I have been terribly lazy at reviewing properties from my around-the-world 2016 trip that I recently completed. So I may as well start at the beginning! I was one of the lucky few that was able to snag Hyatt Diamond Status earlier this year which came with ten (10) confirmed suite upgrades, and it looks like I am on track to re-qualify. As part of the benefit, I should have had eight (8) suite upgrades, but an error in Hyatt’s reservation brought the total to ten (10). Hyatt was kind enough to let me keep the extras, and besides, I would still have to pay for them. The vast majority of these reservations were made utilizing either the best rate guarantee (now gutted) and the cash & points benefit. Now for the review:
I must admit, I am from Kauai and therefore somewhat bias. However, as Donald Trump says, “beauty is beauty.” And there is no argument that Kauai is one of the most gorgeous places on earth. Likewise, the view from my Grand Ocean Suite was picturesque. Normally, a diamond suite upgrade (DSU) only clears into a Grand Garden Suite, but the staff was kind enough to honor my reservation request and move me one floor up into a Grand Ocean Suite! The Grand Ocean Suite with balcony is enormous. Larger suites with higher ceilings are more common in older facilities, before modern-day bean counters figured out how to squeeze every last sq. ft. out of a property.
The Grand Hyatt Kauai grounds are spectacular, and far more palatial and clean looking than the SPG luxury property farther north on the island. For that reason, whenever I have friends visiting the island I always recommend the Grand Hyatt Kauai. Without question the best aspect of the hotel is the staff. Speaking of which, those with diamond status are also allowed to use the hotel’s Grand Club. I frequently stopped in at all hours of the day to snack and have a chat with the friendly staff. Despite living in Hawaii, for a time I actually started to feel like I was on vacation.
The public beach adjacent to the Grand Hyatt Kauai is named Shipwrecks, a local favorite. During this stay I decided I should play tourist and take a catamaran boating adventure down Kauai’s famous Na Pali Coast. There were turtles, dolphins and even a whale and her calf! I would have taken pictures, but my iPhone doesn’t do them justice as they turn out as mere specs. Luckily now i have an iPhone 7 with an ACTUAL zoom and hopefully a wide angle / telephoto Olloclip addition.
I also highly recommend taking a helicopter ride. The best times to make a reservation is the morning and I used Blue Hawaiian Helicopters Kauai for the tour. Although I was born and raised on this island, I had a hard time appreciating it when I grew up. Now that I’m getting a little older, I am finally starting to understand what everyone continues to rave about. You know what they say, familiarity breeds contempt.
Last modified: December 18, 2016