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There is so much to see and do in Hawaiʻi. When my family and I visited for the first time, we focused on the islands of O‘ahu and Maui, but for our return trip, we knew we needed to add a new island to the itinerary. After much research, we decided it would be the Island of Hawaiʻi — also known as The Big Island.
Once the island was chosen, I moved on to searching for hotels that I could book with points. It was clear that my options were mostly limited to Hilton and Marriott properties. Since I had more Hilton Honors points available, the Hilton Waikoloa Village was an easy choice.
The Hilton Waikoloa Village is a massive property, and I had read mixed reviews, but with a fifth night free and some (limited) elite benefits, I figured it was worth trying out.
Let’s look at how my 5-night stay as a family of 4 with 2 young kids was!
The 1,241-room Hilton Waikoloa Village is located on 62 acres of Hawaiian paradise on the Kohala Coast of Hawaiʻi’s Big Island. If you’ve never been to the Big Island, the terrain can be wildly different from what you may have experienced on other islands or even parts of the same island.
The property is about 20 miles from the Kona International Airport (KOA) and took us about 25 minutes in a taxi without traffic. The drive is pretty much a straight shot down the highway with a rolling view of the ocean and sprawling lava fields. The hardened, black lava makes you feel like you are on a different planet, especially coming from places like Maui and O‘ahu.
The resort is located inside Waikoloa Village, which is a massive hotel, residence, dining, and retail development. With markets and restaurants, this is a relatively convenient option when you want to get away from the resort for a bit.
I had been saving up my Hilton Honors points for a good redemption, and this was a pretty good opportunity.
My wife and I both have the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card, which is one of my favorite cards at the moment because it comes with a long list of benefits including complimentary Hilton Honors Diamond elite status and up to a $400 Hilton resort annual statement credit — both of which came in very handy for this stay.
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Paying hundreds of dollars for an annual fee on a co-branded hotel card might seem ridiculous, but you should know that the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card is much more than your run-of-the-mill hotel credit card.
The Hilton Aspire card is not only a phenomenal card for Hilton Honors loyalists, but even those who visit Hilton hotels just a few times a year can still get excellent value out of all the benefits that are packed into this card.
So let’s have a look at what makes the card so valuable to travelers.
The Hilton Waikoloa Village, like all Hilton properties, does not have a fixed award pricing. However, there are unpublished caps to standard room prices across different brands. At this location, 70,000 points per night is the best-case scenario.
Since Hilton offers a fifth night free when paying with points, I booked a 5-night reservation for a total of 280,000 Hilton Honors points.
I didn’t have all those points in my account, so I quickly pooled points with my wife online, which is a great feature of the Hilton Honors program.
Plus, guests staying on award nights get the $45 daily resort fee waived.
Apparently, I was quite lucky because after I booked, no more award nights were available and even paying cash was only available because of the Diamond status’ 48-hour room guarantee.
Cash rates jumped up to over $1,000 per night during our visit, so that made this redemption even sweeter. It turns out there was a massive convention at the hotel, which was quite rowdy, so it wasn’t that sweet.
Regardless, I got almost 2 cents per point, which is almost 4x what we value Hilton points at, so I was pumped.
For incidentals, we used my wife’s Hilton Aspire card so that we could trigger her annual resort credit as mine had already been used up on a previous trip to the Waldorf Astoria Orlando. That card also earned us 14x points per $1 spent on all of our incidental charges and then they were reimbursed — good deal!
Since we were arriving via taxi, the driver knew exactly where to go and we were quickly dropped at the main entrance after cruising through the perfectly manicured Waikoloa Village.
One of the benefits of not having a rental car was that we avoided the $44 self-parking fee and $55 for valet.
The staff was friendly and helpful, grabbed our bags, and even stored our car seats so we didn’t have to leave them in the room. When I gave the bellman my name, he welcomed me with a big smile and told me that I could take the train straight to the Ocean Tower.
Based on his confidence about my room location, I was impressed that the hotel was waiting for Diamond members, and I started to think I had received a nice upgrade. However, 20 minutes later, when we finally made it to the Ocean Tower, we were told our room was in the Palace Tower (next door), but we still had to go back to the front desk to check in. A long trek.
So, needless to say, the bellman thought I was someone else.
This trek gave us a chance to get a quick overview of the property before arriving in our room, which I suppose could be seen as a positive.
It was immediately clear that this was a huge property; the boat and train transportation leaves little doubt. However, it was surprisingly easy to navigate since it’s pretty much in the shape of a big horseshoe.
But it is big. About 40 minutes after arriving, we finally made it back to the front desk to start the check-in process.
As I mentioned above, my wife and I are both Hilton Honors Diamond elite members, which is the top-tier elite status with Hilton.
Although the program has a lot to be desired, we did enjoy some benefits during our stay.
The Hilton Honors Diamond elite benefits at the Hilton Waikoloa Village were:
Since there was no lounge at this property (which is a Diamond benefit, when available), the $18 did not go very far.
However, we received a very nice upgrade from a Standard Room in the Palace Tower to a Makai Ocean Front 2 Queen room.
This upgrade was not proactive, but once Nathan at the front desk learned that we went on a 40-minute self-guided tour to try and check-in, and the fact that we were celebrating my birthday, he put us in this excellent room.
Although it was still a standard-sized room (not a suite), the location was excellent and it was recently renovated.
He also gave me a voucher for 2 complimentary drinks as a hauʻoli lā hānau (happy birthday), which I happily accepted.
Drinks are expensive at Hawaiian resorts!
For guests that aren’t staying on an award night, there is a $45 per day resort fee.
The daily resort charge includes:
This is pretty standard for resorts in Hawaiʻi, with some cultural classes and a list of random perks the hotel can provide for little to no cost — or make money off of, such as the photo session upsell.
Late checkout is not a guaranteed perk for Hilton Honors Diamond elite members. However, we didn’t need one because the standard 12 p.m. checkout gave us enough time to have a relaxing morning before heading to the airport.
One of the biggest attractions, as well as a source of complaints, is the sheer size of the Hilton Waikoloa Village.
There is no sugarcoating it; this property is massive. So big, in fact, that a tram and a boat system are used to shuttle guests throughout the property. That said, is it not as overwhelming as other properties of a similar size.
Within the first day, my family and I had a pretty good grasp of what was at the resort and how to navigate it.
And what was there? A lot!
At a Hawaiian resort, you expect some pools, and there were some great ones at the Hilton Waikoloa Village.
Since there was no (natural) beach on the property, which is common on this part of the island, the pools (and lagoon) were the only places to cool off on a hot day.
The Kona Pool was the main pool at the resort and (technically) is the largest pool on the island of Hawaiʻi.
This pool had 3 main sections:
The first section had a 175-foot waterslide and pool area. The minimum height for the waterslide was 42 inches.
A long rope bridge crossed over the middle section.
And the final section faded into a sandy beach for small children.
This pool, in general, was an excellent spot to hang out, and it was convenient because it was located right outside Makai Tower, where our room was located.
However, there was a massive 3-week conference at the hotel, and the pool area was quite rowdy.
The Preferred Pump crew certainly knew how to have a good time with a DJ, bellyflop competitions, and their own private bar. They reserved pretty much all of the pool chairs early in the morning, so it was not a very comfortable experience at times for a family.
When I mentioned this to the hotel, they apologized but didn’t offer a solution.
As a former hotel employee, I certainly understand how valuable these types of groups are, but as a guest, they can be frustrating.
Kona Pool was open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and the water slide was open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Kohala Pool was located near the Ocean Tower and had a more relaxed and secluded vibe.
Here we found a collection of small pools and a few water slides.
The water slides were more family-friendly, so this was a nice spot for us to hang out. Plus there were some great views of the ocean.
Kohala Pool was open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and the water slides were as open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tucked inside the Ocean Tower, the adult pool allowed adults to relax without worrying about kids splashing around them.
This adults-only spot was small compared to the other pools but popular with some people.
The Ocean Tower Adult Pool was open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Even though there was no natural beach, there was a lagoon. It was a saltwater oasis with all of the wildlife of the ocean, but in a protected area, so waves were not an issue — which was great for small kids.
The 4-acre lagoon was connected to the ocean but had man-made waterfalls and was home to plenty of fish, sea turtles, and more.
Guests could rent kayaks, paddle boards, snorkeling gear, and more to explore this fun spot.
The soft sand, and warm (and calm) water, made this one of my kids’ favorite spots at the hotel.
The lagoon was open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Hot Tip: If you prefer to pack your own gear, check out our guide to the best snorkels, masks, fins, and snorkel sets.
Throughout the resort, there were various styles of cabanas available for rent.
From luxury daybeds to super cabanas, you have plenty of options if you want a little bit more luxury by the pool.
Cabanas start at $175 per day and can be reserved online.
Cultural classes are some of my family’s favorite activities and memory makers.
Getting hands-on experiences is a great way for parents and kids to learn about the Hawaiian and Polynesian cultures.
The resort offered ukulele lessons, lei-making, and kukui bracelet-making. My wife and daughter took a ukulele lesson one morning and found it a bit more advanced than some of the other lessons they had taken.
You can view the cultural class schedules online.
Like any good Hawaiian resort, there was a full spa at the Hilton Waikoloa Village.
The Kohala Spa, in the basement of the Makai Tower, offered plenty of treatments, including private fitness classes, recovery sessions, massages, scrubs, and wraps.
Guests can research and book spa appointments online.
The 24-hour fitness center was in the back corner of the Kohala Spa. The location was a good indication of how much thought was put into this gym.
There was a damp hallway that led to the fitness center, and the equipment was separated into 2 rooms.
The first room was long, narrow, and stuffed with treadmills and other elliptical equipment. It had no natural light, views, or ventilation.
It was no surprise this room was empty each time I visited.
The other room had the same footprint but had free weights and other equipment.
The weights and mirrors were perfectly fine.
But the other exercise equipment showed its age and was rusting in many places.
Overall, this was one of the worst hotel gyms I have used in recent memory. There’s little motivation to stay in the gym and I just wanted to get my workout done and leave. That probably isn’t a bad thing in Hawaiʻi, I suppose.
There was a third room that was closed and had a Peloton bike in it. It appeared the hotel was getting ready to open or reopen it shortly.
If you prefer fresh air with your workout, complimentary fitness classes were available throughout the resort.
From paddleboard yoga, sunset yoga, tai chi, and more, there were some great options for moving outdoors.
My wife and daughter did paddleboard yoga early on our last day. It was in the lagoon, and they loved it. They wished they had done it earlier and more often during our visit.
Located behind the Kohala Spa and Makai Tower was the pickleball (tennis) court.
With stadium-style bleachers on each side of the court, this looked like a fun place to play.
The court cost $20 per hour or $25 with rental equipment.
Parents will appreciate a good laundry facility, especially on an extended vacation.
You won’t find one at the Hilton Waikoloa Village, unfortunately.
There were only 3 machines in our tower, and 1 was broken. A credit card reader wasn’t working (no tap to pay), and the detergent was cash only.
Nowadays, I only carry cash for tipping. I guess I need to add laundry detergent money, too.
If you have visited a resort in Hawaiʻi, you have probably seen the signs for “free photo shoots” or something along those lines.
After not investigating this on our previous trip, we inquired about the details at Magic Memories at the Hilton Waikoloa Village. The photographer told us it was a quick, free, 30-minute scheduled photo session with an upcharge for sunrise or sunset photos, and we could select 1 photo for a free print. We would also have the option to purchase any of the digital photos online as well, with no sales pressure.
We figured 30 minutes for a free photo was a good deal, so we made an appointment for the following day.
Needless to say, we loved the experience. The photographer was great and took us (quickly) around the best spots in the resort and captured some beautiful family photos that we now cherish.
After the photoshoot, she gave us a code to see our photos online and told us to pick up our print at her desk later that day. Of course, we forgot to grab it.
But we loved the photos so much that we bought all 70+ digital versions for $147, which I thought was extremely reasonable. There was no sales pressure.
For comparison, the Hyatt Regency Maui wanted to charge over $300 for 3 photos!
One of the biggest attractions at the Hilton Waikoloa Village was Dolphin Quest.
As you might imagine, having dolphins in captivity at a resort can be polarizing, but from what we could see (and after some quick research online), the dolphins appeared healthy and well cared for.
Dolphin Quest is the only dolphin interaction of its kind on the Big Island, and it allows for education and study. Guests can pay for encounters, and the funds are used for research.
We didn’t participate in any dolphin encounters, but we did hang out by the habitat to see these beautiful animals up close. And, I’m not going to lie; it was pretty cool to see the dolphins swimming and jumping around right from the hotel balcony.
If you are interested, you can reserve a dolphin encounter online starting at $210 per person.
If you ask my kids, the absolute highlight of the Hilton Waikoloa Village was not the pool, stunning views, or dolphins and turtles. It was the tram and boats!
Due to the sheer size of the resort, getting from each end to the other took some time. While arguably not faster than walking if you end up sitting and waiting for a ride, taking the boat or train was a more relaxing (and fun) way to get around. And it is great for those with mobility issues or kids who get tired easily.
The tram was air-conditioned and ran from 6 a.m. until 1 a.m. It was easy enough to board with all our luggage at checkout.
The boat was a bit slower and had a relaxed atmosphere to it. One evening we took our drinks to go and cruised the resort a bit, and we weren’t the only ones with that idea.
The boats ran from 2 p.m. until 10 p.m.
Golf and Hawaiʻi are a great match. And Waikoloa Beach Golf inside the Waikoloa Village complex makes it easy for guests to get some swings in.
With ocean views and volcanic backdrops, these fairways are beautiful and entertaining for both advanced and intermediate golfers alike.
There are 3 9-hole golf courses to choose from (or combine): Beach Nine, Lakes Nine, and Kings’ Nine — and you can book tee times online.
One of the more surprising amenities and design features was the museum walkway.
Throughout the mile-long walk from one end of the resort to the other, there were over 1,800 pieces of artwork from around the Pacific Islands.
With everything from artifacts to statues, we felt like we were walking through a museum each time we passed through the walkway — which was awesome.
Inside the hotel was a National Car Rental agency.
This was a huge bonus for us because I could not get a rental car at the airport after changing our hotel dates. I consider myself quite travel savvy, but I had no luck and took a taxi to and from the airport.
On the first day at the hotel, I stopped by to inquire about renting a car for 1 day to explore the island. I was told that cars were sold out, but I could be added to a waitlist, which I signed up for.
The following day, I stopped in again to check the probability, and it wasn’t looking good. I mentioned that I was a National Emerald Club Executive elite member, and the agent told me that if I made a booking via the website (not via the app), it would override their system, and the airport would send them a car.
So that is exactly what I did, and the following morning a nice minivan (upgraded, too!) was waiting for us!
A frequent pain point during our stay was the weak Wi-Fi throughout the resort.
We would only get a consistent signal in the room, and although the speed test showed 28 Mbps, it felt fake because nothing would open.
My wife and I constantly switched between Wi-Fi and cellular service to get simple tasks done.
Whether you are looking for a souvenir from the Big Island or need something to make your trip a bit more comfortable, there are plenty of options at the hotel or nearby.
The hotel offered a shopping shuttle to the marketplace and shops for $5 per person each way.
Hot Tip: Grab dinner and drinks at the Lava Lava Beach Club during sunset. The food is ok, but the live music and vibes are excellent!
I booked a standard room in the Palace Tower and was upgraded to a Makai Ocean Front 2 Queen room during check-in.
This worked out great for us because not only was it a nicer, recently renovated room with a view, but it was also closer to the Kona Pool and Children’s Sand Pool, spa, and fitness center — plus it had a view of the dolphins!
The room was relatively close to the self-parking lot, which would have been convenient if we’d needed to park. The distance from the parking lot was a common complaint we heard from people staying in the other towers.
And it wasn’t as far from the main lobby as the Palace Tower when we didn’t feel like waiting for a tram or boat.
Plus, we got these nice bracelets to identify us as guests, while other towers had to wear uncomfortable plastic wristbands that couldn’t be removed without cutting. Ours became a nice souvenir, too.
I was assigned room 4323 on the fourth floor, which was about halfway between the 2 available elevators located on opposite ends of the tower.
If you are coming by boat, tram, or directly from the pool area, you will likely take the elevator at the far end of the building.
On the website, the room is listed as 530 square feet (49 square meters), which is a decent size for a hotel room, and we were quite comfortable as a family of 4 for 5 nights.
Walking into the room, there was a closet and then a small bathroom on the left-hand side.
Between the bathroom and guest room, there was a cabinet with a Keurig coffee maker and an ice bucket on top.
There was also a minifridge inside.
The bedroom area was comfortable and felt more updated than the photos reflect.
The 2 queen beds were perfectly comfortable, and the air conditioning cranked out cold air on demand whenever we didn’t have the balcony open.
Across from the beds was a good-sized desk with an office chair and a lounge chair with an ottoman. Those and the balcony chairs gave us plenty of seating options when we wanted to have a snack in the room.
Next to the desk were some drawers and a 50-inch LCD TV.
Our favorite part of the room was easily the balcony.
There were 2 chairs, a small table, and many things to look at.
Whether just staring out into the ocean, watching the dolphins splash around, or checking to see how busy the pool was, there was always something to see.
The bathroom was nice and well-designed, very similar to other Hawaiian hotels we have stayed at.
The double sinks were open to the rest of the room, and there was a sliding door to give the shower and toilet area more privacy.
There was a shower and tub combo, which was nice to have with kids, but it was not a very luxurious experience — especially with a large shower curtain that blocked the only light source.
One thing to note was the excellent housekeeping staff.
The information said that our room would be serviced every 5 days (not ideal, but good to set expectations).
However, our room was serviced on the third day, and the staff was available if we needed extra towels, soap, coffee, or other supplies.
If my wife and I had to pick one area to complain about at the Hilton Waikoloa Village, it would be the food and beverage offerings — not including the luau, which was simply incredible.
Despite having plenty of dining options, we generally felt they were either too expensive, poor quality, or a combination of the 2. Plus, the weak Hilton Honors Diamond elite benefits meant that breakfast wasn’t included, and there was no lounge to grab snacks from — something we miss when we don’t stay at Hyatt properties as top-tier World of Hyatt Globalists.
We did have some good meals, and the shops were a short drive away, so there were choices available. Here is what you can expect on the property.
Kanuela Provision Co. is the fine dining option at the Hilton Waikoloa Village.
Perched up on lava rocks, this was a beautiful place to enjoy a nice meal and watch the sun set over the ocean.
Reservations and proper attire were required, so we did not have dinner there during our stay. However, bar seating was a bit more relaxed if you want to check it out without sitting for a full meal.
Kamuela Provision Company was open daily from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.
Nui Italian & Lounge is an Italian restaurant with a great indoor and outdoor space and a to-go window.
We stopped by 1 evening for a table, but since we were in pool attire, we were asked to change before returning to put our name down for a table. It was quite busy. Instead of making a 40-minute round-trip walk to the room, we ordered some pizza and salad to take back to the room.
Everything we ordered was excellent. Our busy schedule meant we didn’t have time to try for dinner again (dressed appropriately), but this restaurant was worth visiting.
Plus, Nui Italian serves coffee, smoothies, and pastries in the morning for breakfast. But since it was on the other side of the resort, we never made it over.
Nui Italian was open daily for breakfast from 7 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Lagoon Grill is your typical Hilton hotel burger spot, but not in a good way.
The location was nice, right near the dolphins, but birds completely overran it. There was poop all over the tables and chairs, and my son lost his hot dog to a bird when he wasn’t holding it firmly enough, and it was snatched.
The staff was friendly enough, but besides the lost hot dog (which was quite good), the rest of the food was not worth it. My wife ordered the burger, which was “meh,” and I got the chicken katsu sandwich that was so greasy I could barely eat it.
This was our first meal at the hotel, so not a great start, but it did get better.
Lagoon Grill was open daily from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Waikoloa Coffee Co. was our go-to spot for breakfast each morning, as it had some great smoothies, croissants, and more.
With 2 locations on the property, we visited the one right next to the elevator in Makai Tower, which was quite convenient.
Our breakfast order generally included an açai bowl and some pastries, and we made coffee in the room.
The only negative was that we could not charge our order to the room to trigger the daily food and beverage credit.
Waikoloa Coffee Co. was open daily from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The Kona Tap Room is for you if you are looking for a Hawaiian-theme sports bar.
The Kona Tap Room was open daily from 4:30 p.m. until 11 p.m.
A good resort pool deserves a good pool bar, and the Kona Pool Bar fits that description.
Located towards the back of the Kona Pool, near the bridge, the Kona Pool Bar is where you go to grab piña coladas, beer, smoothies, and more.
The Kona Pool Bar was open daily from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
If you want quick bites, like sandwiches and salads, to go, Orchid Marketplace is a solid option.
Located right by the Kona Pool, it is probably the best option for affordable pool snacks and meals.
There are plenty of drinks, snacks, and dessert options for the whole family. And prices are somewhat reasonable (check out the menu).
The Orchid Marketplace was open daily from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The Legends of Hawaiʻi Luau could have fit under the amenities or the food and beverage section, but it was so good that I decided it deserved its own.
For those who have been to Hawaiʻi or are planning a trip, a luau has probably been recommended. We passed on our first Hawaiian vacation but indulged on our second time to the islands.
A luau is a show, dinner, and experience. But it is a great example of the saying “the whole is greater than the sum of the parts” because it was like nothing we had experienced before, in an awesome way.
The Legends of Hawaiʻi Luau told the story and history of the Island of Hawaiʻi, so it was another educational experience — a win as a parent. Plus, my kids keep talking about it.
We arrived around 4:45 p.m. for the 5 p.m. opening and were welcomed with drinks right away.
There was a variety of tropical drinks, beer, and wine to choose from including:
There were also plenty of non-alcoholic options, including juice and soda. As expected, my kids went straight for the POG (Pineapple Orange Guava) juice.
As guests were finding their seats, there was live music and hula lessons, plus there was a kids’ buffet that was open so that the little ones could eat before getting cranky. Thank you to whoever thought of that!
Then there was a torch run to the beat of Polynesian drums, a Hawaiian blessing, and the walk-up buffet was opened.
The food was so good, and the staff was incredible.
From Huli Huli Chicken and fried rice to fish poke and braised short ribs, there was so much good food. And plenty of salad, fruit, desserts, and more.
After a quick coconut husking lesson while we ate, the real show began.
With hula dancers, fire knife dancers, and incredible storytelling, it is hard to describe how beautiful the show was.
Our 4-year-old didn’t last long after dinner, but our 8-year-old was completely engaged with the entire show. The unlimited POG juice and desserts probably helped with that part, I suppose.
Like all luaus, the Legends of Hawaiʻi Luau is costly. Adult tickets start at $190, and children at $112. We skipped it on our first visit due to the price, but we are glad we could experience it on this trip.
If you need help justifying the cost (like I do), it will likely create a lifetime memory, the show is incredible, and you can eat and drink as much as you want. The food was excellent, and the mai tais were cold!
The Legends of Hawaiʻi Luau has shows every Sunday, Tuesday, and Friday night starting at 5 p.m. and ending around 11 p.m.
Overall, we had very good service from the staff at Hilton Waikoloa Village.
Despite a hiccup at check-in, Nathan at the front desk took that opportunity to turn our experience around with an upgrade and some birthday drinks — thanks again, Nathan!
All the staff at the restaurants we visited were great, the bellmen were very proactive in offering to store our car seats, and housekeeping was a pleasant surprise.
Let’s not forget that this is a massive hotel, so I’m not talking about high-end personalized service. But all things considered, we were quite happy with the service we received.
After spending 5 nights at the Hilton Waikoloa Village as a family of 4, I am really happy with this Hilton Honors points redemption.
I had read some mixed reviews with many complaints about the size of the property and the old rooms. Fortunately for us, we received a renovated room, and my family and I didn’t find the size of the resort to be a negative aspect. We found the property easier to navigate than some other smaller properties, plus the kids loved riding the tram and boats.
The pools and slides were great, the kids’ pool was perfect for the little ones, the lagoon easily made up for the lack of a beach, and the property was beautiful.
We didn’t love the dining options, but Nui Italian and Waikoloa Coffee Co. served us well, and there were plenty of options at the shops nearby. That is not including the luau, which was incredible.
Our biggest complaint is directed to the Preferred Pump group, which was loud and rowdy. But I can’t blame the hotel for wanting to make money with big conferences. Sometimes you get lucky, and the attendees are in meetings all day; other times, they do shots and bellyflops by the kids’ pool!
Thanks to Hilton’s fifth night free, we stayed at this great resort for only 56,000 Hilton Honors points per night, which is an absolute steal, and I would not hesitate to visit again. You should, too!
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No, the Hilton Waikoloa Village is not all-inclusive.
There is a lagoon with sand that connects to the ocean, but there is no traditional open-ocean beach.
Self-parking is $44 per day and valet is $55 per day.
The Hilton Waikoloa Village is about a 25-minute drive from Kona International Airport (KOA).
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