Winter Getaway to Kauai: Part 4 – Grand Hyatt Garden Suite for 87% Off

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Emily Jablon:   Daraius and I went to Maui, Hawaii in March 2013.  We loved Hawaii so much that we decided to return, but this time to Kauai.  Kauai is more laid back and less built-up than Maui.

Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden Suite

Emily Feeling at Home in the Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden View Suite

We went to Kauai over Valentine’s Day week, which made for a very romantic getaway.  Using our miles and points made it even better!

Winter Getaway to Kauai – Trip Report Index:

Grand Hyatt Kauai – Garden View Suite

For 3 nights of our 6-night stay at the Grand Hyatt in Kauai, we used Points + Cash and a Diamond Suite upgrade to stay in a Garden View Suite.  The Garden View suite regularly costs $1,468 per night!

But we only paid ~$198 per night ($150 per night + 12,500 Hyatt points per night Points + Cash + $25 resort fee + ~13% tax).  So we paid ~$596 and 37,500 Hyatt points for 3 nights.

For the other 3 nights we used 22,000 points (old Hyatt award chart rates).  The current rate is 25,000 Hyatt points per night.

Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden Suite

Daraius Happy to Be on Vacation and Leave Work Behind

The staff were very welcoming when we arrived.  They gave us a lei greeting and whisked away our luggage.

Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden Suite

What Better Way to Say “Aloha” Than With a Lei Greeting?

The lobby was beautiful.  I loved the Art Nouveau details.

 Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden Suite

I’m Glad I Don’t Have to Dust The High Ceilings

We were so excited to begin our holiday!

Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden Suite

Kauai, Here We Come!

Because Daraius has Hyatt Diamond elite status we used a Diamond Suite upgrade to upgrade our Garden View room to a Garden View suite.

The suite had 3 separate rooms: a living area, a bathroom, and a bedroom.  I loved our suite because it was very homey.

 Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden Suite

If Only Our Apartment Looked Like This and Came With a Maid

Living Area

You could see the living area when you walked in.  There was a table and chairs, sectional sofa, and a wet bar.

Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden Suite

We Used the Table as a Desk

The living room had a big flat screen TV.  But it didn’t get much use.

 Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden Suite

Maybe Too Much Room for  2 People

French doors separate the bedroom from the living area.  I could close the doors while Daraius worked.

Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden Suite

Families Would Appreciate the Extra Space

The rooms were bright and airy.  And they weren’t cluttered with decorations.

Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden Suite

Our Living Room at Home Isn’t This Big

We were really looking forward to a relaxing stay.  The hotel had lots of activities, but we had other plans.

Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden Suite

Our Suite Was 1,055 Square Feet

Daraius thought the chairs were very comfortable!

Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden Suite

Now If I Could Get Daraius to Swim in the Ocean

The living area had a bar with a coffeemaker, microwave, and a refrigerator.  The refrigerator was empty, leaving space for drinks or fresh fruit from Costco or a nearby grocery store.

Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden Suite

Cozy Kitchenette, Just Like College

There was also a sink, paper towels, wine glasses, an espresso maker, a microwave, and mugs.

Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden Suite

Everything You Need for a Light Snack

Enjoying a bottle of wine would be easy with the wine glasses!

Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden Suite

4 Glasses Means 1 Extra Day Not Washing Dishes

There was Keurig coffee maker with various types of coffee, tea, and hot chocolate.

Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden Suite

The Only Thing Missing Was a Tea Kettle

Each day we received 2 free bottles of water.

Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden Suite

Just the Right Size to Store Late Night Goodies

There was a table and 4 chairs, which we used as a desk.  There was a large flat screen TV.

Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden Suite

I’d Rather Have a Bookcase With Books

The living room had a wraparound sofa.  It was the perfect size for guests or children.

Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden Suite

The Sofa Would Look Great in Our Living Room

Outdoor Patio

Off the living room, was a patio with a partial ocean view.  The patio even included a lounge chair.

Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden Suite

The Chairs Were a Little Stiff

I loved how green the grass was!

Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden Suite

We Could Watch a Round of Golf Without Leaving Our Room

Bathroom

The bathroom was very spacious and spa-like.

 Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden Suite

A Girl Could Get Used to This

I liked the jetted tub and was looking forward to a relaxing bubble bath.

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A Glass of Wine & a Good Book and My Evening Plans Were Settled

The bathroom had double sinks, lots of counter space, a jetted bathtub, a shower, and a separate toilet room.

 Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden Suite

Double Sinks Helped Us Save Time Getting Ready for Our Nights Out

The bathtub was very inviting.  But I was surprised by how small and narrow the tub was.

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Only Room for 1

We received Coco Mango amenities, designed by the Hyatt Grand Kauai Anara Spa.

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A Little Bit of the Spa Everyday

There was a walk-in shower.

Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden Suite

The Corner Shower Was a Little Cramped

There was a hand shower and a rain shower.

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We Could Wash the Sand From Our Feet Without Getting All Wet

The toilet had its own room.

Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden Suite

The Extra Space Was Wasted on the Toilet

There was a Toto Washlet with a heated seat!

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Who Knew This Inspired the Phrase, “Clean is Happy?”

Bedroom

The bedroom had a poster bed.

 Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden Suite

Sleeping in Never Looked So Good

The bedroom was a little small but cozy and inviting.  The bed was very comfortable.  There was a bench at the foot of the bed.

Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden Suite

The Soft Lights Created a Romantic Setting

The bathroom was to the right of the bedroom.

Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden Suite

A Separate Entrance to the Bathroom Would Have Been Nicer

A flat screen TV was mounted on the wall, and there was lots of closet space.

Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden Suite

This TV Didn’t Get Much Use Either

The closet was large enough to put all of our stuff.

Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden Suite

We Kept Out Laptops in the Safe

The other closet had two robes

Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden Suite

Every Hotel Should Have 2 Large Closets

There was also an iPhone charger on one nightstand.

Grand Hyatt Kauai Garden Suite

Charged Electronics Are a Necessity, Even on Vacation

How You Can Do It, Too!

We redeemed 20,000 United Airlines miles each and 17,500 American Airlines miles each for 1-way flights in coach to and from Austin and Kauai, Hawaii.  We could have redeemed our miles for First Class seats but we like saving those for longer flights.

We used 41,295 Citi ThankYou points to pay for our car rental.

Daraius transferred 103,500 Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt points for 3 nights in a Garden View room. And 3 nights in a Garden View suite at the Grand Hyatt Kauai.

How Many Points You Need:

  • Points Only:  150,000 Hyatt points for 6 nights
  • Points + Cash:  75,000 Hyatt points and $1,188 for 6 nights
  • Just like Daraius & Emily:  66,000 Hyatt points for 3 nights in a Garden View room, before the Hyatt award chart change.  But now it is 75,000 Hyatt points.  And 37,500 Hyatt points + $596 and a Diamond Suite upgrade for 3 nights in a Garden View Suite.

Note:  If you don’t have a Diamond Suite upgrade, you can use 6,000 Hyatt points per night to upgrade a paid room to a suite.  But you can NOT upgrade a Points + Cash room to a suite without a Diamond Suite upgrade.

How to Get the Points:

The easiest way to get points for Kauai is by applying for credit cards.

Here’s my post on the best way to get Hyatt points.

1.   Chase Hyatt Card

You can save some Chase Ultimate Rewards points and get 2 free nights at any Hyatt worldwide after you spend $1,000 within 3 months on the Chase Hyatt card.

2.   Chase Sapphire Preferred Card

You get 40,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points when you spend $4,000 within 3 months on the Chase Sapphire Preferred.

Chase Ultimate Rewards points can be transferred to certain airlines and hotels at a 1:1 ratio.  So 40,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points becomes 40,000 airline miles or 40,000 hotel points.

3.   Chase Ink Cards

The Chase Ink Plus and Chase Ink Bold card currently get you 60,000 Ultimate Rewards points after spending $5,000 within 3 months.

Do you know the 3 ways you may qualify for a business credit card?

Note:  You can apply for 1 personal and 1 business card from Chase at the same time.  But you do NOT have to wait 6 months between Chase applications.

Bottom Line:

Daraius and I booked a Garden View Suite using Points + Cash and a Diamond Suite upgrade.  The other 3 nights we used 22,000 points (old Hyatt award chart rates) for a Garden View room.  Now you pay 25,000 points per night.  

The Garden Suite at the Grand Hyatt in Kauai was very nice!  I enjoyed having a separate living area so Daraius could concentrate on his work while I relaxed.

The bathroom was also luxurious, with a jetted tub, full walk-in shower, and heated toilet seat!

I never wanted to leave the suite, but we had lots of activities planned for Kauai.  Stay tuned to see what you can do in Kauai.

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18 responses to “Winter Getaway to Kauai: Part 4 – Grand Hyatt Garden Suite for 87% Off

  1. We’ll be there in June. Used points for a standard garden room with lounge access for 5 nights (27,000 x 5), but were later upgraded to an ocean suite. That was a shock. We are not Diamond. There were a few issues on our last visit, minor, but I mentioned them via survey. 6 months later Corporate wrote me, noticed we had return reservations and simply stated we were upgraded. I never asked for it nor for compensation in any way. So major kudos to Hyatt. The suite will be a dream since we are 4, 2 adults and 2 kids. My wife is thrilled. Romance can be a bit difficult in a standard room with 2 kids 🙂

    It’s not easy to find clear images or descriptions of the suites on the web. Thank you Emily and Daraius! Can’t believe the Hyatt and other hotels never take the time to do quality photos or videos of all their rooms and amenities. Their efforts are lackluster at best. Pretty horrible marketing. There is a job op there. Oyster.com is a review site but even more so, a great photo site for many hotels. Worth checking out for the major hotels.

  2. Oh, and very cute video by the way. Great job Emily except for the part Daraius shows up in the mirror! Just kidding 🙂

  3. In the cost calculations, did you include the cost of the UR points you transferred? Those points were cash if redeemed so it seems it cost more than you claimed.

    It would be one thing if you earned those hyatt points with paid stays, but by being transferred UR points, that’s cash you are transferring therefore more you are actually oaying for your room

  4. I agree with Kent that it’s very nice to see a proper photo/video walkthrough of a room. It’s amazing that even higher end properties put up just a few generic photos of each room type — if you are trying to upsell me to a better room or a suite, make me want it (this is especially true for a vacation destination).

    @ Emily — I hope you & Daraius have had some time to relax after FTU! Perhaps a few nights at Travaasa Austin 😉

  5. I’m confused about that coat Emily is wearing in the lobby. I know it was February and cold on the mainland….. But you are in Kauai! Bust out those shorts.

    • @Kent C – That’s great customer service and hope you have a wonderful time there! I’m not the best photographer or videographer!

      @T.L.M. Has – I don’t take the opportunity cost in the calculation to make it easier.

      @Ivan Y – Glad you found it useful!

      @Sticky – It was cold and rainy in Kauai then!

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  11. @ Sticky- I did wear shorts, skirts, and dresses for most of the rest of the trip!

  12. @ Kent- Thanks! Daraius has come a long way in his videography skills. We’ve got some outtakes that we didn’t post that are hilarious. 🙂

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  15. Hi, Thanks for the posting on your Kauai trip, very timely as we are going to Kauai in Sept (8th time there) and still need to find lodging for 2 nights (not enough timeshare points for a full week). We have stayed at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort 4 times (on points of course) and loved it, especially the trip where we also did a garden suite upgrade! We were not sure if we would try to go to the Hyatt this year, but your report has changed my mind and also provided some valuable information on alternative ways to get and use points at Hyatt that I did not know existed.

    Having been a road warrior from 1986 to when I retired in 2006, I had earned millions of miles/points over the years and taken a lot of great (and cheap) vacations as well. Three of the best “cost to value” vacations were to Hawaii, but those are stories for another time. Since retiring, there has been a significant drain on my miles/points, but I have used airline/hotel affinity credit cards to get some new miles/points. Reading through your Kauai trip report has opened my eyes to some creative alternatives to affinity cards that I was not aware of in the past.

    I just recently found your website while research for the best credit cards deals and used your credit card information to acquire 3 new credit cards for my point arsenal. My wife constantly rolls her eyes when I get new cards, but she sure loves the vacations we take with the points. I am having her read some of your postings and articles so she can get a better understanding of what/why I do this and to show her that there are other people just like me out there that use the system for their own advantage.

    Thanks for the information and keep up the good work!

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