Except for the lack of a beautiful beach, this resort has everything a family with young kids could want-- on site family friendly restaurants, swimming lagoon with fish and turtles, pedal boats, snorkeling equipment, dolphin lagoon. Could conceivably never leave the resort.
The place is huge. I mean huge. Really, really big. Like it took 30+ minutes to walk from one end to the other. Like it has a tram, and a "boat" (which is on a track and functions like a tram) to take you from one resort to the other. I mean it is just enormous.
Several pools, all looked inviting, but the lure of beaches for us was greater than any pool (e.g. Hapuna beach).
Restaurants were okay. On par with what we found elsewhere on the island. They were fine if a bit expensive, but more a mass market experience than fine dining. We liked the mediterranean place and the Thai place in the King and Queen's shopping areas better than any of the restaurants in the resort. The buffet breakfast was perhaps an exception, though still on the expensive side.
There are numerous shops, nice, but touristy.
The collection of art and artifacts is truly exceptional. I've not seen such in other resorts before, I found something new to look at every day.
The room was generously sized, modern, nicely furnished, and clean. However it was not exactly easy to get to as we had to go up a fight of stairs (or walk even further to an elevator), over a walkway, and down an elevator or flight of stairs to get to our room (in the Dolphin tower).
If this hotel had a better beach would stay here again without reservation. As it is, I'd consider it. With younger children (<12) it looks like it would be hard to beat. If you like to explore then its probably excessive for your needs. The proximity to the shopping malls is a plus as there is little in the area otherwise.
Did I mention it was really, really big?
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- 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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