My family of 5, including 3 kids ages 10-12, stayed in this oceanfront unit for 8 nights. This ground floor condo was very roomy, with a modern kitchen, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, an office, and a living area. The office contained a sleeper sofa which we used for one of our kids. The lanai had a beautiful view of the insanely blue Pacific out over a lava field. The condo was beautifully furnished with very high quality furniture and accessories throughout. There are TVs in the main living area and in both bedrooms, though the bedroom TVs were very small. The lanai was also equipped with a wet bar and comfortable patio furniture with seating for 5. We really enjoyed the freedom to eat breakfast in the unit, make our lunches to take on the road, and to have a few dinners out on the lanai. This is very convenient and also a large cost savings for families.
Our unit was conveniently located near the pool and bar area. Because this complex is long and narrow, the further you are from the ocean the longer the distance to the pool. There were some parking spaces by the pool if you need to drive. The pool area also has a restaurant, a hot tub, and a barbeque which I did use twice. There is plenty of comfortable seating around the pool although the only shaded areas are under a pavillion or by using the umbrellas at the tables. The complex also has a tennis court which we used and, although I never spotted it, also has a coconut grove area that is supposed to have a picnic area. The complex is also adjacent to a trail that hugs the lava and neighboring golf course. You can walk on this beautiful trail all the way to A-Bay which I highly recommend as a 2 hour round trip excursion. This was probably the unexpected highlight of my stay.
Any negatives here? Well, as seems to be the case in all of the Waikoloa Beach Resort, there is very poor lighting around the complex. It is very difficult to walk on the sidewalk after dark (which occurred at 7pm) without fumbling and stumbling and in fact we did see a couple out for a stroll with a flashlight. This also seems to be the case on the main sidewalks along Waikoloa Beach Drive. My only possible conclusions are that either electricity is unbelievably expensive here, they don’t want you to move around by foot, or there are very few lawyers on the Big Island. In any event, I did find it perplexing because most people on vacation in Hawaii do like to walk around at night. From my experience, the Kona area is far more lively at night than the Kohala Coast resorts.
I rented this unit through South Kohala Management and the check-in and check-out were very easy due to the detailed directions we were given before our trip. I can’t imagine a better way for a family to spend time on the Kohala Coast and to use as a base for exploring the wonderful Big Island.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Halii Kai at Waikoloa is a recently developed 29-acre oceanfront resort, stretched along Waikoloa's Beach Golf Course and the Pacific Ocean. Spacious two- and three-bedroom villas and townhomes are luxuriously furnished. Amenities include a cascading pool, private restaurant, fitness cabana, walking trails, and a basketball/tennis court. ... more less
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- Halii Kai Resort At Waikoloa Beach Hotel Waikoloa