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Hawaii is probably the most popular destination for hotel awards and Marriott is one of the largest programs with people vying for award nights.
Here, we’ve found our favorite Marriott Rewards redemptions in Hawaii first based on overall value and style and then categorized by travel for families, luxury, beaches, or for the fewest points.
For research purposes, we checked the same dates at all properties to determine approximate value per point. We looked at a couple weekday low season dates as well as a few weekend high season rates to try to get a good value range. Depending on exactly when you are looking to travel, however, our valuations are not hard and fast rules. You should take a look at all of the available options for your trip to determine which option is the best choice for you.
We value Marriott points at about 0.7 cents each, so that’s a good baseline for a decent deal. Anything above 1 cent is a great deal (like a $350 hotel for 35,000 points), and getting 2 cents per point in value is a rare, outstanding deal.
Unfortunately, Hawaii is not an inexpensive destination – either in dollars or points. Throughout our research, values were often found to be less than 0.7 cents per point. In this case it probably makes more sense to book a cash rate or look into alternatives like Airbnb, unless you are just swimming in points. You’ll tend to save more money using points on weekend nights, which tend to be more expensive in cash, but the same price as weekdays in points. Keep this in mind when booking because you can always make a cash reservation for part of your stay and pay for the more expensive nights with points.
Here are our picks for the best value Marriott properties in Hawaii:
Best for Luxury
If you have the points to spare, you can’t go wrong with a Ritz. The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua is a gorgeous 5-star property that gets pretty great reviews across all of the travel review sites. In addition to the great pools and beach, The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua has a spa, two championship 18-hole golf courses, and other activities that span both the ocean and the mountains. Values were pretty spectacular on all of the dates we checked ranging from 1.06 to 1.31 cents per point.
Mauna Kea Beach is not a 5-star hotel, but is included in this category for its spectacular reviews. Mauna Kea Beach is situated on Kauna’oa Bay and has plenty of activities to keep you busy including championship golf, tennis, and both beach and cultural activities around the Big Island. Values on the dates we checked ranged from 0.75 to 1.06 cents per point, a good value for Marriott Rewards.
Best for Budget
Hawaii is not a place that there are budget Marriott hotels available. At best, there is one property available that you may be able to redeem only 25,000 points per night for, however, we did not see that rate on any of the nights that we researched. During the nights we researched, values ranged between 0.61 and 0.75 cents per point. At these values it might make more sense to pay cash rather than points.
Best for Families
The Kaua’i Marriott Resort is only 2.4 miles away from Lihue Airport, so after you have traveled all the way to Hawaii with your family you don’t need to spend even more time getting to the hotel. The Kaua’i Marriott Resort has all of your normal adult resort activities like golf, a spa, and fine dining, but there’s a bonus here for families is the Kid’s Club. Values on our selected research dates ranged between 0.75 and 0.82 cents per point.
Staying at the Residence Inn isn’t the most glamorous way to do Hawaii, but a hotel that includes breakfast in the room rate can’t be overlooked when you are traveling with the whole family. And all rooms have a small kitchen facility. Food prices in Hawaii can really add up fast, so this is an easy way to reduce your food costs at least a little bit. All of the rooms are quite large which will also give everyone a little bit of extra space. The Residence Inn Maui Wailea is brand new as of summer 2016 so you’ll even be one of the first people to stay there! On the dates we researched, values ranged between 1.03 and 1.37 cents per point, some of the best we found in our searches.
Best for Beaches
The Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Spa is located on 5.2 acres on the island of Oahu. The resort is located next to Diamond Head Crater and other attractions too, so if you get tired of laying on the beach there will still be plenty to do. Redemption values at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Spa ranged from 0.61 to 0.93 cents per point on the dates we checked.
If you would rather stay on Maui, the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort and Spa is your hotel! The hotel is under renovation until December 2016 and may parts of the hotel have already been renovated which makes now a great time to stay. In addition to a gorgeous beach, there’s a full service spa, golf, fitness center, pool, and fantastic dining options. Points values at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort and Spa were consistently great ranging between 1.06 and 1.26 cents per point.
These are just a start – it’s always worth spending time to research off the beaten path hotels, and for more read our guide to getting the most out of your Marriott points.