If you wish to experience one of the most AMAZING resort experiences, while experiencing Hawaii at its best, you HAVE to visit the Hilton Waikoloa Village located on Hawaii Island (the Big Island.) We were so fortunate to have been referred to this amazing place by my sister. We visited this resort and the Big Island in 2005, and liked it SO much, we decided to move here! Really! We now live in Waikoloa Village, a short 10 mile drive to one of the most heavenly resorts and areas in the world.
The Hilton Waikoloa Village has it all. I mean this! It’s a HUGE complex that offers tennis, spa, work-out, restaurants, and is nestled next to the very nice Queens’ MarketPlace shopping area, and the Kings’ Shoppes. And it’s only 45 minutes from Kona, 15 minutes from Waikoloa Village, and about 35 minutes from Waimea, home of the world famous Parker Ranch, the world’s largest Cattle Ranch.
And as much as I wish and desired to make this my number one choice, I simply had to rate the Grand Wailea in number one position, mostly due to my emotional ties to visiting and vacation there. But if I’d only visited the Grand Wailea once or twice, the Hilton Waikoloa would definitely rank number one (perhaps in the world!)
One other point- the Queens’ Gardens, if you happen to have the chance to watch a concert here, is simply incredible. It’s within walking distance from the Village (the Village has many concerts also- for example, Styxx is performing here October 11, 2008,) but watching a concert at the Queens’ Gardens is unreal!