Pretty Average A review of 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 The decour was dark and outdated and the carpet was in need of replacing.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.