KOLOA, Kauai --
Hyatt Hotels and Resorts spared no expense when it decided to
upgrade its Hyatt Regency property here to Grand Hyatt status last
year, pumping an estimated $15 million into facility and service
improvements at the resort.
Now, Hyatt is
committing more than $3 million to expand the Grand Hyatt Kauai
Resort and Spas Anara Spa, making the spa facility -- to total
45,000 square feet by year-end -- the largest on Kauai and
second-largest in Hawaii.
Ground will be
broken this May on an extra 20,000 square feet of spa and gym
facilities, highlighted by five private hale, or outdoor,
thatched-roof treatment huts.
Three huts, each
at 260 square feet, will have a private shower and bath. Couples
treatments will take place in two deluxe hale, each at 320 square
The aim? To
further the Grand Hyatt Kauais growing reputation as a destination
spa worth visiting for its treatments alone, according to general
manager Doug Sears.
I think having
the outdoor treatment village at Anara will give us a cachet that
will help us exploit the destination spa market more than we have
to date, he said.
The expanded spa
will also have an open-air meditation lounge and a clay grotto,
where clients may apply Kauais famed red-dirt clay, rich in
therapeutic alaea salts, before taking a steam bath.
of the expansion is a doubling in size of the adjacent fitness
center to 1,800 square feet, adding extra space for cardiovascular
equipment, as well construction of an 850-square-foot movement
pavilion, or indoor/outdoor hale for yoga, aerobics and personal
are but a part of an ongoing honing of the Grand Hyatt
the resort include the recent addition of what Sears described as
residential-style refrigeration units to every guest unit, whether
room or suite.
We saw that a lot
of people were calling down to housekeeping for refrigerators, as
they once did for ironing boards, he said. We found that the traditional minibars just werent
getting much use.
More changes are
to come on the nomenclature front, as well. The propertys
upper-tier Regency Club services -- which come with perks such as
dedicated concierge and free breakfasts and beverages -- will be renamed Grand Club to reflect the
propertys new Grand Hyatt status.
That upgrade in
designation last July came after years of guest and media
accolades, according to Sears.
It was due to the
success of the property and the scores and rankings weve earned
over the years, he said. Its a combination of success and
that despite having 602 rooms, the Grand Hyatt Kauai has more of a
300-room hotel feel to it, largely thanks to the employees
connecting the dots.
Destinations editor Kenneth Kiesnoski, send e-mail to [email protected].