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Hapuna Beach Westin Resort, Waimea, Big Island of Hawaii [Master Thread]

Hapuna Beach Westin Resort, Waimea, Big Island of Hawaii [Master Thread]

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Old Feb 20, 19, 8:22 am
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Originally Posted by dannybhoy View Post
My wife and I just did a points stay at Westin Hapuna from 7-12 Feb. Our upgraded room (Premium Ocean view) on the 9th floor (top level) was on the North Wing just behind the Hapuna Beach Residences block that is *STILL* under construction. Having been alerted on FT to the construction, the fact that our stay was over the weekend (no work), and the fact that we spent a fair bit of time out of the hotel, meant that the noise was less an issue than expected. Nevertheless, there was a lot of drilling noise and some jackhammering going on, which was muted but audible enough through the glass balcony doors. Upon checkout, one of the FD told us that they thought that the construction would be done by end of 2019.

While some FTers have reported that it's walkable from Hapuna Beach to Mauna Kea Beach, and the Hapuna staff certainly did not deny it, they recommended that my wife and I drive over to Mauna Kea and valet park since as Hapuna guests we would not be charged any parking fees. This was a good recommendation that worked a treat.

Incidentally, our stay on the Big Island was divided into 4 nights in Hilo (Hilton Doubletree Grand Naniloa), 5 nights at the Westin Hapuna, and 2 nights at the Marriott Waikoloa Beach.
Is the property at least disclosing the construction at booking? They weren't previously.
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Old Feb 20, 19, 8:23 pm
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Originally Posted by hockeyinsider View Post
Is the property at least disclosing the construction at booking? They weren't previously.
Nope not that I recall. In fact, if not for you I think, I wouldn't have known before hand that there was construction at Hapuna. Like I think it was you who said, it was a rather sneaky of the property not to openly disclose their construction. I knew of the construction and took a chance. My plan was actually to email the hotel before hand and try to wrangle a room in the South Wing but unlike in SPG days, there was no email address for the property. Also, the hotel was sold out on the first two nights of my stay such that suites weren't even available for sale; South Wing was apparently sold out.

EDIT: My wife reminded me that the FD staff were a tad defensive/canned in their reply to us at check-in regarding the construction: the Hapuna Beach Residences was sold off and the hotel had no knowledge about the construction blah blah... And yet, a large room on the 8th floor of the South Wing on the way to the car park block was advertising the project...

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Old Feb 21, 19, 12:41 am
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There are lots of questions about how the beach at Hapuna compares to Maui/other islands.

IMHO the beach at Hapuna and the beach next door at the Mauna Kea are the two best beaches in Hawaii, bar none.
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Old Feb 21, 19, 5:51 am
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There are lots of questions about how the beach at Hapuna compares to Maui/other islands.

IMHO the beach at Hapuna and the beach next door at the Mauna Kea are the two best beaches in Hawaii, bar none.
Agreed. Itís definitely the best hotel beach in Hawaii, and a strong candidate for best beach overall (including drive/walk-to beaches). We had a lot of discussion about this in the original thread; not sure why a new one was created and all that info is thus lost.
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Old Feb 21, 19, 6:23 am
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Agreed. It’s definitely the best hotel beach in Hawaii, and a strong candidate for best beach overall (including drive/walk-to beaches). We had a lot of discussion about this in the original thread; not sure why a new one was created and all that info is thus lost.
The couple of miles of public beach just past Pupukea, on Oahu, is pretty nice, although again it's public.


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Old Feb 21, 19, 9:01 am
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I will second that. We have been to several on Oahu, Maui, and Big Island. The Hapuna is the best hotel beach for sure. I like it for the best beach, period, but some don't care for the waves on summer afternoons. We love them!

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There are lots of questions about how the beach at Hapuna compares to Maui/other islands.

IMHO the beach at Hapuna and the beach next door at the Mauna Kea are the two best beaches in Hawaii, bar none.
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Old Feb 21, 19, 11:27 am
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Stayed there late last year.

1. They didn't really acknowledge construction nor my Plat Prem status on arrival (did not get an upgraded room in a place that was not full). Front desk folks don't really seem to acknowledge your status.
2. Construction noise was quite obnoxious at pool and at beach. I got used to it, sort of, and evenings were fine, though there was some weekend work.
3. Rooms on right side of property facing ocean on lower levels look directly into the building under construction. Construction workers had a meeting of 8 people that had a direct view into our initial room (moved us after complaint, but we were Plat Premiere ... why were we given the room in the first place? Had to be one of the least desirable rooms in the whole place).
4. Moved to a room on far left side. Nice view of golf course with ocean in distance. However, this is the side where they have the delivery trucks and refuse trucks backing in with their beepers. Tip: try to avoid the extreme end on this side.
5. Beach is awesome. One of best in all of Hawaii (been multiple times to every major island).
6. Quite limited low-cost eating options nearby. You have to drive.

All that being said, would love to go back again because it was beautiful and the beach was great.

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Old Feb 26, 19, 8:39 pm
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Thanks for the response! Do you think it is worth it go in June with te constructio nstill going on?
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Old Mar 1, 19, 4:02 pm
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Old Mar 11, 19, 4:50 pm
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