Fodor's Expert Review Kolea at Waikoloa Beach Resort

Waikoloa Beach Resort, 69-1000 Kolea Kai Circle, Waikoloa, Hawaii, 96738, USA See on Map Fodor's Choice

These modern, impeccably furnished condos appeal to the high-end visitor typically associated with the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, with far more amenities than the average condo complex, including both an infinity pool and a sand-bottom children's pool at its ocean-side Beach Club, a fitness center, and a hot tub. It's near Anaehoomalu Bay and the beach, but views from each unit's lanai are limited.

If booking for a longer stay, the seventh night is free, with no cleaning fees.


These expansive vacation villas offer two- and three- bedroom options with luxurious décor. Mahogany wood, Lutron lighting systems, granite, stainless steel, wet bar, and lanai, as well as sliding pocket door systems give all of these units touches of class throughout. Ocean views are limited to the second and third stories of some of the units, as the vacation villas are found behind the private residences of this gated community, but most of the vacation villas offer garden views. In addition to the villas there is a small selection of 4, 5, and 6-bedroom private homes.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Most units have a minimum of five nights for the rental, so this property is best for longer visits.


Many of the units feature one to one bathroom to room ratios, double vanities, and large soaking tubs.


Amenities can be found at the private Kolea Beach Club (open to resort guests), which offers an infinity pool, a sand bottom kids pool with waterfall, and a lava rock jacuzzi with ocean views. In addition, guests also have use of the lagoon and two resort style pools with slides at the Hilton Waikoloa Village.


For exercise needs, the Kolea Beach Club offers an open-air fitness room with LifeFitness equipment.


Getting Around

You will need a car to get to your accommodations and around the island.


At Lava Lava Beach Club (4-min drive) you’ll find a menu that includes happy hour specials, daily fish preparations, and island twists on classic foods like hamburgers and ribs all right on the beach. The bar is also a huge draw, with delicious and strong cocktails (the “Big Bamboocha” will definitely get your vacation started well) and a nice wine menu.

Pueo’s Osteria (14-min drive) offers farm to table Italian-inspired fare that, while it isn’t what you’d think of as Hawaiian food, includes some local favorites like Hamakua mushrooms and lilikoi cheesecake. A lovely wine menu and a late night happy hour with limited food menu for night owls from 9:30 p.m. to midnight make this a great spot to wine and dine.


Get drinks and a show at Gertrude’s Jazz Bar (43-min drive), an open-air jazz bar with great beer and wine selections, plus a few decadent desser-tinis to complement their cocktail list.

The Big Island’s newest brewery, community-owned Ola Brewery (38-min), offers brewery tours and tastes. Be sure to try the White Pineapple Cider!


These luxury villas offer a nice alternative to the big resorts, along with some of the amenities that you’d find there. We also like that, unlike a lot of vacation rental websites, this one is full of information and easy to navigate.


Near the beach


Phones: 808-987–4519

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