Winter Wanderlust: Hilton Waikoloa’s Tropical Playground

Escape the winter blues and reward yourself with a heat retreat full of fun.

The Seattle grey is amongst us and we’ll be hibernating from the sun’s warmth until next July. But don’t let the gloom get you down, there’s no better time than now to escape the blues and catch some vitamin D and spoil yourself with a little fun – and the Hilton Waikoloa on Hawaii, the Big Island is just what the doctor ordered.

Located on the sunny Kohala Coast on Hawaii, the Big Island, the Hilton Waikoloa offers endless ways to play and catch some rays on their 62-acres of paradise. This tropical playground has a little bit of something for everyone.

For the Beach Bum

Play in the salt water lagoon at the Hilton Waikoloa.

If you’re looking to just post up on a white sandy beach, you’re in luck. This luscious property has a pristine salt water lagoon, lined with soft white sand. Your sun-bathing experience will be even more memorable when you spot a rare green sea turtle swim up to the shore — which is a pretty common sighting. To cool off, take a quick dip in the lagoon and swim with the schools of tropical fish that live in this protected oasis, or if you’re looking to test out your paddling skills, you can explore the lagoon with several modes of transportation, from kayaks to paddle boards, you’ll surely find fun ways to bum your way around this beach.

For the Spa Junkie

Relax and rejuvenate at the Kohala Spa.

Unwind from the sun-filled playtime with a little rest and relaxation time at Kohala Spa. This 25,000 square-foot retreat is like the fountain of youth in a bottle. Soak in their large outdoor soaking tub and feel the years melt away, or get pampered with traditional Hawaiian treatments. From their Hawaiian Sea Salt Scrubs to their authentic Lomi Lomi Hawaiian Massage, you can get a little culture while getting spoiled.

For the Foodie

Feast on a gourmet Hawaiian meal at Kamuela Provision Company (KPC).

The Hilton Waikoloa is a food lovers paradise (in paradise). With nine restaurants, multiple poolside bars, and a Luau like none other, featuring  traditional Hawaiian delicacies — this is a destination for the culinary connoisseur. But the must-have dining experience is KPC (Kamuela Provision Company). This restaurant will blow your sandels off, from the menu, with an array of fresh seafood to the spectacular oceanfront setting, this view will leave you speechless (and hungry for more).

For the Kid at Heart

Swim with dolphins at Dolphin Quest.

It’s always playtime at the Hilton Waikoloa! Feel like a kid all over again and enjoy non-stop fun and adventure with bountiful activities to explore. Float your way through a windy river pool system that’s interconnected with four pools, or jet down a 175-foot waterslide. If that’s not thrilling enough, discover more than 46 types of exotic Island wildlife throughout the property or get up close and personal with dolphins at Dolphin Quest — where you get to learn about the beauty and intelligence of these majestic mammals.

From chillaxin’ on the white sandy beach, to rejuvenating at the spa retreat, to feasting at savory dining destinations, to rediscovering your childhood — the Hilton Waikoloa on Hawaii’s Big Island is your ultimate one-stop tropical playground destination.