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ROAD & TRAVEL Spa Review: Grand Hyatt Kauai's Anara Spa, Hawaii

Relax at Grand Hyatt Kauai's Anara Spa
with a traditional Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage

by Melissa Mellott

Simply being on the island of Kauai prompts relaxation and serenity. The lush surroundings, waterfalls, beaches and natural aromatherapy creates a release of tension and provides a break from the hurried, mainland state of mind. 

Anara Spa at Grand Hyatt Kauai

My goal while visiting Kauai was getting a sense of the culture, tradition and spirituality of the Island. I had this opportunity while visiting the Grand Hyatt Kauai and Anara Spa. While touring the grounds, it seemed great care was given to share Hawaii traditions with guests of the resort. A Hawaiian woman named Auntie Stella, shares stories of the Island and daily activities are not limited to swimming and snorkeling, but also torch lighting ceremonies, learning how to make flower leis and a kid’s camp that teaches children about the history of Kauai. With an ocean view, the Grand Hyatt was designed with the classic Hawaiian architecture of the 20’s and 30’s era.

The highlight of my visit to the Grand Hyatt was the Anara Spa, where I experienced a Hawaiian tradition, a 4 – handed Lomi Lomi Massage. The word Lomi Lomi means “to touch with loving hands” and having two therapists (hence 4 hands) to do the treatment was blissful. 

Imagine – the massage room offered a beautiful garden outlook and a gentle breeze swept through the room while two therapists started the 1 hour treatment. This was a much needed treatment and would allow my mind to slip into vacation mode.

For me, the Lomi Lomi experience was unique and truly wonderful; the pressure was deeper and massage was done with not only hands, but also forearms and elbows. The therapists harmoniously used rhythm as they moved throughout the treatment and also used a cradling sort of movement which was extremely relaxing. And having not one, but two therapists give the massage made it the ultimate pampering treatment.

Tropical views at Anara Spa, Grand Hyatt Kauai

As a spa guest, I indulged in the spa amenities for the rest of the day. Still lounging in the robe provided by the spa, I had lunch at the pool, and then made use of the eucalyptus steam room. By mid afternoon, I sat in the women-only outdoor hot tub and felt the light sprinkle of rain on my head. I wrapped up my spa day by making use of the open-air lava rock showers, which later inspired me to find a waterfall on the island. Overall, this spa and the Lomi Lomi made for a great introduction to the island and

proved the perfect way to unwind and relax in preparation for the remaining stay.

Facts at a glance

While the Grand Hyatt is a beautiful place to stay, you don’t have to be a guest of the hotel to be a spa guest at Anara.

  • Anara Spa is undergoing a multi-million dollar expansion.  Expected for completion in 2007, the expansion will add 20,000 square feet of open-air elegance and new services.  

  • There are 602 rooms, 2 wings and 37 suites all on 52 acres

  • There are a handful of restaurants and lounges. Donderos – named Kauai’s best Italian restaurant and Tidepools where “waiters are surfers.” I personally loved the Seaview Terrace to enjoy quiet time and a latte in the early morning.

  • Kid-Friendly – with daily activities, a kid’s camp and a 150 foot waterslide, the kids will have a blast.

  • Extensive pools: In addition to the beach just steps away, there are several pool options: five acre saltwater swimming lagoons and two freshwater outdoor pools with connecting river pools.

  • When to visit?  Christmas is in high demand; September may be the best value.


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