Winter Getaway to Kauai: Part 3 – Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa

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Emily Jablon: Daraius and I went to Maui, Hawaii in March 2013.  We loved Hawaii so much that we decided to return, but this time to Kauai.  Kauai is more laid back and less built-up than Maui.

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We Loved Hawaii So Much the 1st Time, We Couldn’t Wait to Come Back

We went to Kauai over Valentine’s Day week, which made for a very romantic getaway.  Using our miles and points made it even better!

Winter Getaway to Kauai – Trip Report Index:

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa

The Grand Hyatt Kauai is spread out over 52 acres.  Despite its size, the resort is laid out well and accessing the pool, restaurants, and spa is very convenient.

The hotel has 602 hotel rooms.  It also has:

I liked the location of the Hyatt because you can still drive (or walk) to nearby restaurants and beaches.  There are also excellent golf courses nearby.

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Daraius Is Prepared With an Umbrella in Kauai!

The resort is very well kept and is nestled among palm trees and tropical plants.

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The Grand Hyatt Kauai Opened in 1991

There is self-parking and valet parking in the parking lot.  Self-parking is included with the resort fee ($25 per night) and valet parking costs $15 per day.  You don’t pay the resort fee if you redeem Hyatt points for each night, but will pay the resort fee if you use a combination of Hyatt points and cash.

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Big Travel With Small Money Means We Self-Parked

We never had difficulty finding space in the self-parking lot, and it was only a ~3 minute walk to the hotel.

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We Got Our Daily Exercise Walking to the Car

On the walk from the parking lot, we discovered a small pond with black swans and big goldfish.

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Did You Know Black Swans Are Native to Australia?

I think the swan was hungry, but we didn’t feed it.

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G’Day Mate!

The hotel had a large porte cochere for vehicles.

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Good Thing the Entrance Is Covered Because it Rains a Lot in Kauai

We were both very excited for our stay here!

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We Were Happy to Escape the Cooler Weather Back Home

When we arrived, it was sunny.  But the sunshine didn’t last for long.

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Daraius Was Thrilled to Get Away From Work for a Few Days!

After we parked, we saw a sign that said we needed a permit to park our car.  We never had 1 for the 5 nights we were here!

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Living Dangerously…We Never Got a Parking Permit!

Lobby & Atrium

The hotel had a large lobby…

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The Lobby Was Elegant and Brightly Lit

…that was beautifully decorated with Art Nouveau inspired furniture and lighting.

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We Loved the Combination of Art Nouveau and Island Style

The hotel had a classic, timeless look to it.

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Lots of Wood, Wicker, and Tropical Plants

The lobby was impressive, and 1 of my favorite focal points was the grand chandelier.

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The Crystal Chandelier in the Lobby Is Gorgeous

Just past the main lobby was an atrium with exotic birds and flora.

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Stroll Through the Courtyard and Enjoy the Tropical Plants and Birds

We always seem to run into parrots…Daraius started his pirate-talk again but I made him quit it! 🙂

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The Parrot Was Perfectly Suited to the Tropical Surroundings

But we’ve never seen a Moluccan cockatoo before.  It’s a vulnerable species from Indonesia.

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It’s Illegal to Trap These Beautiful Birds in the Wild

There was also a terrace where you could see the ocean.

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I Loved How Open and Airy Everything Was

In the evening, you could order drinks and snacks.

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Drinks and Snacks Make Daraius Happy!

It would be a very romantic place to come and watch the sunset!

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The Resort Is on the Southern Tip of the Island

Grand Hyatt, Kauai Resort Grounds

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Kauai’s Average Temperature in February is 74 Degrees…and It Rains More Than Half the Time

The manicured gardens and pathways were amazing.

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It Was Truly a Tropical Paradise

The Grand Hyatt was very well landscaped.  You could tell that the employees really cared about the property and made an effort to keep it clean and tidy.

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Daraius Says in This Photo I Look as Pretty as a Postcard.  He Knows How to Score Points as Well as Earn Them!

I loved the attention to detail and the natural touches, like the waterfalls.

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I Was Tempted to Email These Photos to Our Friends in Cold Climates to Encourage Them to Get Into Miles & Points!

There was a volleyball net…

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Lots of Wide Open Spaces for Sports and Games

…and beautiful flowers.

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Hibiscus Flowers Only Last 1 Day!

All the natural beauty made you feel relaxed.

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The Surroundings Made Our Stress Just Melt Away

Grand Hyatt Kauai Pools

I liked that there were different kinds of pools.  There is an adult pool, a saltwater pool, a freshwater pool, and a kids’ pool.

Some of the pools were joined with a lazy river.  There was even a saltwater pool with sand.

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The Saltwater Lagoon Was Perfect for Snorkeling

There were lots of lounge chairs…

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Plenty of Areas to Relax and Unwind

…a 150-foot slide for kids…

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Not Just for Kids…Daraius Loved the Waterslide

…a hot tub surrounded by more pools…

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I Preferred Relaxing in the Hot Tub

…a saltwater pool that you could kayak in (!)…

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We’ve Never Seen a Pool You Could Kayak in Before!

…waterfalls to be discovered….

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Away From the Action

…and rivers.

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We Were Tempted to Sit on the Rocks and Dangle Our Feet In the River

You could rent private cabanas (which we got as part of our Hyatt Diamond amenity)…

Things To Do In Kauai

I Felt Like a Queen!

…and spend all day relaxing.  Which I did!

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There Were Pools, Rivers, and Bridges Everywhere

Some rooms faced the swimming pools.

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There Were So Many Swimming Choices, None of the Pools Were Crowded

The pools seemed to go on forever.

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There Was Even an Adults-Only Pool!

I was looking forward to spending a day enjoying the resort!

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You Could Enjoy Grown-Up Time at the Adults-Only Pool

The beach was located just steps away from the resort.  However, we were warned against swimming because of the high winds and strong currents.

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Not Many Folks Used the Beach Because of the Conditions

There were private cabanas by the beach that could be rented by the day.

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We Preferred the Cabanas by the Pool

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There Were Lots of Quiet, Private Spots to Relax

Grand Hyatt Kauai Restaurants

The Tidepools restaurant overlooked the hotel pond.

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The Thatched Roofs on the Restaurant Were Charming

It had a very romantic setting.

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The Restaurant Overlooks a Koi Pond

The swans added to the romance.  But we never ate there!

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Such a Serene and Peaceful Setting for a Restaurant

Ilima Terrace is the main restaurant where the breakfast buffet is served, in addition to lunch.

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Ilima Terrace Is Yummy but Expensive!

Dondero’s, the Italian restaurant, is another option.  There’s also a poolside restaurant, in addition to a few other eateries on the resort.

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We Thought About Re-Living Our Anniversary Trip to Italy at Dondero’s Italian Restaurant

Within a 15 minute drive, there are dozens of other (less expensive) restaurants.

Anara Spa

The Grand Hyatt also has a spa which has won awards.

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Anara Spa Is the Largest Spa on Kauai

The change rooms were plain but tidy and well kept.

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The Island-Style Wooden Lockers Were Unusual

There were showers, a hot tub, steam room, and dry sauna.  It also had a lap pool.

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A Private Lap Pool Just for Spa Guests

The spa seemed dated and the surroundings were not as pleasant as the main resort areas!  I wasn’t that impressed.

How You Can Do It, Too!

We redeemed 20,000 United Airlines miles each and 17,500 American Airlines miles each for 1-way flights in coach to and from Austin and Kauai, Hawaii.  We could have redeemed our miles for First Class seats but we like saving those for longer flights.

We used 41,295 Citi ThankYou points to pay for our car rental.

Daraius transferred 103,500 Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt points for 3 nights in a Garden View room. And 3 nights in a Garden View suite at the Grand Hyatt Kauai.

How Many Points You Need:

  • Points Only:  150,000 Hyatt points for 6 nights
  • Points + Cash:  75,000 Hyatt points and $1,188 for 6 nights
  • Just like Daraius & Emily:  66,000 Hyatt points for 3 nights in a Garden View room, before the Hyatt award chart change.  But now it is 75,000 Hyatt points.  And 37,500 Hyatt points + $596 and a Diamond Suite upgrade for 3 nights in a Garden View Suite.

Note:  If you don’t have a Diamond Suite upgrade, you can use 6,000 Hyatt points per night to upgrade a paid room to a suite.  But you can NOT upgrade a Points + Cash room to a suite without a Diamond Suite upgrade.

How to Get the Points:

The easiest way to get points for Kauai is by applying for credit cards.

Here’s my post on the best way to get Hyatt points.

1.   Chase Hyatt Card

You can save some Chase Ultimate Rewards points and get 2 free nights at any Hyatt worldwide after you spend $1,000 within 3 months on the Chase Hyatt card.

2.   Chase Sapphire Preferred Card

You get 40,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points when you spend $4,000 within 3 months on the Chase Sapphire Preferred.

Chase Ultimate Rewards points can be transferred to certain airlines and hotels at a 1:1 ratio.  So 40,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points becomes 40,000 airline miles or 40,000 hotel points.

3.   Chase Ink Cards

The Chase Ink Plus and Chase Ink Bold card each get you 50,000 Ultimate Rewards points after spending $5,000 within 3 months.

Do you know the 3 ways you may qualify for a business credit card?

Note:  You can apply for 1 personal and 1 business card from Chase at the same time.  But you do NOT have to wait 6 months between Chase applications.

Bottom Line

The Grand Hyatt in Kauai was beautiful with its lush green setting, meandering pools, and close proximity to the beach.

The spa was a bit dated, but the friendly staff and attention to detail made it a place worth redeeming our miles for.

I also liked that it was close to restaurants and activities outside of the hotel.  We got a chance to try lots of local cuisine!

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21 responses to “Winter Getaway to Kauai: Part 3 – Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa

  1. Love the review…and love the resort! We just got back last month – seeing your review makes me want to plan another trip right now. We also had one of the five garden suites (suite 1038 – the one right behind your volleyball picture on the corner). Amazing! Did Helen take care of you in the grand club? She is always wonderful with our children. Sorry that you were a little disappointed with the spa. My wife and I love to exercise first thing in the morning and then go to the spa and take a lava rock shower with the cool wind blowing in through the hole in the roof. Paradise! We have always had exceptional service in the spa.

    I look forward to reading your the rest of your posts about this pearl in the pacific. You both do a great job!

  2. My wife and I went there. We loved the spa area for a couple of reasons
    1) no kids! So much quieter than the main pool
    2) free food (fruit mostly) and drinks (coffee and tea). A good option for breakfast if you just want fruit and coffee

  3. Is there are fee to access the spa if you are staying with points?

  4. Daraius, Do you free breakfast if you book suite or club room using points either in Andaz maui or Hyatt Regency?

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  18. You said that using points to reserve the room doesn’t require paying the resort fee. However, did you have to pay for parking? Thank you.

  19. I’ve read in some articles that Platinum members can purchase daily Grand Club access. Do you know if Grand Club access can be purchased on award nights?