When planning our trip to Hawaii, one priority was that we wanted to check out Kauai. We’ve visited Maui, Oahu and the Big Island before so we wanted to visit the last of the large islands on this trip. When I asked where we should stay, I already knew one place would be at the top of the list for most people who collect points and miles. Sure enough, many people said we had to visit the Grand Hyatt Resort and Spa.
The glowing reviews made me more comfortable dropping a large amount of Hyatt points on our stay, particularly since the only room available with points was an upgraded oceanfront room with club access.
The three-night stay would cost 99,000 World of Hyatt points. If I didn’t want to pay for the stay with points, I could have always paid $3,900.
At $1,300 a night, this would easily be the most expensive hotel stay of our lives. Even paying 33K points a night made me a little nervous. How could a hotel possibly be worth that much money?
Maybe everyone who’s stayed there was wowed because they’re Hyatt fans. Or maybe they’ve never stayed anywhere else and have nothing to compare it to.
And then we got to the hotel.
First, let me say that the drive to the hotel, while beautiful, does not prepare you for the destination. There are no signs or any indication you’re heading to a world-class resort. More than once, I was wondering if Google Maps was taking me in the wrong direction. Eventually, we hit the golf course and I knew we were close. Then we got to the gate of the hotel.
Even this is not very impressive. I was waiting to get to the lobby, which is the image I’ve seen hundreds of times. While it’s pretty in pictures, that’s nothing compared to what it looks like in person.
However, we’ve all been to hotels where the public spaces are beautiful but the rooms are bland (I’m talking to you Las Vegas.)
We walked to our room at the far end of the hotel. It was worth the journey.
As Sharon said as she looked outside, “The view doesn’t suck!”
If we didn’t want to sit on our deck and watch the sunrise or sunset, we could head to the Grand Club and grab one of the outside tables.
We’re usually not resort people and the idea of staying at our hotel isn’t our style. However, after checking out the recreation area, we did set aside some time to visit the several pools at the resort.
In addition to the saltwater lagoon, pools and waterslide, we found a hidden hot tub that usually was empty or only had a few guests.
We only spent three days at the Grand Hyatt and by the time we left Sharon was telling me I had to start earning more Hyatt points to return on our next trip. She also asked we could stay for longer next time.
While this might not be our favorite hotel as the Goldener Hirsch in Austria holds that crown, for me this was the best hotel ROOM we’ve ever stayed in. I’ll get more into that when I post the full hotel review.
All I have to say to the Grand Hyatt Kauai is “A Hui Hou Kākou.”
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