We just returned from a wonderful honeymoon in Kauai. We spent the first 1/2 of our stay at the St. Regis in Princeville (see review). The last 3 days were at the Grand Hyatt. Where to begin... in short, the pool area, the cabanas are top notch. There is so much to do there. There are all kinds of activities like hula lessons, yoga classes, parrot talks (there are 5 or 6 parrots that live at the hotel), lei making classes. These things go on throughout the day. This hotel is great for families with young children and teens, we saw families their with their parents -- this place can accommodate all that generational energy. Its also prob. a fun place for couples who like to have some dancing and drinks in the hotel so they don't have to go far. We wanted to stay at the best resort on the south shore and as far as we could tell, it is the Grand Hyatt.
The only things I would mention to couples who want to stay there is that if you want a quite and intimate place to stay this is not the place. When we first arrived it was late enough that we would be unable to get dinner anywhere else. The only options were to eat at the Sea Terrace restaurant which faces the ocean in the lobby. It has burgers, sandwiches, beer, wine, drinks etc. They were crowded. The teenaged waitstaff looked overwhelmed and were hustling. But the worse part, the 'live' entertainment on the stage facing the lobby, it was so loud and really just made an otherwise nice view chaotic and loud. It chased us away (which our waitress understood completely). It set the tone for the hotel for us. BUSY. Its kind of like a mini Disneyland. I love Disneyland but its not what works for everyone.
We ended up having just okay burgers at the Stevenson Bar. Your least expensive burger/sandwich type meal at the hotel will come in at least $45 and that does not include any apps, dessert or drinks - there is nothing less than $21 (and that's for a burger or a mahi mahi sandwich). Hawaii of course is expensive and being at a nice hotel certainly adds to that but for the quality of the food and the noise/lack of ambiance factor it did not encourage us to try any of the other fare. We opted to find local options (we used the Ultimate Kauai Guide book which was a great resource). But what we did really like about the hotel was the lanai in our room, the fact that we asked for a quiet room and got one, the adult pool area, the nice cabanas poolside, the fun tropical drinks (lava flow was a fun one to look at), the parrots, the beautiful Koi fish at the Tidepools bridge (they do a feeding that the kids love at 9am) and stuff like that. What is not so great is the long walk to your room if you do ask for a quiet room, we walked down 6 corridors to get to our room! Its such a large complex so its impossible to feel pampered but for the right people, its a really fun time. For people who want to be constantly busy, entertained, it works great. We definitely enjoyed our stay and personally I wish we had one more day there just to enjoy the pool...
The views are lovely and the lobby is so nice, open and spacious. The south side is surprisingly green despite what everyone says. There are nice beaches including Poipu State Park beach nearby. There are also two pleasant upscale outdoor shopping areas just minutes away which include things like Starbuck's and Lappert's Ice Cream which I know people liked. Its a very comfortable environment that make tourists feel comfortable. But good luck eating on a budget. We opted to have our splurge dining experiences at restaurants in Hanalei which felt more like unique restaurants and less like resort food. But to each his own. Check out the book mentioned above for more options.
If you are going to stay here, have fun with it, check out the activities, order room service, have crazy tropical drinks at the Stevenson bar and dance to the live band that starts a 8pm. Have fun in the pool and just enjoy! If you want something more intimate and pampered, check out the St. Francis in Princeville. If you are going to visit in the winter months (like Nov), you may want to consider staying a few days on the south side b/c at least when we were here, we got the hottest weather and most sunshine in Poipu which meant more fun at the pool.
Kauai is a beautiful island and there really is so much to see and check out. Enjoy!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Find the true essence of paradise at Grand Hyatt Kaua’i Resort & Spa. Set on the soothing white sands in Poipu, on Kauai’s sunny south shore, this luxury resort unfolds on over 50 acres of lush gardens. The resort’s classic Hawaiian architecture with open courtyards and lush gardens welcomes the tropical breeze. Freshly renovated rooms blend clean simple lines with Hawaiian design elements to create a private retreat. A water wonderland awaits with a quiet adult area, lava-rock river pool, waterslide, and saltwater lagoon. Play championship golf at Poipu Bay Resort. Sample delicious island flavors at one of six restaurants. And for a spa experience like no other, visit Anara Spa where open-air treatments use island-fresh botanicals to refresh and renew. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hyatt Kauai Hotel Poipu
- Hyatt Poipu
- Poipu Hyatt
- Grand Hyatt Poipu
- Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort Spa
- Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort And Spa Poipu