Trip Report: Kauai 2012 (part 2) Sheraton Kauai Resort and Spa



Intro & United economy plus Chicago to Lihue
Sheraton Kauai resort and spa
Waimea Canyon
St. Regis Princeville
Kayaking to Secret Falls
Queensbath and Hideaway Beach
Hiking Kalalau Trail
Napali coast boat ride
Grand Hyatt Kauai
Westin Princeville
Food and Drink of Kauai


Sheraton Kauai resort and spa

On our first day in Kauai we stayed at the Sheraton Kauai resort and spa.  I wanted to experience a few of the properties on the Island and since the airport is somewhat more south than north this was a closer drive than to heading straight to Princeville.

The property is in Poipu and the weather is amazing. The beach at the resort is very nice and  it appears to be a very family friendly property.  The room itself is your typical Sheraton which means basic or barebones but gets the job done.

Myself outside the property entrance


Room looking to the patio

Video walkthrough of the room below (sorry for the grainy quality as I was using an older iPhone model for the video):


Property grounds

Property grounds

Beachfront walkway

Sheraton beachfront

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Sheraton Kauai pool


The hot tub

More pool

First mai tai’s in Hawaii

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We went to dinner at Rum Fire which is the Sheraton’s main fine dining restaurant.  It is set very close to the beach and allows for great views of the beach and ocean.  The food was actually good as were the drinks.

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Rum Fire restaurant on the left

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Outside waiting area

This was my wife’s entree

My entree

A few drinks with dinner of course


After dinner we walked around the property and stopped to watch the sunset.

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Overall this is a solid property and I would recommend this for anyone on a budget or for families with kids.  Its clean, its on the beach, has a decent pool and the food was fine. Would I pay $300 a night for this property? No I wouldn’t actually and in fact the room rate can run higher than that depending on the time of year. I always think of Sheratons as just the most basic level of hotel and it would be hard to pay that type of rate for a Sheraton.

PointsPinnacle Breakdown

We used points for this first night in Hawaii at the Sheraton Kauai.  We redeemed 4800 Starwood points and $90 using Starwood’s “cash and points” redemption option. So $90 bucks cash outlay for this first night is a good value.  I believe at the time the room rate was around $250 a night. Thus 4800 Starwood points saved us about $150!  Cash and points is not always available for every night for every property as it is capacity controlled whereas with points there is almost always a room available unless the property is sold out.

(Also I would like to note since this trip was taken in 2012 that just recently March 2014 Starwood has raised the points required to stay at this property to 12,000-16,000 a night or 6,000 points plus $110 a night for cash and points)

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Email confirmation for cash and points redemption

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Reservation confirmation email

Remember its easy to rack up Starwood points using their SPG Amex card.  My wife and I have had both the personal and business versions of each card. Each card carries a 25,000 bonus after spending $5,000 within 6 months.



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