The Big Island’s Mega Resort
Located eighteen miles from the Kona International Airport at Keahole, this huge sprawling hotel is by no means for those who are craving a private and intimate setting. The Hilton Waikoloa is the largest of several resorts along the Kona-Kohala Coast, but this one is an extraordinary collection of activity, families, conventioneers and more.
The hotel was first conceived on a cocktail napkin by one of Hawaii’s most admired developers Chris Hemmeter, the same man who built many of Hawaii’s mega-resorts including the Grand Wailea, the Grand Hyatt Kauai and the Kauai Marriott. The plans positioned the resort along a rocky lava bluff just to the north of popular and historical Anaehoomalu Bay in the burgeoning resort of Waikoloa. The resort was fashioned on acres of black lava rock and was completed in just two years.
Referred to as the Hilton Waikoloa Village and not to be confused with Waikoloa Village about 10 minutes upsolpe, it is truly a village of luxury and leisure. Filled with over seven million dollars of Asian art, gardens, waterfalls, two championship golf courses, a seaside putting green and complimentary resort shuttle service.
But that is only the beginning. The resort is huge. It occupies over sixty-two acres and is filled with over twelve-hundred guest rooms and suites. The property is so sprawling that there is complimentary tram and shuttle boat service throughout the resort which connects guest rooms to the lobby, several restaurants and shops.
The recreational amenities at this resort are over the top. Since the resort has no natural beach, developers have created a man-made water extravaqganza with something for everyone. There are no less than three fresh water pools.
The Kona pool is located adjacent to the Orchid Marketplace where sandwiches and grab and go meals, snacks and beverages are offered. This pool boasts a huge waterfall and lots of sunny deck space.