The best place to truly embrace “The Spirit of Aloha” on Hawaii’s Big Island is the Hilton Waikoloa Village, found within Waikoloa Beach Resort on the perpetually sunny Kohala Coast. This 1,135-acre island hotspot rises majestically from the lava remnants of the 1856 Mauna Loa eruption, creating an unparalleled luxury escape with appealing adventures, breathtaking views and cultural immersion.
Waikoloa Beach Resort is a complete destination resort and offers accommodations at the award-winning Hilton Waikoloa Village, a 62-acre Pacific playground that fuses ancient tradition with island hospitality and modern amenities. This grand resort comes to life with 1,240 guest rooms overlooking the oceanfront oasis, nine on-property restaurants, three sparkling swimming pools, an expansive tennis complex and two championship golf courses.
With three different towers—with different experiential elements—for guests to choose from, guests are truly treated like Hawaiian royalty from the moment they even decide to take a trip to the Pacific.
Launched this year, Hilton’s new digital concierge service provides guests with unprecedented choice and control over their entire hotel visit, pre-arranging stay details and assisting tech-savvy travelers. Guests check-in and choose their exact room from digital floor plans, as well as customize their stay through upgrades and special requests long before their feet touch island paradise.
Once guests arrive to the Big Island, they can further customize their vacation on-property.
The three towers at Hilton Waikoloa Village feature distinct personalities so visitors can personalize their stay to their desires. The newly renovated Palace Tower debuts a Hale Ike “House of Senses” concept, emphasizing sensual inspirations with special digital elements. Greeted by soothing sounds of nature and the smell of fragrant island flowers, guests follow luminous torch-lit paths to their expansive suite where they enjoy luxurious textures and eye-appealing interiors.
Ocean Tower hosts a majority of the hotel’s guest rooms, offering guaranteed ocean views and a private lanai. The exotic flora-filled atrium is home to the hotel’s adults-only pool, a wildlife pond and Boat Landing Pavilion.
Set among contrasting views of snow-capped mountains and sparkling crystal waters, the MAKAI suites at Lagoon Tower evoke elegance following a $15 million transformation with a private concierge, upgraded amenities and complimentary Kohala Spa access.
Speaking of the spa, no true vacation is complete without a bit of recharging. The property’s Kohala Spa, known as “a haven of water and light,” is a cultural rejuvenation experience, featuring treatments such as the Hawaiian Sea Salt Scrub and an authentic Lomi Lomi Hawaiian Massage, which uses therapeutic techniques passed down from generations of Hawaiian elders. The state-of-the-art Kohala Spa Fitness Center offers cardio equipment, weight machines, and a variety of programs and classes including Gyroninesis, a unique wellness program embracing key principles found in yoga, dance, swimming and Tai-Chi.
Waikoloa Beach Resort is home to two of the most stunning golf courses in Hawaii, featuring swaying coconut trees and bold greens overlooking the vast Pacific Ocean. Winding its way through the breathtaking Kohala coastline, the Beach Course challenges players with its Robert Trent Jones Jr.-design course, delicately carved from the ancient lava flow.
Designed by golfing great Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish, the contrasting Kings’ Course offers stunning views of the towering volcanoes and snow-capped mountains. The 7,000+ yard links-style course is best known for its wide undulating fairways, multiple tee placement and Scottish style pot bunkers.
For those that prefer a vacation heavier on relaxation and lighter on physical exertion, guests can slide into a more serene state at one of three on-property pools or relax nearby on a hammock, shaded between palm trees. The Kona pool, one of the biggest in the Hawaiian Islands, features a dramatic waterfall, 175-foot waterslide, several Jacuzzis and a sand-bottom kids’ pool. The meandering Kohala River pool delights families and floating enthusiasts alike with a system of four pools interconnected by waterslides and a flowing river. For an adult-only haven, guests are invited to relax amid lush vegetation at the Ocean Tower pool.
Outside of the pool area, the property’s four-acre saltwater lagoon is teeming with tropical fish and rare green sea turtles. Set on a private, white-sand beach, this protected oasis is perfect for snorkeling, swimming and kayaking.
A Hawaiian getaway would not be complete without sampling succulent island cuisine coupled with a front-row seat to spectacular sunset views at Kamuela Provision Company, a three-time OpenTable Diner’s Choice award-winner. Those craving sophisticated Asian fare can dine on delectable Japanese dishes at Imari, the only Teppanyaki restaurant on the Big Island.
After the sun sets, the best place to sip handcrafted cocktails is at Malolo Lounge. Named after the SS Malolo, the luxury liner that was synonymous in the ‘30s with “first-class trip to Hawaii,” the cocktail bar features fresh-squeezed juices and local Hawaiian spirits. The “don’t-miss” libation offered at this cozy gin joint would be local favorite “180-Seconds” cocktail, named after the awe-inspiring but brief Kohala Coast sunset.
Beyond the resort, Hawaii’s Big Island boasts a number of once-in-a-lifetime experiences and beckons vacationers with 360 days of sunshine, indigenous island wildlife and picturesque beaches.
Basking in the island sunset, travelers savor the ocean breezes and discover pure aquatic delights on a Sunset Champagne Cruise with Ocean Sports. For an over-the-top experience, discover the island’s natural wonders with a Blue Hawaiian helicopter tour, gliding over cascading waterfalls, mountain summits and explosive volcanoes.
Back at the resort, guests can come face to face and fingers to flippers with the ocean’s most impressive mammal, learning about conservation efforts along the ay. The only hotel in Hawaii with a dolphin encounter on property, the Dolphin Quest program at Hilton Waikoloa Village brings guests into the captivating world of the dolphin through astonishing personal encounters guided by marine mammal experts.
For shoppers seeking stylish souvenirs, Waikoloa Beach Resort offers upscale outlets like Tiffany & Co., Michael Kors and Tommy Bahama at Kings’ Shops and artful collections of boutiques, galleries and markets at Queens’ Marketplace, home to luxury local boutique Persimmon and exquisite jewelry store Island Pearls.
From white sand beaches and authentic luaus to world-renowned restaurants and shopping, guests of Waikoloa Beach Resort will experience one of the most culturally and geographically diverse destinations in the world while enjoying the gorgeous accommodations at Hilton Waikoloa Village.
For more information or to make reservations, please visit www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com.