by Amanda Geronikos
It’s hard to compete with a Disney-owned resort — especially when it’s right next door. But Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club holds its own next to Aulani – A Disney Resort. In fact, the resort is so popular that another high-rise tower of accommodations is in the works.
Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club is a timeshare property, but you don’t need to be an owner to stay here, nor are you obligated to tour the hotel (as is the case at many timeshare resorts). Instead, your family can simply enjoy this hotel for what it is — an expansive, oceanfront vacation destination with one- to three-bedroom villas, complete with fully equipped kitchens; several swimming pools, a kids’ club, cultural events, a spa, game room, fitness center, and more.
The location is quite convenient, too — and we’re not just talking about Aulani. Ko Olina is a resort complex (just outside of an industrial hub), and within it, there are lots of restaurants and shops to be found. The hotel is also a short drive from a water park, Wet ‘n Wild Hawaii… not that you need to leave the resort for water fun (or anything, for that matter). The hotel pools, with cascading waterfalls and slides, are a water park destination of their own.
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Our Editor Loves
- Beachfront location
- Pools with waterfalls and slide
- Villas with fully equipped kitchens
- Family Room 5+
- Game Room
Find the Best Price for Your Stay
Marriott's Ko Olina Beach Club has one-, two-, and three-bedroom villas, each equipped with a kitchen that has plates, utensils and all manner of cookware (including rice cookers and tea pots); washers and dryers; spacious bathrooms (in many cases, more than one per unit), and patios or balconies.
Tip: There are two options for room views: Ocean View or Mountain View. Splurge for the ocean view rooms, as the mountain views may actually mean views of the industrial area nearby.
Cribs and rollaway beds are available; there is a charge of $20 per night, plus tax for the rollaways. Reserve in advance.
The one-bedroom villa has one king bed in a separate bedroom, and a sleeper sofa in the living room. It sleeps four people (five if you add a rollaway bed or crib).
There is one king bed in each bedroom in this villa, and then two sofa beds, sleeping up to eight guests. It has two bathrooms -- one with a stand-up shower, and another with a shower/tub combination.
This room also sleeps eight, with two king beds (each one in their own room), two twin beds in a third room, and two sofa beds. It is 1,800 square feet in size. This room also has two full bathrooms.
We booked a 2BR OCEAN VIEW room in early Spring 2019 for the July 4th Weekend. I am not an owner here and they make it clear that owners are their PRIORITY, which I understand. The resort is well known to not honor Marriott Elite benefits (a different company) and they were very clear about that from the get go but what really irked me was 2 weeks before the stay we receive a standard email that states, we will receive a room in the Hale Naia but the ocean view may be a courtyard or parking lot (SO BUYER BEWARE - NOT SURE WHY YOU CAN MARKET THAT AS OCEAN VIEW)...I find that to be deplorable for what I paid for this unit but THANKFULLY WE RECEIVED A REALLY NICE OCEAN VIEW ROOM OVERLOOKING THE MAIN LAGOON POOL on the 9th Floor (I understand I got really lucky and if it was not viewing the ocean this would easily be a 3 star review.
RESORT LOCATION: Def away from the bustle of Waikiki and about a 45 to 60 min drive in rush hour if you decide to head to Honolulu. The KO OLINA area has a nice outdoor town centre about 1/4 mile away and shuttle available from resort with some nice restaurants if you dont want to make the COSTCO run and eat in every day. THE PIZZA place is really good and delivers too! The resort sits on the third of four lagoons.
MAIN CHECK IN - I valet'd the car the first night and then self parked. Its the same charge and frankly ridiculous that they are charging for parking at all. The check in was smooth and pleasant in the airy lobby.
STAFF - Very friendly and attentive....Always willing to help you and always have a smile on their face.
THE ROOM - I can only speak to the Naia Tower but its a good walk to the elevators (in center of tower). The 2BR unit was spectacular! I mean it was really unbelievably appointed and the rooms were large. We had 2 balconies and amazing views for the stay. For this I would have considered buying points to become an owner but then when you read my thoughts on the pool and beach I was no longer interested.
FOOD - Breakfast at Longboards was a joke, explains why its not super expensive...very limited options for a buffet (about 5 items). TIP - Go for the mimosas, bloody marys or frozen mai tais - only $5 each! Longboards is fine for the a quick pool lunch but you can always bring your own stuff as well. Take advantage of the happy hours for slightly better priced drinks. We had an amazing dinner at Longhis Italian - can reserve on OPENTABLE as well. Great options for all diets!
POOL - they have 3 pools and one of them is for adults only or you have to be quiet dont recall. The Naia pool is the busiest and loudest. Factor that in if staying in that tower. It was loud until about 9pm. What really irked me was that people reserve seats by 6am and walk away for hours! For the amount of money I am paying and one of the main reasons to stay at a resort, there were 2 days when my family of 4 could not even get one lounge chair to use and we would arrive around 9am! THAT IS DEPLORABLE. They have "POOL COPS" who try but they really need to enforce this saving with towels rule a lot better and also create room for more chairs. MVC please come up with another solution or permanent "cops" at each pool. THIS ALONG WITH MY BEACH REVIEW WAS THE PRIMARY REASON TO DOWNGRADE FROM FIVE STARS.
BEACH - They have a nice manmade lagoon that keeps the waves out which is great if you have toddlers. While it was very salty it was nice way to enjoy the beach. AGAIN, THE RESORT BLOCKS OFF THE PRIMARY CENTRAL SEATING area as a paid zone ($35-40 per cabana/umbrella). Which even on July 2/3/4 was rarely used, so paying guests are resigned to the ends of the beach to get seats and again those seats disappear very early and no one from the RESORT enforces the beach area (I think because its public). So you pay a lot of money to stay at this resort and cant even get a nice place to lay out on the beach unless you are out early. MVC please come up with some reservation system.
FIA FIA - This was our first Luau and we had a great time. We paid for the premier entry to get in earlier and to get a slightly better seat. The entertainment was awesome! The Chief has an amazing sense of humor. I found the food to be pretty good and there is a plenty of it so you can get seconds and thirds! I have 3 vegetarians in my family and they will accommodate that as well (inform concierge in advance) and a childrens mini buffet. They were full quite early!
TIMESHARE PITCH - its a very mild sell and starts just before you arrive at the resort in a subtle way with an email or phone call and they dont pest you too much. We went and spoke to them with some interest but again at what I was paying per night to use the resort, I was not going to waste 2 hours for their pretty lame redemption (FREE PARKING and POINTS was one option) and they would not budge.
As Marriott time-share members, we have been to a number of its resorts.
This particular Resort in Ko Olina, Honolulu is truly superb: high quality facilities, breathtaking views and very friendly, highly service oriented staff. In regard to the latter, for instance, we cite in particular Enrico and Juanito of the Landscaping Team. They were not only warm and friendly but went beyond the normal calls of duty.
We look forward to going back to this Resort for another of our holidays.
Highly recommend it to you.
The hotel is situated on a private beach, where families can rent water sports (kayaks, paddleboards and more) via an outside vendor.
The hotel has several pools, all of them interconnecting to create the ultimate tropical oasis. One pool is an activity pool that's perfect for families, with a shallow wading area and beach just for little ones. The resort also has a total of seven Jacuzzis.
The kids' club offers a daily schedule of activities, distributed in guestrooms. Activities include everything from designing your own race car to painting a coconut (and sending it to someone via snail mail)! Fees apply for certain activities, while others are complimentary.
Activities are separated by age group, and this is specified on the resort activities guide. Some programming is designed for teens, while other events are best for young children.
Next to the kids' club is a room with billiards and Ping-Pong -- an especially popular spot for teenagers.
Longboards Bar and Grill
Longboards Bar and Grill is just steps from the sand, and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a totally casual setting. Kids' menus and coloring sheets are available.
Chuck's Steak and Seafood
Chuck's is a well-known establishment in Hawaii, with several locations across the islands. Open for dinner only, the restaurant specializes in juicy steaks and fresh seafood. Kids are welcome.
Fia Fia Polynesian Dinner Show
The hotel hosts a fantastical luau every Tuesday night -- complete with fire dancers. A "preview night" is hosted on Mondays, giving families an idea of what they can expect at the event. Reservations are required for the Fia Fia Polynesian Dinner Show.
Nai'a Pool Bar
Head to the pool bar for light bites and Hawaii's famous shave ice. There are two locations at the resort. Pool toys are also sold at both spots.
The Marketplace has everything, from snacks and beverages to made-to-order meals. Souvenirs and toiletries are also sold here. It's open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays, staying open until 10 p.m. on weekends.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Wi-Fi is free throughout the property.
The hotel has a fitness center with the basics -- cardio machines and free weights. It is open 24 hours. Another option for getting exercise is walking the trail that winds through the resort -- it's actually 3 miles round-trip.
Check-In and Check-Out
Check-in is at 4 p.m. and check-out is at 10 a.m.
The Art of Smart Timing
Like all resorts on Oahu, Marriott's Ko Olina Beach Club is consistently busy, with the resort at (or almost at) full capacity during the winter holidays, spring break, and summertime.
Honolulu International Airport is about 30 minutes from Marriott's Ko Olina Beach Club -- possibly a little longer depending on traffic. The entire drive is highway, with the resort tucked away just off the main route.
You'll want to explore other areas of Oahu, especially North Shore, which is just over an hour away. Parking is $35 per day, plus tax.
For Mom and Dad
Enjoy a quiet dinner at Chuck's Steakhouse before heading to the beach for a romantic stroll. You might also consider dining at one of the fantastic resorts at Aulani (just don't tell the kids), or reserving a treatment at the Spa by the Sea.