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Dreaming of visiting the white sand beaches of Hawaii? With more airlines opening direct routes to these island shores, it’s easier than ever to turn those fantasies into reality. It may not be a cheap trip, but using miles and points can help defray some of the cost.
Marriott is well represented in the Aloha state with 35 properties, so if a Hawaii trip is on your radar, this would be a perfect opportunity to spend your stash of Marriott Bonvoy™ points to cover your lodging.
With the average hotel room in Hawaii running an average of $278 a night, it makes sense to create a strategy for which you can redeem points for a hotel stay to leave you with more cash to spend on, say, surfing lessons.
There are ways to get the most value for your points, including using points on weekend nights, which tend to be more expensive in cash but are the same price as weekdays in points. You can also use the points plus cash option or even make a cash reservation for part of your stay and pay for the more expensive nights with points.
We chose our favorite Marriott Bonvoy redemptions in Hawaii based on location, overall value and style, then categorized each by travel for families, luxury, beaches or the fewest points. For research and comparison purposes, we checked the same dates — Sept. 18-23, 2019, except where noted otherwise. Also, Marriott Bonvoy members who book these hotels for four nights receive a fifth night free.
Here are our picks for the best value Marriott properties in Hawaii:
Best for Luxury
If you have points to spare, you can’t go wrong staying at a Ritz-Carlton property. This gorgeous 5-star, 60,000 points-per-night Category 7 hotel is located just north of Maui’s Kaanapali Beach. In addition to the great pools and direct beach access, the hotel also has a spa and two championship 18-hole golf courses — one designed by Arnold Palmer and the other named the No. 1 golf course in Hawaii by Golfweek magazine. Take a hike in Waiʻanapanapa State Park to see one of Maui’s volcanic-sand beaches, visit the Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum or go snorkeling at Black Rock.
This resort charges a $35-a-day resort fee. A five-night stay in a one-bedroom residential suite with a king bed, a sofa bed and garden view would cost:
- 540,000 points
- $1,500 plus 240 points, or
This Category 6 property, situated on Kauna’oa Bay, isn’t a 5-star hotel, but we included it in the luxury category because of all its amenities. Play a round on the Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed Mauna Kea Golf Course, relax on the soft white sand beach at Kauna’oa Bay, play a match or two at the Seaside Tennis Club or enjoy the hotel’s free Mauna Kea collection art tour. If you choose to go off-property, consider taking a day trip to the Mauna Kea Observatory to see spectacular sunsets and stargazing or explore the Kohala Coast with a diving excursion.
A king or two double room with a balcony and golf view would cost:
- 540,000 points, or
The same room, but with queen beds, booked Sept. 25-30, 2019, would cost $750 plus 200,000 points.
Best for Value
Hawaii is not a place to find budget Marriott hotels. However, this 25,000 point-per-night Category 4 property is a bargain when compared with Marriott’s other 34 properties. Located beachfront on the Big Island of Hawaii, the hotel is nearby popular destinations including Hulihe’e Palace and Kailua Bay. There’s a spa and yoga studio and an outdoor pool with cabana and daybed rentals. Play a round of golf at Kona Country Club with both ocean and mountain views.
A balcony room with a king bed and a sofa bed for five nights would cost:
- 100,000 points, or
If you want the cash and points option, that same room will run you $525 plus 60,000 points Sept. 5-10, 2019.
The other Category 4 property in Hawaii you may want to consider is the Courtyard Kaua’i at Coconut Beach. A king or 2-queen ocean view with a balcony would cost 100,000 points, but you will pay a $20-per-day resort fee.
Best for Families
This Category 6, 50,000-points-per-night resort is less than two miles away from Lihue Airport, so after a long flight, you don’t need to spend even more time getting there — plus the hotel has a free shuttle. There’s plenty of things to do for kids and adults. There’s a children’s pool that’s a mini-oasis, specially designed for guests aged 12 and under with a waterslide. For adults, there’s the main pool where you can sit in a shaded lounge chair or on a special lounging couch, and enjoy one of five whirlpools, all with views of Kalapaki Beach, the Pacific Ocean and the surrounding green mountains.
Kalapaki Beach is great for beginner surfers, stand-up paddleboarder and kayakers. The calm waters are also perfect for snorkeling. The hotel’s beach boys are ready with equipment rentals and lessons for guests. The Kaua’i Marriott Resort has the Jack Nicklaus signature Ocean Course at Hokuala, the longest in Hawaii, and the Alexander Day Spa and Salon.
If you want to explore the island of Kauai, enjoy family-friendly activities, such as snorkeling at Lydgate State Park Beach, the Hawaii Movie Tour, the Opaekaa Falls scenic overlook and Kauai Backcountry Adventures and Zipline.
You’ll pay a $35 per day resort fee at the Kaua’i Marriott Resort. A balcony garden view room with a king bed and sofa bed for a five-night stay would cost:
- 200,000 points, or
The cash-and-points option is not available for the selected dates, but if booked Sept. 11-16, 2019, would cost $500 and 200,000 points.
Staying at the Residence Inn — a Category 6, 50,000-points-per-night hotel — isn’t the most glamorous way to do Hawaii, but you can’t beat a hotel that includes a free breakfast when traveling with the family. Since all the hotel’s rooms also have a small kitchen, it’s a good way to control what you spend on food.
The hotel has a free area shuttle and is near popular attractions like Makena and Wailea beaches and The Shops at Wailea. Play a round at the Robert Trent Jones, Jr.-designed Wailea Golf Club, rated one of the best courses in the country by Golf Magazine and Golf Digest. Go whale watching off the coast of Maui or enjoy the Wailele Polynesian Luau.
A studio room with two queen beds and a sofa bed for five nights would cost:
- 200,000 points, or
No cash-and-point options were available at this hotel in 2019.
Best for Beaches
This Category 6 property is located on 5.2 acres on the island of Oahu next to Diamond Head. The Ala Wai Municipal Golf Course has views of Diamond Head, the Koolau mountain range and the Waikiki skyline. Enjoy the sun on Waikiki Beach or take a dip in one of the hotel’s two heated pools. Visit Honolulu-area attractions including Pearl Harbor, Waikiki Aquarium, the Honolulu Zoo and the Nu’uanu Pali Lookout.
An ocean view balcony king or two double room for five nights would cost:
- 245,000 points
- $225 plus 200,000 points, or
The bottom line
These Hawaiian hotels and resorts are just a start. It’s worth spending some time to research more Marriott options in the Aloha state. Consider what amenities — beach access, golf courses, a spa, pools, kid-friendly activities and local attractions — you would enjoy most during your stay.
Check which hotels offer the best value, including whether you pay with Bonvoy points, cash or a mix of both. Also consider the time of year you’re visiting, since availability can be especially tight during Hawaii’s peak season, which is mid-December to mid-April. The last two weeks of December and the first week of January are also especially popular.