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Splurge hotel: Grand Wailea Maui or Grand Hyatt Kauai??

Splurge hotel: Grand Wailea Maui or Grand Hyatt Kauai??

Old Apr 26th, 2006, 06:34 PM
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Check with Costco re: the Grand Wailea as they often offer an amazing discount.
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Old Apr 27th, 2006, 01:14 PM
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On our first visit to Hawaii last September, we stayed 4 nights on Maui (the Sheraton Maui, which we loved) and 8 nights on Kauai, where we stayed at condos.

The first condo was Puu Poa, at Princeville on the north shore, -- nice place, fabulous view -- and walking distance from the Princeville resort, so we made good use of their bar and restaurant (can't use the pool if you are not a hotel guest).

Then we headed to Poipu for the last 4 days, and stayed in a less-than-stellar condo right next to the Grand Hyatt. Because we were disappointed with our condo, we ended up visiting the Hyatt pretty often, and wished we had stayed there. It's a beautiful place as big resorts go, with lovely grounds and lagoon-like pools, many places to eat/drink/sit around listening to music or even just reading quietly. We decided next time, that's where we want to stay.
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Old Apr 27th, 2006, 01:19 PM
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Oops, meant to add that the beach at the Grand Hyatt Kauai is called Shipwreck Beach, probably for a good reason. All the time we were there, they had the "No Swimming" flags up (which surfers ignored). But it was certainly not the place for a relaxing swim, or snorkelling -- so even more reason to enjoy the lovely pools.
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Old Apr 27th, 2006, 01:33 PM
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SBTravlr: That's one thing we are thinking of doing, 5 nights on Maui and 8 on Kauai. Did you feel like you had enough time on Maui in comparison to Kauai? (We have visited Maui before, but not Kauai.)

And did you mind switching locations on Kauai halfway through? If we do 8 days on Kauai, I was thinking of that...spending 4-5 days in a condo on the North Shore, and then finishing up at the Hyatt for 3-4 days. Thanks!
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Old May 1st, 2006, 06:22 AM
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Hi beachgirl
I think your plan sounds great.

We chose to visit several islands because it was our first visit to Hawaii, and we wanted to get at least a taste of as much as we could. We started with 2 nights in Waikiki, so had time for Pearl Harbor, a drive round the north shore, and the all-important sunset with mai tais and coconut shrimp at the Halekulani!

Dividing our time in Kauai worked out very well for us, even though it is a relatively small island. Because we based on both north and south shores, we had time to explore each area in a more leisurely way than if we kept driving to and fro each day. On north shore, we had time to spend in Hanalei, to explore all those beautiful beaches, and to take a catamaran trip along the Napali coast. On our way south we stopped in Kilauea which we also loved -- lighthouse and bird sanctuary, so scenic and beautiful. South shore is very different, and interesting to see: our favorite was the day exploring Waimea Canyon.

Have a great trip -- and as many folks say, ANY time spent in Kauai is good!
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Old May 1st, 2006, 12:05 PM
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The Kauai Hyatt wins my vote -- hands down!
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Old May 1st, 2006, 01:10 PM
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Aloha, Beachgirl!! Thirteen nights in Hawai?? Oh, you poor wahine!
Thanks for sharing your info here --on a post back in the winter--about great deal you got at Sheraton Maui.
IMHO-- I like your plan to stay at Sheraton Maui, then divide your Kauai time betweeen north shore and Hyatt Kauai.
We found the service and everything else about Hyatt Poipu just right. If you liked the Hyatt Maui, you'll LOVE Hyatt on Kauai. True, the beach right there is NOT swimmable, but there are nearby wonderful beaches a few minutes' drive away.
I agree with idea to divide time between N and S on Kauai. In answer to your question--no, that's not too much. My first trip to Kauai we did just that and never regretted it.. .and that was 3 different areas in ten days.
Have a great time planning and imagining!
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Old May 1st, 2006, 04:03 PM
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CaliNurse and SBTravlr: Thank you SO much for your opinions and experiences. I love reading them! Right now, we are set on 5 nights at the Sheraton Maui and 4 in that condo on the North Shore of Kauai. I will probably book the Hyatt Kauai for the last 4 nights. I am really looking forward to this trip, especially seeing the one "main" island we haven't visited yet. This is our 3rd summer in a row traveling to Hawaii...
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Old May 4th, 2006, 09:51 AM
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"Right now, we are set on 5 nights at the Sheraton Maui and 4 in that condo on the North Shore of Kauai. I will probably book the Hyatt Kauai for the last 4 nights."

Don't forget to look into the Sunshine on Sale package at the Hyatt. Pay for 5 nights, get the 6th free, plus daily Breakfast Buffet. It's a real money saver.
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Old May 5th, 2006, 05:21 AM
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MBnancy: I forgot about that package, thanks! I think I might look into that so we can stay at the Hyatt for the whole time on Kauai....
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Old May 5th, 2006, 06:06 PM
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Hi again, Beachgirl.
Have you picked a north shore condo or cottage? IF you decide not to stay the entire time at the Hyatt (which would be heavenly) and decide to spend some of your time on the stunning North Shore....one possiblilty that would get you "both worlds" (condo and resort ) is to perhaps rent condo at Hanalei Bay Resort. (Don't book through Resortquest though). Since you and DH love resorts, you'd have that type setting to enjoy: lovely pool, tennis courts, good restaurant, wonderful bar/lounge ("Happy Talk") from which music fills the balmy air on a summer night, nice grounds, as well as the hillside path to the beach which is shared with Princeville Hotel, where you can also check out P'ville's swim-up bar inifinity pool. Just an idea. I think all the rental agencies on the No. Shore list places at Hanalei Bay Resort. There are other absolutely knock-out ocean and/or mt view condos and cotttages on No Shore, including many in Princeville coomunity (eg Puu Poa, Pali Ke Kua, Hale Moi) but they don't have that "resort" setting.
Happy planning and dreaming!
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Old May 5th, 2006, 06:11 PM
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Hi CaliNurse: Thanks for that recommendation, I actually looked into that place, and thought it looked great. Buuutttt....we took MBNancy's advice tonight and booked the Hyatt on Kauai for the whole time We got 1 night free and daily breakfast buffet, but it was still pricey. So, I added 2 more nights to our Sheraton Maui stay through Priceline. So, now we are at the Sheraton Maui for 7 nights and the Hyatt Kauai for 6. This will be our FINAL plan for the trip since the Maui part is non-refundable. Now, I am getting really excited! Any trips on the horizon for you?
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Old May 5th, 2006, 07:57 PM
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Beachgirl, thanks for your update. Yours sounds like a GREAT plan for beautiful relaxing vacation. Enjoy! Great tip from MBnancy--esp'lly siocne thier breakfast buffet is yummy, and in a lovely setting pond-side setting.
You and DH will enjoy Stevenson's Library, the bar at Hyatt. Also, drinks on terrace, framing a gorgeous ocean view, at back of lobby area too, in which to enjoy sunset and some wonderful hula. OK, I'll try to shut up as I recall it all...
I can hardly wait to read your report of Sheraton Maui...the one hotel in the Kaanapali Resort I'd like to stay in some day.
One bit of advice about Hyatt is to not book "mountain view" room--only because there is a chance of being in a room that borders their parking lot. We had a "garden view" room (the tops we could afford then) and it was absoltely gorgeous, view of tropical landcaping, pools and a bit of ocean in distance. Hyatt is really good about upgrading if possible, and i think there's Hyatt Gold card you can get (order on line) that will get you an automatic upgrade.
Also, when there 2 yrs ago, laundromats in the hotel were free. A nice touch for you, as you'll be there nearly a week.
Isn't it great to have a final plan? Now you can relax (if not too excited!) and think about the rest of your trip knowing where you'll be based.
Next trip for me(thank you for asking) in less than 2 months, is to glorious St John USVI for two weeks.
I love it there but still...there's something about Hawaii....
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Old May 6th, 2006, 07:13 AM
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CaliNurse: Thanks so much for your hints and advice, it is so apreciated

We are thrilled that our plan is finally "done", and now we can just look forward to it. I always end up changing my mind a million times prior to the trip, and now I can just relax!

You are making me so glad we booked the Hyatt! It's our first time to Kauai, and I just REALLY wanted to stay there, it looks so heavenly. And we did book a "Garden View" because it was the cheapest option, glad to hear the view will be lovely!

This is our second time to Maui, and last time we stayed at the Hyatt, which we enjoyed. But you can't beat the beat and Black Rock at the Sheraton! Plus, it was a great price on Hotwire and Priceline.

I know what you mean about Hawaii, too...we just got back from Aruba, and we are going to Anguilla at the end of June, and as much as we enjoy our trips to new places like these, Hawaii always calls us back!

Enjoy St. John! I can't wait to hear about it....
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Old May 6th, 2006, 09:54 AM
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beachgirl,

We booked a garden view at the Hyatt and were upgraded to an oceanfront room (which at this hotel is really a deluxe oceanview room) without asking. We had an amazing view of the ocean and the beach. We are Hyatt Gold Passport members and I think that made the difference. You might want to check into joining, I'm not sure if it costs anything. My partner became a member when he flew a lot for business years ago.

-Bill
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Old May 6th, 2006, 09:59 AM
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beachgirl,

I forgot...about a week before we checked in, I called and spoke to the manager of rooms and explained how we were so excited to be staying for our first time at and it would be great if we could be upgraded. I blew some major happy smoke up his kazoo about how I'd heard how fabulous the rooms were and how wonderful the hotel sounded..blah, blah, blah. At the time I was told that they don't confirm upgrades prior to check-in, but I have to think the phone call may have had the desired effect.

-Bill
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Old May 6th, 2006, 01:38 PM
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Hey BG, if you see this again...a few more things to whet your Kauai appetite:

Get your Hyatt "Passport" at
www.goldpassport.com

Rent "South Pacific" to preview parts of Kauai you're bound to see when you drive up to the N. SHore" eg Hanalei Pier, Lumahai Beach (the shampoo scene) and "Bali Hai"

From Hyatt, you are very close to this beach. If i recall right, there's a hiking map you can get from concierge:
http://www.explorekauai.com/mahaulepu.html

BTW, above page is from one of my fav Kauai guidebooks, written by a woman who's visited there for decades. She shares her love of the island with readers, and donates part of her profits to Kauai children's groups.
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Old May 6th, 2006, 11:04 PM
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So glad you got the Sunshine on Sale package. We've used it four times in Aug. We also belong to Gold Passport and get upgraded to Ocean Front or Deluxe Ocean View. My husband phones ahead to tell the manager of a Birthday or Anniversary we are celebrating, and gives them our passport number, so that helps. We do use Hyatt a lot, so have many points. After this stay, you will have many points too. LOL

Be sure and book a massage at the Anara Spa at the Hyatt. It is the best. Wait until you see the open air treatment rooms with patios, and the lava rock shower.
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