The resort is enormous, remote, and very nice. Trams and boats are available to shuttle you to/from every area of the resort if you choose not to walk the beautiful grounds. The room we stayed in was overlooking the pool/bay in the Ocean Tower. The furniture was exactly the same as show on the website. It was not as sophisticated as other places I have been in, but it was very clean and we don't hang out in the room very much. The artwork in the walkways and grounds are beautiful! Great native Hawaii as well as Asian displays. Staff has smiles and friendly. There are many activities to do including; Dolphin Quest, whale watching only in season, very clean pools with some small water slides for young kids and older ones too, the lagoon (sand beach, snorkel, paddle board, and swim). Since the lagoon is a delta to the natural bay to the ocean you will find sea turtles and tropical fish while walking, swimming or snorkeling. The Dolphin Quest experience was so much fun for my family although the “pro” pictures aren’t great by any means as they are taken by the biologist not swimming. Thankfully our extended family was there with good cameras taking pics from just outside the water. Overall the food was just ok at the restaurants, and very Hawaii resort prices. The luau was my first ever, and it was awesome! The entertainers were terrific, the food and drinks were very good, and our servers were all over us for refills on the included cocktails. We stayed during New Years week and went to the NYE party. It was a fun time with an excellent buffet dinner, wedding band until midnight and then a DJ came on for an hour (we wish he was up there much earlier since much of the crowd (older) left around 10pm). My wife and I golfed with my brother and sister in-law on the Ocean Course. It was a perfect course for us. Us guys are a 10 hcp and our wives wife plays 2x in 5 years. The Ocean course is much like a solid public course on the mainland. I hear the Kings course is much more challenging. Rental clubs were newer Nike and helpful for our level of play. If you like taking long walks there is a trail that runs along the water front. Wear comfy sneakers as the lava rocks can be sharp.
Would I go back if staying on the big island and wanted to be on that part of the island? Yes. It was a very good value.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hilton Waikoloa Village is located within the Waikoloa Beach Resort area on the sunny Kohala Coast on Hawaii's Big Island - just 18 miles from the Kona International Airport. It is a unique 62 acre oceanfront resort with trams and canal boats transporting you throughout the resort. Enjoy a serene snorkeling lagoon, interactive dolphin encounters, spectacular pools with waterslides, the Kohala Spa, exciting shopping and dining, and golf at one of two championship golf courses. ... 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