Pets at Hyatt Regency Mission Bay get their own “Pawsport” loyalty program

Do you own a pampered pooch? Thanks to Hyatt Regency Mission Bay‘s new Pawsport program, your four-legged friend can receive “top dog” treatment during their stay.

“Stainless steel bowls, plush dog beds and a haute-dog menu ensure your pooch will be lavishly spoiled while away from home,” said leader of the hotel pack, General Manager Moshen Khaleghi.

At check-in, furry friends will receive their own Pet Pawsport with vital information about program offerings and stamp boxes to the track number of hotel visits that quickly add up to posh pet prizes.

Similar to the Hyatt Gold Passport program for their two-legged guests, the Pet Pawsport rewards your critters frequent stays with added amenities and amazing awards, including cool gift certificates and personalized identification carrier tag. “The more times your dog stays here, the bigger and better the prize,” noted Khaleghi.

Even first-time guests can enjoy the in-room doggie menu with its mouth-watering and tail-wagging entrees. For $5 each, order up all-nature human-edible items such as Breath Bustin Biscuits, Woofie Cookies, Snicker-Poodles and Mission Bay Liver. The hotel offers tons of shady and sunny places for dogs to romp and roam. There are plenty of parks and “barking lots” with disposal bays and trash bins as well as fresh watering holes.

Pet-friendly room rates start at $189 per night with a daily $30-50 service fee for guests traveling with their dog. Pets up to 50 pounds are allowed, multiple dogs cannot exceed 75 pounds in total. Guests must sign a waiver at check-in.

Hyatt Resorts director dishes on Hyatt’s new promotion

Last week we announced the launch of Hyatt’s new promotion on their Resorts Facebook page, the Best of All Worlds program. Hyatt has asked Gadling to pick two lucky winners for their own free night at any Hyatt resort. But we wondered … just why is Hyatt doing this? What’s the motivation behind the promotion? We caught up with Doug Sears, general manager of the Grand Hyatt Kauai, to get the dish on the free stays.

Q. Why did Hyatt decide to launch the Best of All Worlds program?

A. People travel to experience something different than their everyday life. Many travel to learn about different cultures and do activities that might not be readily available to them where they live. Hyatt Resorts are located in uniquely different locations that can provide visitors the opportunity to do just these things in a comfortable setting.

Q. What is new and exciting about your property?

A. We are currently renovating our guest rooms to bring the beauty of Kauai indoors. With clean and simple furniture, the 600 square foot rooms are maximized while creating a comfortable atmosphere for guests. Elements of Hawaii’s culture are ever present from the artwork which is based on petroglyphs found in nearby sandstone to the headboard carved with the shape of native Hapuu ferns. Our Hawaiian classic style melds a relaxed yet timeless elegance.

We also are very committed to reducing our environmental footprint and have an exciting new opportunity for guests where they can rent hybrid cars by the hour from Green Car Hawaii. We are the first resort in Hawaii to offer this. It is modeled on car sharing programs. Next year they will be adding full electric vehicles to their fleet and slowly weeding out the hybrids. We are hoping we will be able to power these cars directly from our photovoltaic system that currently creates clean power for the resort.Q. Your campaign is all about the best of all worlds, what are some of the best activities on and off that hotel goers could enjoy?

A. The resort’s water wonderland featuring a quiet adult pool, active river pool, 150-ft water slide and saltwater lagoon provides endless fun. In addition there’s:

  • The National Tropical Botanical Garden is nearby with lovely gardens to tour.
  • Waimea Canyon and Kokee State Park make for great sightseeing and hiking.
  • If adventure is your style there are ATV rides, ziplining, kayaking, horseback riding, and more all available nearby.
  • Spend the day simply driving and enjoying the island’s beauty, stop at some beaches and waterfalls along the way.
  • Make your vacation more meaningful by volunteering at one of our ENRICH program partners – The Kauai Humane Society, National Tropical Botanical Garden, Hui o Laka, or Surfrider Foundation.

Q. Since the recession, have you noticed any changes in the way people are vacationing? Do people spend more time relaxing or more time doing activities?

A. I think there is still a nice mix of active days and relaxing days. Most people do at least one or two activities while here, whether it is a sunset cruise or something more active like a bike or kayak tour, but everyone is looking for great value for their time and money spent.

Q. We’ve heard that some of the resorts are hosting special offers related to this program, if travelers come to your resort, will they be able to enjoy any complementary services or offers?

A. Free and nearly free things to do at the resort include:

  • Make a lei.
  • Learn traditional Hawaiian weaving.
  • Play, play, play in the water wonderland
  • Enjoy live Hawaiian music (and a spectacular view) each night from 6-8pm at Seaview Terrace.
  • Get your picture taken with the beautiful parrots and cockatoos in our lobby atrium at Parrot Talk
  • Learn to play the ukulele.
  • Talk story and learn some area history with local woodcarver, Jack Churchill.
  • Take a scenic hike along the Mahaulepu Historical Trail that begins across the beach to the east of the hotel. Ask the concierge for a map with information on native plants and history along the way.

Intrigued? Don’t forget to sign up for the Gadling Giveaway for a chance to win a free night at any Hyatt Resort!

Win free Hyatt resort stays in their “Best Of All Worlds” challenge

Now the Hyatt “Big Welcome Back” promotion is over, Hyatt has launched another way for you to win free nights. This time, they are promoting their resort properties, and by heading on over to their Facebook page and uploading a photo, five lucky winners will win a two night stay at any Hyatt Resort in the world. Ten runner-ups will win 7000 Hyatt Gold Passport points.

Click here for the contest entry page. Enter your personal information, then pick your favorite Hyatt Resort location. To complete your entry, upload a photo of your favorite vacation activity. The winners will be selected from the Hyatt Resort with the most votes.

The contest started yesterday, and lasts till July 28 (but you can only upload pictures until July 26th). You’ll obviously need a Facebook account to enter, as well as a Hyatt Gold Passport account for the free points.