Back in 2007, my husband and I had decided on Kauai for our honeymoon. We had heard wonderful things about this quiet Hawaiian island and knew it was the place for us. Then, after making this decision, a mistake fare in business class to New Zealand happened and we decided to push back our Kauai trip for a New Zealand adventure. So, Kauai became our 2nd honeymoon, taken about 4 months after getting married.
As expected, we fell in love. In general, we do not repeat destinations frequently as there are so many out there that we’d like to try. But, Kauai and St. John have made the repeat list… Using American Airlines miles returning from our Scotland/London trip last May, we added on a flight from Boston to Kauai (via LA) for 0 additional miles and $10 in added taxes per ticket. Obviously, this is a no brainer and something that we do all the time to our award tickets, even if we don’t know if we’ll be able to take the trip.
This trip we were lucky. We had family that have always wanted to travel to a place like Kauai so we were able to help them sign up for a few credit cards and they were able to join us. So, we find ourselves in the Garden Isle. The temperatures are in the high 70’s, rain has yet to make an appearance, and we’re enjoying the company of family we’ve never travelled with before.
After departing Boston, spending a night in LA, and then arriving in Kauai, we again find ourselves at the Grand Hyatt in Poipu. And, we’re loving it. We are staying 8 nights, 4 in a Garden suite, and the remaining 4 in a standard garden room. We have never stayed in a suite before and the look on my husband’s face when we entered is something I’ll remember for a while… He said that the bar has now been set pretty high so I think I’ll have difficulty getting him to appreciate standard rooms from now on.
This morning we spent our time at the man-made salt water lagoon, allowing the kids to play in the sand and wade in the water. The pools here are amazing but nerve wracking to be around if you’re a parent of a 3.5 and a 19 month old. So, the lagoon it is! Shipwreck beach is right at the Hyatt but is really only appropriate for surfers, including Bethany Hamilton (lost her arm to a shark surfing) who is out there surfing as I write this.
We’re spending a low key day today, getting everybody on Hawaiian time and will probably be spending the rest of our time here trying out other beaches along with doing some sightseeing. So far from our perspective Kauai and the Hyatt are just as we left them in 2008 and just confirm why Kauai remains on our “repeat” list!