The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa is, hands down, one of my favorite luxury resorts in the entire state of Hawaii. It’s on the southern side of Kauai, in an area called Poipu Beach — this is of note because Kauai is a rainy, rainy island, but Poipu is its sunny side. In fact, while talking to Diann Hartman, the Grand Hyatt Kauai’s Director of PR, she told me that she can’t count the number of times that travelers staying on the north shore of Kauai — the Hanalei Bay area — have called pleading to switch resorts to the Grand Hyatt, because they were missing the sun during their Hawaii vacation!
Now, merely being on the reliably sunny side of Kauai isn’t the reason the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa is one of the best luxury resort hotels in Hawaii. I mean, sure, no one wants to be completely rained out during a tropical vacation, but Kauai is the wettest Hawaiian island; a little rain is par for the course. The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa is a lovely, casually sophisticated and high end resort hotel with the amenities you’d expect (including room service, flat screen TV, etc, but don’t stay inside too much!).
The property is stunning. It is so well maintained and designed to show off the natural beauty of Hawaii that it puts those “big box” hotels to shame. Wandering the gently curved pathways promotes serenity and a peaceful, relaxed mental state. The Anara Spa, with its indoor-outdoor approach to the full therapeutic effects of spa treatments, is a vacation in itself. The man-made sandy lagoon, with kayaks and child-friendly “floaties,” looks completely organic to the property, as if it’s been there since the island was born. Hop over the dunes, and the ocean roars and rushes: A little too rough for small children, but great for those of us who enjoy the thrill of the waves.
- 602 guest rooms including 37 suites. All guest rooms have lanais or balconies.
- High speed modem and wireless Internet
- Full bath amenities (including toothpaste, because sometimes we forget to pack it)
- Turndown service
- Concierge of Kauai
- Babysitting and the wonderful Camp Hyatt Kauai
- Golf clinics at Poipu Bay Golf Course
- Tennis Clinic at Tennis Garden
- Parrot Talk (with a rotating cadre of parrots and a cockatoo)
- Hawaiian Entertainment and Cultural Education
- Sunrise Fitness as Anara Spa
- Close to Poipu, historic Koloa Town, and a short drive to Spouting Horn Sea Geyser
- 150-foot waterslide, “meandering river” design connecting two large pools
- 11 dining options including sought-after Dondero’s and Tidepools, and cocktails at the Captain’s Bar and Shipwreck Bar
- 45,000 square-foot indoor/outdoor Anara Spa with masseuses trained in traditional Hawaiian treatments
This is a classic resort, no doubt. It was built 30 years ago and while it’s constantly spruced up, polished, and lovingly maintained, the style and flavor remains authentically Hawaii. Kauai is a retreat, no doubt, from the bustle of the everyday world. The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa is a retreat within a retreat. For low-key luxury and some culture during a family vacation in Kauai, the Grand Hyatt is most highly recommended.
Thank you to the Kauai Visitors Bureau for hosting this cultural travel experience.