I first stayed at this hotel shortly after it was built (when it was a Hyatt) and loved it so much I had to stay there again when I was back on Hawaii. The Waikoloa Village was built by Hyatt but is now run by Hilton. Normally I prefer to stay at boutique hotels but this property is so unique that I can overlook the negatives of staying in such a large property. The Waikoloa Village is almost like 3 hotels spread over a huge area of rugged volcanic coastline with a large golf course behind it. They have a monorail-type tram if you want to move around the vast property fairly fast or a lovely little boat system for more enjoyable, leisurely travel through the various lagoons and canals. I especially enjoyed taking the little boats to and from the restaurants since it's a relaxing way to begin and end the meal. The outdoor, covered walkways connecting the various buildings are lined with beautiful artwork and sculptures so sometimes we preferred to use them just to enjoy the art. Lots of walking is usually necessary to go between the many restaurants, pools, etc on the property but they've done such a beautiful job of landscaping that I enjoyed the exercise. However, even with the tram and boat system, the Waikoloa Village is so spread out that it may not be a good choice for someone with walking difficulties.
The service was consistently wonderful and unobtrusive all over the property. My only disappointment was that we didn't stay long enough to have another dinner at the Kamuela ( aka KPC). Loved having breakfast overlooking the ocean each morning. Our rate included breakfast which we felt saved us money. We had an oceanview room in the Palace Tower and I loved the view from our lanai. It was nice to see how the beautiful landscaping had matured over the past 20 years. Our king bed was very comfortable and the room was larger than a typical hotel room and well-designed.
This is a wonderful resort filled with a wide variety of activities. My favorite was to hang around the dolphin pool and just watch them. I most enjoyed it in the early morning and twilight hours when the dolphins would leap and dance on their tails all alone in their lagoon. I also enjoyed swimming in the massive lagoon pool with its quiet coves and behind-the-waterfall hideaways.
The Waikoloa Village is a lovely oasis from which you can easily explore the Big Island and I would happily stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Let the aloha spirit wash over you in one of the world's most beautiful resorts: Hilton Waikoloa Village - Lagoon Tower and Palace Tower. Experience the magic of Hawaii at our hotel, an oasis dotted with lagoons, pools, water slides, a wide variety of restaurants and bars, and staffed by a team of accommodating hospitality professionals who are here to make sure you're enjoying your island time. Settle into your well-appointed guest room, explore all that we have to offer, and soak up the Hawaiian sun. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Waikoloa Village Hotel Waikoloa
- Hawaii Hilton Waikoloa Village
- Hilton Village Hotel Waikoloa
- Hilton Village Waikoloa
- Waikoloa Hilton
- Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort