Of all the lodgings in the Waikoloa Beach Resort, this hotel has the best location on Anaehoomalu Bay ★★ (nicknamed “A-Bay”), with many rooms offering views of the crescent beach and historic fishponds; others look across the parking lot and gardens toward Mauna Kea. Besides all kinds of watersports at the beach, kids will enjoy the sandy-entrance children’s pool, while adults delight in the heated infinity-edge pool, the two-level Mandara Spa, and the spacious, well-equipped fitness center. The light-hued rooms (typically 410 sq. ft.) are also enticing, with glass-walled balconies and plush beds with down comforters in crisp white duvets. Families should book one of the spacious corner rooms, which include king-size bed and sofa bed; despite the resort fee ($25 daily), this hotel offers the best value of the Kohala Coast resorts, with access to nearby golf courses.
- Jeanne Cooper