As I write this I am still in awe. As a matter of fact, I have been in awe since I pulled in to the valet stand at the Grand Hyatt Kauai. To say the entrance is beautiful would not do it any justice. The entrance into the hotel is mesmerizing! Complete with multistory arches in the lobby, an enclosed lobby garden with beautiful parrots, lush greenery, and a panoramic view of the Pacific....Breathtaking!
This resort has everything one could expect on vacation; a five-acre pool, a 40,000 square foot spa, tons of beautiful manicured gardens, four tennis courts, an award winning 18 hole golf course, where Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have played, 11 restaurants, and 13 shops...phew!! Also, upon check in, you receive a pamphlet detailing the daily activities and workout schedule during the entire week!
I arrived early, so my room was not quite finished. In the meantime, I ventured to their fitness facility and spa. Their fitness facility was huge by hotel standards, with the latest Stay Fit equipment which has been upgraded and you will see at various Hyatt's throughout the world. This hotel even offers classes which range from Zumba, Yoga, Aqua Aerobics, and Abs and Buns to name a few. Zero excuse to get fat while on vacation here. After working out, I took advantage of their steam room filled with eucalyptus. So relaxing! I did not use Anara Spa, but I did speak to a few women and everyone had nothing but amazing things to say about the spa and the personnel.
Upon heading back to the front desk to claim my room key, I passed Camp Hyatt. Camp Hyatt is a learning center for kids. This cool place has tables, chairs, snacks, computers and a play area with mats and pillows! Who needs a nanny at this place! Camp Hyatt has you covered.
After retrieving my keys and a bellman for help, we head to my room; only it is not just a room, it was the Makawehi Suite. I actually screamed when I entered! This room was so gorgeous. It even had a foyer! Full dining room, living room, refrigerator, huge canopy bed and...wait for it....full ocean views!! I could seriously live here. I wanted to do nothing but chill on my chaise lounge on my patio, but the massive pool area was calling my name.
The Grand Hyatt 's pools are open 24 hours a day. This massive pool area includes a saltwater lagoon where you can kayak, and a lazy river you can float in, including an adult only level with no cell phones allowed. There is water volleyball, rafters, inner tubes, floating chairs, water slides, island music, attentive wait staff and great food and drinks. The things most hotels lack are adequate enough chaise loungers for their guests. The Grand Hyatt Kauai has plenty of space and then some. No need to fret here. Just sit back and enjoy your Mai Tai and all of the waterfalls placed throughout the pool area.
During my stay, I had to venture to the St. Regis Princeville and while I have to say that the view is unbelievable, hands down, the Grand Hyatt Kauai is a much better, beautiful hotel, with a warm and cozy feeling. In my opinion, while on vacation to Kauai, please visit St. Regis, but do only stay at The Grand Hyatt Kauai...you will not be disappointed. When you stay at the Hyatt, and I know you will, ask for Joseph, the Bell Captain, who has over 20 years experience with this hotel, he will take care of you.