Hilton Waikoloa Village
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425 Waikoloa Beach Drive
Waikoloa, Hawaii 96738
A canal boat weaves through the overgrowth of ferns under a tall banyan tree and past a cascading waterfall. Swans, cranes, flamingos, even parrots can be seen along the shore. Then the boat comes to a stop and you disembark only to go snorkeling with neon-colored fish or go eyeball-to-eyeball with dolphins in the large lagoon. Afterwards, you shower and head to a luau to dine on kalua pig and roasted chicken with green mangoes and see the Polynesian dancers shake their hips. There's no(+) More
A canal boat weaves through the overgrowth of ferns under a tall banyan tree and past a cascading waterfall. Swans, cranes, flamingos, even parrots can be seen along the shore. Then the boat comes to a stop and you disembark only to go snorkeling with neon-colored fish or go eyeball-to-eyeball with dolphins in the large lagoon. Afterwards, you shower and head to a luau to dine on kalua pig and roasted chicken with green mangoes and see the Polynesian dancers shake their hips. There's no denying that Hilton Waikoloa is some Hollywood version of Hawaii, but for the most part it works, especially for children, who will have a hard time leaving the property.
This Big Island mega-resort on the Kohala Coast features close to 1,300 rooms and suites in high-rise towers. All of the rooms have been renovated in the past couple years, so expect new beds and flat-screen televisions. The property is over a mile long, with trams and canal boats connecting you to the restaurants and pools. There's no beach on site, but a five-minute shuttle ride or 20-minute walk on the shoreline path takes you to Anaeho'omalu Bay or "A-Bay" Beach, known for its salt-and-pepper coloring. If you can get over these minor inconveniences, you're in for a helluva treat.
The 62-acre playground contains numerous activities to keep you occupied during the day. Two golf courses, one designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. that snakes along the coast and another created by golfer Tom Weiskopf that heads inland through the lava fields, are available for play and clinics. Eight hard courts, including a stadium court surrounded by 400 seats, are used for tennis instruction and games. The three pools include one for adults and one for kids, who won't be able to resist the 175-foot long waterslide. Due to its location on a rocky stretch of coast, the Hilton offers a sandy lagoon that's ideal for lounging, snorkeling with green turtles and tropical fish, kayaking, jumping on a Sunfish sailboat, or participating in the Dolphin Quest program to learn more about these graceful and playful mammals. The resort also arranges snorkeling and scuba-diving trips, whale watching, and champagne sunset sails.
The Hilton also houses an exceptional sports club and spa facility called Kohala. There's a large fitness room with weights and cardiovascular equipment, along with daily classes in yoga, Pilates, spinning, tai chi, and much more. The South Pacific-inspired spa treatments include a coconut-crème body scrub and a massage that uses sweet-smelling orchid oil.
The latter might be best suited after a day of hiking around the rim of the island's spewing Kilauea Crater. Lava has been pouring out of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park since 1983 and is obviously the highlight of any trip to the Big Island (though it's a relatively long 50-mile drive from the resort itself; plan for a full day trip). Tour the numerous tunnels of the Thurston Lava Tube, or, if you really want to impress the family, take them on a helicopter ride just above the river of angry red lava flowing from the crater. Afterwards, you'll be only too happy to return to the cool breezes and serenity along the Kohala Coast.(-) Close
The Hilton Waikoloa is a destination in itself. Arriving guests cruise on mahogany boats along tranquil waterways to expansive guest rooms. All have lanais with seating and whether you have a garden, mountain, golf course, full or partial ocean view- the view will be spectacular. Guests may choose to travel through the resort by boat, by air-conditioned trams, or by strolling along walkways flanked by Polynesian and Oriental artwork. This Hawaiian playground offers virtually every activity under the sun - from snorkeling and swimming to scuba diving and nearby deep sea fishing- and some unique adventures such as the Dolphin Quest interactive program with bottlenose dolphins. This activity is conducted under the expert guidance of professional trainers.
The Hilton Waikoloa Village is home to two 18-hole championship courses. The Beach Course is designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. and the King's Course by Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish. Set among the lava fields and by the adjacent ocean, the Hilton Waikoloa courses are among the very best in Hawaii.
For tennis enthusiasts, there are 7 plexicushion tennis courts and a 450-seat stadium court.
The 25 thousand square foot Kohala Sports Club & Spa offers European-style treatments including Limu (seaweed) body wraps, a variety of massages including Hawaiian Lomi-Lomi, facials and a full service beauty salon.
For children from ages 5-12, there is Camp Menehune. It is an adult supervised day-time activity program where our younger visitors can build their own Hawaiian memories to treasure.
Each of the restaurants offers distinctive cuisine exquisitely prepared and presented. From gourmet dining in elegant surroundings to casual poolside snacks or a tropical drink in one of the many lounges, we'll be certain the experience is outstanding. The Hilton Waikoloa Village - truly more Hawaii than you can imagine. Helping Guests and Team Members to be their best.
Expert Review of Hilton Waikoloa Village
Family Review of Hilton Waikoloa Village
- Participant in the interactive dolphin program
- Kids will love Camp Menehune, the on-site kids club
- Rent kayaks and paddle out to nearby beaches
This Hilton is big, spread across 62 oceanfront acres and 1,240 rooms. To get around, board a boat that ferries you through the canals or take the tram for a faster air-conditioned ride. Waikoloa is fantasyland, complete with lush tropical vegetation, intriguing resident wildlife, and a Zen garden. The resort also has nine restaurants, two championship golf courses, eight tennis courts, a seaside putting course, and a four-acre swimming and snorkeling
This Hilton is big, spread across 62 oceanfront acres and 1,240 rooms. To get around, board a boat that ferries you through the canals or take the tram for a faster air-conditioned ride. Waikoloa is fantasyland, complete with lush tropical vegetation, intriguing resident wildlife, and a Zen garden. The resort also has nine restaurants, two championship golf courses, eight tennis courts, a seaside putting course, and a four-acre swimming and snorkeling lagoon. For quiet moments, wander through the museum walkway displaying a $7 million art collection, or indulge in yoga, Pilates, or classic spa treatments at the Kohala Sports Club & Spa.
Why Families Love It:
One million gallons of water in three swimming pools with waterfalls, a sandy-bottomed children's area, several short slides, and a 175-foot whopper slide keep kids entertained. The saltwater lagoon teems with colorful fish, while kids (five and up) and adults can get up close and personal with resident dolphins in Dolphin Quest's interactive learning programs (book in advance).
Camp Menehune is for keiki (children) ages five through 12 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m., half- and full-day options, $50 to $85; discounts for more than one child; nighttime camp runs 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., starting at $67.50) with activities that include hula lessons, exploring the flora and fauna at the resort, and swimming. Parents and children can do drop-by activities together, and Keiki Hour ($15 per child per session) for kids under the age of five is offered twice each day.
Special Events & Activities:
Tuesday and Friday evenings, the resort presents its Legends of the Pacific Luau with dinner and a show, basically an extravaganza of Hawaiian legend, music, and dance accompanied by a grand buffet dinner.
The annual Dolphin Days Summer Fest takes place each June and features food and music, free demonstrations by the Dolphin Quest trainers, a chance to watch an artist create dolphins out of glass, and more.
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Beach Review of Hilton Waikoloa Village
- Pick up the Waikoloa Wildlife Booklet so you'll know where to look for birds. You might see swans, cranes, flamingos, parrots, or even Hawaii's state bird, the nene goose.
- During the week, head to the bottom of the grand staircase for Parrot Talks offered by the resort's wildlife specialists. Also check out the spa, two golf courses, seaside putting green, tennis courts, and kids' camp. Take a walk past the art collection valued at $7 million or to the Zen garden for something a little different.
- Dolphin Quest operates and runs dolphin encounters at this resort. They fill quickly, so book yours far in advance.
Active and Adventure Review of Hilton Waikoloa Village
- Take time to wander the expansive, beautiful grounds.
- The food at the resort is pricey for the quality, so it's best find a restaurant in town.
- Spend the extra money and use the valet service, as parking can be tough late at night.