Kauai is the oldest of the inhabited islands in the Hawaiian Chain. It is known as the “Garden Island,” and is renowned for its beautiful, white-sand beaches and lush mountains. It is also one of the last remaining places in Hawaii where development and real estate growth hasn’t completely devoured its tropical beauty.
Because of its rural feel and the sense of genuine Hawaii that it gives people, tourists love to take a Hawaii vacation here. Whether it is a vacation on a cruise ship or a weekend jaunt at one of the island’s many beautiful hotels, resorts and spas, the island of Kauai is one of the perfect vacation spots for tourists vacationing in Hawaii.
Visitors to Kauai often want an extravagant, beautiful Hawaiian hotel to stay in while on vacation. Invariably, Hawaii’s tourists choose the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa.
The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa (formerly known as the Hyatt Regency Kauai, but experienced renovations and a name change a few years ago) is located on the sunny south shore of the island of Kauai. The area is known as Poipu, although it is formally a part of historic Koloa town. The Poipu coast is dotted with numerous hotels, resorts, condos and bed & breakfast inns, including a Sheraton hotel and a Marriott timeshare resort. However, the Grand Hyatt Kauai stands apart from them all.
I visited the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa to give you a first-hand review on this popular vacation choice.
What the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa has to offer Hawaii tourists:
Each hotel room is relatively spacious and comes with either a king- or two queen-sized beds. You’ll have a shower with a marble bathtub, double marble sink vanity and Portico bath products (right now the Portico line at the Hyatt features eucalyptus products; refreshing!), a patio overlooking the beautiful Hawaiian beaches or Hawaiian sunsets, an in-room refrigerator and wireless Internet access for those who have to check their emails or do some work while on vacation.
During your stay at the Grand Hyatt Kauai, you’ll also find the following in your hotel room: An iron and an ironing board, coffee maker with complimentary Hawaiian Kona coffee, a CD-AM/FM clock radio with a built-in jack to connect your Apple iPod to the in-room speakers, a crib available on request, concierge service, phone lines with voice mail, air conditioning, a complimentary in-room subscription to the New York Times Digest, a safe deposit box, bathrobes and a hairdryer, ceiling fans, beverage chillers and a 25-inch (or larger) television set.
5 Things to do while on vacation at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa:
There are many activities, destinations, shopping, sights and sounds and delicious restaurants to try while on a Hawaiian vacation on the island of Kauai. Don’t forget that many of these great experiences can be found right at your hotel for your enjoyment before and after exploring the tropical island. Enjoy!
1. Dine on gourmet Hawaiian and Pacific Rim cuisine at one of the Hyatt’s many fine restaurants.
The Hyatt is known for its many award-winning restaurants.
Dondero’s – Award-winning Italian gourmet food, replete with several courses and priced accordingly (read: Expensive).
Tidepools – A thatch-roofed restaurant perched over the Grand Hyatt Kauai’s koi ponds at the edge of the beach. Perfect for watching the sunset through its large windows that open to the sea.
Stevenson’s Library – A high-end lounge featuring live jazz, fine alcoholic drinks (try their Red Dirt Martini made with li hing mui powder, a Hawaiian island local treat), and delectable sushi made fresh in front of you. They used to allow cigar smoking, but that has recently been banned for health reasons.
Ilima Terrace – This open-air restaurant is a great spot for a Sunday brunch buffet.
2. Shop for designer clothes, shoes, sunglasses, swimwear and Hawaiian souvenirs at trendy boutiques
The Grand Hyatt Kauai has dozens of shops for you to browse.
ANARA Spa Boutique
The spa is world-class and has won numerous awards as one of the top spa destinations on the planet. Take home some of their luxurious body products and lotions to experience a Hawaiian spa far after your vacation is finished. A favorite for customers is their Coco Mango Body and Bath products. Get a gift set that packages their body lotions, body wash, shampoo and conditioner in a boxed set. They also sell casual sportswear, ideal for sightseeing around our beautiful island or taking a yoga class.
The Sandal Tree
This popular store is the perfect place to pick up a pair of men and women’s footwear and accessories, ranging from daytime casuals to elegant evening wear that’s perfect for that romantic dinner at the Hyatt’s gourmet restaurants. They sell numerous designer and brand names include Ramon Tenza, Mephisto, Cole Hahn, Georgio Brutini, Bass and more.
Phone 808 742 1234 x4786
Collector’s Fine Art Gallery
Fine art hangs in the halls and hotel rooms of the Hyatt, and you can buy some, too! Check out their collection of sculptures (their glass sculptures that have 3D nudes etched inside are beautiful), oils and hand carved works of art by nationally and internationally known artists.
Phone 808-742-1234 x4792
Tennis Pro Shop
The Hyatt has a famous golf course that hosts the annual PGA Grand Slam of golf. Dress like the pros at their Tennis Pro Shop which sells an excellent selection of tennis wear and rackets, as well as whatever you might need for an island excursion, from mountain bike rentals to beach mats and coolers to keep your drinks warm.
Stunning, fine jewelry from designers like Cartier and Jose Hess make this a must-see for those who simply can’t resist a beautiful black-pearl Tahitian necklace. They also carry diamonds, gold, and so much more.
Phone 808 742 1234 x4791
Get your lover a beautiful, romantic bouquet of flowers designed by talented florists who will deliver the perfect floral creations right to your hotel room.
Phone 808 332 9194
3. Go swimming at the Hyatt’s two-level swimming pools and artificial ocean lagoon
The Hyatt’s pools are gems of architectural design, combing man-made elements with pieces of natural paradise to create a lush and enchanting Hawaiian tropical pool environment. You can go scuba diving in their salt water lagoon, complete with artificial islands populated with hammocks and palm trees. Or get a Hawaiian tan on one of the chairs next to the pool’s two-story slide (don’t forget to wear sunscreen to protect your skin).
Salt Water Lagoons
This large, meandering lagoon borders the real ocean. You can rent a kayak and explore the artificial islands, or float on your back and watch the Hawaiian sun soar across a blue sky.
There are two levels of swimming pools, connected by a two-story water slide. The top level is a river pool that pushes you with a gentle current past waterfalls (you can go behind the waterfall to find a romantic little hideaway). The bottom level is another river pool minus the current, much larger and with numerous islands. One island even has a Jacuzzi built into it. If you have kids, they’ll have fun with water basketball and water volleyball.
4. Go to a white sand beach
Get up early, order a fruit platter from room service, and enjoy it out on the white sand dunes that border the Grand Hyatt Kauai. Watch the sunrise against Shipwreck’s Cliff (a popular spot among local teens who like to jump off of it).
Be careful, though. The Hyatt has this warning posted: “Due to the short shorebreak and strong current, we advise only advanced surfers to venture further than the shoreline. Warning flags posted along the beach are there to help guests determine whether conditions are safe for ocean swimming. There is no lifeguard posted at Shipwreck Beach so you should also follow safe ocean swimming guidelines. Always swim or snorkel with a buddy. Never turn your back on the ocean. Always keep on eye on young children.“
5. Experience a traditional Hawaiian luau.
Every Sunday and Thursday, the Hyatt hosts a Polynesian luau that includes tables upon tables of traditional Hawaiian food and a thrilling stage performance that includes fire dangers and hula dancers. This is a popular event, so make your reservations early.
Have fun while vacationing in Hawaii and Kauai, and enjoy your stay at the Hyatt, one of the finest hotels on the island of Kauai.