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Where To Stay On The Big Island Of Hawaii, Hilton Waikoloa Village

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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.

View of 1 part of the Hilton Waikoloa Village

Under The Covers by Dawn Chubai

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.

Tram to take us to my room at the Hilton Waikoloa Village

view of my room at Hilton Waikoloa Village

View from the balacony of my room at Hilton Waikoloa Village

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.

Marc at the Legends of Hawaii Luau

Star of the show welcoming everyone

buffet line for dinner at The Legends of Hawaii Luau

the show is about to begin

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.

Gondola ride back to our room

John relaxing in a hammock

one of the large pools at the Hilton Waikoloa Village

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.

The Big Island Breakfast Hall

Pastry section of The Big Breakfast

Fresh Fruit

Cereals at the breakfast buffet

Build your own omelette

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.

Flamingos at Hilton Waikoloa Village

Wedding Vow gazebo

a quick view of the entrance to the lagoon

View from one of the Tower entrances

Ocean view from the Lagoon bridge at Hilton Waikoloa Village

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.

Kayakers in the lagoon

Hilton Private lagoon

at play in the Hilton lagoon

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.

Sun is setting #1

Sun is setting #2

Sun is setting #3

Sun is setting #4

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.

dancers at the Legends of Hawaii Luau

Under The Covers by Dawn Chubai

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Marc Smith is a former event planner turned vagabond adventurer. He loves strong Americano's, great wine, cold beer and zip lining over tree tops. Formerly of Vancouver, most of Marc's time when not travelling is in Canada's largest city, Toronto. Follow along on his nomad adventures and discover places to stay, things to do and where to eat & drink as he explores the world one city and region at a time.

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