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Posted by on Nov 11, 2013 in Chase Hyatt, Chase Ink Bold, Chase Ink Plus, Chase Sapphire Preferred, Credit Cards, Hawaii, Hotel, Hyatt | 0 comments

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.

 

Back view of the Grand Hyatt Kauai

Back view of the Grand Hyatt Kauai

 

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.

 

To apply for the credit cards discussed and other credit cards, please see my credit card bonuses page

To apply for the credit cards discussed in this post and other credit cards, please see my credit card bonuses page

 

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.

 

Entrance to the Grand Hyatt Kauai

Entrance to the Grand Hyatt Kauai

Breathtaking lobby of Grand Hyatt Kauai

Breathtaking lobby of Grand Hyatt Kauai

The terrace becomes quite lively at night. I love Jack Johnson's music, and the musician was performing one of his songs!

The terrace becomes quite lively at night. I love Jack Johnson’s music, and the musician was performing one of his songs!

We were in Room 5023, conveniently located two floors above the Grand Club Lounge and near the Anara Spa

We were in Room 5023, conveniently located two floors above the Grand Club Lounge and near the Anara Spa

Fridge had a free bottle of champagne since it was our honeymoon!

Fridge had a free bottle of champagne since it was our honeymoon!

Dining table where we enjoyed many room service meals

Dining table where we enjoyed many room service meals

Ceiling fan kept the room comfortable

Ceiling fan kept the room comfortable

Bed is as comfortable as it looks

Bed is as comfortable as it looks

Marble bathroom with double sink and separate toilet

Marble bathroom with double sink and separate toilet

Some fancy shower that took me 10 minutes to figure out

Some fancy shower that took me 10 minutes to figure out

Patio with awesome view

Patio with awesome view

Sleeping to the sound of the ocean is a quintessential part of experiencing Hawaii

Sleeping to the sound of the ocean is a quintessential part of experiencing Hawaii

Surreal ocean view

Surreal ocean view

These pictures are taken straight from the patio without any zoom

These pictures are taken straight from the patio without any zoom

Sunset like you see in the movies

Sunset like you see in the movies

Grand Club serves free breakfast, pre-dinner appetizers, and evening desserts

Grand Club serves free breakfast, pre-dinner appetizers, and evening desserts

Good buffet selection both in the morning and in the evening

Good buffet selection both in the morning and in the evening

Breakfast was tasty and allowed us to get an early start everyday

Breakfast was tasty and allowed us to get an early start everyday

We saved a lot of money with the free breakfasts, and it was exactly what we wanted to eat when we first woke up

We saved a lot of money with the free breakfasts, and it was exactly what we wanted to eat when we first woke up

The breakfast buffet had a different hot entree every day of the week

The breakfast buffet had a different hot entree every day of the week

 

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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