How original! A honeymoon in Hawaii! I know, I know :)
It was absolutely incredible though. My husband made all of the arrangemnets online, and we flew from NS to NY to LA to Kona. Long flights, but they all went smoothly. We have no complaints about the Marriott Waikoloa Beach Resort.
We arrived in the evening, and check in went very smoothly. The hotel did not seem to be very busy. We were very pleased with our room at the Marriott in Waikoloa. It was on the ground floor, and had a patio facing the pools and the palm trees on the beach in the distance. So nice! We took a quick walk around the grounds (paths and pool area are lt by tiki torches!). When we explored the next day we were very impressed by the beautiful pools and the nice beach and bay. The sunshine was amazing, and it did not rain at the hotel the whole 10 days we were there!
We highy recommend renting a car, as we were able to make many daytrips using the Marriott as basepoint. We went up Mauna Kea, drove to Akaka falls, drove to Volcano and around the whole park, we went to Kona a few times, went snorkeling at Pu'uhonua o Honaunau. Truly incredible! We were swimming with turtles! It was neat, because the different parts of the island are just so very different - it was lush and rain-forest-like on the east and south sides, black volcano rock everywhere on the west side by the resort, and it was desert-like as you went up Mauna Kea.
At the Marriott we saw Sea Turtles right on the beach! We also went swimming a few times, but the beach was closed due to Sharks most of the vacation. We also did not end up going surfing, because we were worried about these Sharks! Apparently, the big island isn't great for surfing anyway, which is something we didn't realize before going.
The hotel was very clean, and we loved how there were shops and restaurants within walking distance. (We also went to Walmart in Kona and picked up wine and beer and pop and cereal and milk, some stuff for snacks and sandwiches etc, so that we didn't have to pay for restaurant meals.) The hotel restaurants were very expensive; but the shops nearby had a nice small restaurant called Merrimans which was good. We also ate on the road a lot while we went visiting the sights! And we made several trips to the food court in Queens Shops (near the hotel) for Subway, Arbys, Chinese take-out etc. It was convenient and cheap and familiar!
We had a lot of fun swimming in the pools, playing by the waterfall, and going down the waterslide. The hot tubs were also very enjoyable! There was never a problem getting towels or chairs.
There was an issue with shade. You had to pay $50 to rent a gazebo tent thingy, or there were 2 or 3 umbrellas and only a few palms. Still, I guess we were there to enjoy the sun!
Also there was a $20 daily resort fee which covered parking, high speed internet, and a few other things.
The luau was nice, and open bar! Wish we had taken more advantage of that, and I also wish we had tried for a seat closer to the stage. We enjoyed the show (fire-guy was super cool, although the mc was a little lame), and we liked the food a lot too!
The sunsets from the beach were beautiful and we saw some people doing a sunset boat cruise in the bay.
Overall, it was an ideal vacation and has spoiled us from other hotels and resorts!
I almost forgot - Please, please, please respect the environment while visiting Hawaii! I want it to be just as nice when we have the opportunity to go back!
*We learned that it`s important to stay back from the turtles so that they will keep returning to the beach. We saw some people disrespecting this request and walking right up to then, please dont be one of those people! (We used the zoom on our camera to get the closeup pictures)
**We also rented our snorkling gear in Kona, but did not snorkle in Kona, as the reef there is dying from overuse by tourists. It was recommended that we go to a few other less busy sites, to discourage use of one particular snorkling spot. We still saw many people and many families with small children snorkling at that spot despite the plea from biologists to leave that area alone to recover. Please don`t be one of those people, and please dont teach your children to disrespect the envrionment like that.
***We also learned that the chemicals in sunscreen can kill the coral, and that rash guards (sun shirts) are a better solution to sun protection while snorkling!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Guests seeking relaxation and rejuvenation will find it all at the luxurious Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, located on a sandy, swimmable beach along the sunny Kohala Coast of Hawaii’s Big Island. This beachfront resort offers contemporary elegant guestrooms featuring private lanais, oceanview dining, heated infinity pool, two children’s pools, waterslide, ocean activities, Mandara Spa, world class golf and is within walking distance of shopping and dining at the Kings' Shops & Queens’ MarketPlace. ... more less
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