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Posted by on Nov 13, 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 Part 2

While the Deluxe Ocean View Room we had at the Grand Hyatt Kauai was very nice, we didn’t spend a lot of time in the room. The Grand Hyatt Kauai is so big and offers so much to do, you won’t get bored exploring the hotel in a week’s time. Whether you spend your time relaxing in one of the many pools or playing golf at the Poipu Bay Golf Club, you can’t go wrong.

 

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 Amenities

The Grand Hyatt Kauai is divided into two wings – the Poipu Wing and the Shipwreck Wing. The Poipu Wing is close to the Grand Club and the Anara Spa while the Shipwreck Wing is close to the pools. For honeymooners, I recommend the Poipu Wing, which is more quiet and convenient than the Shipwreck Wing, which tends to have more children. As a side note, massages at the Anara Spa can be quite pricey, but they are fantastic. We didn’t take any pictures, but the private bungalow where you get a couples massage is serene and beautiful. You can also go to the Anara Spa and just use the sauna and hot tubs for free as long as you are a Hyatt platinum or diamond member.

You’ll love the variety of pools at the Grand Hyatt Kauai, and the hotel even has a pretty big water slide. But the highlight has to be the gigantic saltwater lagoon, which has a large shallow area as well as a large deeper area. It’s so big, you can rent a kayak and paddle around the lagoon. Surrounding all the pools are free beach chairs as well as private cabanas, which you can rent for $50 a day. Honeymooners, however, get a free one-day cabana rental!

The food at the Grand Hyatt Kauai is also excellent. During our honeymoon, we ate at the Poipu Bay Clubhouse, Tidepools, and Stevenson’s Library; we didn’t eat at the other restaurants since we were out eating at local venues. Tidepools is the high-end restaurant at the Grand Hyatt Kauai, and it serves up great fish in a beautiful ambiance. Last but not least, the resort posts a daily schedule of activities ranging from parrot talks to ukulele lessons. The whole family will be entertained if you bring your future kids here ;).

 

Duke the parrot

Duke the parrot

Malie the parrot

Malie the parrot

Niele the parrot

Niele the parrot

Rico the parrot

Rico the parrot

One of the many pools at the Grand Hyatt Kauai. They also have a large Lazy River and a pretty big water slide that even adults will like.

One of the many pools at the Grand Hyatt Kauai. They also have a large Lazy River and a pretty big water slide that even adults will like.

Highlight of the Grand Hyatt Kauai's pools is the saltwater lagoon

Highlight of the Grand Hyatt Kauai’s pools is the saltwater lagoon

The saltwater lagoon is huge and simulates a beach with sand

The saltwater lagoon is huge and simulates a beach with sand

Bring inflatable tubes or buy them for $12.50 a tube at the hotel like we did. We gave our tubes away on our last day to a family checking in.

Bring inflatable tubes or buy them for $12.50 a tube at the hotel like we did. We gave our tubes away on our last day to a family checking in.

Helpful tip: the parking valet near the main entrance carries a bunch of beach towels and water bottles you can ask for on your way out. You're not required to tip them, but it's appreciated.

Helpful tip: the parking valet near the main entrance carries a bunch of beach towels and water bottles you can ask for on your way out. You’re not required to tip them, but it’s appreciated.

Black swans do exist!

Black swans do exist!

I don't really golf but for the readers who do golf, the Poipu Bay Golf Course looks fantastic and is located right by the Grand Hyatt Kauai's main building

I don’t really golf but for the readers who do golf, the Poipu Bay Golf Course looks fantastic and is located right by the Grand Hyatt Kauai’s main building

Scenic golf course

Scenic golf course

At night, the Poipu Bay Clubhouse transforms into Yum Cha, an Asian inspired restaurant

At night, the Poipu Bay Clubhouse transforms into Yum Cha, an Asian inspired restaurant

Korean style fish tacos were tasty

Korean style fish tacos were tasty

As was the fish and chips

As was the fish and chips

Tidepools, the signature restaurant at the Grand Hyatt Kauai

Tidepools, the signature restaurant at the Grand Hyatt Kauai

During the morning, you can feed the koi fish right by Tidepools

During the morning, you can feed the koi fish right by Tidepools

Sea of fishes

Sea of fishes

Local ahi

Local ahi

Macadamia nut crusted mahi mahi

Macadamia nut crusted mahi mahi

Stevenson's Library is a cool lounge that serves drinks and sushi at night. There is also pool and live music. FYI, the sushi is tasty but way overpriced; we only got sushi since we had some leftover Hyatt credit to use.

Stevenson’s Library is a cool lounge that serves drinks and sushi at night. There is also pool and live music. FYI, the sushi is tasty but way overpriced; we only got sushi since we had some leftover Hyatt credit to use.

 

The Main Point

The Grand Hyatt Kauai has so much going on, you almost don’t want to leave the resort sometimes. In addition, it has one of the best luaus on the island; I’ll talk more about the luau next time. But don’t forget to explore Kauai and all that it has to offer. It’s really scenic and has a charm to it that I think makes it distinct from the other Hawaiian islands. In a future post, I’ll cover some of the activities that we took part in around Kauai as well as the spots we recommend.

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.

 

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