Starwood hotels in Hawaii

Starwood and Marriott hotels in Hawaii that you can book with points

Update 4/17/18: SPG and Marriott Rewards will be integrated into one loyalty program beginning August 1, 2018.  At that time, any existing SPG points will become points in the new program at a ratio of 1:3 (1 Starpoint=3 points in the new program).  Current SPG and Marriott redemption charts will be eliminated and one award chart will be implemented.  The chart has been released, but we do not yet know which properties are assigned to each category.  I will update this post once we know the new category assignments.  In the meantime, you have until August 1 to book with current SPG rates.

I’ve written about how to fly to Hawaii for free, but I wanted to also give some hotel options.  This post will cover Starwood hotels in Hawaii.  At some point I will also cover properties in Hawaii owned by other chains such as Hyatt and Hilton.

Since Marriott acquired Starwood in 2017, you can also use your Starpoints to book Marriott properties by transferring your Starpoints to Marriott.  You can read more about that here.

You can transfer points between Starwood and Marriott

Please note that this is a unique situation, and you generally cannot transfer points between different hotel chains.  For example, there is no way to transfer Hyatt points to Hilton.  Or Hilton to Starwood.  Or Marriott to Hyatt.  You get the picture.

At the time of publishing, both programs continue to operate separately, but you have the option to transfer points between the two programs.  Currently, the transfer ratio is 3 Marriott Rewards points for every Starpoint.  This means for every 1,000 Starpoints, you can get 3,000 Marriott Rewards points.

The merge means great deals on Marriott properties booked with points transferred from SPG

The transfer ratio between Starwood and Marriott is favorable to Starpoints.  For example, a Marriott hotel that costs 30,000 Marriott Rewards points per night will only cost 10,000 Starpoints.  That is because a transfer of 10,000 Starpoints to Marriott yields 30,000 Membership Rewards points.  I will list the cost of Marriott properties with Marriott Rewards in case anyone reading this has a stash of Marriott Rewards to spend. 

Starwood and Marriott each have several properties in Hawaii.  The merger means there is a combined total of 27 properties!  There are 13 Starwood hotels in Hawaii.  Marriott has a total of 14 hotels in Hawaii.

  • Maui: 4 Starwood, 4 Marriott
  • Big Island: 2 Starwood, 3 Marriott
  • Kauai: 3 Starwood, 3 Marriott
  • Oahu: 4 Starwood, 4 Marriott
Na Pali Coast

Napali Coast, Kauai

Starwood is my favorite hotel program.  Unless I am making a purchase for which I would earn bonus category points such as restaurants, I use my Starwood Amex for almost all of my spending.  SPG is unique because unlike most hotel loyalty programs, you can transfer points to several airlines at a 1:1 ratio.  So in addition to using Starpoints to book hotels, you can also use them to book flights when you transfer them to airline partners.  This makes Starpoints extremely flexible.  Flexible points are my favorite points!


Below is a list of 11 Hawaii hotels to consider booking with Starpoints  

All of these prices were taken from random dates for July 2018.  Remember that prices could be more or less depending on when you plan to visit.  But this is a good reference if you’re comparing values at different properties.  Because you can use your Starpoints to book both Marriott and Starwood hotels in Hawaii, I’ve included both!

These are the 11 properties that I think are the best value for your points, but I’ll list every SPG and Marriott property in Hawaii later in this post, plus a value analysis of each if booked with points.

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Kauai hotels on points

Spend your money on helicopter tours, not hotel stays!

Maui:
1. The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka’anapali (Starwood Category 6)
  • Cost per night: 20,000 Starpoints
  • Value: $419
2. Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott, Maui(Marriott Category 8)
  • Cost per night: 40,000 Marriott Rewards points or ~13,300 Starpoints
  • Value: $455
3. The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua(Ritz tier 4)
  • Cost per night: 60,000 Marriott Rewards points or 20,000 Starpoints
  • Value: $587
Oahu
1. The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, Waikiki  (Starwood Category 6)
  • Cost per night: 25,000 Starpoints
  • Value: $470
2. The Laylow, Autograph Collection(Marriott Category 8)
  • Cost: 40,000 Marriott Rewards points or ~13,300 Starpoints
  • Value: $275
Big Island
1. Hapuna Beach Resort  (Starwood Category 5)
  • Cost per night: 12,000 Starpoints
  • Value: $309
2. Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection (Marriott Category 9)
  • Cost per night: 45,000 Marriott Rewards points or 15,000 Starpoints
  • Value: $470
Starwood Big Island hotels

The beach at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is so beautiful!

  • Cost per night: 40,000 Marriott Rewards points or ~13,300 Starpoints
  • Value: $313
Kauai
1. The St. Regis Princeville Resort  (Starwood Category 7)
  • Cost per night: 30,000-35,000
  • Value: $622
2. Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Autograph Collection(Marriott Category 8)
  • Cost per night: 40,000 Marriott Rewards points or 13,300 Starpoints
  • Value: $295
3. Kaua’i Marriott Resort (Marriott Category 8)
  • Cost: 40,000 Marriott Rewards points or ~13,300 Starpoints
  • Value: $339

How to earn Starwood points:

Starwood Award Chart:

SPG award chart

Remember that for categories 3-7, Starwood gives a 5th night free when you redeem Starpoints for 4 nights!

How to earn Marriott points:

  • sign-up bonuses from the Marriott co-branded credit card from Chase
  • everyday spending on the Marriott co-branded credit card from Chase
  • Marriott Rewards points can also be transferred from SPG.
  • If you have a Chase Sapphire credit card, you can transfer Ultimate Rewards points to Marriott Rewards at a 1:1 ratio.
  • Of course, you can also earn Marriott Rewards points for paid stays at Marriott properties

Marriott Rewards chart


Here is a list of every SPG and Marriott property on each island in Hawaii.

Remember that 5th night is free at Starwood and Marriott so you may end up getting even more value for your points.

Maui

Hawaii hotels on points

One of our many stops on the road to Hana

SPG properties in Maui:

The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka’anapali (Starwood Category 6)
  • Cost per night: 20,000 Starpoints
  • Value: $419
  • That’s over 2 cents per point
Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa  (Starwood Category 6)
  • Cost per night: 20,000 Starpoints
  • Value: $408
  • About 2 cents per point
The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas  (Starwood Category 6)
  • Cost per night: 25,000 Starpoints
  • Value: $479
  • Almost 2 cents per point
The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas, Ka’anapali  (Starwood Category 6)
  • Cost per night: Should be 20,000 or 25,000 per night since it is category 6, but I was unable to find any dates available to book on points online.  That does not mean there is no availability though.  Some properties require you to book over the phone rather than online.  So if you’re interested in this property, you can call 1-888-625-4988 to check for availability.  This is a fairly new property so I was unable to find any data points of people booking this property on points.
  • Value: $839
  • If you’re lucky enough to find availabilty and book this for 20,000 or 25,000 Starpoints per night, this is an excellent value.

Starwood hotels in Hawaii

Marriott Maui properties

Residence Inn Maui Wailea (Marriott Category 8)
  • Cost per night: 40,000 Marriott Rewards points
  • Value: $284
  • I would not transfer Ultimate Rewards to Marriott to book this property but I could transfer SPG to Marriott at a ratio of 3 to 1.  In other words it would cost a little over 13,000 Starpoints per night to book this property, which is a value of over 2 cents per point.
Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott, Maui(Marriott Category 8)
  • Cost per night: 40,000 Marriott Rewards points
  • Value: $455
  • I would not transfer Ultimate Rewards to Marriott to book this property but I could transfer SPG to Marriott at a ratio of 3 to 1.  In other words it would cost a little over 13,000 Starpoints per night to book this property, which is a value of over 3 cents per point. 
The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua(Ritz tier 4)
  • Cost per night: 60,000 Marriott Rewards points
  • Value: $587
  • I would not transfer Ultimate Rewards to Marriott to book this property but I could transfer SPG to Marriott at a ratio of 3 to 1.  In other words it would cost 20,000 Starpoints per night to book this property, which is a value of almost 3 cents per point. 
Courtyard Maui Kahului Airport (Marriott Category 7)
  • Cost per night: 35,000 Marriott Rewards points
  • Value: $284
  • I would not transfer Ultimate Rewards to Marriott to book this property but I could transfer SPG to Marriott at a ratio of 3 to 1.  It would cost a little less than 12,000 Starpoints per night to book this property, which is a value of over 2 cents per point.

Hawaiian sunrises are better when your hotel is free!

Oahu 

Starwood Oahu Hotels:

Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, Waikiki Beach (Starwood Category 6)
  • Cost per night: 25,000 Starpoints
  • Value: $404
  • less than 2 cents per point
Sheraton Princess Kaiulani (Starwood Category 5)
  • Cost per night: 16,000 Starpoints
  • Value: $204
  • less than 2 cents per point
The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, Waikiki  (Starwood Category 6)
  • Cost per night: 25,000 Starpoints
  • Value: $470
  • almost 2 cents per point, worth considering 5 nights. 
  • Close to 2 cents per point, and the value would be over 2 cents per point if you stay 5 nights because the 5th night is free
Sheraton Waikiki  (Starwood Category 6)
  • Cost per night: Should be 20,000-25,000 points per night but unavailable on dates I searched.
  • Value: $1140 per night, but this is high compared to some other dates I searched.  Seems like its usually more like $375-$500.
  • This could be a decent value.  I was able to find availability on several other random dates, just not the dates for which I pulled the chart below.

Oahu Marriott hotels

Courtyard Oahu North Shore(Marriott Category 7)
  • Cost per night: 35,000 Marriott Rewards points
  • Value: $227
  • I would not transfer Ultimate Rewards to Marriott to book this property but I could transfer SPG to Marriott at a ratio of 3 to 1.  It would cost a little less than 12,000 Starpoints per night to book this property, which is a value of almost 2 cents per point.
Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa(Marriott Category 8)
  • Cost per night: 40,000 Marriott Rewards points
  • Value: $256
  • I would not transfer Ultimate Rewards to Marriott to book this property but I could transfer SPG to Marriott at a ratio of 3 to 1.  It would cost a little over 13,000 Starpoints per night to book this property, which is a value of over 2 cents per point.
Courtyard Waikiki Beach(Marriott Category 7)
  • Cost per night: 35,000 Marriott Rewards points
  • Value: $234
  • I would not transfer Ultimate Rewards to Marriott to book this property but I could transfer SPG to Marriott at a ratio of 3 to 1.  It would cost a little less than 12,000 Starpoints per night to book this property, which is a value of almost 2 cents per point.
The Laylow, Autograph Collection(Marriott Category 8)
  • Cost: 40,000 Marriott Rewards points
  • Value: $275
  • I would not transfer Ultimate Rewards to Marriott to book this property but I could transfer SPG to Marriott at a ratio of 3 to 1.  It would cost a little over 13,000 Starpoints per night to book this property, which is a value of over 2 cents per point.

Big Island

Starwood hotels on Big Island:

Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay (Starwood Category 4)
  • Cost per night: 10,000 Starpoints
  • Value: $219
  • a little over 2 cents per point
Hapuna Beach Resort  (Starwood Category 5)

I was told by a local that this hotel is currently under renovation and being converted to a Westin property.  Renovations are expected to be complete in the Spring of this year (2018).

  • Cost per night: 12,000 Starpoints
  • Value: $309
  • over 3 cents per point and potentially more because of 5th night free

Starwood hotels in Hawaii

Big Island Marriott properties:

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection (Marriott Category 9)
  • Cost per night: 45,000 Marriott Rewards points
  • Value: $470
  • I would not transfer Ultimate Rewards to Marriott to book this property but I could transfer SPG to Marriott at a ratio of 3 to 1.  It would cost 15,000 Starpoints per night to book this property, which is a value of over 3 cents per point.
  • Cost per night: 40,000 Marriott Rewards points
  • Value: $313
  • I would not transfer Ultimate Rewards to Marriott to book this property but I could transfer SPG to Marriott at a ratio of 3 to 1.  It would cost a little over 13,000 Starpoints per night to book this property, which is a value of about 2.5 cents per point.
Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel(Marriott Category 6)
  • Cost per night: 30,000 Marriott Rewards points
  • Value: $199
  • I would not transfer Ultimate Rewards to Marriott to book this property but I could transfer SPG to Marriott at a ratio of 3 to 1.  It would cost 10,000 Starpoints per night to book this property, which is a value of almost 2 cents per point.

Kauai 

mauna loa private helicopter tour kauai

We hiked the Awaawapuhi trail then went through the Awaawapuhi valley by helicopter

Starwood hotels in Kauai
Sheraton Kauai Resort (Starwood Category 5)
  • Cost per night: 16,000 Starpoints
  • Value: $290
  • under 2 cents per point
The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas   (Starwood Category 6)
  • Cost per night: 25,000 Starpoints
  • Value: $376
  • under 2 cents per point
The St. Regis Princeville Resort  (Starwood Category 7)
  • Cost per night: 30,000-35,000
  • Value: $622
  • 2 cents per point but this property is notorious for limited availability on points
Starwood hotels in Hawaii

Marriott hotels in Kauai

Courtyard Kaua’i at Coconut Beach(Marriott Category 6)
  • Cost per night: 30,000 Marriott Rewards points
  • Value: $209
  • I would not transfer Ultimate Rewards to Marriott to book this property but I could transfer SPG to Marriott at a ratio of 3 to 1.  It would cost 10,000 Starpoints per night to book this property, which is a value of over 2 cents per point.
Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Autograph Collection(Marriott Category 8)
  • Cost per night: 40,000 Marriott Rewards points
  • Value: $295
  • I would not transfer Ultimate Rewards to Marriott to book this property but I could transfer SPG to Marriott at a ratio of 3 to 1.  It would cost a little over 13,000 Starpoints per night to book this property, which is a value of over 2 cents per point.
Kaua’i Marriott Resort (Marriott Category 8)
  • Cost: 40,000 Marriott Rewards points
  • Value: $339
  • I would not transfer Ultimate Rewards to Marriott to book this property but I could transfer SPG to Marriott at a ratio of 3 to 1.  It would cost a little over 13,000 Starpoints per night to book this property, which is a value of about 2.5 cents per point.

 

road to hana maui hawaii waterfall

Chasing waterfalls.  And Starpoints. 

Summary

The Starwood/Marriott merger gives even more great options for Hawaii hotels no matter which island you plan to visit!

 

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