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Historical Traveler Reviews Outrigger Fairway Villas Waikoloa
Great for families
We stayed at the Outrigger for a week in late January and were thoroughly impressed with the quality of the condos. They are newly built (2003) and are clean and well kept. I was impressed with the daily maid service as most condo facilities only service the units once a week or for a charge. These condos are great for any families that are traveling and need minimal amenities on-site. It is very short walk to the King Shops and the pool is adequate for short swims, etc but would recommend going to the beach for extended outings.
Sufficient and adequate
We stayed at the Fairway Villas which is the one of the newer condo complexes in the Waikoloa Beach Resort area. We didn't rent thru Outrigger but thru a local company that manages a few units (Abbey). There were 8 of us and we rented 2 units side by side - they were each a 2BR/2BA plus an extra loft and were very nicely furnished by the owners. There was no daily maid service but we had a nice dishwasher and laundry appliances in the units.
Parking is a bit of a challenge during peak season. There are supposedly assigned/reserved parking but it's basically mayhem b/c people park whereever they please. We were on the 3rd floor and pleasantly surprised to find that there were elevators to help us.
We concur with all the other comments - the pool is small, cold and gives you a view of one golf course and a local shopping mall (granted a nice mall). The units are well constructed - you can't really hear noise from adjoining units. The one thing to be wary of is that the lawnmowing/groundskeeping crews are up at 5AM so if you are next to a putting green, beware.
It's easy to "sneak" into the Hilton and the Marriott to spend time at their pools and beaches. But there are far better beaches further north. It's just if you want a better pool experience. Dining and shopping is abundant in this neighborhood. And the golf is good as well.
In general, if you are self sufficient, then this location and accommodation should more than do the trick, especially if you get the right unit.
Don't expect a full service facility. These are condos run by a management company. If you encounter service issues they do the minimal amount, if at all, to assist you. Cleaning service is minimal, and in fact they don't vacuum the rooms daily and if someone parks in your designated spot, management will not do anything about it. Oh and late check out is 1pm. Anything beyond that is an extra day charge (we had to pay approx $165), so think about that when booking your return flights - those later evening departures can be a little tricky. Views of the golf course are nice, and if you have a balcony facing the South, the view of Mauna Kea at Sunrise is nice. The area can be very windy, but just down the road 2 miles or so towards Kona there is a State Beach park, Kehaka Kai, or next to the Four Seasons, that has great weather. Don't expect to use the neighboring Marriott or Hyatt for free because the pool at the Villas is small (and not heated) (neighboring hotels charge approx $75-80) for day use. Grounds are nicely kept and there's a BBQ area near the pool that we observed was used by other guests quite frequently. They don't stock the kitchen at all, except for glasses, dishes, a few utinsils and a pot, a pan, and one dishtowel, so plan a run to Costco, WalMart, or Safeway in Kona for supplies (including salt and pepper) if you plan to use the kitchen. For the price I'd say it was ok, but wouldn't go back.
Loved the outrigger fairway villas
Checking into the villas was easy. We were extremely happy with the accomodations of the condo. The decor was beautiful. Stainless steal appliances. The kitchen had everything we needed in order to cook meals indoors. Restaraunts were very close by. I suggest making reservations at Roys upon arrival. Roys is popular and hard to get in without reservations. The pool was nice. However, I think Outrigger should negotiate with the nearby hotels for customer access to their pool facilities. It would be a win/win. The hotels would make money on food/drinks purchased. I was disappointed with the workout facilities. The treadmill was really old and made loud noises. The bike was old and not very user friendly. Outrigger should invest in a few new workout machines. All in all, I highly recommend the Outrigger Fairway Villas. It was very peaceful and romantic. A great place for families to visit.
Great experience here
My family of 6 travels a lot and we have stayed in a lot of places. This was one of the nicest places we have stayed. Somehow we lucked out and got a 3 bedroom end unit (had to be at least 1200+ SQ FT) instead of one of the 2 bedroom interior units that we had reserved. Talking to folks around the BBQ's at night, it sounded like that was a common occurance during the week in August that we were there. We also heard that the 2 BR units are significantly smaller. The golf course views are great, the Kings Shops are close enough to walk to, yet generated very little noise. A very interesting petroglyph field was right next to the resort and I enjoyed walking through it in the mornings and taking pictures. The furnishings were very upscale for a rental condo, especially the kitchen and appliances (Granite and GE Profile). Kitchen stocking was pretty basic for the overall caliber of the place, though. Central AC was a very welcome (and quiet) upgrade from typical window units. We could sit out at the large table on our patio at night and listen to the little birds while watching the sunset over the large pond separating the resort from the shops. The pool is small by resort standards, but wasn't usually too crowded when we were there. The hot tub could get croweded at night as did the 3 BBQ's out by the pool. Housekeeping was ok, but we did experience an issue mentioned in another review in that they either showed up at 8 am sharp or very late in the day. The location is very nice, but if you shop with us mere mortals (that is, not at Kings Shops prices) it can be a long drive to Kona. Recommendation if you are a large party staying here - shop at the Costco in Kona for groceries when you get in from the airport and then drive up. I was amazed that their prices were almost the same as they are at home. The pool at the Marriott (where you have priveldges) was a little more interesting with a small water slide that was open off and on, but much more crowded. We loved this place and would look forward to staying here again. The only issue would be if I was willing to pay the significant upcharge to reserve a 3 bedroom or if we would be just as happy in a 2 BR unit.
Less Than Impressed
We spent 10 days at the Fairway Villas at the beginning of July 2004 and were less than impressed w/the facility, the management and especially the maid service and the pool.
Our large 3 bedroom/3 bathroom unit was basically clean when we arrived however the carpet in the ground floor bedroom was badly stained. It was nicely (altho sparsely) furnished.
The kitchen was NOT well supplied, however! There were few bowls and to make a salad we used the dutch oven. We felt the cooking supplies and utensils were at an absolute minimum level.
The maids never cleaned our room at a reasonable time-- one day they didn't come until after 7 p.m. despite calls to housekeeping 2 days in a row! When they did come all they did was to change the towels and spread up the beds (altho sometimes they didn't even do that!).
The pool was GROSSLY inadequate for the size of this complex! Don't be deceived by the pictures on the 'net--- it is SMALL! There are also only 10-12 chaise lounges which were always in use whenever we checked. If we wanted to do any sunbathing or swimming we had to go to The Marriott.
We called the management several times about various problems-- the phone didn't work right when we arrived and we also called about the maid service. They were condescending to the point of rudeness and promised things would improve and then didn't follow thru.
We have stayed in many, many condos and cottages here in the US, Europe and Canada and have never had one that was so ill supplied. For the amount of money we were paying, we thought we would get something very luxurious and well equipped but this place is not!
We will not be staying here again unless we can be assured that the problems w/the management and the complex have been addressed.
My husband and I stayed at the Outrigger Fairway Villas for our honeymoon (March 29-April 4 2004). This was our first time in Hawaii. We loved our stay so much that we considered purchasing a unit! We stayed in unit D4 and had a gorgeous view of the golf course. Although we are not golfers, it was fun to watch others play from our unit. The location of FV is very quaint, yet convenient. Waikoloa is about 25 miles from Kona, so having the Kings Shops nearby was a plus especially when we ran out of a food/drug items. Being in Waikoloa also made us feel like we were on a remote pristine island. Kona is a little more commercialized so staying at the resort made it really feel like a vacation! It is so quiet (especially at night) that you are almost embarrassed to walk with flip-flops on! We LOVED our unit's amenities. It felt almost like home. Although not a full scale maid service, the cleaning staff did a wonderful job with keeping it clean enough for us to do a moderate amount of cleaning but still feel like you are on vacation. Upon arrival, our unit did not have a blender, which was stated on the internet. After one call to the front desk, the cleaning staff brought it to our door. Our unit was moderately decorated with a tropical/Hawaiian motif. The King bed was awesome. My husband and I could hardly get out of it! We had an awesome honeymoon. Be prepared to pay more for EVERYTHING (gas, groceries at Walmart/Safeway, and restaurants).
We only had a few complaints. 1) Be sure to stay on the first floor for the awesome opportunity to walk out on your Lanai and on to the golf course (for us). The flip side is to NOT stay on the first floor because if anyone is upstairs (especially a family) you will hear them walking and running whenever they are in their unit. We complained to Management and were blackballed afterwards. 2) We were interested in talking to the Manager Kris Nickelson about the noise upstairs but also about purchasing a condo. Kris shunned us and treated us like second-class citizens! He did not even have the aloha spirit nor the decency to come out of the glass office and talk to us, although we could see him clearly from where we were standing. Instead, he sent his assistant out to tell us to talk to assistant General Manager Dale Verkaaik. She was very nice, personable and gracious enough to listen to our concerns about the noise as well as our consideration in purchasing a property. In fact SHE should be in charge and not KRIS. 3) Lastly, the Wednesday Luau at the Marriott was disappointing as it was inside due to threatening rain. The entertainment and dance was mediocre but the food was great. We went to Kona Coast Resort to listen to a time-share presentation .... we wish we would have done that sooner because they gave us a discount card for all other tours on the island!
Despite staying up at night and listening to folks run/walk above you and being shunned by the the General Manager of Outrigger Fairway Villas, we would definitely stay again. We visited the Hilton, the Fairmont Orchid and of course walked to the Marriott. They are all nice hotels, but not as new and clean. And, considering the price of eating out, you would want to stay at FV so you can cook and cut cost! The Front desk Marriott staff was also gracious enough to let us check out at a later hour due to our late plane departure.
Again, we LOVED Hawaii and look forward to returning in the near future!
Impressed with how new and clean the condo was. NIcely appointed. Great view. Air conditioning worked great. Pool and hot tub were clean and close to our condo. Central location great. Walking distance to Kings Shops. Merrimans restaurant in the Kings Shops was fantastic. We stayed in unit G24 and would request it again. Kitchen well stocked. Dishses and utensils clean and new. Everything you will need. When you stay at the Fairway Villas you have access to Marriott. The Marriott pool was not too impressive...the pool at the villas was smaller, but much cleaner and warmer. Hot tub much nicer too. Don't bother going to the Marriott for anything. Overall...this was a great place to stay for a very good price..would stay here again.
Extremely Nice Facility
We just returned from a week's stay at the Outrigger Fairway Villas. We found the 2 bedroom/2 bath unit to be extremely nicely furnished and very clean with daily maid service and air conditioning ( a must while we were there). All units have a lanai with golf course and/or lake view. Guests can use the facilities of the Marriott Waikoloa; however, the units have a lovely pool and hot tub which were not busy. They are within easy walking distance of the Kings Shops where you will have access to shops, a general store and fast food as well as upscale dining. We were allowed a late (6 pm) check out at no additional charge as we had a late flight out of Kona. We could not have been more pleased with this property.
Outrigger Fairways Villas
Just completed a stay at the Outrigger Fairway Villas. We were extremely pleased with this condo property located near the Marriott Waikoloa and the Hilton Waikoloa Village Resorts. The unit was an air conditioned two bedroom 2 bath unit, extremely clean, nicely furnished with daily maid service. All units have a lanai overlooking the golf course and/or a small lake. The condos are within easy walking distance of the Kings Shops where you can find a general store and several fast food as well as other restaurants and shops. A shuttle bus leaves from the shops to the resort hotels. Guest of the Outrigger Fairways can use the facilities of the Marriott property although the units have a very nice pool and hot tub within the complex. The units are about a 20 minute drive from the Kona airport- would definitely stay again!