Destination: The Grand Hyatt Kauai
Our luggage arrived immediately and we laughed about our last time we arrived at Lihue airport when we waited for our baggage for what seemed like a very long time. When we asked which carousel to pick up our bags, the answer was “A” or “B” – the only 2 carousels in the airport. LOL! And sure enough – 1 bag arrived on carousel 1 and the other on carousel 2. This time both bags were in carousel 1.
We shuttled to the National rental car lot and picked up our mid-sized sedan. It’s pretty laid-back in Kauai and the rental car lot was rather rustic – so true for most of Kauai. We got directions and drove the 20-minute drive or so to the south side (sunny side) of the island toward Poipu.
After a lei greeting at check-in, we headed for our oceanfront room and started taking pictures. Everything was nicely appointed, with king-sized bed, chaise lounge, desk, chair, flat screen TV, dresser, refrigerator, extra storage, closet, and bathroom with separate tub/shower, double sinks, and water closet.
But as soon as we opened the slider to the lanai, we started taking pictures of the incredible ocean view. If we compare these pics to our last trip, they probably look the same. But the view was so incredible, we couldn’t stop snapping pictures of it.
We had plans to head straight for the Seaview Terrace to toast our first sunset, but we were so exhausted after the trip, we unpacked, relaxed on the Lanai, listened to the ocean, and ordered room service – a Mahi Mahi sandwich – so delicious!
It was 3 hours earlier in Kauai, but we were on Las Vegas time, so we went to bed early. But the next morning, we got up at 5:30 a.m. Kauai time – still dark – to sit out on the Lanai and listen to the fabulous sounds of the ocean – something we sorely miss after living in the desert for the past 18 months. We’re used to living near beaches, and so to be without an ocean is difficult for us, but oh so sweet when being within reach of such a gorgeous one.
We drank in the views, the sounds, and the smells. We even embraced the humidity, and noticed the similarities between the tropical feel of Florida and Hawaii. And then we headed for the complimentary breakfast buffet at the Ilima Restaurant, and then the pool and the beach.
On our last stay at the Grand Hyatt 11 years ago, we had the club level package ( no longer available). This included breakfast in the club room and the buffet at Ilima Terrace. Well, we found ourselves having breakfast at Ilima Terrace more often than not because of the spectacular views.
The breakfast offerings changed on a daily basis, and we had a wonderful server who greeted us, poured our coffee, and more to come on that.