I was meant to write this post ages ago. It was a quick trip to this secluded island in the Pacific at the beginning of last year. Guam is the southernmost and largest island in the Mariana island chain and is also the largest island in Micronesia. Guam, like the Northern Mariana Islands, is a territory of the United States of America. The Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program allows certain passport holders to travel to Guam and Saipan without a visa. Participating countries/geographic areas: Australia, Brunei, Hong Kong (holders of BNO passport and HKSAR passports), Japan, Malaysia, Nauru, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Republic of South Korea, Taiwan (Residents who begin travel in Taiwan and fly to Guam or Saipan without an intermediate layover or stop en route), and United Kingdom.
I flew from London to Kuala Lumpur via Doha by Qatar Airways. Then onto Manila with Malaysia Airlines. I stopped over in Manila and stayed at the Hyatt Hotel, City of Dreams before continuing my journey to Guam with United Airlines.
The trip from the airport to the Hyatt Regency Guam was about 5-10 mins by the hotel shuttle bus. The hotel was right next to the beach and some shopping areas a few minutes walk away, in the centre of Tumon.
The hotel itself was big with 450 rooms and almost fully occupied due to Korean and Japanese tourists, Guam’s main visitors, school holidays. There was also a Regency Club and as a Hyatt Diamond Member, I used it for complementary breakfast with a spectacular view. the selection of food was fair and nothing to shout about. To be honest, the Club lounge has seen better days. They should learn a thing or two from the Grand Club Lounge at The Grand Hyatt Incheon, South Korea! 😏
My room was upgraded to a suite, which was great but the room itself was a bit dated. It reminded me of a hotel we stayed in as a family in the early 1990’s!
After a quick unpacking of my stuff, I quickly went out to find something to eat in nearby Tumon centre. There were lots of restaurants like TGI Friday, Hard Rock Cafe etc. and also Korean and Japanese restaurants to cater for the Far East Asian market. The currency in Guam is the US Dollar and I found that the prices of food over here is slightly more expensive than the mainland USA.