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Bay Club Versus HGVC Waikoloa Beach Resort


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Dec 7, 2005
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What are the major differences between the two (in terms of amenities, availability of pools, extra charges, and units itself)? Which one is preferable?

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Sep 11, 2010
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Clinton, NJ
I don't think it matters whether or not you book with RCI except if you can get it through RCI the points are significantly less.

The 2 resorts are right next to each other. The Bay Club uses the the pool of the Grand Vacations resort which is small but nice. Bay Club was also just refurbished.

Both places are very nice. You can use the Hilton Pools with the vacations club but I don't think you can while staying at the Bay Club.

Hope that helps.


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Feb 11, 2006
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One fairly big difference is Waikoloa guest has privileges to use the Pools at the large Hilton Waikoloa Hotel and Bay Club guest don't. I heard Bay Club units are also larger than those at Waikoloa.

Sandy VDH

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Jun 6, 2005
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Wynd VIP Plat GF, HGVC Elite, WM, HICV, +
Bay Club units are much larger, and lanai are down right huge compared to WBC next door. They are also just completing a complete replacement of units, from flooring to countertops and appliances, a complete replace. So the units are fresh.

WBC gets access to HW Hotel. Bay Club does not.

If you are a big hang out at the pool type then take a WBC, if you are a go out and explore/beach/ocean and then relax in the unit later than take a Bay Club.

Bay Club will be much easier via RCI, as more owners are not part of HGVC. Whereas all of WBC is HGVC points memberships, and I don't think that HGVC gives a lot to RCI.

Sunshine Wanted

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Dec 31, 2008
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Alaska (formerly from sunny CA)
We own at Bay Club, and just got back from spending Christmas there. It was the first time we had seen (and stayed) at our unit, after its refurbishment. We love our unit - could easily live there. The size is a factor - large lanai, large space in the condo.

It is true they are next to one another. While staying at the BC, you can use the BC pool, fitness area, tennis courts, etc. OR you can use the Kohala pool as well. We were surprised this time to see more people enjoying the BC facilitites, and the Kohala property pool/bar was less crowded. The BC pool had live music two evenings - both great. You can walk everywhere within the WBR (or take the shuttle).

The big difference is in what you want - if you want to hang out at the large Hilton Waikoloa Hotel pool/lagoon, then you would want to stay at Kohala units. If you want to go wander and explore the island in the daytime, and spend time at the condo at night, then BC is fantastic!

We want to go back sooner than later... Have fun!