We traveled from Philadelphia to the Big Island and the long flights were absolutely worth it. I won the hotel on "Name Your Own Price" through Priceline.com and got a GREAT deal! When we arrived, we picked up our rental car, which you have to get or you miss out on the true beauty of Hawaii. The ride to our hotel was about twenty minutes, but it's an interesting ride with the coastline and the lava rocks. Pulling into the hotel drive, you pass two shopping centers, which are great to have there!!! Take advantage of the food market and the restaurants - especially Sansei (sp?) the Japanese restaurant - it was the best food on the island. When we got to check in, we asked about an upgrade since we were on our honeymoon, and we got one for $50 extra per night, which was NOT bad since we paid so little for our room to begin with. Our room had a great view of the ocean and the pool area and we had a great big King beg that was very, very soft and fluffy. There is a luau there every Sunday and Wednesday that was unbelievable! If you have the money, don't miss it! It's a great time and great food, and a great way to meet new people. The restaurant is expensive. We ate there for breakfast everyday because they were having a special for $21 per person (which is a lot still) but when you're sleepy and you're hungry, you compromise. The breakfast buffet was actually really very good. Don't get too carried away charging things to your room, because it can add up fast. Double check your final bill, too, because a lot of people were having problems getting over charged for things and even being charged for things that weren't really theirs - we didn't have any problems though. We went on the Pearl Harbor tour which was amazing. The day was long, but it was totally worth it. We went to a few state parks, the botanical gardens and waterfalls, and just drove the island a little. My husband got carried away a little too much in the rental car - we had a Mustang Convertible and he got a speeding ticket on the second day. The police cars there are not marked, so be careful. People do drive crazy, too, so watch out. If you get a chance, go to Umauma Falls - it's worth the hour long drive, plus you can see beautiful sights. There are two pools that are nice and there's a slide into the one pool - fun! The beach is public and sometimes is hard to get a seat, that's the only down side, really. It rained every day but just a light mist which wasn't bad and didn't interfere at all. The airport is not too great. Our flight was at 11pm and the car had to be returned by 7, so we sat there for 4 hours OUTSIDE getting bit by mosquitos, so take bug spray. The airport terminals aren't open all day, just a few hrs before your flight, but the time can go fast if you find something to do. It's a beautiful place and we are now looking into buying a condo right across from where we stayed!
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- 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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