This is our second stay in Ko'Olina. Our first trip was about 7 years ago and we vacationed at the JW Marriott just up the way (about 15 minutes up the paved walking path along the beach). So, it was nice being able to compare the two!
One of the most important components for our family is the BEACH as we are from Colorado and of course have no beach! Both the Beach Club & the JW are stunningly situated on lovely protected coves. You are a mere seconds away from walking out the back of either hotel to having your toes in the sand & ocean. The Beach Club definitely offers a more serene experience as the JW SHARES its cove with the Disney Aulani Hotel guests (high energy place). We actually would have preferred to have some of the options that seemed more readily available on the JW/Aulani cove (i.e. snorkel & paddle board rentals). However, when it was time for relaxing...the Beach Club is where it is at! Both coves are heavily protected from any surf, so don't plan on ANY waves. It is great for soaking up the sun, a nice dip & swim, but no surfing action here. You will have to drive to a different beach for waves. Our favorite is about an hour drive to Sunset Beach on the north shore! However, the two resorts work well together and if you are willing to walk up to the JW, they will rent you any equipment you like.
We had a 2-bedroom/2-bath unit which was great as there were 7 of us..yep SEVEN! I thought we'd be tripping over each other, but there was actually plenty of space and the floorplan was excellent and spotless. We utilized the grills, provided in front of each building, one evening. We'd had a successful fishing excursion & brought the catch back to grill for dinner! The kitchen had everything we needed as far as cooking & prep utensils.
We purchased a myriad of snacks for the week at a grocery store about 10 minutes away, but ate most of the main meals out at local restaurants as those on site are very limited. There is the marketplace which is essentially a deli counter. Longboards (beach diner) is open for breakfast, lunch, & dinner. Lastly, there is Chuck's (seafood & steakhouse) which is open only for Dinner. All menu's are relatively limited, but the food was good. There was better food to be found elsewhere. Roy's at the Ko'Olina Golf Course is AMAZING. You will pay a bundle, but you won't get any better! We also went to the Signature restaurant at the Disney Aulani (STUNNING VIEWS - OK food) and Azul at the JW (REALLY GOOD). If you have time to drive up to the North Shore...book dinner reservations at Ewa (right on the beach at the Turtle Bay resort)!
My only complaint was the location of our room...our lanai was directly above the entrance to the valet/roundabout. Although it was interesting at times...we REALLY wanted an ocean view and had requested it 6 months earlier. Any view had to have been better than looking at asphalt & every vehicle coming in/out of the resort. There was absolutely no flex when we checked in...that was the room we were assigned and there was nothing to be done about it when we immediately requested a move. The staff seemed genuinely apologetic and I'm still grateful for our time there, don't get me wrong!
As the Ko'Olina location is not really located near ANYTHING, you will need a car if you plan on leaving the resort. You can rent from the car rental agency located within the Beach Club, but it is more expensive and you aren’t guaranteed a vehicle unless you reserve it well in advance. We found it most economical to rent a car at the airport for the week. It turned out to be a huge bonus as we used it regularly! However, if you plan on staying in Ko'Olina, there is a free shuttle that runs every half hour from the Beach Club to the other major Ko’Olina resorts (Disney, JW, one other), the Golf Course (Roy's), and the marina. We used this on several occasions.
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