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Located near the pristine shores of the Anaeho’omalu Bay on the Big Island of Hawaii is Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, the optimal destination for travelers who want to experience the tranquility of a resort vacation along with unique cultural aspects of Hawaii.
On the beautiful Kohala Coast, just 18 miles north of Kona International Airport, the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa has both ocean front access and luxurious amenities. As guests sip on complimentary pineapple infused water in the wide and airy lobby, the resort wastes no time in setting the tone for relaxation underneath a Hawaiian sun.
Built in 1981, the expansive resort has recently gone through a multimillion dollar renovation in 2008. The 555 guest rooms throughout the resort have received modern and sophisticated upgrades, using the natural designs of the beach and ocean as inspiration for the interior décor.
Marriott’s signature Revive collection is a prominent feature in all the guest rooms, with cooling linens and comfortable beds to rest after a day of soaking in the sun. The Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa also has 23 contemporary suites, as well as more secluded cabanas that are perfect for families or larger parties. Each guest room comes with its own private lanai, where both an ocean front view or a garden view are set to impress.
Stepping out onto the large outdoor space of the property is where much of the resort’s activities happen. A centerpiece for the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa’s outdoor grounds is its sleek design pools. While all the pools are heated and open to enjoy 24 hours, the infinity pool is a favorite with its salt filtration.
Another nearby pool perfect for children has a sand bottom, and a water slide is open for those who want the thrill and speed of sliding into the pool. For a dose of peacefulness, sitting in the bubbling hot tub is a must. Water activities are also a main attraction at Anaeho’omalu Bay, where guests of the hotel can take a dip in the ocean or sign up for a number of adventures, including snorkeling, kayaking, boogie boarding, and windsurfing.
Dining and entertainment are in no shortage at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa neither. For those who want a quick breakfast on the go, the Kona Coffee Shoppe offers guests tasty options such as pastries, yogurt, and fruit, along with world renowned Kona coffee.
The resort’s outdoor airy restaurant, Hawaii Calls Restaurant & Lounge, is a popular spot to dine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, while watching the sunbathers and swimmers at the nearby pools. Breakfast is available from 6:30am-11:00am daily, with the option of having a Hawaiian inspired buffet or ordering a la carte from the restaurant’s menu.
Good appetites can choose from a variety of sandwiches and salads for lunch, served from 11:00am-5:00pm. A melting pot of flavors is represented during dinner, served from 5:30pm-10:00pm, where the chefs of Hawaii Calls Restaurant & Lounge bring together the tastes of regional Hawaiian, Pacific Rim, and American cuisine.
As the sun disappears over the horizon into shades of pinks and lilacs, diners at the outdoor restaurant are treated to spectacular western views of a famed Hawaiian sunset, all while enjoying mouth watering dishes.
The Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa continues to embrace its unique cultural heritage by showcasing the traditional food and dance of the islands in its signature luau. The Sunset Luau gathers crowds every Saturday and Wednesday at 5:00pm, where visitors can feast on a spread of Hawaiian cuisine and experience first-hand how an imu, a Hawaiian underground oven, is uncovered in a cultural ceremony.
While exciting Polynesian music and dances are enjoyed, guests can help themselves to food and tropical drinks at the luau’s open bar. Hawaiian culture takes the main stage at this popular event as the locals of the resort are able to share the importance of their culture with the guests.
For those who want to step away from the white sand shores and heated pools of the resort, neighboring shopping areas are just a stone’s throw away and give visitors plenty of options for retail therapy.
The Kings’ Shops and Queens’ Marketplace, located within walking distance of the resort, is an exceptional way to browse through both local and national retail stores. Everything from high end designer products to casual beach wear is available at these shopping destinations, along with restaurants and casual cafes.
Aside from retail therapy, spa treatments can be an excellent way to unwind. The Mandara Spa is the perfect spot for pampering. Located within the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, guests are able to treat themselves to relaxing services, including manicures and pedicures, body wraps, facials, and massages.
For those who want to stay fit while on vacation, the resort’s 24 hour fitness center is fully equipped with state of the art exercise machines. For those planning large meetings and celebrations, the resort offers 16 different meeting rooms, the largest being the Naupaka Ballroom which has over 12,000 square feet of space.
Spaces available in the resort can accommodate a party of up to 1,300 people, and can be arranged to have both indoor and outdoor space. A stay at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa comes with a balance of excitement and relaxation. The resort’s magnificent location on the Kohala Coast, along the tranquil Anaeho’omalu Bay, gives guests the opportunity to enjoy exciting water activities or simply lay out underneath the tropical sun.
With all the modern amenities and comforts of a luxurious retreat, it’s no surprise that the tropical destination of the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa makes it hard for guests to leave. With the bags packed and hotel keys checked out, it’s easy for the feeling of paradise to coat your skin as you take one last sip of pineapple infused water, gazing out at the panoramic view of calming Anaeho’omalu Bay.
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