My husband and I spent 5 nights in March 2013 and enjoyed the resort immensely. We were in room 616 and overlooked beautiful natural areas and the Pacific ocean. It was a perfect room for watching the sun set on our lanai in the evenings. We were at the end of a hallway so it was very quiet too. None of the noise problems from other resorts as previous reviewers mentioned. You absolutely must ask for a similar room.
The interior of the room was generous in size and had great storage. We were traveling on to Kauai for the second half of the trip and we do not travel lightly so I appreciated the opportunity to unpack and to get the suitcases out of sight. There were two comfortable arm chairs and an ottoman for relaxing in the room along with a separate bar area that housed a dorm-size refrigerator and coffee maker. The bathroom was huge and had separate vanities, a large soaking tub and a shower enclosure. The water closet was separated by a door.
The resort itself was wonderful. We frequented the fitness facility, which was complete with treadmills, elipticals, weight machines and free weights. The only thing missing were oscalating fans. I opened the large window on one occasion and the attendant came over and closed it telling me that the heat would be worse with the window open. I don't quite understand that rationale but at any rate, they need ceiling or oscilating fans in there. The spa was wonderful. I enjoyed an 80 minute lomi-lomi massage with Delane and thoroughly enjoyed it. This was a new massage style for me and Delane was wonderful. The facilities were clean and had all the amenities you'd imagine. I would suggest that they add a few more personal amenities to their offerings - like razors for one thing - but all in all it was a very enjoyable experience.
We dined at several of the restaurants and found them to be good but pricy as others have suggested. Azul, the italian restaurant, was probably our least favorite. The service wasn't the best and the portions were on the small side. We dined al fresco at The Naupaka Terrace and the snapper was outstanding. Poolside dining was up to par and drinks at the Hokule'a Bar provided a nice way to end our evenings. Just off the property is a small shopping/dining complex within walking distance of the front door of the Ko Olina. There we dined at the Monkeypod Kitchen. They had a musician outdoors and we thoroughly enjoyed sittting on the patio with a great meal and lovely background music. Also in this complex is an ABC Market that other reviewers have mentioned. We shopped there for items to stock in our hotel fridge for breakfast and lunch. It was a great market with broad selection of fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy, dry goods, wine, liquor, prepared meals, meats & cheeses, etc.
This resort is a wonderful place to relax and move at a slower speed. I am so glad we chose this Marriott instead of the Waikiki hotel - it was perfect for us. The only real drawback was that like others mentioned, Oahu traffic was generally pretty bad. We had to leave the hotel before 7am to be in Waikiki by 8:30 for a tour one day for example. You just don't get anywhere quickly no matter what the time of day. That really didn't bother us but it is something to plan for. Also, there's no need to valet park your car. The self park is close by the hotel entrance and is more than ample. Save yourself a few dollars. Lastly, I wish we had used the hotel concierge for booking our tour instead of doing it ourselves. We probably could have saved ourselves the trip over to Waikiki. All in all though, we loved this hotel and would gladly return should circumstances allow.
If you covet peace and quiet, and truly magnificent sun sets, ask for room 616 or similar. I believe...
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