We've been to Oahu before and decided to avoid crowded Waikiki Beach and stay elsewhere in Oahu. A friend had high praise for Ko Olina, so we decided to go. Ko Olina is one of the more high end parts of the Island.
We had heard that the other Ko Olina hotels were pricey (Disney; JW Marriott Spa), and decided to stay at the Marriott Ko Olina Beach Club. We booked through redweek.com. This allows you to rent directly off the condo owners rather than go through a third party agency or book directly through the Marriott hotels. You normally save more $$$ by going through the owner direct.
Our room was a large, roughly 1,400 sq foot, two full bedroom units with King beds in both, full kitchen, 3 HD TV's and two balconies with a direct and spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean, Lagoon 3 and the lush tropical garden pool below. There are four man made lagoons in Ko Olina. We stayed for a week and had maid cleaning services once mid week. This is all we needed.
We stocked up on groceries at nearby Safeway, Foodland and Costco. Ko Olina is expensive and we couldn't afford to eat out 3 times a day, every day during our stay. Eating in our unit for most of our meals made this trip affordable. We did eat out a few times at the Marriott and Roy's.
The staff at the Marriott are very friendly. The grounds are beautiful and well kept. This area is family oriented and laid back. We spent several days just snorkeling around the rocks of the lagoon with all the resident tropical fish. There is a resident sea turtle named Lucky in the Lagoon up by the JW Marriott and Disney hotels. It is within easy walking distance.
Just slightly off the grounds (north) of the JW Marriott Spa & Resort is a small bay that has sea turtles all the time. It was a pleasant discovery to see these turtles in a more natural habitat. According to the locals, monk seals occasionally come ashore here.
During our stay the week of April 13th, the LPGA was in Ko Olina. While bringing my luggage up to my room, I met golfer Michelle Wie.
The one odd thing is that beyond the marina south of the Marriott Ko Olina Beach Club is an industrial area.
Ko Olina and the Marriott Ko Olina Beach Club are a fantastic place for a relaxing vacation that is suitable for families and couples. The Marriott Ko Olina Beach Club is way better value for money than Disney or the JW Marriott Spa & Resort. The only negative is that it is pricey. However, this can be partially mitigated by renting directly off condo owners and making most of your meals in your condo.
We will definitely come back!