"Beautiful Facility and Beach"
This is a fantastic hotel: Beautiful, spacious room, with large covered patio looking over the beach. The staff was incredibly kind, helpful and always upbeat. A fee of $24 allows you to "self-park", but also provides in-room Wifi, and a bunch of coupons for 2 free coffees per day, 2 complementary Mai Tais (one time), and discounts off various rentals (snorkeling gear if needed, golf, spa...). Beach towels provided and staff direct you to reclining chairs with umbrellas they set up on the beach (if you get one of the roughly 30-40 umbrellas set up. If not, they move the other 50 or chairs to shaded areas!). Water current is strong at Hapuna, but there is an arrangement with Mauna Kae, the adjoining resort only a 2 minute drive away. There, the snorkeling was spectacular!
The hotel is only a half hour drive from Waimea, and perhaps 45-60 minutes to Kona and the same for Polulu Valley or Wapio Valley for terrific hour hikes down to the beach. We stayed a week on the Big Island, but only three nights at this resort. I wish we had stayed here for the week, and drove to the Hilo area attractions (Volcano, helicopter, zip line, lava tubes, rain forest hike).
My only criticism involves food options. No breakfast provided, though its grab and go cafe provided ample selections at only modestly pricey rates. The Beach Bar had fine food, and a great view of the setting sun, but was not open on Thursday and Friday nights:(!
Overall, we found it to be a little slice of paradise.
Traveller from Pittsburgh, PA