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Hilton Wikoloa Village

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Hilton Wikoloa Village

I know this is the "disneyland" of hotels there, but we have two nights for free on Hilton points. Has anyone stayed there that could tell me more about it. We will be on our honeymoon, is there any better rooms to ask for? Thanks.

Gilbert
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1. Re: Hilton Wikoloa Village

We spent 13 days there last February. It is huge, but we liked it. If money was no object I'd pick the Four Seasons over the Hilton, but it is still a nice resort. I will note - we had our 5 year old with us and took full advantage of the kids club, etc.

We did dine at a few of the other resorts and honestly (my opinion) I wasn't any more impressed with any of them, with the exception of the Four Seasons.

Anyways, here's some thoughts:

The pools are very cool. There are several around the resort, some with a waterslide, lazy river, etc. The main pool has a huge waterfall, waterslide, hot tubs, and a poolside cafe & bars. There is a big suspended bridge that goes over part of it that is pretty cool.

You'll get mixed reviews on the lagoon. It is big, and ocean fed. You'll find eel, several different species of fish, and giant sea turtles swimming around. There are cabana chairs, lounge chairs & umbrellas along the sandy beach fronting the lagoon. Full food & cocktail service, as well as rental kayaks, water bikes, etc. We liked the lagoon because it gave us an opportunity to lay on a sandy beach and snorkel when the ocean was raging on the other side (it was Feb, and the ocean tends to be rough in the winter). In fact, we spent a day at Hapuna Beach and found the water unswimmable. It was nice to have a calm place to snorkel - and get up close to the turtles.

The spa is very nice - as nice as any spa I've been to here in Scottsdale, AZ. My husband is an avid golfer, and he really enjoyed golfing at the Hilton, but also worked in a round at the Mauna Kea. There are also some pretty upscale shops near the spa (all in the resort). For additional shopping, the Kings Shops are just a few blocks up the road (less than 5 min. drive) - which is also where Roy's is (great food!)

In the resort, we ate at Imari (Japanese Teppanyaki style) - had some sushi and a few too many saki bombers. It was a fun night but thankfully we didn't have to go too far to get to our room! We also ate at the Kamuela Provision Company and LOVED it. Great seafood, on the ocean, with great views of the sunset & the whales jumping just offshore. We ate at the buffet and some of the other little "quick bite" places (like the poolside cafe) and found them to be mediocure - typical for a resort, though.

There are boats & a tram that can take you from your room to the lobby, spa, etc. We used them frequently, but we also enjoyed walking to our destinations. It is a LONG walk to get anywhere, but we liked the exercise as most of the walk offers a nice view of the ocean or the resort grounds (which are beautiful) and with all the food & cocktails we have on vacation - we need the exercise!!

Dolphin Quest is cool - but you can get pretty close to the dolphins without participating. Book early if you do want to participate.

We also enjoyed laying on the hammocks & ocean front cabana lounges at night - listening to the waves & looking up at the stars. In the morning, Buddha Point is a great place to sit & watch the sunrise (or sunset, for that matter) and if it's winter - you will see a bunch of whales along here (our room was along Buddha point with great views of the whales).

There is also a little putting green near Buddha Point - kindof fun to play around on.

Since you have Hilton Points, you must be an Honors member. You will most likely be upgraded upon check in. Be sure to tell them it's your honeymoon, also. We paid for a garden view room and were upgraded to oceanfront (no kidding).

I don't know what rooms to recommend as I don't know what is the best option for you. Perhaps ask at booking or at check in - since it will be based on availability at that time anyways.

Overall, you'll enjoy it. The Big Island is awesome.

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2. Re: Hilton Wikoloa Village

Aloha

This is the first mega-resort in Hawaii....I live here and I still get slack jawed by its total beauty and variety........if they dont have it...you havant thought of it....... no casino.

Some hate it as contrived......well its the best contrived i have seen........It costs for food but there are a lot of variety in the resort ot Waikoloa....... Ask for the Ocean Towers .

Enjoy

HD

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3. Re: Hilton Wikoloa Village

My husband and I stayed at the Hilton Waikaloa Village for the first 5 nights of our honeymoon. We really enjoyed it, although we shared a few of the same gripes as other guests who reviewed that hotel.

They were going to put us in the lagoon tower, but based on trip advisor advice we requested the ocean tower. The lagoon tower is by the dolphins so I think a lot of families with kids request that tower. We liked the ocean tower, it was nice and quiet and had a small adult pool close by, but the palace tower looked nice as well. The hotel is so big that quite possibly a lot of the rooms could be nice.

Although we thought our room was fine, we would have liked to be on a higher floor (we were only on the second floor). Also, our room had no fridge, so we requested one and the bellman who brought it said that the remodeled rooms all had fridges. We deduced that they had put us in one of the older rooms so we asked to be moved to a remodled room on a higher floor. We were told that the hotel was at full capacity because there was a Partylite convention going on, and that they would call us tomorrow or the next day if something we were looking for became available. We never received a call and became very comfortable in our original room so we didn't press the issue about moving to a different room.

I'm not so sure that they told us the truth about the hotel being at full capacity because the first couple of days of the trip we had no trouble finding a self park spot and the last 2 days the lot was always full and we were forced to valet a couple of times.

Good Luck, and have a great time on your honeymoon.

Heather and John

Gilbert
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4. Re: Hilton Wikoloa Village

Our friends were travelling with their infant, so they were able to rent a fridge for $5 or $6 a day. I didn't realize that some rooms came with them - that is a nice feature. I don't think our room was remodeled as it seemed a bit dated (but still nice, I've definitely stayed in worse!)

We were in a ground floor room in the ocean tower looking out at Buddha Point. One neat thing about the ground floor - you can walk right out of your patio door to go out to the ocean, putting green, etc. Also, the laundry facilities on are on the ground floor (ok, that's 2 neat things...) I've heard the concierge level is nice b/c you get the free happy hour among other perks...