Family Trip to Kauai: Grand Hyatt Kauai Review (Part 2)

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The Grand Hyatt Kauai is an amazing top-notch Hyatt Resort that exceeded my high expectations. My daughter and I stayed there as part of a mom-daughter trip to the Hawaiian Island of Kauai in June 2013. The resort is just too large to fit everything into one post, so this is the second of at least three posts dedicated to that resort. This post will focus on the Grand Club, Camp Hyatt, and the spa. If you want to play catch-up here are other posts in my Hawaiian trip report:

Alaska Airlines First Class from San Jose – Lihue

Grand Hyatt Kauai Part 1 (Check-in, overview, the room)

Grand Club:

One of the reasons I value my Hyatt Diamond status so highly is that it allows me access to clubs and lounges, when available, at Hyatt hotels and resorts. These clubs offer breakfast, snacks, heavy evening appetizers, water, soda, juices, and desserts all at no additional charge. If you are traveling with a family this can resort in real savings – especially when staying at resorts like the Grand Hyatt Kauai where things can be a little pricey.

If you don’t have Hyatt Diamond status, you can still utilize the Grand Club if you pay an additional nightly fee for a Grand Club reservation (which appears to be kinda pricey at this resort) or use additional points for a Club room (27k points per night as opposed to standard 22k points per night).  Another option is to spend 3,000 points per four nights for an upgrade on a paid reservation to a Grand Club room.  However, since this is a resort property, you must pay a minimum of the Hyatt Daily Rate deluxe room (such as partial ocean view, ocean view, slope view, etc) to qualify for the 3,000 point upgrade to a Grand Club room.

This Grand Club is located on the Poipu side of the resort – which is on the right hand side as you walk in the lobby.  Location is actually really important since the resort is so large.  We were located near the pools on the opposite side of the resort, so it was a very long walk to the Grand Club.  If you have mobility issues or small children it is almost prohibitively far.  We didn’t visit the Club as often as we otherwise would simply due to the distance.

The Club itself is located in three main sections.  When you walk in immediately in front of you are some couches and coffee tables.

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If you go up the stairs to the left you will find the section where the food and drinks are located.

20130710-125400.jpgTo the right there is another sitting area and eating area (complete with a small kid’s library!).

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The best views in the house can be found if you head out to the patio directly off from the Club!

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Since I was traveling alone with a three year old, my main goal when selecting a seat and getting food/drinks was somehow to manage to get enough food on our plates while not losing Little C in the process.  Oh well, that and to take blurry, quick, iPhone photos….apologies for the poor quality here. 

The first set of photos show some of the evening heavy appetizer options.  You could make this a meal (and we did the first night), but I wouldn’t really want to do that very often on the trip.

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The breakfast offerings consisted mainly of various breads, pastries, fruits, and at least one hot item.

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There is alcohol in the club, and it is on an honor system where you make your own and then fill out a card indicating what all you drank so that it can later be charged to your room.  I didn’t have the time or luxury of exploring that option fully on this trip, but it is there.

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Overall I thought the Grand Club was one of the better ones in the US.  The offerings weren’t “amazing”, but they were above what many clubs offer.  Contrary to what the photos may look like, the club was often pretty full.  Not overly full, but it wasn’t generally as empty as the photos make it appear.  The real drawback for me was just how far from the club our room was situated, but we were right next to the pools, so it was a fair trade.

Camp Hyatt:

My daughter is a big fan of Camp Hyatt – and so am I!  We have visited several and she has always had a good time, and has always wanted to return.  This is such a blessing since it allows her to have fun with other kids and it allows me to have a little time to do adult-oriented activities.  At this hotel Camp Hyatt is designed for children ages 3 – 12 (who must be potty trained).  This Camp Hyatt runs from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm daily with reservations very much encouraged.  A “full day” from 9AM – 4PM is $80 and a half-day is $50 without lunch, or $60 with lunch.  The full evening session is $80 with dinner.  It isn’t cheap, but I think it is totally worth it at least for a day (or half-day)!

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As soon as my daughter established they had toys there, she was set.  Barely even waved bye to me!  Her favorite thing they did that morning was get to interact with some of the parrots they have on the property.  I think her face in this photo says it all!

20130710-150824.jpgThey don’t just keep the kids safe at Camp Hyatt – they actually keep them entertained and interacting with all the resort has to offer.  I always feel a little guilty leaving her there, but she always is bummed when it is time to leave.  I went to pick her up while they were still eating lunch and she insisted on staying at least until lunch was finished.  I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this Camp Hyatt!

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Anara Spa:

While my little kiddo was at Camp Hyatt, I went next door to the Anara Spa.  My original plan was to go surfing while she was at Camp Hyatt, but the swell that was going on made it look a little dangerous for my tastes and I didn’t like the idea of not being able to be reached if something happened at Camp Hyatt (obviously no cell phones in the ocean).  So, instead I stayed close and just got a massage.

The spa was undergoing renovations while I was there, so there was a discount of $20 for every $100 spent to offset the inconvenience.  The treatment rooms for massages were converted guest rooms overlooking the ocean.  It wasn’t bad, but probably wasn’t the same as the relaxing sanctuary of the spa since you had to trek to and from the rooms in your spa robes before and after the treatments.  The lap pool for the spa was open, but there were folks doing some minor repairs in that area as well.

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i didn’t take any photos of the treatment rooms – mostly because I didn’t actually go in the real treatment rooms.  The outdoor showers were pretty nice, though.  My massage was good, but I think that the ocean side massage I got at the Hyatt Regency Maui was better.

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Overall I thought the spa and the Grand Club were very solid offerings at the Grand Hyatt – and I thought Camp Hyatt was outstanding.  However, the real gem of this hotel has to be the pools.  Lots of pictures of the pools and more coming in the next post in this series!

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  1. Yours is such a great blog. It provides specific content that I think helps many families.

    However, SOME of us have older kids so I thought I’d offer some perspective for those families who have 7-10 year olds since we have traveled twice to the Grand Hyatt Kauai (when my twins were 7 and 10).

    First of all, Camp Hyatt is for kids! Which means not my kids :} ! But they LOVED the club. Nothing better than being in an enclosed, safe environment and having free reign of the place. Each morning they went down on their own and had their own breakfast. Never seen them more empowered. They also ducked in during the day for treats, etc. The Grand Hyatt is huge, but can be a blessing too. For open spaces, and zig-zag corridors and stairs and mysterious key locks (the club needs to be open by a room club key), all make each trip around the facility an adventure. The fact that your room might be a ways away from the club is a blessing to adveturous tweens.

    The facilities/pools at the Hyatt are great for 10 year olds who love you but want to get away from you. They can hang out in the kids pools and slides and lagoon and lazy river, yet still check in with you throughout the day. The only area of supervision really needed is the beach with its strong tide. Otherwise, it’s a perfect marriage for a family that wants some peace and quiet, family time and to give their kids some space and independence. Our favorite property in the Hyatt system, especially since we are upgraded to a ocean suite from a garden room using our suite upgrades as a diamond. In November, we will be going back for our 4th time…

  2. There is high surf on the south side of Kauai in summer and fall, so if you plan of doing any water sports during your visit, it’s probably best to stay at this resort during the winter or spring.

  3. Michael, love hearing the perspective of parents with older kids. Thanks for sharing. I know I would have loved the freedom to explore some when I was a kid!
    Mason, yeah they said it was unusually high while we were there. It was quite intimidating for sure!

  4. Yep, do watch the water. Conditions really vary from island to island and side of the coast of each island.

  5. Do only Hyatt resorts have these kids’ clubs? or some of the regular Hyatt hotels, too? It sounds great. I’d love to have the chance to do some adults only stuff on a family vacation.

    • Jamie, I’ve pretty much only seen them at resorts. We have personally used them at Hyatt Hill Country, Hyatt Lost Pines, and Grand Hyatt Kauai, but I have also seen it at Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, Hyatt Regency Maui, and Hyatt Grand Cypress.

  6. We love Camp Hyatt too. One of the best parts of our trip to,Australia was a 2-night stop at a Hyatt Resort on the Sunshine Coast. We dropped our 15-month old at Camp Hyatt and enjoyed a much needed relaxing afternoon at the spa pool. Sadly that resort is no longer a Hyatt…

    The kids Club at Marriott Resorts is similarly excellent, our children beg to be dropped off.

  7. Hi Summer,

    I just wanted to give a little update in case anyone uses this post for info on the Grand Club. Alcohol is no longer on the honor system, you have to ask an attendant for a drink and they charge it to your room. It’s still much cheaper though – $5 for a glass of wine, for example. Also, did you happen to check out the desserts? They are pretty delicious! I had the best coconut cake there last night. We haven’t found the club to be very crowded, although I believe the hotel is full right now. We paid the extra 5,000 points for a club room before the devaluation, and it was worth it for the cake alone! 🙂 Oh, and I wanted to mention that if anyone has food allergies you just need to let the attendant know the first time you go in and they’ll make sure to have something for you for your entire stay (gluten free, nut free, etc).

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