The Bay Club at Waikoloa Beach Resort
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... The shores are all lava rock as opposed to sandy beaches. The hotel or rather resort we are staying at is like an oasis among the black rocks! The Hilton Waikoloa is beautiful! Not a big fan that you have to pay to park your car about 1/4 mile from hotel and then walk to lobby to catch a monorail to get to your room. But, the view from our room was spectacular! We drove up 190 to 270 and looped around onto 250 to just look at the landscape. Went from black lava rocks ...
... were delightful, and the one who I can't remember her name had been to Fairmont Hot Springs and Killer Mall as a child several times. So this huge yacht in the Kailua Pier which we could see from our place where we watch the sunset is owned by a Italian Jewelry designer and a pharmaceutical dude; rumour has it this boat is worth $31 million. The helicopter on it looked a fair size. Time for shower #3 of the day and bed soon. ...
... very Ken Duncan like, only more Hawaiian themed... obviously. I spent ages talking to one of the photographers - about the island, his ideas and so on. He had a great shot of some coloured gum trees (there are heaps of introduced trees on these islands... many gums) and he was a bit surprised when I mentioned that they grow in the snow fields back in Australia. ...
Day One 22 July, Monday
Following a morning beach walk & swim, flew to the 'Big Island' - Hawaii, arriving around 12 noon. Experienced annoying delay in getting mini-bus to car rental place then long wait until car ready....still, found our new abode in time to do a little local exploring. Stayed in huge house/complex built on 5 acre fruit farm located in coastal hinterland near site of Captain Cook's demise on west coast of the Island; house often ...
... so we left the Refuge and headed for McDonald’s down the road. Mac ate more than we’ve ever seen him eat before.
We continued in the direction back to our condo and stopped in a small village that has a great fabric store, H. Kimura’s. Cheryl had hit it during our last visit and nothing has changed. They have beautiful traditional Hawaiian fabrics. The store has been in the same location for over 70 years and probably ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Bay Club at Waikoloa Beach Resort
My family and I stayed at the Bay Club in March, 2005. I had researched it very thoroughly and I found it to be just shy of what the revues indicated. Compared with the Club Intrawest properties that we normally patron (Whistler, B.C., Palm Desert, California and Tremblant, Quebec) the Bay Club came up short. The grounds were beautiful but the unit was pretty tired looking. The decour was dark and outdated and the carpet was in need of replacing. Also, the kitchen cabinet handles were sticky! Yuck! Finally, the hideous green and orange colour scheme in the second bedroom downright offended me. Having said that, it was spacious and well stocked, the staff were friendly and helpful (a relief after having read some of the revues) and the deck was very large. I enjoyed walking every morning through the Hilton property and on down to the King's Shops for a latte. We did a helicopter tour which was good but don't expect spewing lava or dramatic eruptions. We hung out at both the Hilton and the Marriot while we were there and both were great in there own way. The Hilton is simply amazing, sort of a cross between the Grand Wailea in Maui and Disneyland. The Mariott was on a smaller scale but with a nice beach. The beach had a wave break built up which narrowed the depth significantly. Consequently, your towel or deck chair was on a slant. Behind the break was a deep, flat expanse of beach that no one sat on because you couldn't see the ocean. We headed up island to the Mauna Lani, the Prince and the Mauna Kea Hotels. The Mauna Kea had the most outstanding beach, followed by the Prince Hotel. Overall, we enjoyed exploring and experiencing a new island but were really excited about heading back to Maui for our second week. The Bay Club is acceptable but nothing outstanding.
My wife and I stayed here from March 3rd through March 10th. The staff were very helpful, and the accomodations were great. Since these units are condos with full kitchens, we opted to have breakfast in our unit and pack a lunch, with plenty of water, juice and snacks so that we could explore all day, and then have a nice dinner wherever we ended up. Make sure you go to the Costco when you arrive, if you are a member, to load up on food and snacks and refreshments for the week; it will save you time and money. Costco is a couple of miles south of the Kona Airport. Getting back to the Bay Club resort, they have a couple of pools and hot tubs, a little outdoor eatery that is suprisingly inexpensive that serves a diner quality Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. If you attend the Timeshare presentation that they mention at the activities lecture, you will receive discounts on activites that you book during your stay. We saved close to $200 dollars on a helicopter tour over the Volcano, which you should do, and a sunset dinner cruise. Also, if you are going to do a Whale Watch criuise, go on the sunset dinner cruise, you will see whales mostly anytime that you go out on the water, but starting in April I hear that less whales are seen for a couple of months. We went to the Farmers Market in Kailua-Kona on Sunday, and walked the town that has plenty of shoppes and restaurants; these shoppes are much better than at the King shoppes near the resort. Have a great time and explore the whole Island. Aloha!
We took our 3 children on their first trip to Hawaii in December, 2004 and it was wonderful. I am extremely particular about our accomodations as this was our first trip using HGVC.
Great Place to Stay!
I found this resort much better than I had expected. I stayed in a 2 bed room unit that was very spacious. I had everything that I needed at my finger tips with the exception of a maid. The Lanai was large. The view was of the golf course. What more could you ask for?
Stayed week of 12/4/04 in a 2 bedroom 2 bath. The accomodations were very spacious. Huge lanais too. Nicely appointed. Bathrooms had plenty of room. Large tub and separate shower in each. Water pressure was EXCELLENT! Best shower I have encountered in my many travels. Full size kitchen was a bonus. Nice to have washer /dryer in unit. Staff was helpful. Activities personel however didn't know about 18 hole miniature golf course at the Hilton Waikaloa Hotel across the street. Hot tub and pool were nice and very relaxing. Great view overlooking mountains and golf course. Shuttle service to anywhere in the immediate area. Negatives: Toilet flushing was by button (not a handle) and toilets must be very low flow. There was so many extremely large closets...can't imagine why they need so many unless you lived there. One was a whole separate room! Basically wasted space. Also, try to get a 3rd floor unit as you can hear the people upstairs walking around, etc. Overall, a very nice place to stay.
I will start by stating that we travel a fair bit and like to stay in upscale locations. Most important to me is cleanliness (I am a neat freak!) So after reading the reviews below before we left for HI, I was a little concerned about the Bay Club. However, I am happy to report I did not encounter any problems there. We stayed at the Bay Club from Sept 1-6, 2004.
When we first went to the Bay Club we were impressed by the amenities of the villas, so much so that we purchased one.
Let me start by saying we had a great time. Check-in went quickly with minimal problems. We were in Unit 421, which is across the street from the office, activity center and pool. Overall a good location for what they have. The unit was clean, large enough and comfortable. The people in the activity center were very helpful and we were able to get good discounts on tours since we did the time share presentation at the Hilton. In my opinion this property is better suited for couples, older and younger, if you have kids, they will not be happy with the pool (boring) or lack of access to the beach. The kids were very dissappointed once they saw the Hilton property across the street. My daughter referred to it as paradise. We did not spend alot of time on the property, choosing to do day trips around the island. They do have a place to eat at the hotel and it is not bad.
Bad news in paradise
From the start I was met by a snotty checkin staff who made life as difficult as they could for my family. and made us wait 5 hrs for check-in even though the unit was clean and ready!
I have never had suuch a bad experience at check-in
Next was the room which was tiny with a very tiny and poor vented kitchen. The furnishings were dark reds and browns and looked out of place in hAWAII. The pool was tiny too and crowed and after a few days we could not take it any more and found a much nicer condo called the Shores next door...
I urge caution if you are considering this dive and its surly staff. It a time share place interested in one thing selling you a overpriced unit with the attendent pressures and hype of a used car dealership.
Bay Club Best
The Bay Club has beautiful villas, and other two and one bedroom accomodations. It's worth going through the timeshare presentation because the discount on activities are significant. We saved bundles on snorkeling, helicopters, luaus, etc. We loved it enough to buy a week there.