THE BIG ISLAND OF HAWAII – OUR FAVOURITE THINGS STAY AND PLAY
Hawaiis Big Island is the largest of all Hawaiian Islands. The Big Island has the most spectacular scenery including one of the most active volcanoes in the world, the Kilauea volcano has been erupting continuously since 1983. With so many wonderful activities to do on the island you need to visit more than once to make the most of this piece of Hawaiian Paradise.
Here are a few of our favourite things that we experienced during our recent visit to Hawaiis Big Island.
TAKE A HELICOPTER RIDE
The Big Island of Hawaii boasts some of Hawaiis most varying landscape. A wonderful way to immerse yourself in this stunning landscape is from the air. If visiting this Hawaiian Island Paradise be sure to take a Hawaiian Helicopter Adventure if you can to be totally captivated by this natural beauty and experience such vast and varied landscapes.
We chose to ride with Sunshine Helicopters taking the Kohala-Hamakua Coast Helicopter tour. This 40-45minute flight was incredible. Perfect viewing from above, witnessing some of the most spectacular landscape we have ever seen. This particular tour took us over the South Kohala Resort coastline. Climbing past Waimea over the sweeping pasture lands of the Hakua and Ponoholo Ranches on route with the most magnificent waterfalls to see. We were in awe of the ever changing landscape, for those who appreciate nature at its best, this Helicopter tour may just be right for you.
The duration of this flight being 40-45minutes was perfect for our family.
A Volcano Deluxe Tour is also available the duration of this tour is approximately 1hour and 45 minutes, this I can only imagine would be breathtaking watching the live volcanic landscape from above would be magic.
For more information visit: www.sunshinehelicopters.com
If staying along the Kohala Coast there are plenty of dining options to choose from. A-Bays Island Grill, Roys Waikoloa Bar and Grill were our two favourite Restaurants to dine both located at Kings Shops Waikoloa Beach Resort. There are plenty of dining options available between both the Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort and Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa, both with easy access via the Waikoloa Shopping Trolley. The Waikoloa Shopping Trolley operates 7 days a week providing transportation between Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa, Hilton Waikoloa Village and Kings Shops and Queens Market Place.
The Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa is where you will find the Islands most incredible Sunset Luau. Be prepared to be entertained by some of the Islands most talented musicians and dancers, while taking in the most mesmerising Hawaiian Sunset and enjoying an authentic meal of Polynesian Cuisine.
WHERE TO STAY
During our recent visit we chose to stay at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa, this resort is totally refreshed and is newly renovated which is located on a secluded bay in the beautiful Waikoloa Beach Resort.
The resorts idyllic beachfront location offers plenty of fun water activities for the whole family to enjoy. Guests can hire kayaks, stand up paddle boards, snorkelling equipment or take one of the scheduled glass bottom cruises and discover and learn about Hawaiis incredible marine life. If you prefer a relaxing day at the beach there are plenty of lounge chairs to relax on and a palm tree or two making for a perfect shady spot to relax on the beach. For the yoga enthusiasts renew gentle beach Yoga is offered each morning. For those who like to enjoy yoga on the water the resort offers Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga. (check resorts activities guide for scheduled days)
The resorts pool is beautifully landscaped and subtly blends in with its surrounds, featuring a pool waterslide that will keep the kids very happy. The resort has plenty of cabanas to hire for the day and servers to assist with snacks and refreshments. An adults only infinity pool with spa is a tranquil oasis to relax. The resorts pools are open 24hours, after dinner swims are always a favourite thing to do when we are on holidays.
The resort offers several room types that have all recently been refreshed, from guest rooms with garden and mountain views through to the Royal Suite offering a more luxurious and spacious accommodation perfect for the travelling family. During our visit the Ocean Parlour Suite was more than accommodating to our family needs. This newly remodelled room features 1bedroom suite with two bathrooms and the most stunning ocean views.
Although the resort does not offer a kids club, there are plenty of fun activities around the resort where little guests have the opportunity to make new friends. With fun games that can be found on the lawn poolside, lei making workshops and many more fun activities, be sure to collect the resorts activity guide to plan your day in paradise.. The waterslide found in the main resort pool is also another fantastic spot where all the kids love to spend their day.
For guests in search of rest, relaxation and pampering be sure to make a reservation at The Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa. The Mandara Spa offers a variety of treatments certain to renew, revive and rejuvenate the mind body and soul.
The resort also offers a wonderful breakfast each morning at Hawaii Calls restaurant the buffet breakfast is a sumptuous spread with fresh local fruits, freshly made waffles, omelette station and a variety of hot options offered, an a la carte menu is also offered.
The Hawaii Calls Lounge offers an all-day dining menu and specialty drinks to enjoy pool side or dining in.
Enjoy stunning sunsets from Aka’ula Lanai, located on the lobby level the Aka’ula Lanai shares incredible views of spectacular sunsets over the Pacific Ocean while indulging on a culinary journey through Hawaiian inspired cuisine and cocktails.
For more information visit: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/koamc-waikoloa-beach-marriott-resort-and-spa/Back to Blog list