Intro & United economy plus Chicago to Lihue
Sheraton Kauai resort and spa
St. Regis Princeville
Kayaking to Secret Falls
Queensbath and Hideaway Beach
Hiking Kalalau Trail
Napali coast boat ride
Grand Hyatt Kauai
Food and Drink of Kauai
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St Regis Princeville
After a long day at Wiamea Canyon we drove all the way to the north side of Kauai to Princeville. I had booked a week at the St. Regis Princeville using points. By the time we arrived the sun had just set and the views were amazing for the latter part of the drive. We pulled up to the entrance and were met by the nicest bunch of valets and bell staff. There is a fee for parking and I believe it was a hefty $30 a night if I recall. We were given lei’s and escorted inside and met with a front desk agent. Like most other St. Regis’ you are seated at a desk or table to go over the checkin details. We were offered a king bed garden view or two standard beds and an ocean view room. We went with the ocean view room which ended up being room 216. We were pretty messy and dirty from hiking up in Wiamea Canyon and felt kind of scrubby arriving at the hotel like that but oh well.
There was a decent amount of activity in the hotel bar and lobby area when we checked in due to people having drinks after watching the amazing sunset that the property affords. When arriving at our room we were pleasantly surprised as they left a tasty chocolate happy birthday cake for my birthday. The room was very nice as well but it was pitch dark outside so I could not see the view at that time. The next day when I woke up I immediately went to look outside and was blown away by the views!!!! The view and setting of this property is unbeatable and have yet to have a property top it. Hanalei Bay and the beach are right outside the window which opens up completely to get a nice breeze.
Walkthrough of the room below:
We did have a light lunch at the poolside establishment. I will say that it was about a $75 meal for two drinks and two smaller appetizers with tip! Drinks are at least $15 and up for most. One day at the pool we laid around and had drinks and I think we each had three cocktails each and the bill was over $100. The drinks are good however and this is in line with most other luxury hotels.
Monarch Ocean View Suite Room 807
On our last night they agreed to upgrade us to a Monarch Suite. I asked on checkin for an upgrade and he said they were full until the last night. I offered to pay $100 a night for an upgrade for the week and he said they couldn’t do that but he could upgrade for free on the last night so I took it.
The Monarch Suites are the same as the Prince Jr suites generally but have an outdoor lanai (patio). This room is obviously nicer than our previous room and was much more spacious. The bathroom seemed nicer due to the color scheme of the marble/tile and it had the nice view out to the ocean from the shower. These rooms also came with full butler service and had two TV’s with a bigger living area.
Walkthrough of the room below:
We redeemed 80,000 Starwood points for this one week stay at the St. Regis. This is a lot of Starwood points but the rates for this property during our stay were over $400 a night and the Monarch suite was around $700+ per night if we paid cash. It was nice to not pay a dime for our room (aside from the $30 daily valet parking fee). We did of course spend money on food and drinks here but we do that no matter where we stay.
This was a category six property in 2012 when we stayed however six months later (in 2013) it was increased to a category seven. The difference between the categories are large in this case. We paid 20,000 per night and you get the fifth night free with week long points stays using Starwood points. Currently it would be 30,000 points per night or 120,000 points per week!! I will never redeem points for a category seven it just seems to be such a drastic amount of points for one night.
These points were earned by opening up the Starwood SPG American Express card. It offers 25,000 point signup bonus for spending $5000 within six months. After spending the 5,000 you will have 30,000 points total. I did one card and my spouse did another card. I referred her thus received a 5,000 referral bonus as well thus totaling 65,000 points between just those two cards!