We stayed here for our 3rd year anniversary and was very glad we did! The resort was absolutely beautiful. Here are the pros and cons.
PROS: Lush landscape, beautiful, koi ponds, black and white swans (yes, there are black swans there!), scenic, great service, man made salt lagoon which made up for the beach not being swimmer friendly, clean room and comfortable bed, free parking (you need to rent a car in Kauai in order to see all the beauty it has to offer)
CONS: The food was not all that great, we mostly dined outside the resort, but decided to have a fancy dinner on the day of our anniversary at "Tidepools" in the resort, which was really expensive for mediocre food. The activities are not free, you have to rent everything, from the floats to the tennis rackets, but I guess this is not Mexico where everything is all inclusive. However, when we went to bora bora, even though it was really expensive, the activities at the resort were free such as kayaking, paddle boarding, wind surfing, etc. We're not expecting free excursions, but one would think some onsite activities would be complimentary for such an expensive hotel.
Overall, we would definitely come back here if we wanted to stay in the South shore, but next time we will probably stay in the North shore. Both the South and North shores are beautiful, but I felt the North shore was more untainted. You can't go wrong with either. The North shore rains more than the South shore so plan accordingly to your dates. We were blessed to have had amazing weather in March even though it's rainy season. That's actually why we chose to stay in the South shore, but it turned out the week we stayed was nice throughout the island. It drizzled here and there, but that didn't stop us from going in the water. Make sure you go to Anini beach, we got to snorkel with quite a few sea turtles when we went there, not too many fishes, but the sea turtles were awesome. A great place to snorkel is a little spot in the South shore right next to the Beach House restaurant, we saw more fishes there than when we paid for a snorkeling excursion near the Na Pali Coast (You should still go to Na Pali Coast though, it's gorgeous). But yes, if you like snorkeling, park along the street near the Beach House restaurant and hop in the water right next to it, you will not be disappointed, lots of fishes and a great variety! You'll also catch a nice sunset there.
- 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