At Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Big Island, guests will find themselves in a luxurious, manmade reality offering everything a person could need. Hilton Waikoloa Village is the type of resort where guests come to live in the lap of luxury, and perhaps not venture far away.
Located oceanfront on Kohala Coast, this is the largest resort on the Big Island. It's a 20-minute drive from Kailua-Kona, with the sites and attractions of the north side of the island around 45 minutes away.
Three room towers, two pools with water slides (and one adults-only pool), ball rooms, restaurants and museum-like displays are part of the elaborate layout. Oh, and taking their full-sized trail and riding on motor boats are the offered modes of transportation around the resort.
A beautiful day at the pool — Photo courtesy of Hilton Waikoloa Village
The ocean at this location is almost always calm, and it offers spectacular snorkeling. In addition to exploring the natural underwater world, guests can swim with dolphins who reside on site, for a fee.
At the main pool lagoons, a water slide, waterfalls and hidden caves make the Hilton's main pool the most elaborate on the island. The adults-only pool offers privacy and a haven from noise, while the third pool is a nice medium between the two. A smaller water slide at this pool adds to the fun for kids, while the smaller-sized pool makes it a bit easier on parents.
Although the Hilton is beautiful and fun, it is not the place for those in search of simplicity or intimacy. With 1,240 rooms on site divided by three towers on the 62-acre property, guests are constantly coming into contact with other guests, and they're surrounded by somewhat of a hustle and bustle.
View from Lagoon Grill — Photo courtesy of Hilton Waikoloa Village
Nine restaurants on site offer a variety of cuisines. Meanwhile, the Legends of the Pacific Lu'au is there to satisfy that traveler urge to experience something Hawaiian. A world-class golf course weaves around the resort, and several shopping centers are just a short walk up the road. Wireless Internet and parking are available at an additional fee.
In the other direction, beach lovers will enjoy some privacy at 69 Beach and a busier Hapuna Beach Park. Heading further north, adventurous types will find Pololu Valley Overlook, Mahukona Beach Park and Mo'okini Heiau.
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Seaside golf at Big Island's Hilton — Photo courtesy of Hilton Waikoloa Village