Only 25min from the Lihue Airport is the grand Grand Hyatt Kauai- this resorts lives up to it’s name with a large open air lobby, tons of shops & restaurants on site and over 600 rooms. The vibe is very old Hawaiian with plantation style furnishings and tropical print but it made it feel very warm and inviting.
Rooms: Standard accommodations were very spacious with oversize bathrooms & large lanais. Toto toilets are standard (if you are unfamiliar you will be by the end of the trip haha) I had access to the Grand Club which serves continental breakfast and evening hors d’oeuvres with ocean views. All suites have been recently renovated with updated décor and come with more space than imagined.
Dining: Again tons of options but a must is their signature Tidepools serving fresh seafood & other specialties with a Hawaiian twist- I was treated to a sample of the Crab Cakes with avocado mousse, Polenta Crusted Scallop & Ahi Tuna appetizers so I would even recommend a selection of apps to share! Head to the Captains Bar that overlooks the pool for some light bites- favorite being the Ahi Poke Bowl….can’t get enough while on the islands. *If your room is not ready at check in you are given a app & drink voucher while you wait so grab a Local’s Only by the pool to start your vacation off right.
Activities: The pool area is extensive and broken up into areas that fits everyone’s preference: starting from the top there is an adults only section and more low key family area; as you move down the waterfall there is an active section with waterslides, volleyball & hot tubs; next is the salt water lagoon that gives you the chance to swim & float with out the massive waves that can be found down by Shipwreck beach.
Spa: As many flights back to the mainland are late at night it’s worth splurging on a day pass to go relax and freshen up before your flight- best feature is outdoor lava rock showers in the locker room & if you fancy a treatment upgrade to one of their open air rooms in the garden.
Good to Know: Self Parking is FREE which is great because you will definitely rent a ride during your stay. I would not advise swimming at the beach but fun to watch all the locals boogie board & surf.
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