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. All were renovated in 2017; the luxury Cabana wing (closest to the water) debuted in 2018 with private outdoor showers on ground-floor lanais. Besides numerous beach watersports, kids enjoy the sandy-entrance children’s pool, while adults delight in the heated infinity-edge pool, the open-air espresso bar/cocktail lounge Akaula Lanai, the two-level Mandara Spa, and the spacious, well-equipped fitness center. The light-hued rooms 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 a king-size bed and a sofa bed. Despite the steep resort fee ($30 daily), this hotel typically offers the best prices of the Kohala Coast resorts, with easy access to nearby golf courses. Note: Even better values are found at Marriott’s Waikoloa Ocean Club, handsome one- and two-bedroom timeshare suites with king beds, living rooms with sofabeds, and kitchenettes, with starting rates of $324 —plus free Wi-Fi, free parking, and no resort fee.
- Jeanne Cooper