Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

Overview:

During my recent visit to Kona, Hawaii, I decided to stay at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. One of my main reasons for booking here was their partnership with the local Waikoloa Golf Resort. Keep reading to see if it’s the right Resort for you to stay at during your next trip to Kona, Hawaii!

Booking:

I booked directly through the Marriott website to secure the golf package which is the best spot to book if you’re looking for a package deal. When opting for the golf package, you can select the Resort room or the Ocean View room. The price difference between the two is $40. Since I was staying two nights but only playing one round with the golf package, I had to make two separate reservations and merge them afterwards. While it was not convenient to make two separate reservations, and I wish Marriott would change this process, it was easy to merge the reservation using the Marriott app and their Chat feature. 

I booked using the Marriott Rewards Premier Card which gets me 6x points on Marriott and SPG property reservations. Using this, I earned 3,100 points for booking. 

Unfortunately, Marriott does not give you extra rewards for package deals. For both of my nights, I received 2,794 points and 250 bonus points for being Silver Elite. Marriott rewards 10 points per $1 spent on their properties. The total dollar cost of my stay was $834. I earned a total of 8,651 points which equates to about $96 in rewards if you use The Points Guy (TPG) valuation of 1 Marriott point being equal to 0.9 cents.

Location:

The Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa is located 20 miles north of Kona International Airport on the main island of Hawaii. Without traffic, the drive will take you close to 30 minutes.

Once getting to the main road, you will wind your way through the Waikoloa Beach drive where there are small shopping centers on both your left and right. Shopping includes Tommy Bahama, Na Hoku Jewelers, Rip Curl, and Macy’s.

Restaurants in the area include, Roys, Lava Lava Beach Club, Starbucks, and many more.

Check In:

After the quick drive, you are then greeted by the Marriott. It’s entrance looks very minimalistic but also has a nice Hawaiian feel to it with the wood panelling on the exterior.

At this point you can chose to self park or valet. Self Park is $21 per day and Valet is $31. The walk is not very far from the parking lot to the main entrance.

After getting into the main lobby, you’re greeted by a staff member who handed out shell leis to all guests.

Check in was straightforward and easy. Staff members were friendly and very helpful. The only problem was that the hostess neglected to notice I had booked a golf package special and did not hand me the golf package voucher which ended up costing me time on the back end when I had to run back and forth from the golf resort to the hotel to get the card when I was purchasing my green fees at the golf course.

After check in, I proceeded to my room.

The Room:

I selected the ocean view room on the top floor (6thfloor). Upon opening the door, it was refreshing to see the ocean in front of me with a nice breeze.

I was traveling with my Dad so we had a room with two full beds. This room also has an option for one king.

The bed was quite comfortable however, it was a bit soft for my liking. 

There was a TV and TV stand with your standard amenities at the desk. I did not use the TV at all since I was always out of the room.

The patio was a nice amenity to have especially to watch the sunset or just step outside to take a nice breath of fresh air.

The bathroom was a good size with plenty of room to move about and not feel too crammed or claustrophobic like some hotel bathrooms can be. The mirror was large with a modern design to it having the light built into the mirror. The sink was large with decent space on both sides to put your toiletries. 

The toilet served its purpose and the shower was a tad small and outdated. In the bottom of the shower, there were chips in the sealant making for an off-putting appearance. The shower pad covered it up nicely, but I would expect better from Marriott.

Amenities:

Included in your reservation is a $30 resort fee which gives you access to the items listed below including snorkel gear, a free alcoholic drink per night, a yoga class or any other amenities listed below.

Along with the amenities list, there are also two onsite restaurants, the Hawaii Calls Restaurant and the Aka’ula Lanai.

Hawaii Calls Restaurant is on the first floor and features a more traditional dining experience with a full menu and meals.

Aka’ula Lanai is more of an appetizers/snack restaurant offering smaller dishes on the main floor of the hotel with a balcony overlooking the pool and ocean. Truly a perfect spot for a sunset snack and drink before heading out to dinner.

Aka’ula Lanai is more of an appetizers/snack restaurant offering smaller dishes on the main floor of the hotel with a balcony overlooking the pool and ocean. Truly a perfect spot for a sunset snack and drink before heading out to dinner.

Other onsite amenities include a spa, fitness center, and concierge service for planning your trip on the big island.

Overall:

The Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa offers a good value for its location on Hawaii. It holds a perfect location on the Hawaiian coast which makes it accessible and provides picturesque sunsets. The room was average and I was disappointed to see the condition the shower was in. The onsite amenities are a bit thin compared to other resorts in the area. The golf package however, makes the most sense with the money you save compared to booking a tee time independent of your stay. If you’re in the area and are looking to play at the Waikoloa Golf Resort, this Resort makes sense, otherwise, I may look at some of the other properties first.

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