Anara Spa Celebrates Expansion

Kauai’s largest spa adds treatment areas and indulgences

By: Dawna L. Robertson

One of Hawaii’s most celebrated spas now pampers its guests on an even grander scale. Anara Spa at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa has celebrated the reopening of its award-winning spa complex with new signature therapies and thatched roof treatment hale (bungalows).

With its long awaited expansion and renovation completed late last year, the 45,000-square-foot facility is the largest spa on Kauai and second largest in the state of Hawaii. To the soothing sounds of waterfalls, singing birds and breezes blowing through trees, spa guests can meander along winding stone pathways to explore the new garden area and five open-air treatment hale. Named after a traditional healing plant that is both growing in the garden and used in the treatments, each hale features its own exclusive lava rock shower and steam grotto.

Of the five new hale, two are designed specifically for couple’s treatments. An open-air Vichy treatment room for soothing hydrotherapy was also added, along with two lava rock botanical baths, a relaxation room, and an open-air hale for fitness classes, yoga and personal training.

Each opening to its own private garden, existing treatment rooms were completely renovated and now include native koa wood cabinetry. Open around the clock, the well-appointed fitness center was expanded by 900 square feet to accommodate additional cardio and strength equipment.

According to Jessica Shea, spa director, the Grand Hyatt wanted to set a new standard in resort spas. “The new garden spa area showcases the lush, natural beauty found on Kauai,” she said. “The proximity to nature causes an immediate calming of the spirit, allowing guests to connect more deeply with the benefits of their treatment. The spa area is an oasis within the resort.”

Among Anara Spa’s most popular new Signature Escapes therapies is the Organic Lilikoi Lemongrass treatment. The refreshing indulgence begins with a coconut foot bath and a deluxe scalp massage using a deep conditioning avocado-coconut cream hair mask, followed by a body polish with Kauai salts infused with organic lilikoi (passion fruit) and lemongrass. After a rinse in a lava rock shower, a luscious massage with rich mango butter drenches the body in moisture.

“Ancient Hawaiians combined nature and healing practices to achieve lokahi, or life in balance,” said Shea. “Provided in a natural setting, each of our new Signature Escapes uses traditional healing methods to release the mind, heal the body and enlighten the spirit balancing the entire being in a state of harmony”.

The firm of Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo (WATG), the original architect for the Grand Hyatt Kauai, was tapped to oversee the spa expansion project. Having designed many of the world’s most successful destination resorts and spas, WATG is known for creating environments that reflect their locale. From offices around the world, the 60-year-old firm has completed landmark hospitality projects in 150 countries and territories.

“The spa renovation and expansion truly sets the bar high for future spas,” said Shea. “Without sacrificing luxury, Anara Spa creates a naturally elegant environment for spa-goers to relax and unwind. It’s a beautiful weaving of architecture and nature.”

Overlooking Poipu's majestic Keoneloa Bay, Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa offers 602 spacious guest rooms with private lanais. Set on 50 oceanfront acres, the resort features lush gardens with manicured lawns, seven restaurants, six lounges, a water playground with river pool, a saltwater lagoon, tennis, the award-winning ANARA Spa, and golf at the adjacent Poipu Bay Resort.