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“A Solid Choice...Right Next to the Hilton”

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Halii Kai Resort at Waikoloa Beach
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Des Plaines, Illinois
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“A Solid Choice...Right Next to the Hilton”
Reviewed August 8, 2012

We stayed in room 9A for 2 nights. I had read another review that commented on the carpeting in the unit and I AGREE...it needs to be cleaned!!! I mentioned it upon check out so hopefully it is tended to. That aside, this is a nice 2 bedroom 2 bath unit with a view of both the ocean and the golf course and walking sitance to the very nice pool area. THe resort charges a $40 resort fee for use of the amenities which for a two night stay was kind of a waste for us. Kitchen was a bit light on quality pans, silverware etc. Dishes in cabinets needed to be rewashed before use as many were dirty. Groceries at Queen's Market Place were outrageously priced. Shop in Waimea or Kailua-Kona (they have a Costco) first if you plan to cook. Located right next to the HIlton....

Room Tip: Ask to be as close to pool as possible if you are booking a premium ocean view.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 29, 2012 via mobile

Our travel agent booked this for us so we didn't know what to expect. It's beautiful without a doubt. Its just that we had wanted beach access at all the places we stayed. This one has none. You can take a long walk or drive to the beach near the Marriott, but only lava rock here. LOVE the pool side restaurant. Great food at competitive prices. Sapphire was so friendly!

Be aware however: the pool bottom is black and there are some underwater rock walls that separate different parts of the pool and they blend in. Right after arriving for the first time, two of my kids slammed their heads into them while swimming underwater. You can't see the walls and after dark they are especially hidden. My son still has a lump on his head a bruise on his shoulder.

This is probably more than we needed for three nights. Better suited for long stays, especially great for large family gatherings. Very, very quiet community. Even the pool was so quiet. My kids even asked if they could PLAY in the pool. They did, but more subdued than usual. The pool is stunning and has unbelievable sunsets. Made it all worth it. Wow.

Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Sydney
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Reviewed July 21, 2012

We had a lovely stay at the Halii Kai - our ground floor villa was spacious and clean, and the setting (especially around the pool and barside grill) is beautiful. It was very quiet on each of the 4 nights that we stayed, and during the day.
However, be sure to check in at Reception when you arrive, even if you book through an internet booking site and they email you all the confirmation numbers and details that you need to access your villa.
We booked through HotelClub who sent me an email containing all the access codes required to enter the front gate and the villa. We arrived after the advised check-in time (3pm) and went straight to our villa. This seemed like a logical and fair thing to do as we had been sent all the access codes and there was no obvious reception or check-in office after you enter the front gates (rather, it is located off to the left-hand side of the front of the resort behind a garden and is not well signposted).
When we entered our villa there was dirty linen in piles all over the place and it had not yet been vacuumed or cleaned.
We sought out Reception and, once we found it (as mentioned above, it is not obvious), we were advised that we should not have gone directly to the villa (despite having been given all the information necessary to do so, and despite us arriving at least one hour after the check-in time). You have to wonder why they send out all the information to enable people to enter the villas directly if they don't want you to do so!!
So beware - go to Reception before you check in!!
Also, the villas are not serviced daily so you will need to stock up on toilet paper and soap, etc. I thought it was quite strange that no soap was provided in our villa, yet they did provide 1 small complimentary tube each of conditioning shampoo and body lotion.
Apart from the above, we enjoyed our stay very much.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 18, 2012

Met and even exceeded expectations. Entire property seems brand new. Granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, tile everywhere. Unit was nice furnished and well-equipped. Great balcony overlooking golf course and out to ocean. Very quiet. Great location. Great pool. Perfect for a family and no comparison to being in a two bed single hotel room with one bathroom. Gated and not much traffic at all. Convenient to Kings and Queens Shops. Beautiful gounds. Easy parking. Washer and dryer which was very convenient. Property will even provide laundry detergent as well as other household items.

Room Tip: Stayed in upstairs Unit 7D -- 2BR, 2BA.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed July 7, 2012

Great Property...but ONLY if you book an upper floor unit! We stayed in a beautiful 3BR ground floor ocean-front unit right below a LOUD HEAVY FOOTED party...and party they did....until 1 AM every night on the lanai, and then lead-feet pounding the ceiling above us around the clock. Literally rattled the light fixtures in our master. Couldn't enjoy the peaceful evenings on the lanai, and couldn't sleep at night. Ruined our stay. A shame really, as ocean-front condos this nice are few and far between on the Kohala coast. Stay upstairs, and you'll love it.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Vancouver, BC
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66 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed June 29, 2012 via mobile

My family and I went to Hali'i Kai in Waikoloa in June 2012 and stayed in a two bedroom (two bathroom) garden view suite. The suite was spacious, clean, tastefully decorated Ina muted island style (no tiki bar style dressing thankfully) and beautifully appointed with stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops and a glass top stove.

It had a decent under roof patio area with a barbecue and outdoor furniture (no plastic) looking out over a patch of lawn with palm trees. The view included one of the internal roads in the complex and a few of the garages, but they were far enough away to not be too intrusive.

You basically drive everywhere on the island, but a walk to the closest beach (at the Marriott hotel and very nice) is doable if your kids are more active than mine.

Quiet and serene, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this as lodging for a family. Hali'i Kai makes for a lovely base to explore the island from.

Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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chicago
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed May 14, 2012

We loved our condo and the resort here at Halii Kai on the Big Island. I had actually won my stay thru Castle Resorts. We had a 2 bedroom condo that was absolutely fabulous. We didn't want to leave. My friend told her husband she wasn't coming home! He said, "you're leaving me for Hawaii"? LOL! Nice pool by the water, great, comfortable chairs around the pool. Would not hesitate to go back or to send my clients there. Gorgeous!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Halii Kai Resort at Waikoloa Beach
Address: 69-1029 Nawahine Pl, Waikoloa Beach Resort, Waikoloa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96738-5748
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Kohala Coast > Waikoloa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Waikoloa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Halii Kai Resort at Waikoloa Beach 3.5*
Number of rooms: 62
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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