Ocean club

Marriott’s Waikoloa Ocean Club, Hawaii

Photo of Jeanne Cooper

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.

The call : Family and gourmet. All sleek, abstract island-themed units come with a full-size washer-dryer and most have a kitchen (just no cooktop or oven), plus a dining table for four people, a large L-shaped sofa bed, bedroom and living room balconies, and a spacious bathroom (two for two-bedroom units). Three swimming pools, the beach and many resort activities will entice you outdoors.

Insider tips: For inexpensive grub, buy prepared meals at Lamont’s Sundries in the lobby — much cheaper than the restaurant downstairs. Book the very enjoyable Sunset Luau through the front desk for a discounted rate ($90). Near the hotel (and directly on the sand), the Lava Lava Beach Club offers happy hour specials as well as spectacular sunset views. Non-divers should take advantage of the frequent half-hour glass-bottom boat rides from the beach ($27) — turtles abound.

Good to know: Most units are one-bedroom; “Resort view” can include partial ocean view as well as fish pond and mountain views. Cooking utensils are limited, but a toaster and blender are stored in a side cupboard. There is no resort fee on this side of the hotel; self-parking and Wi-Fi are also free.

Details: 69-275 Waikoloa Beach Dr., Waikoloa Beach, Hawaii. (808) 886-6789. One-bedroom suites from $274, two-bedroom suites from $518. www.marriotthawaii.com/marriotts-waikoloa-ocean-club

—Jeanne Cooper