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Emily: Daraius and I took a Southwest flight to San Jose, and the next morning we flew to Maui on Alaska Air. We spent the night at the Hyatt House in Santa Clara. We arranged for a free shuttle from the hotel (by phone) and waited about 10 minutes for the shuttle to arrive.
We spent $118 for the hotel room because Daraius wanted a Hyatt stay credit.
Trip Report Index:
- Introduction and Planning
- Alaska Airlines First Class & Getting Locked Out of Our Car!
- Hyatt Regency Maui, Ocean Suite
- Hyatt Regency Maui
- Eating Around the Hyatt Regency Maui
- Activities Around the Hyatt Regency Maui
- Hyatt Regency Maui Ocean Front Room
- Grand Wailea – Terrace View Room
- The Grand Wailea
- Grand Wailea Spa
- Eating Around the Grand Wailea
- Activities Around the Grand Wailea
- The Road to Hana
- United Flight From Hawaii
- Blog Giveaway & Conclusion
Hyatt House rooms feature small kitchens and a separate living area.
The bed was comfortable and we went straight to bed.
The next morning we had a quick free breakfast and took the shuttle back to the airport.
Check-in was very quick and we got to use the priority security lanes which saved us a little time. The Alaska Airlines flight was nice and the crew were friendly. It was a short flight, though, and Daraius and I thought it would have been better to save our miles and fly in coach the next time.
We spent 37,500 American Airlines miles for the flight in First Class, but could have spent only 12,500 British Airways Avios points if we had flown in coach!
The first class cabins had slightly larger seats than the coach section (2 seats vs. 3 seats).
The menu looked good, and sounded more appetizing that typical American carriers. The food was much tastier on this flight than on our United flight back from India!
We were also served a yummy passion fruit, orange and guava juice that tasted very fresh.
For lunch, we were first served a cucumber salad with barbeque pork and a Hawaiian roll.
Next came the main course, which was glazed chicken with baby bok choy, mushrooms, and rice. I really loved the glazed chicken…it came with a very tasty sauce.
For dessert, we had chocolate mousse which tasted more like chocolate pudding. It was very good!
Daraius enjoyed it too!
For entertainment, the flight attendants passed out mini digital players that were a little smaller than iPads. You could choose between TV shows, movies, and music.
I thought the screens were too small to really enjoy it, so I slept after I ate lunch, and then worked a little. Before landing, we were served Mai Tais.
Soon enough, we landed, collected our checked bag and took a shuttle to Alamo’s car lot.
We paid for an economy car, which would have been a Chevy Spark, which was about the same size as a Toyota Yaris. However, when we got to the lot, the attendant said we could choose from the mid-size or full size cars since they were out of economy cars. This usually happens when we book an economy car!
We opted for a Ford Focus hatchback – complete with a sunroof! It was good on gas while we were here and it was big enough for just the two of us.
Our first stop was at Costco which is right by the airport to get Spafinder discount certificates which got us 20% off at the Spa at the Grand Wailea in Maui. I forgot to order these in time online from Costco, so we made a stop at the store.
Here’s a map from the airport to Costco.
We got a snorkeling kit because you have to pay for them at the resort, as well as Spa Finder gift certificates for 20% off. We also bought a discount certificate for the Atlantis submarine tour. We found out later that there were cheaper options for the tours in-town.
There were other excursions for reduced prices, such as luaus, helicopter tours, snorkeling tours, and whale watching tours. There was also a large selection of souvenirs, including chocolates, macadamia nuts…
…and Hawaiian shirts.
They also had a large selection of alcohol.
We picked up a few other provisions, and then loaded up the car. Unfortunately, Daraius was absent minded and locked the keys in the trunk, so we got locked out of the car! Fortunately, we have roadside assistance on our phone so we called Verizon who said it would be about 40 minutes until anyone could come.
He also went back into Costco to see if they have a locksmith service. I laid down in the grass while I was waiting, and the truck owners from the truck parked opposite us returned. The woman looked down on me laying in the grass with a puzzled look, and I told her my husband locked the keys in the car!
She said, “My husband’s a car mechanic and can help!” Immediately he started getting out his equipment, and then Daraius came back saying that Costco didn’t offer any lock-out service. Our new friend used what looked liked a blood-pressure cuff to open the car door slightly, and after about 3 minutes, opened the door with a metal rod. It was such a relief!
We thanked them profusely (Daraius was so embarrassed!), and marveled at the luck we had to get the car unlocked. What were the chances of having a mechanic with his tools in his truck park right next to us?! We’re always blessed with the kindness of strangers.
After the incident, we took about 40 minutes to drive to our hotel. Kaanapali (where the Hyatt Regency is located ) is very developed and touristy, and we sat in more traffic than we expected. The views were nice though – I loved seeing the mountains by the ocean, it and reminded me of California. On the way, we saw lots of strip malls, restaurants, and other shops.
There were even a few fruit stalls on the road. We also passed a few beach front campgrounds, full of locals with their entire families. The barbequed meats they were grilling sure did smell good!
Finally, we got to our hotel, the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa.