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Kings' Land by Hilton Grand Vacations
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Waikoloa
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Lee's Summit, Missouri
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Reviewed October 5, 2012

We stayed at Kingsland on a VIP package we purchased at our home resort Tuscany. The resort is very nice. Our unit was beautiful. We weren't on property very much. You absolutely must rent a car if staying here. It isn't close to much.
Also be sure to get to the grocery store. There is nothing open at the resort after 8pm. If you come back from a day of exploring the island hungry you will need to have your own food and drink because nothing will be available at the resort.
We saw lots of wildlife too. Wild goats on the golf course in the evening, some herons and other birds and a mongoose.
John in the concierge office is very helpful and offered us plenty of ideas for island exploration.

We opted not to purchase any more points at this time. The extra annual fees just didn't seem worth it and to trade in our old deed for a new one was not cost effective either. They wanted us to pay current market value on the new points, but would only offer exactly what we paid for our old ones. If Hilton's value has increased, why hasn't our Hilton property also increased.
Overall, this is a great property to visit. Just know what to expect and be prepared. .

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Big Sky, Montana
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

I know everyone has said this but the units are fantastic. Best I've ever stayed in. Better than our home! We had a 2 bedroom. Includes wash/dryer and you can get soap at front desk. All of the staff were very helpful. Pool area was beautiful too. They have towels and many loungers. Plus a bar with drink specials (reasonable) ever day. There is no downside to the resort except the lack of eateries and no champagne (for mimosas) at the bar. Also disappointed that there were no pool side servers but it was Sept/Oct. maybe they have them during high season.

We were disappointed in the big island because of the lack of beach front properties. After a week, we were sick to death of looking at ugly lava fields. The resort is close by a couple shopping areas (including a grocery store with fairly reasonable prices and souvenirs).

We were in unit one. Great if you want to be away from the noise of the pool area. But it's a trek every day. If you'd rather be closer,request building 4,5or 6. Wifi in the rooms but we couldn't get it pool side. Free parking was great. Absolutely rent a car. It is a must.

BBQs outside which is aplus. If you have family, I suggest you drive 10 minutes south and stock up at costco. Easy drive and well worth it. Also great place for souvenirs. I wish I would have waited to buy the kona coffee and Mac nuts there. Several dollars cheaper than stores (including the factory stores).

Room Tip: If you have kids, request a building closer to the pol. If you want serenity, unit 1 was great.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

This was a great "chill" vacation location. Access to the Hilton amenities plus your own private, relaxing pools was a big plus. Use of the golf courses (in good condition in August) and the shuttle to get around the village are also very useful. Good service and very nice room layouts (big kitchen / dining area and living room). We cooked in the kitchen or out on the grills almost every night which was a great way to bring the family together (there were 5 of us in a 2 bedroom with a sleeper sofa - most comfortable sleeper sofa ever!). Only disadvantage was the price - we paid a small fortune for 7 days here - more than we paid for 12 days in a 3 bedroom beachside villa rental on Maui (we are not Vacation Club members). I love the location and would certainly come back, but I would look for lower rates or discounts...

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 27, 2012

The Big Island is generally thought of as a place to rest. Not true!! The big plus with Kings Land is your ability to utilize ALL of the Hilton Waikaloa amenities and the local shopping without using your car. The shuttle service was great but YOU WILL NEED A CAR. The unit was spacious and extremely comfortable and the service was excellent. We had planned many tourist excursions but after our week only half of the items had been crossed off. Now there is a gigantic difference between Kona and Waikiki and you can enjoy a restfull vacation but it is not boring by any means. The Waikaloa village has grown so much since our last visit in 2004 but was still extremely comfortable. We had a great time and hope to stay on our every other year schedule to Hawaii.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Columbia, Missouri
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Reviewed September 27, 2012

We went to Kings Land last week and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We wer traveling with a 13 year old son who said this was the best vacation ever. Having our own kitchen made the trip so much more relaxing as wel love to cook. We had access to the Hilton hotel property and the amazing lagoon filled with fish, turtles and even an eel.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Southern California
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Reviewed September 16, 2012

Feb 13-22 Kings' Land

My wife and I spent 18 days at the Waikoloa Resort area on the Big Island of Hawaii in February 2012 -- 9 days at Kings' Land followed by 9 days at the Bay Club. We have previously stayed at both properties as well as the Kohala Suites and the Hilton Waikoloa Village Hotel. This review covers both Kings' Land and the Bay Club.

Kings' Land

I was a bit reluctant to spend the 50% higher HGVC points cost to stay at Kings' Land again, but my wife really loved the ambiance of that resort. I'm very happy now that we decided to do this, because my wife passed away in May, and so this was our last trip there together. We were in a 2nd floor 2-bedroom (plus) unit a couple of buildings north of the main lobby and super pool area. The units are spacious and comparable in size to the units at HGVC at Waikoloa (Kohala Suites), with the nice features of an upholstered sofa, coffee table, and opposing easy chair on the covered lanai/patio. The kitchen/dining area layout is different from most timeshare units, and is very attractive if not quite as functional as one might like. The super pool is salt water and very comfortable but not excessively warm. There are nice areas for little kids, teenagers, and for adults seeking quiet. The bar/food area is spacious and welcoming (but closes somewhat early). It is adjacent to an open lawn area surrounded on the other three sides by the lobby and entrance areas, and where there are various hula and musical performances scheduled several times a week.

We very much enjoyed our time here. The daily procession of the goats along the golf course fairways just west of the rooms was entertaining, and one could usually get nice views (or a glimpse) of Haleakala on Maui as well as the Kohala Mountains (extinct volcano) on Hawaii and of the Mauna Kea, Hualalai, and (sometimes) Mauna Loa volcanoes at various times during the day (not all of them directly from our lanai). The vast fields of lava make for often stark views, but even a little driving exposes one to the huge variety of climates and vegetation that appear on this largest of the islands. We love to drive to the North end of Kohala, where life is slower, vistas are greener, and there are fun shops and historic sites. And to the South, in Kailua Kona, there are an even larger variety of restaurants and cafes, shops, and even more archaeological sites (the Big Island seems to have preserved it's archaeological heritage better than have the others).

At our age (early 70s), we don't usually spend a lot of time at the beaches, especially when we aren't with grandkids, but there are very nice beaches just a short drive north of Waikoloa. Hapuna Beach and Mauna Kea Beach are among the best beaches on the Big Island.

The Kings' Market and Queens' Market provide a variety of restaurants and shopping within the Waikoloa Resort. Roy's Restaurant (Kings) and The Macaroni Grill (Queens) are among our favorites. There's also a food court in the Queens Shops with a variety of fast food offerings that we have enjoyed. There are restaurants in the Hilton Waikoloa Village Hotel as well, but we noticed that fewer of those were now operating than in the past, and the less expensive ones are the ones that were most likely to be closed.

The Bay Club, Waikoloa

We spent the second 9 days (of our 18) in a 2-bedroom unit (2nd floor of 3) at the Bay Club at Waikoloa. The Bay Club villas are older (than the other Hilton properties) but have been completely renovated and refitted in the last couple of years under the primary direction of Hilton Grand Vacations Club. The quality of the furnishings, decor and amenities felt every bit as good as those at Kings' Land. The units here are almost always described by reviewers as "huge." which they are, especially in comparison to almost any other timeshare units in Hawaii. And they have especially wonderful lanais or patios that wrap around two sides of the units.

While the Bay Club lacks the super pool of Kings' Land, the Bay Club has a couple of pools and has access to the main pool at Kohala Suites (and the activities that are staged there). Our room had a nice view to the east of golf course fairways and Mauna Kea, and south to the green space between us and other condos. [On a previous trip, we had a 2nd floor unit with a distant ocean view.] It was interesting to note that the internet connection here was much faster (suitable for streaming video) than what we had at Kings's Land. From here you can easily walk across to the Hilton Hotel. Or you can take the free shuttle just one or two stops away; you have to go all the way around the resort to get back here from the Hotel on the one-way shuttle, which has stops at all three HGVC properties, the Hotel, and the Kings' and Queens' shops. The "activities" here appeared to be on a bit lower level than those at Kings' Land, but we didn't really participate (actually, we went back to Kings' Land for a hula show while we were staying here).

During our stay here we took one night away to stay at a B&B in Volcano (near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park) to get a chance to view the night scenery at Kilauea. [It is a long day if you drive over from Waikoloa, stay until after dark, and then drive back.] At this time Kilauea was erupting from a vent in the Halema'uma'u crater at the summit--about a 15 minute drive from the Park entrance. The crater view (at the Jaeger Museum) at night, with surrounding overcast and some rain showers, was glowing in white to pink to red as reflected from the vent off the smoke and rainclouds. The scene might not have qualified as transcendent, but it was certainly a very wonderful and awe-inspiring view. We have visited the Kilauea area many times since we first started visiting Hawaii in 1984 and have had many wonderful and exciting views of volcanic activity there.

I'm reluctant to report this "secret," but we also discovered a wonderful restaurant/musical experience on this trip. The Blue Dragon Restaurant is located across from the harbor in Kawaihae a few miles north or Waikoloa Resort. We had our absolutely most enjoyable dinner here on this trip. It's not a place to go for the view, but the food and the entertainment are wonderful, and the prices are much lower than at the multi-star rated restaurants in the Kohala area. Check it out at www.bluedragonrestauraunt.com to see what performers are playing when your are there.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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hiltongrandvacations, Manager at Kings' Land by Hilton Grand Vacations, responded to this review, October 3, 2012
Just wanted to take the time to thank you for your great comments regarding our Waikoloa properties. Your insight and “experience” of our island are spot on, and I’m sure great information for anyone thinking about visiting us!

Mahalo,
Wilbert W.S. Lee Jr.,
Resort Manager
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Sugar Land, Texas
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Reviewed August 25, 2012

This resort is one of the best ones that our family has stayed at in the 18 years that we have been traveling and staying at resorts. Absolutely beautiful place, the service is excellent, and location is easy to get to. Rooms are spacious and well laid out.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Kings' Land by Hilton Grand Vacations
Address: 69-699 Waikoloa Beach Drive, Waikoloa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96738-5712
Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Kohala Coast > Waikoloa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Waikoloa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Kings' Land by Hilton Grand Vacations 3.5*
Number of rooms: 311
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kings' Land by Hilton Grand Vacations resort is a stunning hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii in the heart of Waikoloa. Reminiscent of a lush, Hawaiian plantation and nestled among championship golf courses and the beauty and serenity of the Kohala Coast. Kings' Land by Hilton Grand Vacations hotel provides the perfect setting for your vacation in the South Pacific. Treat yourself to spectacular hotel accommodations with spacious one and two bedroom suites incorporating a casually elegant tropical style and featuring a superb variety of upscale amenities and furnishings. The suites offer all of the convenience of home including separate living and dining areas with wood-style flooring, a fully-equipped kitchen, washer/dryer and granite counter tops throughout. Enjoy flat-screen HD TVs, an enhanced entertainment sound system, and Wi-Fi. The master bedroom has a king bed, while the master bath has a luxurious sculptured tub and shower. Step out onto your own private lanai equipped with comfortable sofas and chairs, and enjoy the serene surroundings and tropical breezes of Waikoloa. ... more   less 
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