That was how each day began during our first week in Kauai.
|Sunrise in Kauai from our room|
From the deck on our studio condo we’d sip both morning coffee and evening wine – there was no better ocean view to be had in the complex than ours.
We like luxury.
And we’ve surrounded ourselves in it on this trip.
What we like even better is when we find luxurious accommodations for less!
And that’s what The Scout does best. . .so let me show you what he found and how much it cost.
|Our home away from home - week one Kauai|
|Westin Ocean Resort Villas - Princeville, Kauai|
|Bathroom, kitchen and laundry off the entry hall|
|BBQs with a view|
|Beach at St. Regis Hotel - and its view: NaPali Coast|
So . . .What we paid:
This room is called a Premium Studio, 512 sq. ft. plus 44 sq. ft. balcony.
Rate per night on the Westin site: $450;
on Expedia $399.
We paid: $150 per night, booking through the owner’s rental site. I’ve listed a few of them below.
If You Go:
The Scout did a quick Google search for ‘timeshare rentals’ and found a number of websites, including Redweek.com, Sellmytimesharenow.com, TUG (Timeshare Users Group)com.
Note: We didn’t expect to have an ocean view as it hadn’t been specified in the rental - it was luck of the draw. “Ocean views” -- should you book one -- can be tricky because some places consider even a peek-a-boo view of water as ocean view. Do a bit of research and check floor plans.
Common Sense Note: We rented from owners using two different web sites. We did not send full payment at the time of booking. We made a payment to hold the reservation but waited until confirmations were sent, in this case from The Westin, with our name on the rental and a confirmation number before we made the final payment. (We also called The Westin prior to arrival to make sure we did have a reservation.)
Next week I’ll “show and tell” the luxury for less we found on the island’s other side our second week. Hope you’ll come check it out~ until then, Happy Travels. And thanks for your visit!
Linking to three incredible blogs:
Travel Photo Thursday – Budget Travelers Sandbox
Weekend Travel Inspirations – Reflections en Route
Mosaic Monday- Lavender Cottage Gardening
What a great way to save money especially on amazing sites that command those types of prices - great find and thanks for sharing this concept!ReplyDelete
Glad you found it of interest, Noel. Thanks much for the comment and visit!Delete
Beautiful accom, Jackie. The price is amazingly good. I'd love to cook on that barbecue with a view :)ReplyDelete
It really was a luxe getaway, Nancie and at a price that for Hawaii was very reasonable! Thanks for hosting Travel Photo Thursday!!Delete
$150!! That's incredible, especially considering that view and how nice the accommodations are. You have definitely peaked my interest in looking more into how to do this myself. The last time we were in Maui, my uncle offered us his Westin timeshare for free. Free is good, but I can't rely on that deal every time. (P.S. Was this after your Greek disappointment? Good way to distract yourself.)ReplyDelete
Great tips -- Scout did well! Nothing wrong with 'eating at home" when you've got a place like that with such awesome views. Ah, Kauai!ReplyDelete
Yes, he did well on this find and did even better on our second week. . .stay tuned! (And thanks for the visit!!)Delete
This really does look and sound like luxury :) Great that you managed to save some pennies along the way too!ReplyDelete
Yes, Catherine, we did save some pennies. . .of course those pennies we 'saved' usually go towards more travel so not sure how it balances out. Thanks much for stopping by!Delete
Hi Jackie, what an amazing "home" you found in Kuia! Scout did a great job. Keith loves to BBQ and with a view like that he might want to do it several times a day! Great tips about renting a timeshare unit. We have not done it and will definitely keep your tips in mind.ReplyDelete
We really did enjoy the bbq's . . .in addition to the view, we met some other interesting folks (all who love travel) so the time always sped by as we 'cooked' dinner. . .thanks much for your visit!Delete
Thanks much for your visit, Janet!!Delete
It looks like an incredible place to spend some time. I hadn't thought of looking at time share rentals before, so thank you for the tip.ReplyDelete
Glad I might have provided some helpful information and thanks much for the visit, Karen. Happy week ahead~ JackieDelete
Sounds wonderful! Happy Mosaic Monday!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much for the visit! Happy week and Mosaic Monday to you as well!Delete
Knowing I will likely never travel to Kauai, I took in every detail and put myself in your shoes. My hubby and I would have loved the place with this view, morning coffee and access to BBQs would have put him on cloud 9.ReplyDelete
What a great bargain and fabulous way to journal the stay on your blog.
Thank you for linking to Mosaic Monday Jackie.
Oh Judith we've learned never to say never when it comes to travel possibilities, so maybe one day you will get to enjoy that same scene over morning coffee (and put your husband to work on that bbq!) Take care - JackieDelete
I like luxury, too. You've found a great way to enjoy all the perks at a reasonable price. Looks lovely.ReplyDelete
We really did get a deal and love these self-catering places much more than hotel rooms these days. Thanks much for the visit Lorrie - Happy Monday to you!Delete
Thanks for the visit, Lilli!!Delete
You and the Scout are a match made in heaven, and it sure seems like heaven on earth where you stayed, Jackie! What stunning views!! So glad you could enjoy this level of luxury for so much less!ReplyDelete
Oh it was a heavenly view that's for sure Poppy! Thanks so much for your visit- hope all is well in Crete, another heavenly place to my way of thinking! Hugs, J.Delete
Wow is all I can say...fabulous accommodations and now I know how to get there myself!! Thanks.ReplyDelete
Hi Donna, and thanks much for the visit. Hope my tips will help you save some travel dollars should you find yourself in Kauai. . . Have a great week!ReplyDelete
Our stay at this property convinced us we were going to move to Kauai, and we did! Nanea is one of our favorite restaurants for special occasions, and there was nothing like working poolside with a handsome cabana boy to serve drinks. ;-)ReplyDelete