One of the few downsides to staying at a resort on the Big Island’s sunny Kohala Coast is that those who want a kitchen or just space to spread out will pay a lot of money, hike to the beach, or both. . Marriott’s Waikoloa Ocean Club, a recent conversion of half the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, takes care of space and proximity to the sand, with relatively moderate prices as well. And while it’s part of Marriott’s timeshare vacation club program, you don’t need to join the club to book here.
Adjustment: Overlooking Anaehoomalu Bay (nicknamed “A-Bay”) and its crescent-shaped sandy beach, across historic rock-walled fish ponds. Waikoloa Beach Resort’s two malls and a trail through the lava to the petroglyphs are a short walk away; two championship golf courses are also nearby.