by Lissa Poirot
Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort is located in the heart of the Kohala Coast, nestled next to a crescent-shaped sandy beach. The resort itself has been located here for 32 years, becoming a Marriott resort in 2004 and receiving a full renovation in 2008. The 533-room resort surrounds three swimming pools, championship golf courses and world-class shopping and dining options, with some of the best sunset views on the coast — all for a price lower than many of the neighboring luxury resorts.
Our Editor Loves
- Sunset luau
- Long stretch of soft sand beach
- Three pools
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The Marriott is spread out across the Kamehameha Tower, Kaahumanu Tower and Beachfront Cabanas. Corner rooms and cabana rooms are the largest of the 533 rooms available. The resort provides 100 connecting rooms and can guarantee connecting rooms for families needing more space. Standard rooms feature king beds or two double beds. Suites provide separate living and bedroom areas, with one king or two double beds and a sofa bed, as well as an additional half or full bathroom.
All rooms have a non-smoking policy, and feature private lanais, small refrigerators, coffee/tea makers and high-speed Internet access. Cribs and rollaway beds are available upon request.
Having family in Hilo on the other side of the island, we usually stay at the house all the time. This trip we decided to take a few days and spend it at the Marriott Waikaloa. The resort was only about half full at this time of year, so it was relaxing without any need to hurry for any reason. We had no problem getting shaded pool chairs.
The resort was clean and everyone was very friendly. It’s well placed for a traveler who wants to explore the rest of the island, being within easy reach to all the main highways.
My only request would be that they provide a couple of water bottles. We came prepared, but for others who don’t have the luxury of a family home on the island, it would be welcome.
I did find a water bottle filling station tucked away near the restrooms on the lobby level, eventually.
The fitness center offers a decent variety and enough cardio options that something was always open. I’m not sure how it would be during the “busy” season.
We would definitely come back.
DO NOT STAY HERE!!! I stayed here and our room was broken into and all of our items stolen out of the room. The Marriott has refused to reimburse us for our stolen clothes, cash, electronics and luggage. We came here and PAID to be robbed!!!! The sliding glass door was popped open and yet the Marriott has no cameras on that side of the building, no gates, and refuses responsibility. No management even talked to us but the security team was awesome under the circumstances. The Marriott insurance said they are not responsible for the theft and apparently they feel it’s okay to not have any security on one whole side!! You can walk from the parking lot to rooms, pools etc with no keycard access needed but they aren’t responsible??? Save your money and your valuables and stay elsewhere. I came here to celebrate my birthday and instead had all but my swimsuit and phone stolen!!!!
The resort features three swimming pools: a heated infinity pool, a partial sand-bottom pool and a pool with a waterslide that kids favor. Guests must wear a wristband for pool use. Beyond the pools awaits a crescent-shaped, golden-sand beach, facing Anaeho'omalu Bay -- a rarity on the lava-rock filled Kohala Coast.
For an extra fee Ocean Sports provides numerous water activities, such as paddle boarding, kayaking and sunset cruises, including glass-bottom boat rides every 45 minutes, coral reef snorkel adventures and scuba dives.
The Marriott is located on the Waikoloa Beach Resort, which features two championship golf courses. Twilight golf and lessons are also available.
Complimentary Hawaiian culture programs and classes are available throughout your stay, from beginners' hula classes to lei making. You can also take a complimentary walking tour with a guide, who will explain the island's past and showcase the property's cultural treasures.
Sunset Luaus are scheduled twice a week, at 5 p.m., on the lawn overlooking the beach and bay. Guests will enjoy a buffet dinner, which includes a traditional pig roast, and watch Polynesian dances into the night.
Hawaii Calls Restaurant & Lounge is the resort's only onsite restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Special buffet and themed dinners are offered throughout the week. Breakfast is a buffet (and pricey), but the Kona Coffee Shoppe, also located on property, provides to-go breakfast, like pastries and fruit, at a lower price. The restaurant provides salads and sandwiches poolside at lunch, as well as in the seated restaurant.
The Waikoloa Resort offers more dining options at the neighboring Hilton, and the Queens' or King's Marketplace shopping and dining areas. Romano's Macaroni Grill, Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar, Tommy Bahamas' Tropical CafÃ© & Emporium and Ruth's Chris Steak House are just some of the local restaurants within five miles of the resort. A shuttle is available to each location, at a small fee.
Planning & Tips
All about the Extras
Babysitting service can be arranged through an outside service provider.
Coin-operated laundry facilities are available.
A resort fee of $25 per day includes self-parking, local telephone calls, Wi-Fi and discounts at Ocean Sports.
The Art of Smart Timing
The Kohala Coast doesn't get a lot of rain, and winter temperatures remain in the 70's, making the resort an ideal destination throughout the year. The resort is busiest during summer months, school vacations and holidays.
The Kohala Coast is about a 30-minute drive from the Big Island's Kona International Airport. Once at the resort, shuttles provide services to shopping and off-resort dining, and excursions can be arranged through the hotel. You won't need to rent a car while you stay here.
For Mom and Dad
For an afternoon of true relaxation, visit the resort's Mandara Spa, open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. It provides a number of soothing services, including massages, facials, manicures and pedicures and body treatments.