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Away from the Crowd!
Waikoloa Colony Villas are definitely a good place to stay if you are going to be on the island for a week or two! They are located in Waikoloa resort area, not to be confused with Waikoloa Village. Waikoloa is located in between Kailua-Kona and Waimea on the shore. It is located about 20 miles north-east of Kailua-Kona and about 80 miles west of Hilo. There are several beaches within about 15 miles and one nice one within a couple minutes of driving. The villas have everything you need, although they do change from villa to villa because most are privately owned. Our villa, #1002, had a blender, pitcher, toaster and all normal kitchen supplies such as utensils, cups, bowl, pans, etc… The ocean is not seen from the villas, but the views are quite nice. Villas can range from 1-3 rooms and price from about $225-350. Kitchen-can save a lot of money since eating out can be quite pricey!
Close to several beaches.
Nice pool and hot tub!
Golfing close by.
Close to shopping center, (King and Queen Shops)!
Nice place to stay - Waikoloa Colony Villas
We requested a 2-story unit when we rented the one bedroom. It had better view and it was a 2-bedroom unit, a larger unit. The unit was very nice and clean. It had all of the basics cooking utensils, pots and pans. I was nice to have a blender which I enjoyed making the smoothies with the local tropical fruits. The staffs were nice and friendly. There are a couple of nights we could not park close to the unit; this was the only minor compliant we had. It was harder to find the place if you get there in the dark for the first time. Our travel agency gave us good direction, so we did not have any problem. If you arrive after the office is closed (9:00p.m. or so), be sure to ask ahead of time how to check in and get in the gate. It seems to be a nice and secured area. The shops and other resorts are near by. The beach is not too far and it offers a great place for sunset and we saw some sea turtles resting on the lava rocks.
Hidden treasure in Waikoloa
When traveling to Hawai'i I always like to stay in a condo or townhouse to help save money by eating in and having laundry facilities so I do not have to pack a lot. Such was the case with the recent trip I took to Hawai'i's Big Island. After a lot of research and thought I decided to book a great condo I found up on the South Kohala coast. It is on the dryer section of the island, not a lot of rain by Hawai'i standards, but it receives far less rain overall. It can get a bit windy there as well.
This property, ResortQuest Waikoloa Colony Villas was a bit removed from the center of the action of Kailua Kona area. I want to tell you it was so worth it! After a long day of sight seeing, shopping and snorkeling it was great to return to the relative peace and quiet this property offered. Speaking of peace and quiet, there is on going construction near the property so if you book a condo make sure you request your condo be away from the construction. We only heard a very faint amount of noise and the dual glazed windows were most helpful in filtering the noise.
I would go back to this resort in a heartbeat--good value and excellent style of living for a low price. Note**The units are privately owned so furnishings vary from unit to unit. The Waikoloa Colony Villas were built in 2003 up on the Kohala coast. A gated community which offers 1, 2, and 3 bedroom units for very little money. We had a 2 bedroom, 2 bath unit. It had a full kitchen as well as central air, dishwasher, blow dryer and laundry machines inside the unit. The property has 2 pools and one spa. Each unit is alloted 2 spaces for a car, just don't park in the "reserved" spaces and make sure your parking permit is visible.
The property has a tram that runs every half hour which will take you up to the Waikoloa Hilton (a massive property which is like "Disneyland" boasting a monorail and boat ride. The tram also takes you to the Kings Shops, a small, somewhat "high end" shops sprinkled with touristy gift shops and a Whaler's General Store. (note** if you need a grocery store there is one 6 miles away in the "Waikoloa Village")
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Perhaps our experience with the Waikoloa Colony Villas was unusual, but the experience was nowhere near what I expected based on other reviews posted here. Although the condominium was large, it had a number of problems with appliances not working. The refrigerator, dishwasher, television, stereo, and a few other small appliances either did not work or had problems with them. Cleaning was another problem. The condo was not properly cleaned from the previous guest, nor was it properly cleaned during our stay. We had to specifically request clean towels, toilet paper, clean sheets, etc. or we would have had none. Then they drained our pool for most of our stay to fix a cracked stair on the side that nobody uses. In summary:
Lack of cleaning
No pool (see pics)
No view (see pics)
Very tiny balcony (see pics)
I would not recommend this choice. However, there are a number of new constructions at Waikoloa that might be better options.
BTW: We had a great time on the Big Island. There is lot's to do for the adventure minded traveler who likes hiking and is in good shape.
Fabulous place to stay, although a bit removed from the action
We stayed at the Waikola Colony Villas for a vacation in February 2006. What a fabulous place to stay! We absolutely loved the condo- it seemed just brand new- and it was an incredible value for our 5 nights on the Big Island. The condo was very clean, spacious, and comfortable, and we would definitely recommend this place to other travelers- families, couples, you name it. We were not golfers, however, and the only thing somewhat negative about this place is that it was a bit removed from the action... our group was more into checking out the volcano and snorkeling, kayaking, etc., closer to Kona/Keahou. However, there are some great beaches nearby (Hapuna was our favorite) and restaurants (we ate at the Coast Grille at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel for Valentines day- great by sunset!). One other minor thing- we wished the condo would have kept the hot tub open past 9 pm for those of us that put in long days while vacationing. Thank you, Waikoloa Colony Villas, for the lovely condo and making our Hawaiian vacation comfortable!
Great Place To Stay
We rented 2 x 3 bedroom and one 2 bedroom condos at the Villas over New Years (total 17 including 6 children). Great place to stay for families since villas include full kitchen,washer/dryer, at least two full baths and b-b-ques at pools and one near block 4 and 5. Buy food at Cosego or Safeway in Kona (30 minutes) or Waikoloa Village (10 minutes)
Construction was not a problem since they took a week break between Xmas and New Year.
Arriving at night is a problem due to street lighting and office being closed. Day before arrival contact office for gate code, condo # and code to key box. Bring flashlight so that you can see "condo block # signs" (each block contains 6 condos). Note that Mapquest directions are wrong - last direction (#6)should read "turn left at end of Maintenance Rd" not "turn right". Google Map directions are correct. Also note that there is no Maintenance Rd sign on Waikoloa Beach Dr. Probably easier to continue on Waikoloa Beach Dr though the complete resort until you see the Waikoloa Colony Villas sign on your left.
Best restaurents for dinner are Roys at King Shop and Beach Grill at Beach Golf Course. Best lunch was at Kings Golf Course Grill.
Best beach (good waves) was at Hapuna State Park approximately 15 minutes north on #19. Beach is very busy and you should arrive between 9:00 and 10:00 to get a good parking spot.
All resort golf courses are expensive. The Waikoloa Beach Resort has two courses - Beach and King. Both cost $130 if you are resort guests. You have got to golf the Beach - fairways meandering through lava rock, waves crashing on lava rock and green at #12 with whales splashing in distance. Less expensive courses within 30 minutes but very interesting to golf are Makalei, Big Island and Waikoloa Village. Hints- if you are over 55 golf Makalei and Big Island on Thursday - senior days at 1/2 price ($50 to 55). Buy clothes at Hilo Hattie in Kona and receive discount sheet which includes two for one at the above courses (includes Beach and King after 12:00).
Short cut for walking to King Shops from Colony Villas is along Kings Trail through lava rock between Colony Villa main entrance and Maintenance Rd - wear running shoes since this is the original mule/horse trail from Kona to settlements in north.
Would we go back to Waikoloa Colony Villas - definitely yes!
Loved colony villa
I'm surprised to hear comments about construction zone being a problem. We stayed in the north-most corner of the villas, next to the construction zone. We did not hear much noise at all. We like to sleep in, so the noise would have been issue with us, but either sound insulation was good, or just there was no much activity in construction --somehow noise was not an issue.
From our corner unit, we could see the ocean from master bedroom. Don't think that view will be still there when construction is completed.
Overall, I liked Colony Villas a lot, especially if staying with the family. We always stayed in the hotels before, and this time I really appreciated convenience and saving $$$ when having a fully equipped kitchen. Finally, we could have normal breakfast with children instead of having to go out or pay $$$ for a room service. It was nice to have 2 separate bedrooms, 2 TVs (one in master bedroom) and quiet but efficient A/C too.
Thanks for the prompt respond from overnight staff of WCV
Stayed in room 1601 from 4 to 8 of December05. Very nice place. We like everything there, they look similar to what you can see at their web site, just found small bugs at dishwasher at the second last day. Though the view of the house is rocky, not the golf course green field but we don't mind.
One thing to mention. We carelessly locked our 20 months old baby sleeping alone in the ground floor bedroom. Its 4:30 am, we need go to the airport and back to Honolulu that morning at 5:00am. There is no front desk services at night as its not a hotel. I tried to phone their no. and finally get one man answering. He was sleeping actually. Not more than 8 minutes he came to our room and unlock it for us. Thanks for this guy, forgot to ask his name.
Great Place to Stay!!
We stayed in Unit #2202. What a great place! Our family said it was the best vacation they ever had---kid friendly, but very quiet, and two pools that were never crowded. This is a nice unit on an end with only one wall attached to the next door unit. Go to this unit and enjoy yourself.
There have been some comments regarding construction noise, but this was not a problem, so don't be scared away!!
We stayed here in August of 2005. We had a 2 bedroom Condo. One bedroom and bath was upstairs. One Bedroom and bath on main floor. The kithen, dining room, and living room were all connected. There was a bar area between kitchen and dining room. It had a patio on the main floor and a balcony upstairs off the bedroom. Both had tables and chairs. The place was clean and comfortable. There was a washer and dryer, as well as microwave. There were 4 phones throughout the place. 2 TV's, a VCR, & Stereo.
The grounds were kept immaculate. There were gardners working on the landscaping every day we were there. The pools were nice. The place was quiet. The maids and office people were very, very nice. This is a gated community.
We would definately stay here again. We had Unit# 401.
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