Great stay A review of The Bay Club at Waikoloa Beach Resort
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.
We had a 2 bed/2 bath condo for 4 adults and had PLENTY of room. No, the condo doesn't have granite countertops like some other Hilton Grand Vacations condos. Most importantly, it was VERY clean and neat. The space was great - plenty in the living & dining rooms and both bedrooms & baths were good sized. We had a great view of the golf course and mountains. Lanai was very good sized.
I am not sure about the problems others had w/the check in staff but we had the opposite - they were extremely friendly! We got in by noon and although check in was not until 4pm, they actually called us on our cell phone when we were having lunch to tell us our room was ready.
The Activities Desk was EXTREMELY helpful (Blossom was especially great!) We did sea kayaking, horseback riding, visit to the Volcanoes, Luau, etc. and all planned right from the activity desk. They are open from 8am-4pm.
I also noted that someone commented about cockroaches in a review below. Before I moved to FL ~10 yrs ago, I associated cockroaches w/filth. However, in tropical climates cockroaches have nothing to do with dirt. We have our home in FL sprayed each month and still see a dead one in the house about 1 each quarter, as does everyone else around here. Now, I am not sure of this particular problem and there may have been an infestation but I do know that even spraying doesn't necessarily prevent all from getting in. One of the drawbacks of living in a warm climate.
After visiting HI 3 times, I had never been to the Big Island. I am glad we hit it this time. It was great. The beach (A Bay) right down the road was nice - not spectacular. Since we live in FL we may not be as interested in "beaching it" as others and do more activities so if you are looking for pure sandy beaches, the Big Island is too new of an island for that - lava fields surround you. However, the water is clear blue. A sea turtle was swimming around in A Bay while we snorkeled. It was great.
Overall, I would not hesitate to stay here again. Like I said, no, it is not a brand new condo that will wow you but is very spacious and most importantly, clean. The staff was consistently very nice. In our opinion, the Waikoloa area is the best area to stay in on the Big Island. Kona-Kailua is more of the "town" area and while worth a visit, is much more crowded and not as impressive. This was a great stay.