Grand Hyatt Kaua‘i

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(888) 591-1234 or (808) 742-1234
1571 Poipu Rd.

It’s hard for us to review this resort without sounding like drooling sycophants. But the reality of the Hyatt is that they did almost everything right. Put simply, it’s our favorite big resort on the island.

As you walk into the lobby and see the ocean framed by the entrance, you realize that here they really sweated the details. The grounds are as exotic as any you will find in all the islands, complete with parrots and other birds. Their pools are incredible. Gallon for gallon, they’re more fun than any we’ve seen on the island. The upper swimming pool seems to meander forever. It even has a slight current and hides such goodies as caves tucked behind small waterfalls (they’re easy to miss). Take your time exploring as it winds through lush vegetation. At the end of the upper pool, you can take the “elevator” (a free and respectably fast waterslide) to the bottom. There you will find what they call the action pool, complete with a volleyball net, waterfalls, spas and an area for children. An island there hides a hot tub. Above is the adult pool. Across from the lower pool are several acres of saltwater lagoon. If you want saltwater without the waves, here it is. The “sand” is actually more like gravel and is imported. (It’s hard on tender tootsies but makes a good loofah.) Inside the lagoon are several landscaped islands.

The grounds are lush, very well maintained and feature a smashing water-fall below the Seaview Terrace Lounge. The resort is located on a so-so beach called Shipwreck Beach. They have covered casabella chairs (two chairs with retractable cover) on the beach for $80. They’re coveted, and the Hyatt could use more. If you’re lucky enough to be under one in the evening during a passing shower, it’s something you will long remember. Cabanas by the beach are $150 and include water and some amenities like cookies or fruit. Casabella chairs are $50 around the lagoon. Large hammocks and loveseat swings are scattered throughout the grounds. Their shops run the gamut from fine art to housewares. They have wedding coordinators on site, and guest services are good.

The Hyatt’s an easy gem, and their awesome grounds put them in a class by themselves. Rooms are pleasant and modern. Rooms with a king bed have a walk-in shower with a hand-held showerhead and bench. Rooms with two queen beds have a tub/shower combination.

They have a mandatory $30 per day resort fee covering local calls, self-parking, fitness center, laptop-sized room safe, unlimited fitness classes at Anara Spa, tons of daily activities from Otterpop eating contests to ‘ukulele lessons and some other things. Valet parking is $25.

If your intention is to come to Kaua‘i and never leave the resort (which we hope you won’t do), the Hyatt is the place to come. You’ll never get bored here. This is a great place to bring the kids, but adults will enjoy it, too. Camp Hyatt provides an extensive children’s program for kids age 3 (if potty-trained) to 12 for $80 per day. Anara Spa is massive and complete with couples’ “treatment hales,” lava rock showers, steam rooms and baths. So what’s the catch? Well, amenities like this don’t come cheap. Rooms (500 sq. ft.) are $480–$1,030. Suites (1,055–2,463 sq. ft.) are $1,100–$5,200. Be aware they have an early departure fee if you opt to trim some days off your stay.

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Resort at a Glance

  • 602 rooms
  • Multiple pools and spas
  • 2 tennis courts with pro shop
  • Golf course
  • 24-hour room service
  • 6 restaurants
  • 55-inch tvs
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout and high-speed in rooms
  • 4 cocktail lounges
  • 9 shops
  • Camp Hyatt children’s program
  • 23 conference rooms
  • Valet parking
  • 24-hour fitness center
  • Empty refrigerator
  • Coffee makers with free coffee daily
  • Coin-op and valet laundry
  • Lu‘au
  • Complete business services
  • 45,000-sq.-ft. day spa with beauty salon and lap pool

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