgeous, even better than they're pictured, and well looked after on a continual basis, by what seemed to be a large amount of staff. All the pools and hot tubs were working. Due to the fact that many of the units are privately owned and the owners may be elsewhere, it never seemed to be crowded, there was always space everywhere. My son estimated, by looking at the lit up units at night, that less than third seemed to be occupied. This gives a quite different feeling to that experienced at some of the resorts I have been to. No rushing, peace and spaciousness!
I will now address some of the points made by previous posters and add a few points of my own.
The beautiful grounds/pools are divided by fencing into distinct areas which have their own rules. The rules themselves, I found appropriate to the function of the various areas re: amount of noise etc. I did not get the impression of being watched and monitored as some posters have complained. I found the staff polite and helpful. Our group did inadvertently transgress one rule in the 14 days we were there and it was politely brought to our attention and the reason explained.
You need to carry your card key with you all the time. As well as opening your room door, you need to flash it by a sensor for most things, such as to enter the building, to activate the elevator to go to your floor, to access the pool washrooms, to leave the grounds to get to the lagoon trails and to enter back in again. You should also know that it is not just the pools ( e.g. Swimming) that closes at 9pm, this also includes the pool garden areas. That means there is no garden access to the building from the trails after 9pm, you have to go up to the main entrance off the street. (Hint: Your key cards are waterproof and mine went happily with me in the pool daily.)
If you rent directly from an owner, as we did, you do not have access to the fitness centre. I was told those renting directly from the management do. This in no way interfered with our holiday. The lagoon trail was well used by joggers and, together with the pools, provided all the exercise we needed.
The pools are nearly perfect for their functions. The adult, lap or quiet pool is a great place to relax peacefully with both sunny and shady areas and good hot tub. The family pool is aptly named and was where we spent most of our time. It is great for enjoying the water, but too tame for teenagers, as rough, loud horseplay is discouraged and there are no slides etc. Most of the children enjoying the water, of which there were a few most of the time, were in the 0-10 year old category with the majority being babies or toddlers with their parents. The accompanying hot tub was excellent. The children's pool, separated from the family pool by a rock wall, has a maximum depth of 1 foot and a bottom of very small pea gravel, not sand. (Hint: Make sure to remove the gravel from toys, strollers etc or it will get all over your condo.) Our 11 month old granddaughter loved it. The hot tub in this area also had the gravel bottom, but was as hot as the others, so too hot for small children.
The bar, between the pools and lagoon serves a mean pina colada and most other cocktails, highballs and draught beer. It is a little pricey, but no more than those at the other beach front properties. The service is excellent. Derek and Marcy, who serve, are extremely friendly and happy people and also are a font of information about the area and are able to book restaurants, trips etc. for you, if you wish.
A number of restaurants are within walking distance. Our favourite was the Monkeypod, good food and service in a relaxed environment, excellent drinks, though usually quite crowded. Their menu is on their website. This restaurant is a must for the beer lover, as they have over 40 different types, most on tap. Roy's was probably the best for the “dining experience”, while Longboards at the Marriott near the marina, has an outstanding view, if not particularly outstanding food. Go for happy hour!
Though the Beach Villas property itself is quiet and peaceful, the surrounding area is not and there is no escaping the sound of the vehicles coming to service the resorts in the area, from waste pickup to deliveries of many types. However, the loudest noises come from the Ko Olina area being on the approach flight path to the Honolulu airport. If plane noises bother you, this is not the place to be. As it was, our granddaughter enjoyed seeing the planes, greeting them when she saw them and waving them goodbye. These various sounds did not interfere with our enjoyment one bit, but if you are noise sensitive, it may be a different matter.
The only excursion we did was the one hour island tour by helicopter which leaves from the marina. (Ko Olina Helicopters). It gave an excellent overview of the island, but does not present as much of the breathtaking beauty seen on tours of the less populous islands. (Hint: If you plan to book, get their details off their website and book direct. This gives a $40/person saving.)
In summary, I thoroughly recommend Beach Villas at Ko Olina for a peaceful, relaxing holiday in an area of outstanding beauty for couples or families with small children. It will long live in our memories.
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