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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.
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:
- Part 1 – Using Miles and Points to Get to Kauai
- Part 2 – Only $10 for 2 One-Way United Flights From Austin to Kauai
- Part 3 – Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
- Part 4 – Grand Hyatt Garden Suite for 87% Off
- Part 5 – 3 Free Nights & a Partial Ocean View Upgrade at the Grand Hyatt Kauai
- Part 6 – Activities in Kauai
- Part 7 – Adopting a Little Girl
- Part 8 – The Many Pools of the Grand Hyatt Kauai and more…
- Part 9 – Southside Eats
- Part 10 – More South Kauai Eats!
- Part 11 – Shave Ice Bigger Than Your Face and More Yummy Meals!
- Part 12 – Flight From Kauai to Austin
- Part 13 – Conclusion and Blog Giveaway
We have further divided the activities based on the sides of the island in which they are located. Unfortunately, we did not make it to the North side because of the heavy rains, so please comment if you have been to the North side and have not-to-miss recommendations!
Activities in Kauai
- West Side
- East Side
- South Side
Southside Kauai Activities
Spouting Horn Beach Park
We went to see a blowhole, located on the south side at the Spouting Horn Beach Park.
This was cool to see, but I would have liked to get a little bit closer to the action. However, we read that it can be dangerous to get closer because of the forceful impacts of the shooting water.
The views were very pretty, though!
Poipu Beach Park
We also went to Poipu Beach Park, which is great little beach area. There is a small lagoon where it’s safe for little children to swim.
There’s also a large playground…
…a covered picnic area, and more.
Grand Hyatt Kauai Pools
I was looking forward to spending a day at the pools!
The pools at the Grand Hyatt Kauai are fantastic. They meander throughout the property, which makes them very fun to explore. There is an adult pool, a freshwater pool, and a kids’ pool. There is a series of swimming pools that are joined with interconnected pools, and even a saltwater pool with sand. There is a slide for kids, and several Jacuzzis.
A jacuzzi surrounded by more pools…
There is also a saltwater pool…
All of the kids really seemed to enjoy it.
There is a pool just for adults.
The pools seemed to go on forever.
There are waterfalls to be discovered…
and hidden rivers…
You could rent private cabanas. If you are a Hyatt Diamond member, you can even select a pool cabana as your diamond amenity.
I didn’t rent a cabana, but I did rent an inner tube and floated throughout the entire pool. It was so much fun!
Laying out by the pool was relaxing, and I curled up with a good book and magazines.
Grand Hyatt Kauai Beach
There were private cabanas by the beach that could be rented by the day.
There were lots of lounge chairs…
Spa at the Grand Hyatt
My last day at the Grand Hyatt, I went to the hotel spa.
At first, I thought I’d try a HydraFacial, but then thought it might be too invasive, so I stuck with a regular facial. With Daraius’ encouragement, I added on a 25 minute massage.
He said I needed to treat myself, so I did. I decided to try a facial (the 2nd in my life!) and I added on a 35 minute massage.
I got to the spa an hour early to check out the facilities. The facilities were okay. It was a bit impersonal and dated. There was a dry sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, and lap pool.
I enjoyed my facial and massage. The ladies who provided them were very friendly and warm. I felt like I had met 2 new friends on the island!
There are so many fun things to do in Kauai. Between the pools and beaches, you will never get bored.
Whether you are an adult, kid, or an adult who enjoys feeling like a kid, there is a pool at the Kauai Grand Hyatt for you! And with all the activity you will work up a big appetite. Check out our next post for some good places to grab a bite to eat…