Now that we’ve booked flights to Hawaii, it’s time to look at hotels. We’ve been twice before so we’re not rookies.
20 years ago, on our honeymoon, we visited Maui and Hawaii. Originally we were going to go on a cruise around the islands but because of 9/11, our cruise line went bankrupt. We had to find last-minute plans and our travel agent was able to get us a reasonable rate at the Marriott in Wailea and I found a nice place in Volcano Village on the Big Island.
We went back 10 years ago for our anniversary. We started the trip on Oahu and used our Disney Vacation Club points for a few nights at Aulani. While there, we had one of our best sushi meals ever, in Honolulu, and we’ve been trying to get back ever since. We went back to the Big Island for the rest of the trip and stayed at Kona and Volcano Village.
We’re back to planning our once-a-decade trip to Hawaii and we want to visit Kauai, the one major island we’ve never been to.
As a point and miles geek, there’s only one hotel property that comes to mind, the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa. It’s one of the most popular Hyatt hotels in the US. I have a decent amount of Hyatt points from the World of Hyatt credit card that could pay for a few nights.
Every review I read says how unique the resort is and that it’s THE place to stay in Kauai. However, we’re not the type of travelers who like to stay at our resort all day. Also, our experience might not be as great as others’ reviews, since I’m not a Hyatt Globalist and have no chance of getting a suite upgrade and lounge access without paying for it.
When flying to Hawaii, we probably will spend the first day sitting around the hotel and reading while adjusting to the new time zone. After that, we’re going to want to get out and explore.
Is it worth the cost and is the Grand Hyatt the best place to explore Kauai considering a three-night stay would cost $2233.36 or 75,000 World of Hyatt points? That’s a 3 CPP redemption but is it worth it?
Should we spend a few days there and then head out to a different hotel when we want to explore a bit either because of a lower cost or better location? We have enough points with Marriott and Hilton to stay at one of their properties or we could use Ultimate Rewards to stay at a non-chain property.
I could look for these answers myself but our readers gave some great tips for places to stay in Munich and I trust you all more than I do TripAdvisor reviews.
So what do you think? Is the Grand Hyatt Kauai the place to stay or is there somewhere else on the island better suited to getting out and not staying the entire time at the hotel?
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