My fiance and I went to the Grand Hyatt Kauai in February for a week long convention, and we turned it into a couples getaway. Being that this is the "garden" island, it feels very remote, and thus very relaxing. I was a little apprehensive at first about the boredom factor but that went away after I saw the pool.
This property is gorgeous, it's about a 30 min cab ride from Poipu airport, on the south shore of the island. You can just hail a cab right outside, I think it cost us $40 plus tip. The resort greets you with a flower lei, and beads for the man. The lobby has a beautiful open terrace to the ocean, with a tropical bird atrium where you can get up close to live macaws and parrots.
The service is excellent, they let us check in early and upgraded us to a first floor room facing the pool.
The pool is enormous and the highlight of the resort. You cannot swim in the ocean here - VERY IMPORTANT to know. There is surfing, due to the big waves and people who "wade" in the water but there is a dangerous riptide and strong winds that make swimming not advisable. Plus, the water is cold. The lagoon pool makes up for it because it is very large, comprising of three areas starting at the top and winding down: adult pool, general pool, and then beach lagoon area with a man made beach and hammocks. It looks like natural rock, with several waterfalls and caves. We bought inner tubes and floated down the lagoon path all the way to the bottom letting the current take us away, it was very fun. There is a waterslide as well that is pretty exhilarating and made us scream like little kids all over again.
There are a few bars, and they are very strict about carding you, which became very annoying by the third day because I didn't want to have to carry my id around with me for fear of losing it in the pool. There are no spring breakers at the hotel, it is all couples and families. The drinks were weak and ranged in price from $10-$15 per cocktail. I recommend going to the general store inside the resort and buying mini bottles of rum, vodka, etc., and then taking those drinks to the pool.
The resort has something very useful for anyone interested in first time scuba diving. Seasport divers offers a free lesson in the lagoon each day, around 1:30pm which you can sign up for when you go to get towels. We did this on a whim and were so happy we did because we ended up booking a dive the next day off of Poipu and it was an amazing experience. We got to see sea turtles, octopus and exotic fish, and they picked us up and returned us back to the resort. It cost $160 per person for a 4 hour trip. I highly recommend doing this when you are there.
The food at the resort is excellent, you don't need to go into town. There is an asian fusion restaurant located at the golf club, similar to PF Chang style food, and a sushi bar inside the library lounge, open in the evenings, with sashimi, rolls and a good sake list. There is an italian place as well inside the resort but we didn't go there. We had dinner at the Tidepools restaurant one night which featured steaks and Hawaiian dishes, very good as well but it was very busy and they expect you to call and make reservations in advance which I found annoying since I don't generally like to be structured when I'm on vacation. I had brunch one morning and chose the ala carte loco moco dish, vs the buffet. It was very good and so were the bloody marys. My loco moco dish cost $18 and the bloody mary was $10.
The fitness center and gym was small but there is a lot of equipment in there. I took a great fitness class from Ani every morning which used weights, resistance bands and fitballs. They have a good array of classes each day, from dance to yoga, etc. The spa has its own pool and locker room area but it feels very depressing, it's small and doesn't feel lux. I got the most basic "mango" manicure pedicure and it was very mediocre, and not relaxing at all. It took the woman two hours to do it for some reason and I was very antsy to get out of the chair and go (I'm from California and am used to the quickie nail shops) only to find out it cost a whopping $200. My advice is to skip the spa at this resort, it is not worth the money.
Overall I'd recommend Grand Hyatt to couples looking for a relaxing romantic getaway. We had a wonderful time and I would definitely stay there again.
- 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 Poipu