Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort And Spa

Phone (808) 742-1234
5 stars from 9 reviews
Address 1571 Poipu Rd, Koloa, HI 96756
One of Kauai's mega resorts with the best pool on the entire island.

Features
• Accessibility: Accessible Toilet Stall • Building: Lanai / Balcony
• Building: Low Rise • Building: Resort
• Property: Business Center • Property: Club Level
• Property: Dining On Site • Property: Fitness Room
• Property: Laundry On Site • Property: Stores On Site
• Room: Coffee Maker • Room: Hair Dryer
• Room: Iron & Board • Room: Mini Fridge
• Room: Safe • Recreation: Beach
• Recreation: Hot Tub • Recreation: Kids Club
• Recreation: Pool • Recreation: Water Park
• Recreation: Water Slides • Internet: Free In Room
• Parking: Free Self Park • Parking: Paid Valet

Matt Anderson's Take
The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa is a mega resort with a mega sized pool area. You'll find this incredible place in the Koloa area on the south side of Kaua'i. The hotel is quite large with 602 rooms but since it isn't a high rise hotel it's more of a sprawling compound on over fifty acres.


The Rooms

A variety of suites and rooms are available at the Grand Hyatt Kauai with the high floor being level six.


Housekeeping does a great job here as you can see by our photos. I leave a daily tip for housekeeping (see Tipping) in any hotel I stay at but this was the first time I've had the housekeeper actually handwrite a thank you note (on two separate trips no less). Nice touch.

Ceiling fans that are actually quiet is a nice touch. Rooms also include a small lanai (balcony) area, a mini fridge, safe, and coffee maker with Starbucks brand coffee. Rooms feel large and include a TV and a small table.


Grand Club

This Hyatt property has a Grand Club lounge which is an extra feature you can add onto your reservation if you wish. It's a lounge that serves up continental breakfast in the morning, snacks and drinks during the day, pupus for dinner, and desserts for, well, dessert.

After making our reservation we got an email that allowed us to pay $140 extra per night for access to the Grand Club level so we figured we would try it here and see how it was.

The breakfast options were pretty limited even for a continental breakfast. Daytime snacks weren't much, and the dinner pupus weren't anything special. Desserts were okay but mostly cookies and a cupcake or piece of cake. They have alcoholic beverage options but they charge you $6 per drink (and they're small). We have a hard time recommending the club level here.


I've stayed club level at other hotels with much better results so I wouldn't do it again here unless the price was under $50 per night.

The Pool

This is a very popular resort and just an overall gorgeous property and a big part of that is the amazing pool area they have. It's very lush and tropical and that really makes the pool area feel like a secluded clear blue pond that was formed in black lava rock in a lush tropical jungle. It's one of the nicest looking pools I've seen at any resort.


It's essentially a couple of giant pools that meanders all over the property with lazy river like passages. There is also a decent sized water slide to play on that kids and even adults will love. When that gets boring walk a few feet over to their manmade saltwater lagoon which is equally beautiful, crystal clear, and has it's own (course) sandy beach area.


There is also an adult pool and several hot tub areas sprinkled throughout. My only wish for the pools here would be another slide or two, more shade, more beach chairs, and less burning hot flagstone on the ground.

The Beach

If you want the real thing then you're just a few more steps away from Keoneloa Beach (Shipwreck's Beach) which has plenty of sandy beach and water to play in. This is also the beach where you'll see people doing some cliff jumping. The downside to this beach is that it's often dangerous to swim in due to the shore breaks so you're probably better off in the saltwater pool instead unless you know what you're doing.


Food

Some of the dining options include Tidepools Restaurant, Dondero's, Ilima Terrace, Seaview Terrace, Poipu Bay Clubhouse, Stevenson's Library, Captain's Bar, and many other nearby offsite options.


Poolside drink and food service is offered and several options are offered. If you see a food service person and are in any way planning to eat or drink grab them as soon as you see them because it takes a long time before they make the rounds again.


Activities

When you're done in the water you can hit the nearby links at Poipu Bay Resort Golf Club. If you're here on business you'll find all of the usual Hyatt business center amenities as well as 65,000 square feet of conference / meeting room space.

Kids will enjoy the Camp Hyatt Kids Club. Expect to pay around $50 to $80 per kid for half to full day camp. I'd love to see this at a more reasonable price or be included for free like some other resorts now offer. I think many resorts are starting to see the light that if the kids can be taken in for free us adults are more likely to eat at the pricey onsite restaurants! Hint, hint!

If you're looking to pamper yourself then you'll be interested in the onsite Anara Spa which offers a huge list of spa treatments. If you want a more active lifestyle then the fitness center is for you but I prefer to get my exercise from the stairs that lead up to the waterslide.

Conclusion

The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa is an amazing resort property. It has a great pool area that could be a little bit better with another slide or two. It's very well maintained overall and has very clean rooms.


The biggest issues for most people will be with the prices. A room here is likely to run over $400 per night and up (cheaper during off season perhaps). Even at that rate you still have room taxes and daily resort fees.
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MindlessMitch
Joined: Sep 2017
Reviews: 13
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The Grand is an amazing hotel and resort and the pool area probably is the best on Kauai. The location is very good though the beach here isn't the best. The property is incredible to walk through and so well maintained. The rooms are nice and clean and feel new and housekeeping did a great job during our stay. I don't have any complaints beyond price (it's really expensive!) and can't wait to stay here again someday.
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Robin K
Joined: Feb 2017
Reviews: 10
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Fantastic resort for the whole family. We stayed at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort On our first trip to Hawaii and the amazing staff, fantastic views have us wanting to come back. Make sure to check out all that the Grand Hyatt Kauai has to offer. We enjoyed everything from our beautiful room, laying by the pool, swimming in the beautiful pool (and the super fun water slide) as well as eating at all the delicious restaurants at the resort.

We did enjoy sitting on the main balcony every night taking in the shows while sipping on magical island drinks! You will love your next trip to Kauai when you book at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa.
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Denise n
Joined: Jul 2016
Reviews: 23
Likes Received: 2
Be sure to visit Tidepools restaurant. Best seafood one of our favorites. Pool is awesome too! Free torch lighting ceremony on terrace 2 times a week with lelani bond and children's hula with great pupus. We had my son's wedding reception dinner at tidepools. Everyone was so accommodating and made our evening so special. The shops there are so nice and the view of shipwreck beach it's do so awesome especially at night.
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Matt A
Joined: Feb 2013
Reviews: 798
Likes Received: 108
I love this resort, it's my favorite resort on the entire island of Kauai. The pool area here is incredible and I love the contrasts between the pool blues, black rocks, and colorful flowers. It's some of the best landscaping of anywhere I've ever been.

The rooms here are always clean and feel like a decent size, with large bathrooms. Housekeeping does a great job at keeping things clean in the rooms. The entire property is very well maintained, though I did notice some places that could use a little TLC.

I wish the pool area had a second slide, maybe a third. What they call a lazy river is kind of a joke, but neat. It's basically a one way river so you ever so slowly float in one direction and then either need to go full salmon and swim upstream or get out and walk to the beginning. Must have been the pool designers first day on the job, though they did an excellent job otherwise. The salt water lagoon is also very neat and a good change from the main pool at times.

One thing that annoys me at the pool area are the cabanas. They're incredibly expensive to rent (for what is just a bit of shade really) and take up tons of room. Often they're not being used at all but every regular beach chair will be taken (often by rude guests who think they need 4 chairs for 4 people when everyone will be in the pool the entire time anyhow). The whole cabana idea is so greedy I can't stand it. They need to dump these and just put more shade sails and umbrellas out so all chairs have shade and that would make plenty of chairs available. I watched several people fighting over chairs throughout our trips here and I truly hate how this system works.

Onsite restaurants offer many choices and some surprisingly good food at times. There isn't much to complain about at a place like this, it's all top notch and well done. Of course, that does come with a price that's very easy to complain about. In my opinion, upgrading to the club level isn't worth the added cost here. For the most part, you get what you pay for here and it's truly a beautiful resort.
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Ted D
Joined: Jun 2016
Reviews: 10
Likes Received: 1
We have stayed all over the islands, but this is our favorite,, beautiful grounds, so clean, the Tide Pools restaurant is very romantic in the evening. The pools are nice as there is a place for us mature folks and lots of room for the kids. Our very favorite thing is the Seaview Terrace, just as the sun is going down, a drink and their personal pizza. Ah, things could not get any better. We like to come and stay for 3 nights and then go on to our condo for the rest of our stay. Their staff is the happiest and best I have seen.
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Cindy M
Joined: Apr 2016
Reviews: 8
Likes Received: 0
Stayed here with my family during the month of August. The pool was amazing, rooms were clean and check in was very accommodating. This ocean front hotel is definitely the best on the island of Kauai. If you are looking for ocean swimming the area that fronts the hotel is a little rough and not the best for swimming or snorkeling.
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Beth
Joined: Jul 2013
Reviews: 380
Likes Received: 14
The Grand Hyatt Kaua'i is a beautiful property! The kids had a blast at the pool and used to water slide countless time. I loved the salt water lagoon, it was warmer than the pool. Plus I prefer salt water over chlorine. The room is nice, what you would expect to find in a nice hotel. Most of the employees were friendly.
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Nikki H
Joined: Sep 2015
Reviews: 6
Likes Received: 1
Excellent hotel and the property is so well maintained. The pool is the best on Kauai by far. It's one of those resorts you could spend days it without leaving. And I think that's their point since they make everything here so expensive. That's really my only issue, after two nights here I felt like we needed to take out a loan to pay our bill. Super pricey but you get an amazing time in return.
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Consensus Guy
Joined: Jul 2013
Reviews: 11147
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The Grand Hyatt Kauai gets an overall 4.5 star average rating based on hundreds of reviews we found. This is a very popular hotel and highly suggested for those with families and kids. The pool area is hugely popular with guests and the overall property gets a lot of praise. Complaints are few and often deal with the very high cost of staying and eating here.
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