(Note: The images below are from two separate vacations.)
Nestled on the southwestern coast of Hawaii’s Oahu Island is Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club. Situated less than hour away from Honolulu, the resort is a fantastic getaway destination for families. For centuries the area of Ko Olina was the sacred place of rest and relaxation to the royals of Hawaii. But now you can stay there and enjoy the beauty and splendor that was once called, “Lanikuhonua” or where heaven meets earth.
Staying at the Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club is different than spending your time at hotel. The Beach Club is a time-share/condo set-up, which if you have a young family like us is GREAT. The rooms are nicely appointed and updated with flat screen TVs, full kitchens and family dinning area.
The grounds to the Beach Club is like staying in a botanical garden, lush green bushes, shrubs, and hedges filled in with vibrant colors of abundant flowers all located just outside your door along the meandering paths and grounds.
Speaking of paths, if you like walking or running like we do, the area is great with paved paths linking the area hotels and attractions like Aulani (Disney’s themed resort), the Paradise Cove Beach, Polynesian Cultural Center, and Ko Olina Beach Park together. Our kids loved taking morning and evening strolls along the trails taking in the sea breeze and sights.
Even when we stayed in at the Beach Club there was a variety of activities to keep young ones entertained. Each day, our kids had a hard time choosing between the two gorgeous pools. One pool was step up for toddlers with a large shallow area that they loved to run and frolic though. The other had caves, waterfalls and water slides. It took our son a little longer to warm up to the caves and but once he did we could hardly keep him out of the pool!
Our mornings were spent walking the beach paths to Kohola Lagoon, the most northern lagoon of the complex, where staff would feed the fish in shallow water allowing guests of the hotels to wade in and join the fun.
In the afternoons, we would stop off at the large ponds just outside the lobby that are filled with what seemed like hundreds of colorful Koi you can feed.
The grass common area of the Beach Club featured many events during our stay. One night was a Polynesian luau other nights featured dances and feasts.
There was always something to do. Just looking out the window of our room entertained us. On our first trip, were facing the Malakole Harbor and Kalaeloa Airport so we enjoyed gazing at the ships and planes coming and going against the backdrop of the blue pacific sea. On our recent trip, we had a fabulous view of the Ko Olina lagoons.
When we opted to dine out, the Beach Club has a great selection of restaurants. We often ate at the Longboards Bar & Grill after a long walk or afternoon at the pool. If you are looking to get off the property, try the craft style restaurant: the Monkeypod Kitchen in Kapolei.
When the area was developed in the 1980s and 1990s, the developers’ were geniuses when it comes to enjoying the water. Four man-made lagoons were added to the area’s existing three lagoons, allowing almost anyone to get into the water and enjoy the calm turquoise sea.
We wandered off the beaten path and found a secret beach next to Paradise Cove. This natural beach was postcard ready with white sand, black lava rock, crashing blue sea, tall majestic palm trees and no one in sight — truly was paradise found on earth.
Everything in the Ko Olina area is so masterfully planned you forget the location is only a 30 minute drive from the hustle and bustle of Honolulu. Would we stay here again? Definitely! Many travelers shy away from timeshares, but with a young children we thoroughly enjoy the spacious villas and hotel amenities.
Has your family stayed at the Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club? We love to connect with others, so feel free to leave us a comment and share your experiences! (Disclosure: Burbs2Abroad traveled to the above location as guests and was not compensated for this review. As always, our opinions are our own.)