It has a tram and a gondola plus a private lagoon.
I’ve had a glorious few days in Kailua Kona at the Kona Beach Hotel but now I think it’s time for a change of scenery and location. 30 minutes north of Kailua Kona is the resort community of Waikoloa Village which is home to a 62 acre tropical paradise called the Hilton Waikoloa Village. Every place I’ve called home in my 30 Days In Hawaii adventures so far has been in the middle of all the action, well not the Hilton Waikoloa Village it is the action. It took John Biehler and I two and a half days to explore the resort and I know there parts of it I’ve still not seen. I’d love to show you what I did see though, it’s its own tropical oasis in a tropical paradise we call the Big Island of Hawaii.
First off let’s start with our room located in the Ocean Tower, which is one of three towers you could stay in on the property. To get to the room after check in we took a tram, yes a tram. Fifteen minutes later John and I arrive at the tower and our room. A good size, comfy beds, large closet space and a spectacular view from the balcony of the Ocean.
Aside from writing and sleeping I don’t tend to spend much time in my hotel rooms and here at the Hilton there are lots of things to do outside of your rooms so after we drop off our bags John and I go exploring. Our first adventure just happens to coincide with dinner time, the Legends of Hawaii Luau. I’ve never been to a Luau before so I wasn’t sure what to expect, this is a big one. Easily over a couple hundred people, buffet lines, endless Mai Tais and a showcase of Polynesian culture, the highlight of which was the fire dancers. It’s a show for all ages and there is lots of audience participation so don’t go if you don’t feel up to enjoying yourself.
After the luau John and I went for a night walk of the property just to scout it out. I think in total we counted 5 pools one of which was adults only. To get back to our room we hitched a ride in the resorts Gondola boat. Am I in Venice or Hawaii? A quick change in swim trunks and then back to the pools for a soak in one of the many hot tubs. Ah what a way to end a glorious day in paradise and believe it or not we have the pools almost entirely to ourselves. It appears most of the other guests are early to bed types which works out just fine for me.
When you stay the Hilton Waikoloa Village you almost have to think of it as an all inclusive, the round trip from reception to my room is 25 minutes. Running out to get something from outside the resort ends up being a half day excursion so to keep us happy the resort has 12 different dining options from breakfast, pool lounge to fine dining and Japanese Cuisine. If you are craving it chances are they have it. John and I took advantage of the Big Island Breakfast buffet one morning and it’s Vega size baby. Omelette stations, pastries, cereals, fresh fruit and a section I missed with Japanese food.
My favourite experience at the resort though has be exploration though. It’s so large! On my last day John had already returned to Vancouver I took a couple of hours to walk the resort in the full sunshine and dreamed I was staying for another week in my Hawaiian paradise. Along my journey I found some Pink Flamingos. At first I thought they were the tacky plastic lawn ornaments but then they moved, lol I should have known better. I discovered wedding renewal vow pavilions, tropical landscapes that awe the senses and a private lagoon filled with sea life that comes and goes with the tides.
I dipped my toes into the lagoon. You can do everything here. You can rent snorkel gear, kayaks, paddle boards, or just lounge the choice is yours. I choose to go for a walk with a Green Sea Turtle as he/she decided to return to sea from the lagoon. This was an awesome moment.
Last but not least I want to share an experience at the resort that cost me nothing. Sunset. This is one of those magical moments that stops your breath and if you turn away even for a second it’s gone forever. This was by far the best sunset I experienced during my entire time in Hawaii and thankfully I have the pictures to remember it. These shots were taken from the balcony of my room on my last evening in Hawaii. Enjoy.
If you are looking to escape to Hawaii for some needed R&R then you should definitely consider the Hilton Waikoloa Village. Of course you can leave the property and explore the Big Island but you can also just put your feet in a pool and drink Mai Tais until the day is over. Aloha.
Thank you to my friends at the Hawaii Visitor’s Bureau for helping make this adventure possible. If you want to have your own Hawaiian adventure there is no better place to start than Go Hawaii, after you read this blog series though first.