Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa

Words: Tanya Joslin

At a glance:

Poised on the sunny shores of Poipu in the south of Kaua’i, the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa is an oasis of beachfront luxury. You’ll find breathtaking ocean views and everything you could want in a Hawaiian holiday for two — including acres of pools, superb suites, a day spa, and even a championship golf course! And, of course, Hyatt’s renowned hospitality, infused with the unique Aloha spirit of Hawai’i.

The location:

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa Pool Lagoon
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa Pool Lagoon

It’s easy to see why nature-lovers fall for Kaua’i when planning a holiday in Hawai’i. A little less crowded than some other Hawaiian Islands, Kaua’i has a unique energy about it — no doubt thanks to the dramatic natural landscape that inspired its nickname: The Garden Island. Think tropical rainforests, gushing waterfalls, lush valleys, and rugged mountain peaks that punctuate the horizon at every turn.

The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa is in the southern enclave of Poipu (meaning ‘crashing waves’ in Hawaiian): a destination beloved for its surf, snorkelling, and sublime beaches. Nestled on a crescent of white sand fronting Keoneloa Bay cliffs, the resort overlooks an unspoiled coastline on one side and the 18-hole Poipu Bay Golf Course on the other.

Best room for two:

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa Bedroom
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa Bedroom

Breezy open-air corridors lead to tropical-styled, spacious rooms and suites across a range of categories. Rooms are comfortable and well-appointed (70% offer at least a partialocean view) and each has a private lanai: a Hawaiian take on a terrace or patio. Look to Club rooms for access to the Grand Club Lounge where a daily continental breakfast and evening hors d’oeuvres are served.

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort - Presindential Suite
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort – Presindential Suite

The rooms are lovely, but if you’re here for a destination wedding or honeymoon, why not go all out and select a suite? The Presidential Suite is the ultimate: a lavish expanse with fabulous ocean views. It has a separate bedroom, a huge private lanai, full kitchen, and a dining area. Other suite options include the Royal (just steps from the beach and pools) and the freshly renovated Alii which offers an optional connecting guest room.

Pampering, pools & play

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa Salt Water Lagoon
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa Salt Water Lagoon

Few things put us in a holiday mood quicker than a good resort pool. And the Grand Hyatt Kauai has aced the brief with their unique multi-level pool design and huge saltwater lagoon. We spent a lot of time in the water!

Float down the lava rock-lined ‘lazy river’ past waterfalls and secret caves to a massive waterslide or retreat to the adults-only pool for quiet lounging. Wherever you choose to swim, be sure to reserve a cabana for drinks, snacks, and maybe a shady snooze.

And if you want to take your wellness to the next level, book a solo or side-by-side treatment at the excellent Amara Spa. With a nod to the incredible natural surroundings, the spa features a range of open-air treatment areas (along with indoor rooms) in lush tropical gardens. Drawing on traditional healing methods and island botanicals, this haven of calm will leave you feeling refreshed and renewed in no time.

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort - Amara Spa
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort – Amara Spa

If you’re anything like us, you love learning something new on holiday. There are plenty of Hawaiian cultural activities on offer here — learn how to hula, play the ukulele, or make each other kukui nut bracelets to commemorate your stay, and your love.

Craving a little adventure? See the Activities Concierge who will set you up with anything from mild to wild. Play through at the neighbouring Poipu Bay Golf Club, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., or learn more about the Grand Hyatt’s conservation efforts, starting with the property’s hydroponic garden. You’ll find it on your way to the tennis courts. You can even browse shopping outlets at this expansive yet low-key resort.

Food & drink:

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa Tidepools
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa Tidepools

An evening at Tidepools was one of our favourite dining experiences in Hawai’i. The restaurant’s romantic thatch-roof bungalows float above a koi-filled lagoon at the base of a waterfall. Seriously! Serving modern Hawaiian cuisine from the land and sea — think mahi-mahi in a banana macadamia nut sauce and juicy steaks — that’s as memorable as the gorgeous setting, this is a do-not-miss venue.

Of course, you’ll also want to experience the lua’u (The Grand Hyatt Kaui does one of the best of all the Hawaiian resorts, period) with a sumptuous array of traditional and modern Hawaiian dishes. Book your spot for Wednesday or Saturday night and enjoy this authentic celebration of song, dance, and food.

Stevensons Sushi Bar by  Chef Jay
Stevensons Sushi Bar by Chef Jay

For the best sushi on the island, head to Stevenson’s Library. Named for Robert Louis Stevenson, who spent much of his time in Hawai’i, it’s a cosy place with stunning views, whether you’re kicking back in the open-air lanai or comfortably ensconced inside at the 24-foot koa wood bar. In keeping with the library theme, they offer a whopping 10-chapter drinks menu of cocktails, beer, wine, sake, and spirits.

Breakfast (buffet or à la carte) or lunch is sorted at Ilima Terrace, the perfect spot to plan a day of island adventures while feasting your eyes on the ocean and garden views. In a rush? Grab your morning coffee and pastries from Seaview Terrace then double back for cocktails and mingling from 5 pm. Poolside cutie Hale Nalu offers casual bites (try the fish tacos) in a vintage surf shack, while The Captain’s Bar serves up cocktails and ocean views from one of the highest points on the property.

Choices, choices!

But if you’re looking to fly under the radar, consider in-room dining on your lanai or a private beach picnic. The ultimate just-us indulgence? The resort’s Exclusive Beachside Dining — four delicious, candlelit courses served under the island’s starlit skies by a private butler. So romantic.

Couples will love:

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa Wedding Venue
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa Wedding Venue

From the incredible pools and adults-only spaces to the luxe spa and superb service, couples on a honeymoon or romantic holiday will love everything about this heavenly slice of Hawai’i’s Garden Island.

Special mention goes to the Activities Concierge who can help plan everything you want to experience on and around Kaua’i. From cruises along the incredible Napali coastline to surf lessons, catamaran sailing, and helicopter tours. In fact, the Hyatt team can help you design everything from an off-road adventure to a dream destination wedding.

Speaking of weddings, this is truly an incredible place to get married. Ceremony locations include the Keoneloa Bay beachfront, tropical gardens, a grand ballroom, and even the golf course! The talented wedding team has designed a range of packages and can offer plenty of special extras to personalise your celebration. You’ll find wedding planning here is stress-free and breezy, much like island life in Hawai’i!

Find out more or plan your Hawaiian holiday at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa here

Hawai’i Tourism Oceania is the official tourism board responsible for promoting the Hawaiian Islands in Australia and New Zealand. Hawai’i offers six beautiful islands to visit. From north to south: Kaua’i, O’ahu, Moloka’i, Maui, Lãna’i and the Island of Hawai’i/Big Island. No matter which you visit, you’ll be overwhelmed by its beauty, diversity, and the warmth of its people. Visit to plan your dream Hawaii Wedding and/or Honeymoon
The writer flew with Hawaiian Airlines, the hometown carrier of Hawai’i, for over 93 years. Flying five times a week from Sydney to Honolulu, with 130 connections daily to neighbouring islands, guests can experience the generous hospitality of the Hawaiian Islands with award-winning service, complimentary meals, beers and cocktails. Flights depart Sydney in the evening, arriving mid-morning in Honolulu. The Airbus A330 flying Sydney-Honolulu offers lie-flat Business Class, Main Cabin and Hawaiian Airlines’ popular Extra Comfort seating with more legroom, priority services and additional amenities. Visit to book.

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