I've already told you all about how much I love the North Shore of Kauai. Hanalei, Na Pali, and the area surrounding it have stolen my heart and soul, but really the whole of Kauai is one beautiful spot after another.
I was lucky enough to be hosted in the Poipu area as well and quickly discovered why some of the nicest resorts call that area it's home. Poipu is lovely, the beaches are stunning, there are hidden caves and great surf spots not to mention one stunning golf course after another. It also places you super close to Koloa which is my second favorite town on the island. Adorably quaint cafe and shop lined streets, completely walkable, and with more charm than most towns I have ever seen. Being close to Koloa gives Poipu even more credibility as the perfect spot for a luxury resort.
The Grand Hyatt Resort in Poipu is the spot for luxury and relaxation. I won't pretend it is cheap, certainly not a budget accommodation but when headed to Hawaii that isn't really the goal for many. The rooms are beautifully decorated, come with gorgeous ocean and golf course views, the beds are probably the most comfortable and well appointed that I have ever experienced, and hey even the toilet was super fancy!
The grounds themselves are beautiful. Perfectly manicured with loads of walking paths, freshwater pools, restaurants, shops, even a lagoon complete with a safe beach for the kiddos. It is located on the ocean so if you want to surf, body board, or simply relax in the ocean you can do that as well. The pool system is vast and has a thrilling slide as well as a lazy river to enjoy. For those with more time for relaxation than we had there is also a luxurious spa, golf course, shops, restaurants, and more spots to relax and enjoy the lovely ocean breeze than any other hotel I think I've ever stayed in.
As soon as we exited the car we felt like we were stepping into the lap of luxury. The entrance way and lobby are beautiful and offer gorgeous views. The staff was attentive, friendly, and more than willing to help us in any way. The pool system was expansive with plenty of different areas so it never felt crowded. The sand bottomed lagoon was perfect for small kiddos, especially lovely with the hammocks strewn all over nearby. My sister in law and I were quite fond of the lazy river and slide though!
The rooms are spacious and well appointed. Probably the only complaint I could have about the resort is in regards to the distance the room was from the lobby. Honestly it felt like we walked a mile every time we left the room. It is done that way for 2 reasons, 1 so almost everyone can have an ocean front room, and 2 because you are not allowed to build up more than just a few stories in Kauai, so really they had no choice but to go out. It is something to consider though for some people.
The beds were super comfortable with all the bells and whistles in regards to fancy bedding and loads of pillows. The WiFi was fast, the view was amazing, TV was large, and the bathroom was wonderful. Nice shower and uber fancy toilet.
Seriously I know this is the second time I am mentioning the toilet but that thing really freaked us out. It deserves it's own paragraph! It seemed to have a motion sensor so every time you walked in the room it automatically cleaned itself for you. It also flushed on it's own but it went way beyond that. It was capable of cleaning each and every orifice as well as dry them. It really was the most spectacular toilet I've ever encountered.
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