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Grand Hyatt Kauai REVIEW- MASTER THREAD - mid-2011 Forward

Grand Hyatt Kauai REVIEW- MASTER THREAD - mid-2011 Forward

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SHOPPING1. Safeway
a. Multiple locations (2)
b. Significantly more polynesian/asian offerings in regards to food, Made in Hawaii, Grown in Hawaii goods

2. ABC Stores
a. Significant number (3) of locations, accessible.
b. They carry almost nothing but local items, and also beer

3. Costco (2.6mi from LIH):
a. Gas up before dropping rental car off. It was at least $0.80/gal cheaper than anywhere else (8/20/18)
b. Kauai/Kona coffee, other gifts (e.g., macadamia nuts in multiple preparations)
c. Food court (many of the same items as continental US with same prices)
4. Walmart (1.3mi from LIH). Exceptionally busy. Busy store inside/outside/around it.
a. Beach/pool toys
b. Snacks (if you don’t have a huge family staying a long time to eat Costco bulk item)
c. Souvenirs (they have a section in the front for this)

KAUAI TOURS/SELF-GUIDED ADVENTURES
Swimming/Snorkeling
1. Poipu Beach - Massive reef offshore, with a reef onshore separating two beaches. With the closure of Tunnels/Ke'e/Lumahai beach due to landslides on Kuhio highway, Poipu beach has one of the top snorkeling spots on the island currently, and is just 5 minute drive from the hotel. Turtles and monk seal are spotted here regularly
2. Lydgate Beach - protected snorkeling spot perfect for beginners. Located on East side of the island. This looks close, but traffic in Kapaa can make this a 45 minute drive.
3. Anini Beach - Northeast on island, 1 hour to reach. Reef with significant amounts of sea life.
4. Tunnels Beach/Ke'e Beach - currently closed. 1 hour 30 minutes away. Snorkel right next to the beginning of the Na Pali coast, with significant amounts of turtles. Before Kauai restores access to the beach via Kuhio Highway, residents are strongly considering limiting access to the beach (no vehicles, only shuttles, or limited number of vehicle permits sold per day). Parking fills up fast here, and these beaches are the end of the road on island.


GUIDED TOURS
1. Wailua River + Secret Falls Hike. 30-45 minute drive from hotel. Cost $40/pp. 4 hour+ trip. 1 mile of kayaking followed by a short hike to a large waterfall. Some tours offer pineapple as a snack at the waterfall. Some offer just chips or granola bars like what you might buy from Costco.
2. Kauai Sugarloaf Pineapple. See the Huber families sugarloaf pineapple farm. Hole in the mountain farms is situated on 38 acres of land, where you will be given the rare opportunity to taste sugarloaf pineapple. An extremely low acidic pineapple that has a core that is edible, and not stringy. $65/pp w/ free pineapple and smoothie. The ARV of the pineapple you receive will be around $8-15. Sugarloaf pineapple sells for $3-4 a pound, with an average pineapple being 5-6 pounds in size. This is a once in a lifetime experience. 1 hour from GH Kauai http://kauaisugarloaf.com BOOK TOURS IN ADVANCE. We booked two weeks in advance, and at the farmers market on a Wednesday we overheard them say they were booked out for 2 weeks (so almost September). They only do tours on Thursdays.
3. Chocolate Tour. Lydgate Farms has a chocolate tour. $95/pp
4. Captain Andy's Tours. Captain Andy is currently leaving out of the south shore in Port Allen. He offers all 3 kinds of boat tours. 55ft catamaran w/ restroom, warm water rinse, cooked lunch, snorkeling, napali coast, alcoholic drinks included (up to $179 pp). They have smaller boats that do not have restrooms/rinse/cooked lunch, but will go in the sea caves. And then they have raft boats that require you to wear gloves, and are very much a thrill ride. They do beach landings in those, and basically anything. The choices are listed from most comfortable to least comfortable. 55ft catamaran is the preferred way for most

HIKING/SIGHTS
1. Kalepa Ridge Trail. 1 hour from GHK. Free. 2 hour round trip. 1.7 mile hike. Classified as hard by alltrails.com. For the time and distance you walk, this trail beats the Awaawapuhi Trail
2. Awaawapuhi Trail. 55 minute from GHK. Free. Half day. 6.7 mile hike. Classified as moderate by alltrails.com. It is a longer hike, but once you get to the end, the views are IMO better than the Kalepa Ridge Trail
3. Canyon Trail to Waipoo Falls. 50 minute from GHK. Free. 3 hours. Hike to a the top of a waterfall on the Waimae Canyon.
4. Heritage Trail. Literally on the beach at the GHK. Free. Not necessarily a crazy cool hike
5. Wailua Falls: do some research if you plan on doing a hike down to the waterfall
6. Spouting Horn. 7 minute drive from GHK. Underwhelming, but worth it to say you've seen it. 2-3 minute drive from Spouting Horn is the Kukui'ula Village Shopping Center, which has a Bubbas Burger/Tortilla Republic/The Lanai/Merriman Fish House/Eating House 1849, Dolphin, Ruth's Chris and other restaurants. To see the spouting horn, you will walk past a 150-200ft of street vendors selling crafts, everyday of the week.
7. Queen's Bath-dangerous, slippery and muddy on way day, rocky and if you are inside you may get washed out by the waves. But go at sunset and you'll see why.

FARMERS MARKETS
1. Kukui'ula Village Shopping Center - Wednesday Evening, 3:30PM - 6PM. Kauai Sugarloaf Farms attends this, and will let you try their pineapple and buy tours here. There is supposedly a beer garden, but I didn't find it. There is also food from restaurants there, as well as a booth by the "Pie Lady" (The Right Slice).

RESORT FEE INCLUDES
1. Free self-parking (for all, not just Globalist)

2. Free laundry in each guestroom with free laundry pods

3. Towel at Valet for excursions (and after 7pm for pool)

4. Free bike use

5. Sunscreen at pool

6. Hospitality lounge for early arrival & late departing flights

7. Refrigerator in all rooms
  1. Self-parking
  2. Two complimentary refillable water bottles
  3. Purified water stations
  4. Poipu Bay Golf Course and Clubhouse shuttle service
  5. Coffee maker in room with Hawaiian coffee and tea
  6. Complimentary self-service washer, dryer and detergent
  7. Reusable logo tote bag located in closet
  8. Access to 24 hour Anara Spa fitness center
  9. Fitness and yoga classes at Anara Spa
    1. See daily activities schedule, 14 years and older
  10. Hospitality lounge for early arrival & late departing flights
  11. Welcome lei greeting
  12. Guided sunrise walk Monday - Saturday
  13. Hawaiian crafters daily in lobby
  14. Wildlife Walk twice weekly
  15. Hydroponic Garden tours twice weekly
  16. Entertainment and hula at Seaview Terrace
  17. Torch lighting ceremony three times per week
  18. Ukulele, lei-making and hula lessons
  19. Koi fish feeding and parrot talk
  20. Sunscreen samples at pool recreation desk
  21. Mountain Bike use - based on availability
  22. One hour tennis court time daily
    1. Reservations required, equipment rental available
  23. Complimentary boarding pass and incoming fax printing
  24. Unlimited local and toll-free calls
  25. In-room safe
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Old Jun 8, 21, 7:54 pm
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Originally Posted by dkc192 View Post
I've been trying to book an award stay over the summer, but no luck over a wide range of midweek and weekend dates. I know I'm very late to the game, but the lack of award space is a little surprising. Pre-Covid I've been able to secure last-minute (booking anywhere from one day to one month out) award rooms multiple times, including during busy summer periods, which gives the impression that there are a large supply of standard rooms at the resort relative to demand.

So what's changed? Either the resort is truly booked solid for the entire summer, or they are intentionally restricting the number of standard rooms available more so than years past. I'm not complaining about the former; I'd be slightly annoyed at the latter.
Demand is extremely high for Hawaii. It's always possible they've decided to begin restricting standard room availability, but the more likely reason is simply travel opening and not enough supply.

Originally Posted by greg99 View Post
It looks like they've blacked dates out. I checked the 9th-14th of July, where revenue rooms are available (albeit starting at $842/night for a partial view king room, the lowest category available). When I checked for points availability, the website returned this:




After the last 16 months, I'm assuming that Hyatt corporate is allowing the resorts to take advantage of the pent-up demand.

Hotels all over Hawaii are genuinely full, as are the flights headed there, despite upsized aircraft being used. Restaurants are completely booked months in advance, partially due to capacity restrictions, but also due to simple demand. Rates are at a premium as a result and I'm sure the hotels are thankful for the opportunity to claw something out of the disastrous last 16 months.
Not sure I understand why you believe the hotel has blacked out dates. Partial view kings are not standard rooms and your screenshot shows the standard disclaimer when award availability is gone.
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Old Jun 10, 21, 12:20 pm
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I'd like to stay for a week using points for a suite. I have some flexibility in dates; the preferred week has only a Standard Suite available on points, the less preferred week only has a Deluxe Suite available on points. Is booking a Deluxe Suite worth going at a slightly less preferred time?
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Old Jun 10, 21, 1:33 pm
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Originally Posted by Peatisback View Post
I'd like to stay for a week using points for a suite. I have some flexibility in dates; the preferred week has only a Standard Suite available on points, the less preferred week only has a Deluxe Suite available on points. Is booking a Deluxe Suite worth going at a slightly less preferred time?
Depends on how slightly less preferred. We had a great time in our deluxe suite, but I'd be requesting the ones on the shipwreck wing instead of poipu wing. (We stayed in 6140). The standard suites are nice too, but not quite as spacious.
Here's a room guide I wrote, but admittedly it's quite old at this point. The Grand Hyatt Kauai: A Room Guide – JoePro Travel
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Old Jun 10, 21, 4:39 pm
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Originally Posted by freckles123 View Post
Demand is extremely high for Hawaii. It's always possible they've decided to begin restricting standard room availability, but the more likely reason is simply travel opening and not enough supply.



Not sure I understand why you believe the hotel has blacked out dates. Partial view kings are not standard rooms and your screenshot shows the standard disclaimer when award availability is gone.
My suggestion is to book as far out as possible. I was able to find 2022 award dates and suite availablity, but you have to look far out and set your calendar for when it opens 13 months out.
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Old Jun 11, 21, 12:47 pm
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Depends on how slightly less preferred. We had a great time in our deluxe suite, but I'd be requesting the ones on the shipwreck wing instead of poipu wing. (We stayed in 6140). The standard suites are nice too, but not quite as spacious.
Here's a room guide I wrote, but admittedly it's quite old at this point. The Grand Hyatt Kauai: A Room Guide – JoePro Travel
Thanks - can you recommend some standard suite room numbers on the lounge side?
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Old Jun 11, 21, 1:01 pm
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Thanks - can you recommend some standard suite room numbers on the lounge side?
10xx (1020s-1040s) suites are great - close to the lounge and the pool, and have nice views of the grounds, and are very quiet. We actually really like being on the ground floor as the patio feels so much more roomy than a balcony.
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Old Jun 11, 21, 1:32 pm
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10xx (1020s-1040s) suites are great - close to the lounge and the pool, and have nice views of the grounds, and are very quiet. We actually really like being on the ground floor as the patio feels so much more roomy than a balcony.
thanks - critters aren't too much of a problem then?
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What does the non-rotating portion of breakfast look like? Have the cheese and salmon and pastry returned?

What do the afternoon snacks look like? Or have they returned at all?

What does the non-rotating portion of evening look like? Anything, or nothing at all except the main hot item?

Finally, dessert?
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Old Jun 11, 21, 3:45 pm
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thanks - critters aren't too much of a problem then?
Depends on your tolerance of critters. You're not going to get bit or any other type of harm from anything that may find its way in. We've seen a couple little geckos in our ground-level rooms before, though. Unless you'd experience trauma, not a reason to avoid ground level rooms.
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Old Jun 11, 21, 3:46 pm
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Depends on your tolerance of critters. You're not going to get bit or any other type of harm from anything that may find its way in. We've seen a couple little geckos in our ground-level rooms before, though. Unless you'd experience trauma, not a reason to avoid ground level rooms.
Haha no worries - I grew up in South Florida - seen much worse.
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Old Jun 11, 21, 11:06 pm
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Originally Posted by jayer View Post
What does the non-rotating portion of breakfast look like? Have the cheese and salmon and pastry returned?

What do the afternoon snacks look like? Or have they returned at all?

What does the non-rotating portion of evening look like? Anything, or nothing at all except the main hot item?

Finally, dessert?
Hopefully not missing much - this is all available every day in addition to the rotating hot items.

Breakfast:
- Muesli
- Toast, bagels, croissants, butter, jam, cream cheese
- Smoked salmon (lox)
- Antipasti salad (didn't try this one)
- Mortadella
- Cheese (brie plus some cubed)
- Muffins, coffee cake
- Packaged yogurt and low fat milk
- Packaged cereal
- Fruit salad (yum)

Afternoon snacks:
- Crudites/raw veggies/ranch and blue cheese dressing
- Hummus
- Sliced baguette
- Pasta salad
- Cheese
- Fruit salad
- Maui potato chips (bags)

Dessert:
- Chocolate chunk cookies
- Fudge brownies
- Macadamia/chocolate cookies
- Fruit salad
- One or two rotating pastries, including cheesecake, apple cobbler bites, macadamia squares, etc.

Depending on the rotating selection, often enough for a light dinner if one is so inclined (or cannot find any available reservations).
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Old Jun 13, 21, 8:27 am
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I won't reveal the dates I am looking, because...well, secrecy is necessary, given the circumstances.

I can confirm there appear to be standard room restrictions. E.G. look for an award trip that is 8 or 12 days in length. You will find 25k/night award nights. Now look for the same dates, but reduce the stay to 6 nights (cut the tail end or the beginning of the trip off), and you will find the 25k/night is no longer advertised. It won't be advertised for cash or points.

I am not sure why they are doing this with cash rates, but maybe that is because people could call Hyatt customer service and successfully argue that the nights should be available for award booking, if it is available for cash booking.

I am not sure what the strategy is here. Is the hotel trying to reduce the number of transient visitors, and therefore reduce the potential covid exposure (or outbreaks)? That would make sense to me.
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Old Jun 13, 21, 5:14 pm
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Originally Posted by factory81 View Post
I won't reveal the dates I am looking, because...well, secrecy is necessary, given the circumstances.

I can confirm there appear to be standard room restrictions. E.G. look for an award trip that is 8 or 12 days in length. You will find 25k/night award nights. Now look for the same dates, but reduce the stay to 6 nights (cut the tail end or the beginning of the trip off), and you will find the 25k/night is no longer advertised. It won't be advertised for cash or points.

I am not sure why they are doing this with cash rates, but maybe that is because people could call Hyatt customer service and successfully argue that the nights should be available for award booking, if it is available for cash booking.

I am not sure what the strategy is here. Is the hotel trying to reduce the number of transient visitors, and therefore reduce the potential covid exposure (or outbreaks)? That would make sense to me.
While this is extremely concerning (to the level of Andaz Maui), without knowing even approximate dates, this isn't very helpful as we cannot discern how widespread these award/minimum stay games are. I was able to find award stays of 3, 5, and 6 nights in February 2022, and a 3-night midweek award stay in late August 2021.
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Old Jun 13, 21, 5:18 pm
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Originally Posted by sch_flyer View Post
10xx (1020s-1040s) suites are great - close to the lounge and the pool, and have nice views of the grounds, and are very quiet. We actually really like being on the ground floor as the patio feels so much more roomy than a balcony.
I stayed in 1038 for one night and didn't enjoy the proximity to the luau (or the lawn space that is used for weddings--I can only remember there was some loud event happening not too far from my patio). I asked to switch rooms for my second night and got a (partial?) ocean view suite, 2026.

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Old Jun 13, 21, 6:48 pm
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Originally Posted by dkc192 View Post
I stayed in 1037 for one night and didn't enjoy the proximity to the luau (or the lawn space that is used for weddings--I can only remember there was some loud event happening not too far from my patio). I asked to switch rooms for my second night and got a (partial?) ocean view suite, 2026.
Perhaps when the property restarts outdoor events, this may be a concern - last week, nothing was happening on the lawn, and the luau is far enough away (at Ilima Terrace) that it's not a bother.
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