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“Vista is close to the beach and centrally located”
Review of Vista Waikoloa

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Vista Waikoloa
Colorado
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3 reviews
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“Vista is close to the beach and centrally located”
Reviewed July 27, 2006

We visited the big island for a couple weeks in July and stayed at Vista and had a "corridor" view from building E of the ocean. Started off the vacation with a wonderful July 4 fireworks display over the Kings shops. We were also wondering how bad the construction/vehicle noise might be, but as it turned out even though Kolea is finishing up, we noticed little construction noise and there was no problems (there are still some walls to build and private residences near the ocean). Depending on where you stay in Waikoloa there can be alot of construction going on, but they don't work the weekends or nights when you are likely to be home. We really could not hear much traffic noise either, but I suppose if you were looking for total quiet and had big bucks to spend you could get your wish at the 4 Seasons or Mauna Lani or if you were wanting to spend double what we spent you could stay at Hapuna or Mauna Kea which are full service hotels and full service prices - of course with the two best beaches at your footsteps. Get to Mauna Kea early to get one of the 30 beach passes. We spent time looking at all the main properties on the Kohala coast as this was our 8th trip to Hawaii and always scope out good places to stay for the next trip. We would stay at Vista again if in Waikoloa. The "blue book" is surprisingly accurate and we kept one in the car the whole time. We loved driving over the saddle road, but then again we are from Colorado and we like driving mountain roads. Hilo is undergoing positive changes and we liked the local atmosphere there, compared to 4 years ago when we were last there and it has the best farmers market. There was one radio station that we like to listen to with Hawaiian music but wish there was more. There are lots of hiking trails in the National Park and Pololulu is a fun hike that my 5 year old and I scrambled up and down 15 minutes each way (but we are avid hikers). The beach trail from the Hilton to A-Bay is a nice evening walk for anyone, but bring good footwear. By the way, the food is as expensive or as reasonable as you care to spend, but in Waimea a bit less, try Tako Taco. Aloha!

  • Liked — Good central location
  • Disliked — kitchen could be redone, probably about 10 years old
  • Tips/Secrets — Travel suggestions are hugely dependent on you personal likes and dislikes.
  • Stayed June 2006, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 7, 2006

Our family of four, including two pre-teens, thoroughly enjoyed the spacious and well appointed accomodations provided by Abbey Vacation Rentals at the Vista Waikoloa Resort on the big island of Hawaii. We stayed in unit B206 for a week in May 2006. The unit itself was extremely clean and well supplied with amenities on our arrival. The view from the multi-balcony liani was spectacular with a view of the ocean and facing West for fabulous sunsets every night. The property was well managed with on site swimming pool and barbeque grills. We frequently made the short walk to the beach at Anaeho'omalu Bay to swim with the tropical fish and sea turtles or felax on the sandy beach. The property is within walking distance of the King's Shops, several excellent restaurants, ancient petroglyphs, excellent golf as well as the Hilton and Outrigger resorts. The Bay is approx 20mins North of the Kona airport and 30mins North of Kailua-Kona. We enjoyed several of the best beaches in the world all within 30mins drive of the condo including Hapuna Beach and the beach at the Mauna Kea resort. Activities on the island speak for themselves but it is so much nicer when you also have such a wonderful place to stay!

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Reviewed April 1, 2006

We were happy with our choice of the Vistas. We faced the finishing touches of some Kolea construction and we weren't affected by it what so ever. Large units, large lanais and within easy walking distance to Kings Shops and A Bay. We were in building E and could see A Bay in the distance. Pool was a nice salt water pool that was kept at a good temperature. Also had 2 hottubs. BBQ's were good and didn't take for ever to warm up.
We would stay here again. Rented through Abbey Vacation Rentals.

  • Stayed March 2006
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Reviewed January 8, 2006

If you want a touch of casual elegance this is the place. The price is right and so is the ambiance. The Vistas at Waikoloa are one of the nicest retreats we have stayed at on the Big Island. They are completely private, beautifully built and conveniently located in a resort that literally has everything you need within walking distance. We come back here year after year for the last 5 years. We like the A building or B Buildings the best. We stay at the Vistas for 30 days each November/December and have never been disappointed. Little Waikoloa Beach resort is growing but so is the entire Island. It is still the sleepy little slice of paradise we have grown to love.

C Hunnicutt
Princeton

  • Stayed December 2005
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Reviewed December 5, 2005

If you don’t want to see a single sign of life, stay in Mauna Lani or Manua Kea. However, my wife and I love being able to walk to Starbucks and the beach, or to dinner at the Kings Shops or the Marriott and not need to get in the car! We go across to the beach access path right beside the Vistas and find beach areas that are completely private, spot turtles or watch the surfers. We park our car when we get there and only need it to leave the resort to go to Waimea or tour the island. If you ask me, The Vistas have it all, location, elegant accomodations and nice views.

FYI: The little road that runs through the resort is 25 mph and is and really is not a bother since it is only tourists like ourselves staying there. The Wiki Wiki bus goes to the Kings shops starting around noon but road noise has never been a reason not to come back year after year. We stay for 60 days each year and only wish were wise enough to buy one of these back in 1997 when we first started coming to the island.


Tom Dill
Sitka, Alaska

  • Stayed November 2005
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Huntington Beach, Calif.
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Reviewed November 4, 2005

We just got home after a 14 day stay at the Vista Waikoloa unit B-105 which is a 2bd 3ba privately owned nice unit by Vicki Flores that I found on VRBO.com for $175 a night.

The unit was clean, roomy and nicely done, but is in need of upgrading. The problems I had with this unit was that in the description, the owner says it has an "ocean view" and that it's a quiet unit.

The ocean view is a 2 inch slice of blue if you stand by the glass living room door and can see around a large tree in front of the ocean. I asked her during a phone call if there was any construction noise nearby and she told me that all of the construction was taking place on the backside of the Vista, by the King Shops. It turns out that a large building was being constructed directly across the street from this unit and the owner failed to disclose to me that these units sit right on Waikoloa Drive.

This street is 20-30 feet from the units, EVERY SINGLE vehicle going to AND leaving the Hilton, Vista and other units up the road, pass right by the Vista units. The traffic starts around 6-6:30AM with large diesel delivery trucks, 18 wheeler big rigs delivering 40' containers, construction equipment, tour buses, vendors trucks, plus all of the hundreds of tourists & employee cars going to the Hilton, passing right by your bedroom.

Then around 7:30 the construction noise starts, which makes sleeping in after 7AM impossible. If you enjoy traffic noise, you'll love these units but if you want peace & quiet, go to another condo unit.

The best thing about this place is Joni who books every tour or place of interest on the island. She is a wealth of knowledge, she booked a few excursions for us and made some great recommendations.

For what it's worth, we drove into Kona 3 times and after seeing all of the traffic, crowds, transients & kids at every beach, I'm going to be staying north of the airport.

The big island is the greatest place to visit with some of the best beaches and most beautiful sights on any island. After 12 trips to Kauai & Maui, I'm going back to the big island, but would never stay at the Vista again.

I have plenty of photos of the traffic & construction and if you're interested, email me and I'll send them to you.

Ray

  • Stayed November 2005
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louisiana
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Reviewed September 13, 2005

I was so disapointed with this place I was really let down I called the to make sure everything was going to be perfect and the unit they gave us was next to the road and you heard traffic all night long and all day and they are building condos across the street they are loud very loud all day nice view though we stayed in unit c301 it really needs to be updated or gutted and started over or even some paint world be nice the shower was nasty I would not get under it due to mold on the head of it I ment to take a picture of it . Im just really mad I flew 4000 miles and stayed here these people dont care I dont think they realize how much money it cost to take a trip like this and only to be let down like this stay somewhere else or at least not c301

  • Stayed September 2005
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Property: Vista Waikoloa
Address: 69-1010 Keana Pl, Waikoloa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96738-5732
Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Kohala Coast > Waikoloa
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Waikoloa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Vista Waikoloa 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Vista Waikoloa is centrally located within the Waikoloa Beach Resort and offers spacious condominiums with fairway and ocean views of beautiful Anaeho'omalu Bay. Enjoy easy walking access to shops and restaurants at the Kings' Shops and Queen's Marketplace. All guests have free use of the Vista Waikoloa Recreation Center which includes a heated lap pool, two hot tubs, a large pavilion with gas BBQ's, a business center with WIFI and a fitness room. The check-in office is located on-site open 7 days a week with staff to personally greet you when you arrive. In terms of value, location and quality, the Vista is an excellent choice for your next stay at the Waikoloa Resort. ... more   less 
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