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(Left Marriott 15 Nov. 2018) St. Regis Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii [Master Thread]

(Left Marriott 15 Nov. 2018) St. Regis Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii [Master Thread]

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Old Mar 31, 10, 3:50 pm
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Old Mar 31, 10, 6:18 pm
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Originally Posted by mktozd View Post
Has anyone stayed here lately? We are considering doing something over the festive season. One concern we have is that it is a "new" property as it relates to management. As well, I understand that the surf is heavy this time of year. Any thoughts?
Stayed in mid February at what is supposed to be the height of the winter surf season. The bay is very protected and the surf at the beach was never an issue. The beach was reasonably long (from grass-line to waterline) so it seems that they don't have erosion or high surf issues that would make the beach shorter.

All in all a great property and we plan on staying again. One thing I'd recommend is planning on 3 to 4 nights at the SR and then spend some other nights elsewhere on the island. The area around the SR is a bit sleepy even for Kauai and there is a lot to do elsewhere on the island (canyons, hikes, beaches, hotels, etc.)

The only downside is that it is a lot of points or $$$ but it is worth it IMHO.

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Old May 13, 10, 1:03 am
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Originally Posted by PHLGovFlyer View Post
One thing I'd recommend is planning on 3 to 4 nights at the SR and then spend some other nights elsewhere on the island. The area around the SR is a bit sleepy even for Kauai and there is a lot to do elsewhere on the island (canyons, hikes, beaches, hotels, etc.)

The only downside is that it is a lot of points or $$$ but it is worth it IMHO.
Are there any other *wood properties on the island? perhaps on the south side? since so many folks have mentioned splitting time between North and South.

Never been to HI before, and struggling to plan this, but sounds like Kauai is the way to go.

Also, anyone know how the weather is in June? or July? I'm in desperate need of a trip SOON!!
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Old May 13, 10, 1:33 am
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[QUOTE=cherribabe;13948920]Are there any other *wood properties on the island? perhaps on the south side? since so many folks have mentioned splitting time between North and South. QUOTE]

On the "southside" of the island in Poipu is the Sheraton. Certainly not at level of Regis but it's right on the beach. There is also a Westin Villas (timeshare) but it's down the road from St Regis up in Princeville.

If you've never been to Kauai definitely recommend splitting time between the Princeville and Poipu sides of the island - completely different.

Kauai is one of our favorite islands, just be prepared for "quiet" and it's nothing like Maui or Oahu
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Old May 13, 10, 9:29 am
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Originally Posted by cherribabe View Post
Are there any other *wood properties on the island? perhaps on the south side? since so many folks have mentioned splitting time between North and South.

Never been to HI before, and struggling to plan this, but sounds like Kauai is the way to go.

Also, anyone know how the weather is in June? or July? I'm in desperate need of a trip SOON!!
Not a Starwood obviously, but the Grand Hyatt on the south side is a fantastic property.
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Old May 13, 10, 5:09 pm
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Originally Posted by wheresTWA View Post
Not a Starwood obviously, but the Grand Hyatt on the south side is a fantastic property.
And it looks like they are having a sale tonight.

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/hyatt...-midnight.html
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Old May 13, 10, 5:27 pm
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Originally Posted by kingsubbu View Post
And it looks like they are having a sale tonight.

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/hyatt...-midnight.html
Thanks so much. I'll check that out. Pity, I don't know my exact dates yet, but am trying to work it out.

I also wanted to do all *wood so I could do it all on points, but might splurge if it's a good deal.

Hoping to go June or July if the weather is okay then. In my mind, having never been, I have this perception that it's good all year round.
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Old May 21, 10, 6:49 pm
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There is a review on Trip Advisor say that cameras are not allowed to be used on the property, even in a restaurant.

If that is the case I am tempted to almost cancel my booking and stay elsewhere.

Can anyone confirm this policy ?
Has this policy just started due to cast from the Pirates of the Caribbean that will be staying at the St Regis now/shortly?
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Old May 21, 10, 7:06 pm
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Well, I for one know that pirates can not be trusted when around your consumer electronics. Cameras are the modern day treasure chest!

They sometimes take boats as well, btw.
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Old May 21, 10, 7:14 pm
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Originally Posted by AndDee View Post
There is a review on Trip Advisor say that cameras are not allowed to be used on the property, even in a restaurant.

If that is the case I am tempted to almost cancel my booking and stay elsewhere.

Can anyone confirm this policy ?
Has this policy just started due to cast from the Pirates of the Caribbean that will be staying at the St Regis now/shortly?
A lot of places are doing that now because of bloggers annoying people with photo taking. When we were there in December I took pictures all the time. I am one of those annoying bloggers but not so annoying because I try to be discrete and not take photos of people or if I do I ask them if they mind first.
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Old Jun 6, 10, 3:49 pm
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Recently returned from another FANTASTIC stay at the St. Regis Princeville. As a PLT, was upgraded to a Prince Jr. Suite.

Originally Posted by PHLGovFlyer
...Service from all of the staff was above and beyond. Everyone was extremely helpful and always asking if there was anything they could do for us...
I had the same experience; as warm and helpful as the staff were during my January visit, this recent visit was even better. (A HUGE shout out to my "angels" if either of you happen to read this. ) I had a couple special requests which I had called in about a month before the stay and they were only too pleased to follow through. I'm really looking forward to a return visit or two later this year and I really can't find enough positive comments to say about the St. Regis Princeville team.

Had breakfast at the Makana Terrace again on this trip -- what a stunning setting to start the day with the view offered here.

Originally Posted by AndDee View Post
There is a review on Trip Advisor say that cameras are not allowed to be used on the property, even in a restaurant.

If that is the case I am tempted to almost cancel my booking and stay elsewhere.

Can anyone confirm this policy ?
Has this policy just started due to cast from the Pirates of the Caribbean that will be staying at the St Regis now/shortly?
They absolutely aren't imposing that as a general rule. Having read that post after seeing your comment here, I would suspect the possibility that the poster may have been taking a few too many photos of a particular guest(s) during their visit, or possibly perceived to have been doing so (the apparent timing of the visit coincided with the filming in the area and possibly the property for an upcoming movie ). There were plenty of people taking photos around the hotel when we were there .

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Old Jun 26, 10, 4:57 am
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Just back from 3 nights here and all I can say is outstanding!

The check-in experience is perfect, a swarm of valet/bell boys to help as soon as you pull up. You are told not to worry about your bags and are escorted to the check-in desk where you are seated, given a cool towel and a welcome drink. Within a few minutes you are then escorted to the lifts, and given a run-down of the restaurants, gym etc etc.

I booked and received an Ocean View room with Lanai, which was on the first floor but we loved the beautiful gardens just in-front of the room. When we stay again we'll stay on a higher floor so we can leave the doors open at night and listen the ocean and breathe the fresh air. Being on the first floor we preferred not to leave the doors open and flyscreen closed as someone could walk straight in. At the same time it was nice to have a 1 minute walk to the pool/beach instead of various lifts and corridors!

Room was pretty much perfect, bathroom reveal mirror was fun!

Pool attendants were outstanding and heaps of chairs for everyone. The only area which needs improvement was the number of bar staff wandering around the pool area. They seemed to be very understaffed and people were walking to the bar themselves for service. They needed an extra staff member or two working on drinks/food as they would only get about 1/2 way around the pool before being mobbed by orders!

Cocktails and food by the pool was sensational!

When leaving on a day-trip, you can borrow towels and an umbrellla and you get free bottled water

It rained every night we were there but was pretty much sunny all day, except for a brief rain shower which woke me up when sleeping around the pool

I am already planning to return in June 2011, but for 6 nights this time!

One of my best ever hotel stays! The best Starwood hotel I have stayed in, with the Westin Beaver Creek coming a close second.
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Old Jul 18, 10, 4:07 pm
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Staying here now (on points - in the junior suite). It is wonderful. I will write up a more detailed posting on it after we've stayed here awhile. The service has been spectacular.

It is one room and we have a rollaway for my 4-year old in the room. It has a wonderful view of the Na Pali coast. The weather has been a bit rainy today at times, but there are stretches that are quite nice as well.

Does anyone have opinions on what the best rooms are on the property?
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Old Jul 18, 10, 7:15 pm
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I'm just back from a couple of weeks up in Princeville at the Westin. Weather was great with lots of sun and an occasional shower. We spent a little time over at the St. Regis and it looks great. The lobby is much improved over the previous incarnation and the beach is very comfortable, with excellent service. Had a nice dinner at Kauai Grill on Thursday. Prices weren't as bad as I anticipated. The 5 course tasting menu was $68 per person and quite good, though portions were a bit small, even for a tasting menu. Pierce Brosnan was there with his family, which was a nice bonus.
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Old Jul 24, 10, 1:07 pm
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I promised a more detailed posting when I returned from my trip, and here it is.

I just got back from 5 days at the Princeville Resort with wife + daughter. We booked the junior suite directly instead of trying for an upgrade (40,000 points/night, 5th night free). Perhaps I could have been upgraded without it, but I didn't think that I could easily fit a rollaway bed into their regular room.

Overall, the property is very, very nice. The lobby is amazing, the hotel has great views, etc. The level of service was far beyond anything else I had ever experienced personally at a hotel before. In the Junior Suites at least, we had a butler who would bring us coffee in the morning and help with other activities. Whenever you expected there to be a person to help you with something in the hotel, usually there were two people there ready to help you with it. It is that kind of place.

Everyone was very nice to us and generally seemed to want us to enjoy ourselves. The hotel mailed us before our trip and asked us about anything special we'd like to do while there to help us plan our stay. I mentioned that previously my wife and I had stayed there (5 years ago) and had enjoyed being brought pineapple on the beach. While they don't do this specifically anymore, the butler read this and arranged to have some in the fridge at the pool bar for us whenever we wanted it during our stay (no direct charge, though we did leave a tip for the butlers). Also, they saw my daughter's stuffed animals she brought on the trip and left her a new one from the hotel with a note one day, thanking her for coming to visit them at the hotel. The pool guys were always there to help get us set up with towels, food, etc.

My wife visited the spa for a facial and seemed to enjoy it quite a bit - apparently this spa was new/improved from the recent rennovation.

The food at the various hotel restaurants was expensive but generally good. It is shocking to eat basically appetizers at the pool for lunch for 3 and get a bill for $75. To put things in perspective, lunch for 2 + a child outside of the hotel is also excessive compared to what I'd consider normal, so it is priced at a premium to the cost of eating out locally in the towns in the north of Kauai.

My daughter spent a lot of time at the pool and the beach and enjoyed both. Specifically, she told me she liked the sand on the beach. The water at the hotel is not great for wading as it has lots of big rocks under the water - you want to have some water shoes of some form to go out there. My daughter liked making sandcastles and there were a pile of shovels and buckets and such available for people to use while there. (This was not the case at a place like the Westin Moana Surfrider on Waikiki in Oahu, where we were at previously and had to buy buckets and spades and such).

This was a return trip for my wife and me and the view is still spectacular. I'd say that Kauai is better for older children because they can do a lot more things than my daughter could/would do (examples: scuba, horseback riding, long hikes to go see a waterfall, whale watching out on a boat in the ocean, etc). There are still things to do if you have a car for younger children, but you need to plan it a bit more. We went to the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific" which is basically all the way around the road to the other side of the island, and it was a long trip each way for my daughter. The view was still worth it, in my mind, but I doubt my daughter enjoyed it as much as I did . I had planned to go to a Botanical Garden with the family but I did not read the fine print (bring long pants + mosquito spray) and we were not really set up to go. They also are longer than I thought they would be (several hours). I will know better next time .

Had a great vacation - still working through the jet lag but am very happy we were able to visit the property.

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