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Hanalei Bay Resort? Or Try Again?

Discussion in 'Exchanging Timeshares' started by cali-gal, Dec 18, 2018.

  1. cali-gal

    cali-gal TUG Member

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    Hi, all. I just got notified that our Kaanapali Beach Club was exchanged (through II) for a 2 bedroom in Hanalei Bay. Anyone have opinions on keeping this or trying again? How does it compare to Waiohai or Point at Poipu?

    I just stayed in Point at Poipu in November and it was very nice-- even better than expected. That was ocean front that we exchanged into using the new points program for weeks owners. I could try that again, but need to use up my Interval deposit as well. Thoughts and advice appreciated! Thanks!
     
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    I personally love hanalei Bay. The grounds are beautiful. I believe most of the rooms have been updated. You can walk down to the beach in front of the st regis or they have a shuttle to take you. The rooms arent as upscale as point at poipu but are nice and large
     
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    Love Hanalei Bay but will only consider if it’s summer. Winter months up north is really rainy and wet.
     
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    Agree with chellej. The recent reviews (since Grand Pacific took over the management) are good. We stayed at an owner owned unit 10 years ago and loved the resort. It was really beautiful, and the surrounding area is stunning. From recent reviews it looks like the onsite restaurant/bar has finally reopened, which is nice. One thing to keep in mind is that there may be a resort fee, so if you are on the fence that may be a deal breaker.

    I have stayed at Waiohai and really loved it - good swimming right out front. I haven't stayed at Point at Poipu. It looked nice enough, but AC in the bedrooms only. I think that they may also have a resort fee, but I am not 100% sure. Both Waiohai and Point at Poipu have a lot of rooms without views - so as an II exchanger you may wind up being placed in a non-view room. HBR has a lot with views, so your odds of a view may be higher at HBR.

    We are going back to HBR in May. I am excited to see how it turns out, unit-wise.
     
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    The end of May is when we are going, so it should be nice. In terms of rooms, does it look like they are comparable to the Kaanapali Beach Club or am I trading pretty far down?

    Which brings me to the conundrum I have trading with Interval. Even though I'm trading only a one bedroom MOC and KBC, those are still prime trade locations and I would think my trading power should be more than what I have been able to trade into without paying a room upgrade fee. That makes the new DRI and Marriott programs attractive because of the points allotted for what we have.

    Digressing a bit further, I also need to find out when my Marriott points in the new program expire-- I deposited my week at MOC into the Destination Club last year and don't want to lose them. I've never used that program so need to figure it out. The new DRI and Marriott weeks-to-points programs are still a bit confusing to me so I need to determine how those work and weigh those options.
     
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    So, did you keep your trade? We stayed in a 2BR at Hanalei Bay Resort a couple of years ago, and I would definitely trade into it again. I even keep my eyes open for a 2BR unit for sale there. (Like I need another timeshare! :rolleyes: I own Westins, Marriotts, and Hiltons in Hawaii.) The HBR 2BR units are quite large, and many have good views. The furnishings are more rustic Hawaiian than the contemporary style that makes all the big hotel chain timeshares look alike these days. We are fine with rattan, cane, and the Tommy Bahama look. The resort was upgrading the units while we were there, and everything looked nice. The resort feels much more "Hawaiian residential" than the Marriott and Vistana resorts on the islands. In a good way. Just different.

    As others have written, the lush landscaping is beautiful! We loved gathering on the hillside with other guests for sunsets, and a glass of wine or mai tai in the evenings. Everyone cheered the sun on, and ooh-ed and aah-ed over the brilliant sky above the bay and mountains. The restaurant was a fun gathering spot, too. My brother-in-law said they have an excellent happy hour. (DH and I are always out swimming or hiking in Kauai, so we missed happy hour!)

    I hope you enjoy your stay!
     
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