Reminiscent of the grand hotels from Hawaii’s golden age, this premiere resort offers a world of invigorating lava rock showers, sparkling pools and manicured gardens in a welcoming open-air setting. Overlooking Poipu’s majestic Keoneloa Bay, it appeals to families, honeymooners and golf enthusiasts with access to the Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed Poipu Bay Championship Golf Course; the Camp Hyatt activities program for kids ages 3-12; a water playground complete with a 150-foot water slide, sparkling swimming pools, waterfalls and five acres of saltwater swimming lagoons and a pampering menu of treatments at the state-of-the-art ANARA Spa.
Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this 50-acre luxury resort offers 602 rooms. All include a patio or lanai with ocean, mountain, or tropical garden views. This resort seems less like a single spot than a tropical isle created just for human pleasure. Some guests head for spiritual and physical rejuvenation at ANARA Spa, a $3.5 million facility with 11 treatment rooms. The world-renowned water park that includes a five-acre saltwater lagoon with beach, a 150-foot water slide, and a man-made river meandering from the hotel through exceptionally lush gardens and hidden grottos and under waterfalls to a freshwater lagoon pool.
The resort offers many other amenities to its guests. Camp Hyatt provides half-day, full-day, and evening sessions of Hawaii-centered activities for children. And the hotel's business center offers complete services, including computer rental and high-speed Internet access (surcharge). The concierge desk arranges every activity available on Kauai, including helicopter sightseeing flights along the spectacular Na Pali Coast, coastal and river-boat excursions, deep-sea fishing, and dining outside the resort.
Shipwreck Beach in front of the resort is for strong swimmers, boogie boarders, and surfers only, although anyone can enjoy walking its 500-yard length. For ocean swimming, Poipu Beach, once declared by the world's foremost beach expert as America's best, is two miles west. The S-shaped beach's lower loop is protected by a man-made reef so the water is calm. The upper loop offers surfing and boogie-boarding. In between, there's great snorkeling among lava rocks around a small sand islet.