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Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa, South Shore Kauai

At a Glance

    Pros

  • fabulous pool
  • excellent restaurants
  • Hawaiian ambience

    Cons

  • poor and somewhat dangerous swimming beach during summer swells
  • small balconies

Fodorite Reviews

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Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa Review

Dramatically handsome, this classic Hawaiian low-rise is built into the cliffs overlooking an unspoiled coastline. It's open, elegant, and very island-style, making it Kauai's best megaresort. It has mouthwatering restaurants, including Dondero's and Tidepools. Two-thirds of the rooms have ocean views. Five acres of meandering fresh- and saltwater-swimming lagoons with a decent-sized waterslide—a big hit with kids—are beautifully set amid landscaped grounds. While adults enjoy treatments at the recently renovated Anara Spa, kids can check out Camp Hyatt. The resort has taken strides in reducing its carbon footprint by installing photovoltaic panels, renting hybrid vehicles, establishing a waste-diversion program, and planting an organic herb garden utilized by the in-house restaurants.

2011 Fodor's 100 Hotel Award Winner

Sunny Side Up
Enter the Hyatt Kauai lobby and be dazzled by a tropical palette of velvet greenery, brilliant floral touches, and a water wonder-world. An elaborate pool system borders a white-sand beach fronting the deep sea-blue Pacific. Built into the lava rock on Kauai's balmy south side, this all-season resort has a world-class golf course, exotic restaurants, fabulous spa, and a top children's program. Sip a mai tai at the 25-foot long koa bar in the Stevenson Library, where classic pool tables complement the ambience. Only 15 miles from the wettest spot on earth, Mt. Waialeale, this almost-guaranteed sunny side of the Garden Island assures visitors of the complete tropical vacation.

    Hotel Details

  • 602 rooms, 37 suites.
  • Rate includes no meals.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 01-24-2014

Fodorite Reviews

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    Best place to stay on Kauai

    We stayed here for our honeymoon and it was like a dream! It's worth every penny. The pools are amazing. Kauai is less touristy and the hotel is very quiet with a lot of ammeneties. We loved eating outside on the deck and using the hammocks. The beds are very comfortable and all the rooms have amazing views. I want to go back!

    by alias1, 9/9/12
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    Opposite of All Inclusive

    When you book here, ask what is included or you will be surprised. There is an unbenounced $18 per day resort fee tacked on for such banalities as the two small bottles in your room, self-parking, and fitness center -- even if you don't use these amenities. Want a pad for your beach chair? That'll be $50. Room service? There's another $4 charge (on top of, say $20 for a personal size cheese pizza) to deliver it to your room. We were told by the on-site management that most people used low cost package deals booked through mega travel websites and 'didn't mind' the extra charges. Unfortunately, we vacation very infrequently and so, we go with high end luxury resorts where we feel we can vacation with confidence if we pay a bit more. Our Deluxe Ocean View room (over $700 per night) had no mini-bar and no turn down service. The room was very standard, but it did have a great view. Breakfast buffet is included, but was very standard too. The grounds: gorgeous. The beach: very small. The on-site manager was very responsive to our inquiries about all the hidden fees, and did waive them for the rest of our stay. So if you are paying top dollar at this Grand Hyatt, inquiry early!

    by john_and_judy, 1/28/09
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    Wonderful

    For a total beach-front resort package, this place can't be beat. We spent five nights here in February. The grounds are fabulously landscaped, and include pools and lagoons. There's lots of bird life. You'll never forget the view from the terrace bar. The beach is great. The entire resort is classy and quiet. Service isn't always the best--they could use some lessons on running a breakfast buffet. The cable TV system is poor. The place sprawls out so that you have long walks from your room to the restaurants. Be careful picking a room, there are a lot of rooms without good views. But if we were coming back to the island, we'd stay here.

    by bigredjohn, 3/4/08

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