Grand Hyatt Kauai

This family friendly resort offers something for everyone with lavish grounds and spectacular cuisine.

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Beautiful black swans at The Grand Hyatt Kauai/ K&S Media
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Dinner at Tidepools / K&S Media
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Gary Lopez of The Grand Hyatt Kauai / K&S Media

This family friendly resort offers something for everyone with lavish grounds and spectacular cuisine.

As we enter Tidepools, we spot a cavalcade of chefs working the line, from the partially enclosed kitchen. Using Hawaiian ingredients, techniques and flavours, the restaurant excels at introducing diners to unusual ingredients in a familiar way like the crisp taro root croquettes. Our other appetizers including tempura stuffed ahi, mahi and prawn satay were on point.  The delicate butter poached lobster and local snapper served with stir-fried vegetables and buckwheat soba noodles in a chili garlic sauce were both outstanding.  A highlight of our dinner was watching the fireworks (thanks to a conference being held at the hotel), just overhead – a true spectacle in the sky.

Family Friendly and Activities galore
Koi ponds, saltwater lagoons, and an 18 hole golf course are just the beginning at this 52 acre property.  There are scenes straight out of the movies on Hyatt’s dreamy grounds, like a pair of black swans gliding in a pond, surfers catching the perfect wave at Shipwreck beach or the spectacular views when hiking the Maha’ulepu heritage trail.

Our deluxe room overlooks the resort pool, and offers a peak at the ocean, complete with a private lanai.  One day, we tour the resort’s own lettuce garden (a pilot project in a converted tennis court). Later, we meet head landscaper/gardener Gary Lopez, who has been working at the hotel for twenty six years. He speaks about leading the reconstruction of the gardens after hurricane Iniki. “We sometimes worked ten-hour days, but they were worth it,” he explains.

In the tranquil setting of Anara Spa, we enjoy invigorating garden massage from masseur Mark.  The philosophy to ‘inspire lokahi’ (unity, harmony, balance) using traditional healing was in full force.

Want more hotels in  Kauai? This original travel article first appeared in the Summer 2016 issue of City Style and Living Magazine.