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Posted by on Nov 18, 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 Luau

Besides having awesome ocean view rooms and a seemingly endless selection of pools, the Grand Hyatt Kauai also boasts one of the best Hawaiian luaus in Kauai; many visitors who don’t stay at the Grand Hyatt Kauai still come to the Grand Hyatt Kauai luau. A luau is a traditional Hawaiian party that includes music, dancing entertainment, and traditional Hawaiian food. While luaus may have a touristy feel to them, we thought it was worth going as we’ve never been to one before.

 

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.

 

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

 

Grand Hyatt Kauai Luau

The Grand Hyatt Kauai luau is held every Sundays and Thursdays at 5:45pm with checkin starting at 5:15pm. The total cost after taxes etc. for two people was $206.25 so about $103.12 a person. You can get a better price if you Google, “Grand Hyatt Kauai luau discount,” and buy a ticket in advance from a tour operator, but I’ll explain why we didn’t. For one, I have no experience with these third-party operators. Secondly, we had a lot of Hyatt gift certificates that we redeemed using Citi Thank You Points so we wanted to charge the Grand Hyatt Kauai luau to our room. But most importantly, we didn’t want to sign up for the luau in advance in case it rained.

The luau is set in the main garden of the resort near the middle but if it rains, the luau is moved to the main ballroom. I’ve heard mixed reviews about the indoor luau and to be honest, it just doesn’t sound fun at all. As a result, we waited until the day of the luau to see what the weather was like before signing up. Don’t worry, I’m pretty sure the luau doesn’t sell out as they just add more tables and chairs.

All the seats have a great view of the main stage, but if you must have seats in the front row, be sure to line up right at 5:15pm since it’s open seating for the most part. We went to checkin around 5:30pm, and the line was already super long, but it was not that hard to get seats near the front. A lot of the tables in the second section seemed to be reserved for large groups so if you do have a large group, they seem pretty accommodating.

Once you checkin, you’ll pass the jewelry and flower tables where you can purchase accessories to get into the luau mood. Then comes the drinks tables, but waiters will be around to serve you as well after you’ve picked a seat. From that point on, just sit back and enjoy the food and show!

 

Grand Hyatt Kauai luau seating area

Grand Hyatt Kauai luau seating area

Various drinks serving tables all around the luau

Various drinks tables all around the luau

One of the multiple buffet stations

One of the multiple buffet stations

Mai Tais are everywhere, but the luau also serves Hawaiian beer

Mai Tais are everywhere, but the luau also serves Hawaiian beer

Standard luau food - Hawaiian chicken, kalua pork, etc. The food is just average, but the show was great.

Standard luau food – Hawaiian chicken, kalua pork, etc. The food is just average, but the show was fantastic.

Poi, a traditional Polynesian food, is served at the luau

Poi, a traditional Polynesian food, is served at the luau

Opening act while they set up

Opening act while they set up

Bringing the kalua pig out

Bringing the kalua pig out

First act

First act

Second act

Second act

Third act

Third act

Fourth act

Fourth act

Fifth act

Fifth act

Re-enactment of some marriage tradition where the wife and husband meet (I think)

Re-enactment of some marriage tradition where the wife and husband meet (I think)

Sixth act

Sixth act

Seventh act

Seventh act

Fire dance by the fire man

Fire dance by the fire man

Final act

Final act

 

The Main Point

In summary, the Grand Hyatt Kauai luau is great but not excellent. The food was average, but the show was fantastic. I don’t think poi is really our thing although it was interesting to try. On the other hand, the fire dance by the fire man was entertaining and the highlight of the luau. Overall, I still highly recommend the Grand Hyatt Kauai luau especially if you’ve never been to a luau before. If it was held indoors due to rain, however, I’d probably skip it. Hopefully, the reviews of the Grand Hyatt Kauai and all that it has to offer have been helpful. In a future post, I’ll finally cover the activities outside the resort.

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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