GRAND HYATT KAUAI RESORT AND SPA
This is part of the Hotels We Love blog series.
The Grand Hyatt Kauai is located in the town of Po’ipu, tucked between the lush Kahili mountain range and the Pacific ocean on the coast of the Keoniloa Bay. Newlyweds Patrick and Dana recently stayed there as a part of their two week Hawaii honeymoon. After telling us about their stay at this luxurious resort, we knew it had to be added to the Hotels We Love list. Below, a summary of the resort’s amenities and some activities the island of Kauai offers.
How to get there– We flew Hawaii Airlines from O’ahu to Lihu airport and rented car through Alamo at the airport. Because we were in Kauai, we decided to rent a convertible, which made driving a lot of fun. The drive to the resort is around 25 minutes, and it’s very picturesque- Eucalyptus trees line the road creating a canopy. We arrived around noon, but the room wasn’t quite ready, so concierge took our bags while we explored hotel and got a drink at the pool bar, Hale Nalu. Their island drinks were tempting, but we both settled on the Longboard Lagers featured in the Kona Brewing Company tap takeover.
Rooms- Well kept, spacious rooms with traditional décor and comfortable, pillow top mattress beds. Bathrooms features a double sink vanity, extra large marble bathtub, and a water closet for the toilet. Each room also has a private lanai with stunning views overlooking the Bay.
Pool Sitch- There’s one main pool area with lots of levels and lagoons, and a patio that overlooks it all. One of the lagoons is a salt water pool. Throughout the grounds, there are formal gardens and lawns. There’s also a small sand beach with public access. The beach is best for walking as there is no snorkeling.
Restaurants- Our favorite restaurant at the resort was Tidepools, which serves contemporary Hawaiian cuisine. We started with crab cakes and complimentary bread with herbed butter when we sat down (which was delicious- don’t skip it!) Dana ordered the Opah, a Hawaiian white fish, and Patrick ordered the Steak Tenderloin. Kauai’s local restaurant scene is not so great, so having a good restaurant at the resort was a nice treat. Other dining options at the resort include Stevenson’s Library for sushi, Ilima Terrace for breakfast and lunch, and Seaview Terrace for breakfast and dinner. They also feature a private dining option where they’re prepare a four course meal served to you beachside, “under the stars”.
Honeymoon Treats- The hotel took special care to make our honeymoon stay one to remember. Upon arrival, we received several coupons- one for free desserts at their restaurants, another for 15% off all spa treatments at Anara Spa, and a third offering a complimentary mini cabana for a day. They also sent up Champagne and chocolate covered strawberries to our room. While we received a few other “freebies” during on honeymoon, the Grand Hyatt was by far the most generous.
Special Amenities- Free self-service parking is available at the hotel, which is rare for Hawaii (there’s also a $15 valet option if you want to be pampered). There’s a golf and a tennis court on the resort grounds. Reservations are required for tennis and are limited to one hour per day. On Thursdays and Sundays, they host a Kauai Luau, featuring authentic cuisine, dance, crafts and more.
Activities on Kaui- If you’re an outdoor adventurer, there are a ton of activities to choose from on Kauai. We wanted to see the island from above, so booked a helicopter tour through Blue Hawaiian. Their tour guides use a standard route, but at one point, the guide dropped us down into an area called Waialeale, which competes with one other location in India as the wettest spot on Earth. The name Waialeale literally means “rippling water” or “overflowing water”. The private tour was 50 minutes and $400.
We also did a kayak tour with Kayak Wailua along the Waimea River. The four hour tour was led by a guide and with a group of about 12 people. You can pick from a few different start times to accommodate your schedule. We went in the morning, so stopped at the grocery on our way and picked up food for lunch. Before you set out, they provide you with a drybag and a backpack with a cooler. We put our extra clothes, swimsuits and cell phones in the drybag and our lunch in the cooler. They are equipped with double and triple kayaks, so you can chose to go alone or with friends. We rented a double so that we could paddle one boat together. One thing we’d point out to anyone taking this tour: You definitely need to wear shoes that can be fully submerged in water. Lastly, there’s no flow to the river, so be prepared for a workout!
This site has lots of information for other outdoor activities on the island, including hiking, snorkeling, beach locations and other tips.
Driving Directions to the Grand Hyatt Kauai- Driving to Po’ipu: Take Kaumualii Highway/ HI-route 50 to Poipu and follow the signs for “Poipu/ Koloa” turning at Maluhia Road/ HI-route 520. Follow this road for several miles until you see a sign for the Koloa By-Pass aka Ala Konoiki follow this road to its end. At the stop sign, turn left and look for the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort on the right.