Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa
What We Love
- Native healing traditions and locally sourced botanicals at the spa
- Proximity to the scenic Poipu Bay Robert Trent Jones Jr. Golf Course
- Entertainment like the Kauai Luau offers first-timers a taste of Polynesian culture
- The Camp Hyatt kids’ club combines playtime with local culture and crafts
- Choose from eight restaurants and three bars
What To Know
- While also aimed at romance-seeking couples and business travelers, the resort works best for families
- Free WiFi
- A resort fee of $30 per night applies
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The vibrant furnishings (cushions splashed with flower motifs, buttercup-hued chaises), lush tropical gardens and ocean views from pretty much every room ensure the aloha spirit takes hold early at this sprawling luxury resort. Pristine grounds studded with coconut palms are lit with tiki torches at night, with lawns sloping down to the beach and the crashing waves of the Pacific. Achieve “lokahi” – balance or harmony — in the Anara Spa with treatments such as a bamboo stalk massage performed in a thatched-roof bungalow set among gardens, waterfalls and pools. The hotel’s traditional luau is held every Thursday and Sunday and includes a lavish Hawaiian buffet and Polynesian revue.
In the Area
Adjacent to the resort is the Poipu Bay Golf Course, a dramatically situated 18 holes whose backdrop of emerald mountains and stunning coastal outlooks will impress even non-aficionados. Get a bird’s-eye view of this gorgeous island with a Blue Hawaiian helicopter tour to take in Waimea Canyon, tour the coastline and travel over hidden waterfalls. Or, for an up-close perspective, hike the rugged clifftops of the 11-mile Kalalau Trail. Yearn to give something back? Sign up for the resort’s Enrich program, a voluntourism initiative that can involve anything from reforestation projects to building homes with Habitat for Humanity.
How to Get There
The grounds are so beautiful. Lots of areas to relax. If you want pool vibe or more mellow lagoon vibe or beach vibe it's all there. Staff super friendly. We had oceanfront first floor and loved having patio with big grass lawn and the trees. So quiet.
This is a beautiful and well maintained resort. We had connecting rooms in a very quiet area with great ocean views. We loved the $15 kids menu at all the dining spots which had a nice selection for kids and not the typical chicken nuggets.
Hotel is really excellent, with great service, large clean rooms and terrific amenities. The pools are amazing, with good variety and separation, including an adult (although 14+)/quiet pool, super kid friendly areas with a slide and salt water/sand bottom pool for when the ocean is too rough.
Only real complaint is that the food was only mediocre, and very pricey. Other features, like the spa, were also pricey, but at least with a service level that made the pricing understandable.
Vacation properties often become romanticized through the lens of memory, associated as they are with the pleasures of a holiday, particularly in so spectacular a destination as Kauai. Returning to the Grand Hyatt years after my first visit, I was pleased to discover that my very fond recollections if anything understated how superb a resort the Hyatt truly is--the best on the island, in my opinion, and by a wide margin. Often compared to the luxury Princeville resort on the North Shore, in my eyes there really is no competition. While the Princeville has a soulless, generic, over-the-top and somewhat suburban character, the genius of the Hyatt is the way in which the property capitalizes on the native (and introduced) Hawaiian fauna. At the Hyatt you know you are in Hawaii, surrounded as you are by the dazzling colors and scents of the tropics. While the property is huge, it is so well designed, with low rise buildings integrated into the landscape, that one enjoys a sense of privacy and seclusion. A beachfront property, one has the pleasure of sitting by the ocean, but one word of warning, the surf here is merciless and unless you are an Olympic-quality swimmer (or a local) it is not a place to bathe. That said, the Hyatt offers an artificial lagoon (great for kids), a host of pools, and there are gentler beaches nearby. Service is, as you would expect, impeccable; the rooms are spacious; and the lavish and varied breakfast spread suffers only from the risk it poses to your waistline. A tip for the un-initiated: Become a Hyatt member, book online, and you are likely able to get breakfast, which is otherwise something like $40/person, included in your package. One other word of advice: While Kauai is a very small island, travel time from the South Shore, where the Hyatt is located, to the North Shore (which is a must to visit) is deceptively long because there is essentially only one road on the island and it happily can not penetrate the mountains, so its a long way around. While there is no property on the North Shore that can compare to the Hyatt, if you have the time and inclination, its worth considering spending a couple of nights up that way to avoid the very long round trip. As a base for your Kauai vacation, however, this is clearly the place. Its pricey, but worth every cent. If life treats me kind, I hope to make many return visits!! In short: Book it!
The Grand Hyatt Kauai is an amazing property in a beautiful location.
We booked a deluxe ocean suite and our lanai was on the ground floor. This offered direct, quick access to the pool and beach; a real delight for our family. Although we were on the ground floor the room was on a bluff so the ocean view was amazing. The room itself (although beautiful and spacious) is likely in need of an update sooner rather than later.
The multiple pools were one of the resort’s greatest assets. Beyond the water slide, there was a lazy river (with small waterfalls with hidden grottos), multiple jacuzzis and a massive saltwater lagoon. The 24-hour access was such a nice benefit. The poolside wait staff were great. We were fortunate enough to book a cabana for several days during our stay and the service was excellent.
The valet and bell staff were wonderful and welcoming. The VIP manager left a lovely note with some special amenities in our room which were much appreciated. Unfortunately, when we checked in, the staff were unaware that we were to receive Grand Club access. When I asked I was told the Grand Club was sold out. When we arrived in the room I called the front desk relaying a note from the VIP manager with this benefit. The staff promptly brought new keys with club access to our room.
The Grand Club amenities and staff were great. There were various amenities offered throughout the day. Given the massive footprint of the resort, access to the club was sometimes challenging (since we stayed in the opposite wing).
Two low points involved very poor service at Seaview Terrace and Dondero's (one of of our two evenings there.....our first experience was exceptional the second was poor). The wait staff during these encounters were surly and really didn’t seem to care. Items were forgotten and when we politely requested them we received a very unwelcoming attitude. This seemed inconsistent with what one expects at a luxury resort.
Outside of these problems, the property and amenities were amazing and family friendly. The few missteps would not deter us from staying here again. However, the poor food service would encourage us to eat off property on a future visit.