Our family just returned from a magical, wonderful, relaxing and invigorating trip to the Big Island of Hawaii. None of us had ever been to the big island, and we had a marvelous time. We truly didn’t have one bad experience (except for some turbulence!), and I want to share with you what made that possible. Over the next 3 blogs, i will be detailing our trip, and highlighting the businesses that impressed us.
We departed on a Delta flight to Seattle around 11am on a Saturday. It was the perfect time for a flight. We didn’t have to rush in the morning, but it was early enough that we weren’t ‘waiting around’ either. Our flight and seats were great, and the kids enjoyed the extended time on their iPads.
Once in Seattle, we enjoyed a quick meal of Chips, Salsa and Tacos at Casa Del Agave, and they let Aaron and Max sit there for 2 hours, while Max napped (family friendly is a +!) During which time, Addy and I made our way to Seattle Chocolates where the Sales Manager so generously offered us numerous samples – and we ended up buying three marvelous Chocolate Truffle Bars: Mint Chocolate, Peanut Butter Chocolate, and Milk Chocolate. Yum! (if you are at Sea-Tac, I’d make time in your lay-over for this place!)
After our food-finding-napping layover was complete, we jumped aboard the flight for Kona, HI. It was supposed to be 6 hours and 45min, but the pilot told us that we could easily knock that down by 30min, which is always music to my ears. Aside for the severe turbulence that lasted about 40min and made the man next to me weep (it wasn’t Aaron), it was a quick flight and the kids did great.
The Kona airport is small, and Addy had fun walking outside from the plane to the terminal. We got our luggage, grabbed the rental car, and was at our resort in 25 minutes flat!
We stayed in Waikoloa Beach Resort area, just north of Kona Town, at Hilton’s Kings’ Land Resort. It was magnificent. We backed up to lush grass, golf course, lava-rock and mountain views. Spectacular. We had a large 1-bedroom condo unit with a King pull-out couch. Our unit had a full kitchen as well as a washer and dryer. Some additional perks:
- Free parking
- Free wi-fi
- Grocery store and two shopping areas with food choices down the road (walking distance)
- Access to the Hilton Waikoloa Resort pools, lagoon and parking – for free!
- 2 free movie rentals each day
- Wonderful man-made beach pool with sand and a waterslide
- Large free-form pool with a waterslide and numerous waterfalls
- Large fun-pool with a bball hoop, vball net, and two additional waterslides
- Adult-only pool
- Bistro, Bar and amazing Concierge Services
- Great location/proximity to everything on the Big Island
We were able to explore the Hilton Waikoloa pools and the Kings’ Land pools a ton – including a margarita every now-and-then! Both were amazingly fantastic.
In addition, we were only 10 minutes away from one of the most beautiful beaches on the island of Hawaii – Hapuna Beach. Gorgeous!
The kid adjusted perfectly to the time zone change, which is 4 hours during the winter, 5 hours during the summer. They napped on the plane from Seattle to Kona, and went to bed at 11pm the first night, up at 5am, had a good nap on day 1, and we were right back on track. It truly was marvelous. Sleeping in. Zumba in the courtyard. Sunset views. Pure Paradise – and our trip was only just beginning!
Aloha! and to be continued…