Anara Spa

Hidden away in a quiet, tropical oasis at Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa, Anara Spa blends Hawaiian traditions with contemporary treatments in an open-air, oceanfront setting that embodies what an island vacation is all about. The spa’s lush gardens feature meandering stone paths and soothing waterfalls that create a relaxing outdoor space.

Though this Kauai spa opened with the hotel in November 1990 and hasn’t been renovated much since — the couples hale, though, was added in 2008 — its modern design that works with the natural surroundings is timeless. It’s obvious this spa was no afterthought.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • The resort spa opens to the skies and mountains, from the lobby that faces a botanical sanctuary to the individual treatment rooms that boast their own private gardens.
  • There’s an unquestioned flow from the hotel to the treatment center — vibrant plant life such as the indigenous lauae fern and exotic bird of paradise surround the property — that embodies the Kauai spa's philosophy of lokahi (balance and harmony).
  • Hawaiian culture is integrated in the innovative treatments - from the rhythmic lomi lomi massage to the use of local products such as island-grown lilikoi (passion fruit) and volcanic clay from Kauai.
  • Anara Spa offers a variety of couples treatments that are now done side-by-side in the new couples hale (bungalow), a relaxing haven that comes complete with its own private garden and shower.
  • Some of the highest-quality skincare products are available, such as the California-based Epicuren Enzyme Skin Care System, which incorporates luxurious natural ingredients such as tea tree oils and sugar cane; the Hungarian handmade and organic skin care line Eminence; and the clinical skincare brand SkinCeuticals.
Things to Know
  • The tropical spa doesn’t require advance reservations, but highly recommends planning ahead as this is a favorite amenity at the luxurious oceanfront hotel.
  • Appointments can be made over the phone, or scheduled on the spa’s website.
  • As a courtesy to guests and therapists, the spa requires a four-hour notice if you’re changing or cancelling any reservation.
The Treatments
  • There’s a massage for everyone at Anara Spa. Following the philosophy of lokahi (harmony and balance), the spa offers a personalized massage where the therapist can address imbalances and target specific areas on your body to induce relaxation.
  • The spa also offers a sports massage that applies sports therapy and deep-tissue techniques to relieve muscle soreness, an aromatherapy massage that uses essential oil blends of Hawaiian plants, and a pohaku (warm stone) massage that relaxes muscles and employs organic Hawaiian oils.
  • One other unique offering is the bamboo massage, where the therapist uses warm, smooth bamboo stalks to ease tension with rhythmic movements.
  • The Kauai spa also offers a maternity massage for the needs of mothers-to-be. All of these treatments are done in individual rooms that open to private gardens.
The Facilities
  • The 45,000-square-foot facility maintains a main open-air courtyard with 11 treatment rooms opening to their own private garden.
  • Another astonishing feature is the 25-yard lap pool and outdoor lava rock showers.
  • In a private area separated from the main treatment rooms are two thatched roof hales (bungalows) for couples’ treatments.
  • There’s also a bright and open fitness studio where yoga, meditation, dance and other fitness classes are held.
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Getting There
1571 Poipu Road, Koloa, Hawaii 96756
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