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... 5am Monday Bundaberg time) we were picked up by our shuttle transfer and taken to our accommodation at the Aqua Pacific Monarch. Too early to check in, so we left our bags and headed for the beach (as you do) Ross's son, James and his girl friend are holidaying too here at the moment so we met them for a quick catch up. After we get into our room and changed we headed out for a late lunch and a look around. We came across the Honolulu Zoo so in between showers ...
... and Outback Restaurant so we headed that way. Sadly, Red Lobster had a huge queue so we went with the Outback Grill. The food was delish and once again the large portion size strikes again. I had the most amazing oreo milkshake which was well worth the walk in the rain to get to there.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsMarriott's Ko Olina Beach Club Kapolei
Our second issue with security forced us to reduce our rating. We found our unit door ajar with the dead bolt holding it open for the second time this week. Security never got back to us on Sunday whether Housekeeping were the last ones in or not, so we can only guess. I called security when I discovered it at 11:14 am. They agreed to look into it , after I reminded them this was the second time in as many days they said they would get back to us with an explanation. David contacted the resort management for answers . Both got back to us later with totally different results,they had definitely not communicated with anyone else. The following morning David met with both units and expressed our displeasure with the lack of communication and information we received. They did compensate us for our inconvenience by allowing us to checkout late the following day and a $100 credit although we never found out whether it was housekeeping or someone else.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Marriott's Ko Olina Beach Club Kapolei
We just returned from 6 days at the Ko Olina Beach Club Resort. It is a beautiful resort, from the rooms to the lagoons. There is not much available for restaurants and a vehicle is needed to get anywhere. The resort was very quiet, we almost felt like we had the place to ourselves after being on Waikiki! The service was great. The only drawback is that it is at least a 30 - 40 minute drive to Waikiki, the North Shore, Hanauma Bay and Sea Life Park. If you plan on touring the island, this is probably not your first pick. If you want a nice quiet relaxing holiday in a beautiful resort, this is the place to be.
Resort, Ko Olina Cat -- all terrific
This is a copy of a review we placed on for the neeighboring J.W.
Marriott Ihilani, where we stayed in December. That was great but it was the resort as a whole -- which includes the Beach Club -- that impressed us most. That new timeshare project looks really beautiful.
The best part of our trip was our outings on the Ko Olina Cat sailing catamaran out of the resort's marina. Five-star quality and service all the way -- and we saw dolphins and whales! The snorkeling was great, the food and drink yummy, and the staff was so professional and friendly. We went back again we had so much fun. We've been on lots of boat trips in other locations but there's nothing like this one.
Had a great time with my husband and 2 kids (22 and 5). The beach and lagoons are great for snorkeling esp. the 4th lagoon even my kids could see a lot of sea life. I would choose ko olina any time over Waikiki but if you like to shop and be around a lot of tourists then stay in Waikiki. Great affordable restaurants are 5 minute drive away. I was tempted but didn't but a timeshare. Would come back here again especially before they build it up. The staff was very nice.
We had the best time at the Marriott Beach Club Ko'olina. The rooms, pool, market, workout facilities, beach, staff - everything was first rate.
WE enjoyed the spacious rooms, kitchens and bathroom areas. We enjoyed walking the beach front area each day. The resort kept us up to date on daily activities available to join. We also liked the Internet station in the lobby for searching the WWW.
Local stores (Safeway, Drug Stores, Blockbuster, dining places were all a few miles up the road. We felt safe and very comfortable.
We want to go back tomorrow!!
Best Vacation Ever
We just returned from the Ko Olina Beach Club and it was the best vacation ever. I read some other reviews that were commenting on the glitches they experienced, but I can let you know now the bugs have been worked out and this place is up and running. The service was great, the grounds are second to one and the rooms are sweet. I would recommend this to anyone looking for the best place on the island and this way you can still go to Waikiki for the night but come home to some peace and quiet.
Loved the Beach Club
We stayed at the Ko Olina Beach Club during the labor day week this year. The staff was the friendliest and most helpful of any hotel we have ever stayed, regardless of the price. If there was any eye contact from the staff they gave you a greeting (good morning, evening etc).
The entire area was new and this is reflected in the fact there are NO CROWDS. The location was nice in that you could get out of town (H2/H3) quicker than Waikiki to North Shore, Dole etc. Some of the sights off the beaten track are very near. An example is the Hawaii's Plantation Village, staffed by the Univ. of Hawaii. This is something many locals have not seen. You do have to rely on cooking more of your food, as the restaurants are not the quality or quantity of Waikiki. Most of the Beach Clubs units have cooking facitities. HINT: there are outlets within a couple of minutes that have Crazy Shirts, Local Motion etc where we bought all of our gifts at half or better price. No need to go to Waikiki for shopping.
Fantastic new resort on Oahu
Returned from a great great stay at the Marriott Ko Olina Beach Club resort September 28, 2003. The KoOlina is located on the quiet West coast of Oahu, about 20 minutes from the Airport and 30 minutes from Waikiki. It is located on one of four white sand protected lagoons, two lagoons away from the JW Marriott Ilihani and the KoOlina Marina, and across from the KoOlina Golg Course (a free shuttle connected all of these). The resort is a Marriott Vacation Club time share and fully opened Jan 2003. For the most part we had the beachand pool to ourselves even though the resort was full (must people ventured in Waikiki and other areas). The rooms are all first rate being new, well appointed and spacious (the 2-bedroom suite was 1400 sq ft. and slept up to 8). This is the first of four towers to be built so the quietness will not last forever. A Renaissance Resort is planned to be built between the KoOlina and the JW, State has just approved for a new Aquarium to be built next to the resort, so construction will be heavy here in the future but for now it was nice & quiet. There is only a small pool bar/outdoor restaurant (open for lunch & dinner) here with the restaurants at the JW being the closest. The two bedrooms have a full kitchen & dining room to cook in if you wish. Three pools, outdoor hottub, exercise facilities with saunas & steam baths. Marina next door has great catamaran cruise & charter fishing & scuba available. Enjoyed it so much I'm already planning for a return trip. We also took the time-share preview at which there was no pressure to buy (it is tempting) and were given 15,000 Marriott rewards points for our time.
Note also that the Paradise Cove Luau is next to the JW Marriott with a free shuttle to the KoOlina.
Incredible place to stay...
We just returned (Aug 2003) from staying at the Ko Olina Beach Club after going because of a terrific deal through AA/MasterCard. It was so nice to stay somewhere where there is not a ton of people. It is quiet, beautiful and relaxing. Our children 7 & 11 came with us. We did meet with the Vacation Club saleman and purchased a time-share. It was worth the 90-minute sales pitch for us. This will save us money on our future vaction plans. Back to the reort itself, we stayed in a one bedroom unit that was spacious for our family. It was nice to have a full kitchen and laundry facilities. The staff was very polite and welcoming. They do lack restaurant facilities and we had a bad experience at the Ihilani Hotel down the beach so I would not recommend that hotel. We do highly recommend taking an ocean excursion with the Ko Olina Ocean Adventures at the Ko Olina Marina. We had a wonderful snorkeling adventure with our kids. The owner also invented SNUBA which we will do next time we are there. This is the place to go if you want to stay somewhere that is not crowded and you want peace and quiet.
Driving to different locations was not a problem and we purchased groceries for our unit in the near by town Kapolei.
Facility was so-so; staff was outstanding
We stayed at the Marriott Beach Club Ko Olina in late May 2003.
Overall, I think the place has a lot of promise, however while we were there we experienced quite a few glitches with the facility.
One of the things that annoyed my husband: Our original room had a 'marina' view, which was basically a view of the industrial shipbuilding yard on the other side of the small marina (not shown in any of the brochures.) At our request, we were moved to a room on the other side of the hotel that had a view of the pool and ocean. The room was very attractive and well-designed, however we experienced more than our fair share of problems with it (shower faucets not working, hot water not working, washer/dryer not working, etc.)
The pool area was very serene when there was no construction noise, and there weren't a lot of people. (Although, it would have been nicer with more shade.) The lagoons were very well done and were a great place for our 2 year-old daughter to play in the water and sand.
The saving grace of the hotel is that the staff was truly the nicest and most helpful I have ever met, anywhere. They really worked hard to help us have a good stay. I have been to Hawaii many times; the staff at the Ko Olina Beach Club really display the Aloha spirit.
Great resort, decent hotel
We just stayed at the Marriott Ko Olina Beach Club. It's still a pretty new property, and for a timeshare it's very, very upscale. The finishing touches are great. A few kinks still need to be worked out with the service and training of the workers, but they're earnest and seem to be on the right track. By far the highlight of the trip was going out on a sail on this brand new boat called the Ko Olina Cat.
It's a huge catamaran, and we went snorkeling, had a full lunch, saw dolphins everywhere, and they even give away free snorkels. The crew was amazing and the boat was first class. It made a good resort experience great!