We just returned from a fantastic stay at Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club. We stayed 7 nights in a 2BR condo in Hale Naia, the most southern building which is the closest to the beach and the “big kids” pool (waterfalls, caves). I believe it’s also the newest building since it’s number “3”. We then went to Kailua for the weekend and returned for 2 nights to a 1Br unit in Hale Moana, the most northern building which is building number “2”. That is closest to the “little kids” pool with the beach entry. It is the farthest from the beach unless you leave Marriott’s property through the gate and walk through the public parking lot to the lagoon.
In Hale Naia, we were on the 15th floor in the closest unit to the ocean. The unit and view were fantastic. We are not Marriott timeshare owners, but rented this unit from an owner on redweek.com. In Hale Moana we were on the 2nd floor that walked out to ground level about 50 yards from the pool. We did not have a view. We booked this room through Marriott directly. The units were comparable with Naia having nicer, newer stainless appliances and nice GE HE washer/dryer. Moana had a small room/office area next to the master bedroom that I really liked because I was able to set-up the pack n play in there.
Ko Olina has 4 lagoons. All of them are open to the public. Starting from the north and working south is Lagoon 1, which is shared by the Mariott Ihilani and the new Disney Aulani. Lagoon 2 is used by the Ko Olina Beach Villas. Lagoon 3 is used by the Marriott Beach Club. Lagoon 4 has no resorts on it, is by the Marina, and has the largest public parking lot. It seems to get a lot of action on the weekends. Ihilani and the Beach Villas seem more geared toward adults while Aulani and the Beach Club cater to families.
I did go and check out Aulani to see how it compares to the Beach Club. It seems very nice, but the grounds were not as large as the Beach Club’s (which are not unmanageable at all). They had lifeguards, a lazy river and a big pirate-ship themed spray park. They also have a snorkel tank with lots of fish and lots of people. The overall quality seemed comparable to the Beach Club. I certainly wouldn’t spend a lot more money to stay there, but if they were comparably priced (which they currently are not) I would definitely consider it.
We went grocery shopping at the Safeway about 10 minutes away and mostly ate in our unit. We also used the grills outside. We did regularly go and get breakfast (donuts, muffins, etc, until they run out around 9am) at the Marketplace. We ate dinner at Longboards twice. The tuna melt is phenomenal. We ate at Roy’s once, it is extremely expensive. We also considered eating at the local Mexican restaurant across the street from Aulani, but heard from other travelers that it was terrible. The only other non-resort restaurant option is a Hawaiian place by the Mexican place, but we didn’t have a chance to try it. I heard you could get good ready-made meals at the ABC store behind the Mexican place to take back to your unit.
Overall our trip to the Beach Club was fantastic and I would not hesitate to return. Service was excellent and the resort was beautiful. If I had to be picky, these are the changes I would make: enforce the no-kids pool (1 out of the 3) and hot tubs (2 or 3). Although I have kids, I can appreciate some adults would like to get away. I think it’s great they have the “quiet” pool and the adult-only hot tubs, but the rules are not enforced. Also, add some picnic tables by the grills so people can eat outside. Finally, an airport shuttle would be fantastic since parking at $30/day is outrageous and a taxi runs $80.
Finally, understand that Ko Olina is the dry side of the island. It’s not the lush “Jurassic park” Hawaii that you see in the movies. If that’s what you want, take a trip to the east side of the island. Kailua is amazing.
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