We stayed at the Ko Olina from 2/16-2/23. It was our first visit to the Ko Olina as I am a new owner.
Check in was easy and without hassle. We arrived at approximately 2pm and although our room was not quite ready, the front desk was very accommodating while we waited. In fact, all of the staff was great.
6 of us stayed in a 2BR 2BA ocean view villa. The room interior was great and very clean. Having 2 adults on the pull out couch in the living room made privacy a slight issue but nothing that got in the way of a great vacation.
The grounds, pool area, and lagoons are wonderful. Even though it was Presidents' week, there was plenty of room and we didn't have any problems finding chairs.
You will need a car if you stay here--at a minimum to go to the grocery store. I would recommend taking as many snacks as you can from home. Going to the local grocery store saved us a lot of money but Hawaii food prices are still quite a bit higher than we have here in NY. The bell/valet staff were excellent. Some would say "they were just doing their job" but we felt they went above and beyond with their assistance and friendliness.
There are quite a few options for dining on-site. Kolohe's grill offered great food and live music until 9pm. The buffet on Fridays and Saturdays should not be missed. Prices were typical for a resort type setting. Chuck's Steakhouse, also immediately on site was anything but spectacular--average food , slow service for inflated prices.
If you are ok spending a little more for dinner, I highly recommend Azul at the nearby JW Ihalini. There is a lit sidewalk and it's a comfortable 10 minute walk. The food was amazing and the service was unbeatable.
There is very little to do in the evening or after dinner. As I mentioned, the live music ends at 9pm. We weren't looking for wild parties or anything like that and had no desire to venture out for the 30min drive to Waikiki but it was pretty quiet. There is a "game" room on the 3rd floor of our building but it was very uninviting. The pool table is old, the ping pong table was folded up and it's only open until 10pm.
In response to all of the reviews that discussed the on-going construction. It wasn't bad at all. Unless you were really listening for it, the noise blended in with the sound of the ocean, and the people at the lagoons/pools. There will be construction for quite a while with the plans for new buildings etc. Do not let this deter you from choosing the Ko Olina.
We will definitely return!
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