Better than Great, Simply Superb!
No trip to the Hawaiian Islands would be complete without visiting the Big Island of Hawaii. The Big Island offers wonderments not found on the other islands. The first impression of the lava flows that cover the landscape seem harsh, however that thought quickly changes to awe when one realizes that if not for the volcanoes there would not be any Hawaiian Islands. A quick drive from the Kona Airport takes one to the lushly appointed grounds and surroundings of the Waikoloa Resort area. All amenities that one needs while on vacation; shopping, fine dining, and groceries are available here. We were excited to enter the condo at the Hali'Kai development and it did not disappoint. This condo is the perfect retreat while visiting Hawaii. From the beautiful decorations and furnishings to the well appointed kitchen one could not ask for more comfort. In addition the owner provides many extras such as boogie boards, beach toys and towels, and full use of bathroom toiletries and kitchen condiments not found in similar accommodations. My favorite area was the Lanai. Relaxing there in the evening with a cold beverage, warm breeze and watching the sun set beyond the golf course, palm trees, and into the pacific ocean is heaven on earth. Beyond this awesome condo the facilities at Hali'Kai include an oceanfront pool, spa and exercise area, and an outdoor restaurant and bar. The restaurant offers an evening happy hour that includes delicious appetizers and cocktails. Not to be missed is the near by Lava Lava restaurant and bar and the easy beach hike from there up to the Hilton Resort to see the dolphin pools. On many of the area beach hikes we saw sea turtles on shore and in the water. We had a car on this trip which afforded us the opportunity to venture out to all parts of the Island. Huge in comparison to the other islands and diverse beyond the imagination, it is worth venturing out to the botanical gardens, waterfalls, farmers markets, quaint towns, and to experience the lush and varied environment. While driving we were always on the look out for the wild goats and donkeys that live in the lava beds on the island. We finally saw a family of goats near the grounds of the Waikoloa Resort which was one of the highlights of the trip. The sight of all these animals reminds one that Hawaii is a special place full of wonders that one can't experience any place else on this earth. Staying in total comfort in the Hali'Kai condo made this the perfect vacation!
Tropical Paradise Found! Ocean and Golf Course Views