Poipu Gem

It’s a grand time at the Grand Hyatt Kauai

By: By Marty Wentzel

The Anara Spa at the Grand Hyatt Kauai has recently been renovated. // (c) Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
The Anara Spa at the Grand Hyatt Kauai has recently been renovated.

The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa has been in the headlines a lot lately.

The luxury resort in Poipu received the 2009 AAA Four-Diamond award, as did its dining room Dondero’s, the only hotel restaurant on Kauai to earn the honor. This is the 18th time the Grand Hyatt has received the award since opening in 1990.

In addition, the hotel recently completed a multimillion-dollar expansion of its Anara spa. Now measuring over 45,000 square feet, the award-winning facility is the largest spa on Kauai and second largest in the state. The renovation added five open-air thatched-roof bungalows, an al fresco Vichy treatment room for hydrotherapy and an open-air hale (hut) for fitness and yoga classes and personal training. Existing treatment rooms — each opening to its own private garden — were completely renovated. The fitness center, open around-the-clock, was expanded by 900 square feet, allowing for additional cardio and strength equipment. To complement the grand reopening of the spa, lavish new signature treatments were created, weaving Hawaiian healing customs with island plant essences.

Meanwhile, in an effort to conserve resources and increase energy independence, the Grand Hyatt has installed an 18,500-square-foot 280-kilowatt system atop a roof structure built over an existing parking lot, providing shade for parking as well as clean, renewable solar power for resort operations. The system is expected to generate 438,000 kilowatt hours of power each year, representing 15-20 percent of the resort’s total energy needs and a reduction of over 237,000 tons of carbon emissions.

"We are thrilled to be moving forward in our efforts to conserve resources," said Doug Sears, general manager of the Grand Hyatt Kauai. "The resort has instituted many successful energy-saving programs over the past 18 years, reducing our electrical usage by over 1.5 million kilowatt hours annually. This solar project takes us to the next level of resource conservation and environmental responsibility."