If you are looking to stay on the big island but don't want the traffic in Kona, this is great. We got a golf course view which was great, I wouldn't want a room with the main road/courtyard view. The office was efficient upon check-in.
The room was nice, clean and what you would expect from a condo. The beds are decently comfortable. The dryer does not even get hot, expect 2+ hours for a load to dry. I felt like all I did all week was wash and dry clothes. We locked ourselves out and they came quickly to let us in. Our blender did not work and they quickly came with a replacement which also didn't work but they came again with a 3rd which did.
The pool is nice but too shallow, I think 4 ft. is all. There is a nice kiddy pool. The tennis court was great and you can also do ping-pong, horseshoes, basketball and football.
Don't bother to call the concierge for info on places/activities. All they tried to do is sell us a package. I'm the type who likes to explore the area on my own. If I want to see something, I want my car and it's on my time. I don't want to ride a bus with a bunch of other people and work around them. I called down to get info about a luau and they only gave me info on the ones they sell. I called down about the volcano park and they tried to book me on a helicopter tour. I called about the black sand beach and they mentioned a bus tour. Lastly, I called about where I could see the manta rays and they tried to get me to do a night dive trip, I am sure my senior parents would appreciate that:-) When I said I knew they used to do them at the Mauna Kea which is closed due to the earthquake and wanted to know if any others did it I got the brush off. When I went online, I found the Sheraton Keauhou where you can see the Mantas from the Crystal Blue Lounge. Pressure, pressure.
This is about 30-40 minutes from downtown Kona but there are shops in Waikoloa Beach. Also, there is a grocery store about 5 minutes away in Waikoloa Village. Hapuna Beach is about 10 minutes away, a must see, the waves are good for boogie boarding the current is a little strong so watch the kids. Expect about 2.5 hours to get to the Black Sand Beach or Volcano Park, well worth the drive.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With the Big Island’s captivating mountains as a backdrop, Paniolo Greens is a lush tropical retreat deep in the heart of Hawaii's Big Island. Settle in to spacious, fully furnished villas tastefully decorated in keeping with the area’s rich heritage. Relax in your own private lanai, enjoying the cool breezes and warm Hawaiian sun. Paniolo Greens is centrally located for day trips to the North Shore, Waipio Valley, Volcano National Park and the waterfalls on the windward coast. Tee off on one of ten world-class golf courses located just minutes away. And dining, shopping and entertainment are conveniently located. Paniolo Greens is the perfect place for romantic getaways, family vacations, reunions and golf outings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Paniolo Greens Hotel Waikoloa
- Paniolo Greens Hawaii