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Wyndham Mauna Loa Village
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Reviewed 14 August 2013

LOCATION: Wyndham Mauna Loa Village is a timeshare condominium complex located about 7 miles south of the Kailua Kona town center on the big island of Hawaii. There are usually a number of unoccupied units for rent, with the timeshare owners occupying the units with ocean views at peak season.

TWO RESORTS: The Manua Loa Village consists of 21 buildings with 141 one and two bedroom condominiums. There are two separate resorts here. Buildings 1-11 are part of Wyndham MLV, and buildings 12-21 are part of Holua Resorts, a Shell Vacations timeshare Resort. The two resorts have identical structured buildings, with the same designed kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, living rooms, covered balconies (lanai), but different furnishings, carpet designs, and pricing structures for the room and wifi, free at Holua, costs extra at Wyndham. The furnishings also appear to be newer at Holua.

RESERVATIONS: I almost always find the prices at Holua Resort Mauna Loa to be lower than the Wyndham Mauna Loa Village, even though they are located in the same Mauna Loa Village. Go to the shellhospitality internet site, click on resorts, click on Holua, click on check availability, click on select dates. A calendar of availability and daily rates will appear. For example I got rates for the Nov 13-20, 2013 period for $98 Sunday-Thursday, and $108 Friday-Saturday. They always have a GOGREEN or REDEEM1 promo code. The best rate I could find for Wyndham Mauna Loa Village was $188 for that time period.

PICKING A DATE: To get the lowest possible air fare I had to book an airline reservation to Hawaii at least two months in advance using the kayak internet site. Flights leaving midweek are almost always cheaper than those leaving on a Saturday. I choose the days when there are direct flights from my airport, San Jose, CA , to Kailua-Kona, and this can vary from month to month.

WHAT TO PACK: There are some unique items to pack when traveling to Hawaii: a mobile GPS for the rental car, extra batteries for the digital camera, one way (leave in Hawaii) running shoes, Laptops and electronic notebooks must go through the TSA scanners, separately, so I buy a soft case for them. I load up on sunscreen in 3.5 ounce containers (the largest that TSA allows) from discount stores. I also bring my proof of car insurance, when renting a car, in case I should get into a car accident in Hawaii. I also bring along several shopping bags, as Hawaii no longer allows shopping markets to issue free grocery bags.

SNORKELING: I pack the following for snorkeling: a swim suit with a zippered pocket, one way T-shirts (to prevent sunburn on my back when snorkeling), snorkel mask with breathing tube, and a locksac for the car keys when snorkeling. I use duo purpose waterproof sandals that stay on my feet when kicking in the ocean, and not fins when snorkeling, to save more space. Also it is easier to stand on sand or rocks and enter or exit the ocean when using the sandals.

COSTCO: When in Hawaii at a condominium with a fully equipped kitchen, I always stock up at Costco, given the astronomical food prices in the markets. The only Costco on the big island is located a few miles from the Kailua-Kona airport on the way to the city. Take the Queen Kaahumanu highway going south, and exit left on Hina Lani, make a right onto Kamanu St and then a rightonto Maiau St using your GPS. I stock up on milk (about $4.63 a gallon, not 2 gallons!), guava nectar, chocolate macadamia nuts, cereal, eggs, sausages, bread, and lunch meats, enough to cover a week's worth of breakfasts and lunches, and of course fresh pineapple. On the way back to the airport, gas up at $4.25 a gallon at Costco, the cheapest gas on the island.

THE VILLAGE: the Windham Manua Loa Village is 11 hexagonal shaped buildings, with 4 small pools and 2 BBQ grills. Check in is located just to the left of the main entrance. Our room was not ready, so we had the staff to store our perishable foods in the staff refrigerator. We parked in the partially underground parking structure next to the Holua tennis center courts, as there is no parking next to the individual buildings. The white wooden two story buildings are surrounded by immaculately trimmed vegetation -palm trees, flowers, and tropical plants, with ponds and streams running through the lush vegetation, and well maintained lawns. The area is relatively flat, and surrounded by golf courses on all but the west side, where a rocky crest marks the end of land about a quarter of a mile from the resort.

POOLS: We gave the staff our cell phone number, changed into our swim outfits, and lounged around the tiny pools, reading up on things to do on the big island. There are eight pools in the complex, with pools 1-4 for Wyndham guests, and pools 5-8 for Holua guests. Each pool requires a pool code to enter the fenced facility, complete with lounge chairs and sun umbrellas. The pool code for the Wyndham pool code is different from that of the Holua pools. Areas around the pool tend to be noisy with kids splashing and horse playing in the afternoons and early evenings. The pools are too small to do much more than wading for the adults. During our stay, the pool closest to us was closed for two days due to a child pooping in the pool.

OUR ROOM: The staff gave us a ring when our room was ready -right on the 3pm checkin time. We got a fully carpeted second floor one bedroom unit facing the interior. Our unit came with a fully equipped kitchen, including full size refrigerator, dishwasher (with detergent) , double sink, oven, microwave, toaster, plates, utensils, bowls, pots, pans. There was a washer/dryer in a closet, complete with laundry detergent. Old style CRT TVs in the bedroom and living room. Comfortable queen size bed. Living room had sofa, padded arm chairs, coffee table. Sliding doors fronting a long narrow covered balcony, with lounge chairs and table with 4 upright chairs, stretched from the living room around the bedroom. The tiles in the balcony were white hexagon shaped also. We could see our neighbors 30 feet away in a neighboring building eating their dinners every evening. Tiled bathroom counter, with full bath and two doors to the bathroom.

DESIRABLE ROOMS: the most desirable rooms are those facing the distant ocean, overlooking the next door golf course. These would include two bedroom units 3 and 4 in building 1, units 53 and 54 in building 8, units 64 and 65 in building 10, and units 70 and 71 in building 11. I don't know of any of the single bedroom units having ocean views at the Wyndham. Note that the two bedroom units have bedrooms on the 1st floor to keep cool, and the living rooms and kitchen on the top floor. Buildings 9,10, and 11 are closest to the parking garage, so you have a shorter distance to walk to your car, and a shorter distance to lug your belongings and purchases. Building 11 and 10 are also closest to the ocean. In general, the Holua resort buildings are west of the Wyndham buildings, and closer to the ocean, but farther to walk from the parking garage.


AMENITIES: Free AC. This is a big deal as utility bills on the big island can easily average $300-$400 a month. Some condominimum complexes like the Kona Coast Resort 1.5 miles north, charge up to $13 a day for AC. Wifi is an extra cost at the Wyndham, which we didn't bother with, as there are a number of places in Kailua Kona with free wifi, including the Lava Java restaurant. Cable TV.

KEAUHOU shopping center is located 1.5 miles north of the village. Restaurants here include: Subway, L & Ls, Habanero's , Bianelli's, Royal Thai, and Sam Choy's, listed in order of price, lowest to highest . Hula dancing performed every Friday next to the KTA supermarket. There is also a post office, an urgent care center, and Long's, along with a movie theater playing newly released films.

KAHALUU beach park is located about 2 miles north of the village. This is an excellent place to snorkel with a protected area delineated by a man made barrier about a quarter of a mile out. The beach is fully equipped with snorkel equipment to rent, refreshments, and showers.

ELECTRONIC KEY: My rental car key came with a warning: do not immerse in water -$140 replacement cost. I purchased a locsac at a local dive shop years ago. This is a triple sealed water proof plastic pouch, kind of like a super zip lock sandwhich bag. Before leaving for the beach, I put my wallet under the spare tire area of the car trunk. I put my car keys in the locsac, and placed the folded pouch in my zippered swim suit back pocket, while snorkeling. The key stayed dry every time, after hours in the ocean.

MANTA RAYS: The Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort features manta ray watching at night using spotlights on the ocean surface. They also have live music every Wednesday night. And there's a farmer's market 9am-2pm every Wednesday in the grassy area next door. To reach the mana ray watching, walk along south of the Wyndham toward the Sheraton, staying to the right along the edge of the hotel, and continuing to the very end of the hotel. It's about a 10 minute walk.

FREE SHUTTLE: A free shuttle trolley runs hourly between the Kailua Kona city center and the the Sheraton next door, stopping by the Keauhou shopping center near Longs.

MAIN ATTRACTIONS: The main attractions on the big island are Volcanoes National Park, and Mauna Kea observatory. Both of these are primarily night time activities, when you can see the glow of the volcano lava at dusk. However these are on the opposite side of the island about 100 miles and 3 hours away. Returning late at night on the Saddle road, or the windy two lane highway 11 involves darkness, blind curves and frequent misting.

TIMESHARES: Wyndham Mauna Loa is a timeshare facility. All guests are invited to prize giveaways, usually severe discounts on local activities, like ziplines, helicopter tours etc. In return you get to listen to a scheduled 90 minute timeshare sales presentation. Note that next door to the Wyndham resort is the road layout for an abandoned timeshare condominium complex. And in Kaiula Kona next to Lava Java restuarant is a store which sells used timeshares -the Hilton timeshares were going for $6000, a small fraction of the original cost. The advantage of a timeshare is that the timeshare owner gets first choice in picking the best timeshare units at the peak periods, up to a year in advance. The disadvantage is that they have very diminished resale value, and timeshare owners have to pay ever increasing annual maintenance costs, which can run into the thousands of dollars. .

Room Tip: I would try the Holua Resort next door, as it is far cheaper, and closer to the ocean. However if I stayed here, I would pick a room with a view of the distant ocean overlooking the golf course.
  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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21  Thank robert c
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Reviewed 4 August 2013

We had a wonderful stay at the Wyndham. The Condo is great and very spacious. The People at the Frontdesk were all the time helpful and very friendly. The garden is absolut clean and nice. Pool isnt so big but you dont needed more and the jacuzzi is very hot but after the night snokerling with the mantas you love it...

  • Stayed: August 2013
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1  Thank marlen780
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Reviewed 25 May 2013

We spent a week of our vacation at this resort in April 2013. It was amazing. The unit was newly renovated and beautifully furnished. From our lanai we could see the golf course and the ocean. The beds were especially comfortable. The grounds were nothing shy of spectacular. The gardens and fountains were so tropical and beautiful. The staff couldn't possibly have done anything more to make our stay enjoyable. They provide beach chairs, umbrellas and other items to make a trip to the beach very pleasant. It is a short drive to all the sites and sounds of Kona and the beaches.

Our unit was a two story 2 bedroom 2 1/2 bath. Bedrooms each had private bath and were located in the downstairs portion of the unit. Upstairs was the kitchen (very well stocked), living, dining room and another 1/2 bath. There were sliding glass doors off both floors. We are really enjoying being Wyndham owners and look forward to our return to Kona and Mauna Loa Village Resort in the near future.

Room Tip: Request a newly renovated unit with view of golf course and/or ocean.
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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9  Thank GrannieDiva
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Reviewed 7 May 2013

The excellent location at the south end of Kona is off the beaten track enough to be quiet. This was an upside down unit with the bedrooms and baths downstairs and the living area upstairs. This kept the bedrooms cooler for sleeping at night. The condo appeared to have been recently updated. The master bath had double sinks and a very large counter space. The kitchen was well-stocked with assorted dishes and cooking supplies.
We had a peek-a-boo view of the water.
Our greeter/keeper of the parking passes insisted that there would be no hard-sell at the orientation but he was SO pushy and hard-sell that we skipped it.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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5  Thank bczican
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Reviewed 30 April 2013

We enjoyed our first extended trip to the Big Island of Hawaii in celebration of a 50th birthday. We spent a week in the Wyndham Mauna Loa Village condos. The grounds were beautiful and excellently taken care of throughout the stay. The location of the condos was just a little off the beaten path. This made for a 6 or 7 minute drive to the downtown district, but the quiet and beauty more than made up for this small inconvenience. The staff at the condo were extrememly friendly, informative and very helpful. The condo was just a little outdated, but very well taken care of. We were in a two bedroom unit with a wonderful floor plan. The bed was very comfortable. The kitchen was well outfitted with everything that we needed for the weeklong stay. The added bonus of the washing machine and dryer was very useful. On the return trip I will not pack near as much as I did this time. They even included 2 packets of laundry detergent to make it just that much easier. The air conditioning kept the unit cool and comfortable for the entire trip. Didn't turn on the TV during the visit so I am not quite sure how to rate that feature. The main disappointment during our stay is the fact that we had to pay for wi-fi. So unfortunately, or maybe not, we spent the week disconnected. We had a swimming pool just outside of our balcony, but it was very quiet all the same. The pool didn't see much traffic so most of the time it felt like our own private space. The pool area was well taken care of as well. We could see maintenance being done every morning from our patio. The parking area is just a little removed from the very first pod of condos, but the exercise was a pleasure due to the location. Would I stay at this location again? Absolutely, we were planning a return trip before we left the island. Enjoy your stay!

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank JohnnaB
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