Honeymoon Hotel Review: Grand Hyatt Kauai Deluxe Ocean View Room
Last time, I reviewed flying Hawaiian Airlines First Class between New York and Hawaii and described how you can do it too for free! Today, I’ll cover our stay in a Deluxe Ocean View Room at the Grand Hyatt Kauai, generally regarded as one of the best hotels in the Hyatt chain. The review will actually be a multiple part series since the hotel is so large and offers so much that I can’t possibly cover it in one post. The more information you have, the better you are able to plan your special stay here.
How You Can Do It
The Grand Hyatt Kauai is a category 6 hotel on the Hyatt Gold Passport chart, so a standard room will cost 22,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points per night. If you don’t have Hyatt diamond status and want a better room that includes access to the Grand Club lounge for free breakfast and more, the cost will increase to 27,000 points per night. Last but not least, if you really want a suite, you can redeem 33,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points per night.
Recently, however, Hyatt just announced a change in their award chart starting January 7, 2014, so the redemption rate for the Grand Hyatt Kauai is increasing slightly to 25,000 points for a standard room, 33,000 points for a room with Grand Club access, and 40,000 points for a suite. If you know you are going to be honeymooning at the Grand Hyatt Kauai, I would book your stay as soon as possible before January 7th.
By spending 22,000 points, you will get either a Garden View Room or a Pool View Room, NOT a Deluxe Ocean View Room. If you email the Grand Hyatt Kauai’s general manager to let him know it’s a honeymoon, however, he will do his best to upgrade you if possible. If you have Hyatt diamond status (you can obtain it for free via a Hyatt diamond trial), it also helps. Even if you don’t get upgraded to a Deluxe Ocean View Room, the standard rooms are still fantastic.
You can obtain free Hyatt Gold Passport points by collecting Chase Ultimate Rewards points then transferring the points over to Hyatt. Some of the best credit cards with big signup bonuses for Ultimate Rewards points include the following: Chase Sapphire Preferred (45,000 Ultimate Rewards points after spending $3,000 within 3 months and adding an authorized user), Chase Ink Plus (50,000 Ultimate Rewards points after spending $5,000 within 3 months), Chase Ink Bold (50,000 Ultimate Rewards points after spending $5,000 within 3 months). You can also get two free nights at the Grand Hyatt Kauai via the Chase Hyatt credit card.
Grand Hyatt Kauai Deluxe Ocean View Room
The Grand Hyatt Kauai includes free self parking with the resort fee, and $15 valet parking per day. On the day we arrived, we did valet parking since we were tired and had our suitcases but for the rest of the stay, we just used the free self parking, and it was fine. We stayed a total of six nights all in a Deluxe Ocean View Room, and the view was awesome. We also really enjoyed how close our room was to the Grand Club lounge and Anara Spa.
The Main Point
The Grand Hyatt Kauai is truly a special place, and a fantastic choice to stay at for your honeymoon if you are going to Kauai. Rates can easily be $400+ a night so redeeming 22,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points for a stay will save you a lot of money. If you redeem points for your stay, you also don’t have to pay the $25 daily resort fee since that is included, saving you even more money!
When opening credit cards for big bonuses, however, just remember to be financially responsible and pay off your credit card balances every month, cancel the credit cards before the annual fee hits, and use Amazon Payments to meet credit card minimum spending requirements rather than actually spend any money. To help you further plan your own stay at the Grand Hyatt Kauai, I’ll soon be posting about the amenities at the hotel, such as the wide selection of pools, as well as activities and food at the hotel.
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