by Carrie Calzaretta
The sprawling oceanfront Grand Hyatt Resort in Kauai is great for families who love amenities, and its breathtaking lagoons and pools (with a 150-foot slide) are a huge hit with the kids. Built into the cliffs, this low-rise resort is family-friendly and upscale. At Camp Hyatt Kauai, kids 3 to 12 enjoy an array storytelling, crafts, computer time and beach activities from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and also from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
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- Saltwater swimming lagoons
- Dining options, from Asian and Hawaiian to Italian
- All rooms have a private lanai or balcony
- Water Sports
- Children Programs
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Kids' Pool
- Onsite Dining
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The Grant Hyatt Kauai has 602 rooms and suites, all of which have a private balcony or lanai, with mountain, garden or ocean views. Even the basic rooms are somewhat extravagant, with marble baths, iPod docking, Internet access (for a fee), bathrobes, three or more phones, and rollaways and cribs upon request, and a coffeemaker with Hawaiian coffee. Suites have even more amenities including plasma televisions, whirlpool tubs and more living space. Rooms are spread out over the property, so if you want to be in a particular area, be sure to request it when you make reservations.
Hyatt also provides Babies Travel Lite, a service which allows you to go online and order diapers, formula and other baby products and get them delivered directly to Hyatt so you save room in your suitcase. Place your order at least seven days before arrival for reasonable rates.
by Elizabeth M
We loved our stay at the Grand Hyatt and did not want to leave. We woke up every morning to a spectacular view of the ocean and the grounds. The on-site restaurants had surprisingly great food. The service at the pool was excellent and someone always stopped by within ten minutes of us sitting down to take our drink order. We stayed in October and I appreciated that we could always easily find a pool chair in the shade whenever we went down, there was so much seating. We also brought our 3 month old and the whole property was so easy to get around with a stroller which I really appreciated.
My wife and I spent four nights here in October 2019.
+Awesome pool area. They have an adults only spot along with multiple pool options for kids. The beach doesn't have umbrellas and chairs but the pool area had tons of places to sit.
+The lobby and hotel grounds are beautiful. Indoor/outdoor vibe. Live, local music every night.
+Self parking option is free and easily accessible. Most hotels charge an arm and a leg to park. They do not.
-The main "complaint" is that the rooms and hallways need a re-model. The rooms are tired. The hallway walls are all scuffed up. To be clear, this isn't a deal breaker. However the hotel needs a face-lift.
-Food was solid but not memorable. Tidepools is their top restaurant. It was good, not great.
-We spent most of our time on various adventures around the island. If your plan is to do more off property, as there is a lot to do in Kauai, my advice would be to go to a less expensive hotel since you won't be there that much. If you plan to be at the pool for the majority of your time in Kauai, then stay here.
Also of note, the hotel is located on the South part of the island. The drive to Princeville/Hanalei is a good hour and a half straight through (the only highway goes around the island). Just keep that in mind when planning hiking trips or other things up North.
There are dozens of kid-friendly activities at the resort, including swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, water volleyball, tennis, cliff walks and mountain biking. The resort has two enormous swimming pools, with winding rivers and waterfalls, and a 150-foot waterslide. A cool addition are the man-made saltwater swimming lagoons, where you can relax on floating chairs, or kayak across five acres. There is a public beach, Shipwreck Beach, just steps from the resort, but it is not for swimming as the current is too strong especially for children. You'll often see locals there on boards catching waves; but for casual swimming and snorkeling try Poipu Beach which is only about five minutes from the resort.
Grand Hyatt Kauai has an 18-hole championship golf course, and a variety of packages include golfing, with special youth golf programs available.
Camp Hyatt Kauai is the hotel's kids' program, for potty-trained (no pull-ups allowed) children ages 3 to 12. It runs from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. every day and reservations are requested by 6 p.m. the night before. Kids will participate in activities like Koi fish feeding, face painting, bracelet and lei making, hula lessons, and cultural lessons about Hawaiians and the local wildlife. They can also participate in Parrot Talk, an interactive session about the local parrots, where they get to hold and touch the birds. Babysitting is also available for a fee.
Kids will also love Hyatt's Cranium Game Library which is filled with fun family games, and they'll get a complimentary Cranium game trial pack at check-in.
The Hyatt Kauai has half a dozen dining options, most of which are family-friendly, a few of which are Zagat award winners. The Yum Cha Asian Eatery serves Asian Fusion in a casual family-friendly atmosphere on the golfcourse, and with a special Asian-themed kids' menu and virgin house drinks, this a great option. The Poipu Bay Clubhouse also serves breakfast and lunch daily, along with a Sunday brunch, and overlooks the golf course. Ilima Terrace is a secluded spot which serves a large buffet breakfast daily, as well as sandwiches and salads for lunch. Tidepools is open for dinner, and serves authentic Hawaiian cuisine, with a good selection of seafood. For a light and healthy breakfast or lunch, try the spa cafe. Dondero's serves Italian indoors or out, but its menu caters more to adults.
Two nights a week (on Sundays and Thursdays) the hotel holds a Polynesian Luau buffet, complete with local dancers, music, open bar, Hawaiian crafts, and Hula lessons. Reservations are recommended.
All Hyatt resorts also have special kids' menu available upon request, and while dining, children will receive an interactive placemat to enjoy during the meal.