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Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa: Low-key Luxury in Hawaii

Grand Hyatt Kauai Luxury Resort & Spa in Hawaii (Jennifer Miner)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.

Grand Hyatt Luxury Resort in Hawaii (Jennifer Miner)

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa Family Travel Parrot (Jennifer Miner)Some facts for Hawaii travel planners:

  • 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

Grand Hyatt Kauai Lagoons for Luxury Family Travel (Jennifer Miner)

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.

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa Lanais (Jennifer Miner)

Thank you to the Kauai Visitors Bureau for hosting this cultural travel experience.

12 Responses to “Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa: Low-key Luxury in Hawaii”

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    Jan Ross says:

    We didn’t know anything about Kauai so I’m glad we ended up on the sunny side when we were there last year. We had a press trip with Brendan Vacations and visited four of the islands which was great because we got to see how different each one really is. We really liked Kauai though – maybe because it was our last destination and we were ready to just relax!!

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    Margo says:

    I love Kauai, and love the Grand Hyatt. We had a great experience there in 2006 for a special anniversary (we took the kids with us – I know, nuts ;) Their pool and services are amazing, and we all had a fabulous time.

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    Hartford Brakes says:

    Just looking at the pictures make me want to call in, place a hotel reservation, board a plane and just go there already. Maybe its because Hawaii is an island and modern conveniences like hotel buildings has not ruined the beauty of the place. Its an ideal vacation spot.

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    Theodora says:

    Loving the restrained fear in the parrot picture. “Must. Look. Like. I. Am. Enjoying. This…”

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    Donna Hull says:

    My husband and I enjoyed staying at Poipu, although we didn’t have the opportunity to experience Grand Hyatt Kauai. Did you wander over to Joe’s on the Green for breakfast? They make a mean loco moco.

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    Vago Damitio says:

    I lived on Kauai for several years and I don’t think I would describe the Grand Hyatt as low key in comparison to the rest of the island. In fact, as a kayak guide, I found that the typical guests were anything but low key…but that’s another story.

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    Grand Hyatt Kauai is one of my favorite resorts in Hawaii. The location of the hotel and the grounds are absolutely beautiful. I love the fact that Poipu is the sunny part of the island and I would not want to stay any place else.

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    Laura says:

    This place looks fantastic! Great photos too!!

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    Sonja says:

    Looks like a great recommendation. We love hotels with island flavor and landscaped grounds so you don’t feel like you’re staying in a high rise in Vegas. Sounds terrific.

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    Alex Berger says:

    Ahh, paradise. Dang, that looks like a great trip! Love the pirate parrot picture!

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    jade says:

    I would love to stay at this “classic” Hawaii hotel.

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    The post has been quite nourishing. I had been to Hawai three months back and stayed in Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort. The food served was amazing and so was the environment. One of my friends had visited Chiang Mai, Thailand six months back and had experienced wild life safari on the back of elephant. These services are provided by Asian Elephant Safari (http://www.asianelephantsafari.com/), which takes you through the widely spread Thai forest and give you glimpse of Karen Hill Tribe people and their way of life.

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