Our family of four (two adults, two kids ages 7 and 9) stayed at the Grand Hyatt for 7 nights in April 2012.
The Grand Hyatt is open, fresh, bright . . . you walk through the lobby and there is music playing, and people milling about everywhere. The pools are beautifully landscaped, and just plain fun -- the kids just LOVED their stay!
“Being there” was very EASY . . . I could self-park or valet, I could bring my own bags up to my room, or accept the very polite offer (not at all pushy) by the bellman to take them up for me, there are dining choices for everyone, and it was easy for the kids to grab snacks from The Dock, poolside. The shops in the hotel also carry most things you may otherwise feel the need to run out for (sunscreen, toiletries, snacks) at prices very comparable to local markets (the sunscreen was actually cheaper than what we saw in the supermarket!). Free onsite laundry was WONDERFUL!!! Shipwreck beach, as everyone mentions, is not for swimming, but it’s a nice “backdrop” for the resort -- it’s fun to watch the surfers, and one day we did see a Monk Seal who had come to shore for a rest -- he was a pup named Kimo Kai. If you are able, I absolutely suggest that you do the 2-mile walk from the hotel to Mahaulepu Beach -- it's a gorgeous "hike"!
The service at the hotel was wonderful -- we had to make a room switch midway through our stay, and they made it as easy as possible. Also, one morning of our trip (only once!) my husband HAD to be on an important conference call for his job at what was, locally, 4-9am!!! Obviously, he didn’t want to do this from our room, so the hotel made arrangements for him in an unused space (it was a ballroom or something!) so that he could do his call, and have an electrical outlet, and all the privacy he needed! We were both very grateful for this, and felt it was above and beyond the call of service.
The weather in Poipu was wonderful -- plenty of sunshine (not a drop of rain all week), which was actually a fantastic way to start our vacation. I knew that the north was considered the “green” side of the island, and so had expected that the south side would be a little “uninteresting” or “underwhelming” -- but it was BEAUTIFUL! VERY green, lots of tall grasses, small mountains. Really, the natural beauty of the south shore exceeded my expectations, and as wonderful as the Grand Hyatt was, I was always happy to leave, get in my car, and enjoy the natural scenery on the way to wherever I was going!
Overall, the only thing that detracted from our stay at the Hyatt was that there were several LARGE corporate events the week we were there. It didn’t impact much, which is why I’m not making a HUGE note of it (I do think the hotel handled everything as well as they could have), but it did mean that the one night we ate at Tidepools, there was a huge function on the lawn off to the side with a very loud band playing, and lots of noisy people -- kind of a bummer since it was an expensive dinner, and we had really been looking forward to it . . . and one day, they shut down the lagoon area of the pool at 2pm for an event, which meant that the pool area became VERY crowded for that one afternoon . . .
I don't think we'll be back to Kauai anytime soon (it's a big world -- there's lots to explore!), but if I ever did return, I would absolutely visit the Grand Hyatt 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, HI