The Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa may be under new ownership as early as May 3, according to a report by West Hawaii Today. The Big Island resort is located on the sunny Kohala coast, where it has acquired a refreshing definition of a resort.

No official word on who the prospective buyer will be nor is there any information whether the Marriott will resume management after the sale. Prior to the Marriott, the resort had been under the Outrigger brand up until the late 1990s. Some of you may remember the giant wooden canoe in the main lobby, also known as an outrigger canoe.

As that iconic feature had been removed from the resort scene, a much more modern appeal took over with the Marriott changeover. It had become home to the most modern hotel guest rooms on the island. In addition to a refreshed new look to the lobby and rooms, the Marriott added a convention and meeting center, a spa and a coffee shop serving Kona Coffee. Nearby fine dining and shopping are among the favorite amenities for guests.

I remember the pool area being the biggest hit for our family. An infinity pool and kiddie water slide kept us busy during our stay. There is also a poolside restaurant lounge that had the best breakfast buffets! That was probably the few times I would eat veggies as a kid (when hidden in cheese omeletes.)

While the Marriott offers many amenities for guests, the history living on its 15-acre property is what really makes this resort stand out. An ancient fishpond sits between the pool deck and lawn area and the beach. It had been restored when the Marriott took over. Prior to that, it remained in a poor state for years.

What hasn’t changed, however, and will remain no matter who takes over, is the gorgeous sunsets every evening. Rooms with an ocean view allow guests to soak in the golden rays right from their lanai. A relaxing retreat for vacationers coming to the islands.


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