Andaz Maui and Grand Hyatt Kauai are both Hyatt properties in Hawaii. And that’s pretty much where the similarities start and stop.
These two resorts offer unique ways to enjoy two very different islands. At Andaz, a boutique experience enhances a vacation spent getting to know Maui.
At the Grand Hyatt, there are enough conveniences to ensure you don’t have to leave the extensive resort.
Learn more about the differences with this guide.
Where To Find The Andaz Maui And The Grand Hyatt Kauai
Andaz Maui is a Wailea beachfront property, well located on the South Maui coast.
Visitors to Wailea will find themselves surrounded by top quality restaurants and world-class beaches, plus easy access to the highway system that can be used to explore Maui.
The Andaz Maui is a great base for a relaxing vacation or an adventurous trip.
The Grand Hyatt is on Kauai, the fourth-largest Hawaiian island that’s sometimes known as the “Garden Island”. Nestled on the natural coastline of Kauai, a vacation at the Grand Hyatt is a chance for total relaxation.
Although we obviously have some bias towards Maui, both resorts are in fantastic settings.
Exactly which part of Hawaii you wish to visit and what you might want to do when you’re there, should be a big deciding factor between resorts.
(You may also be asking yourself, is Maui or Kauai better?)
Which Has Better Rooms: Andaz Maui Or Grand Hyatt Kauai?
Andaz Maui has constructed its rooms with a sort of boutique luxury. The rooms are slightly on the small side at just 380 to 420 square feet, but the airy and light decoration opens the space up.
An opulent bathroom decorated with dark stone is tucked away behind white shutters, creating an intimate room to wash off a long day.
Rooms are available with King beds or double Queens, and feature a private lanai.
The Andaz Maui has several suites available as well. These are, like the rooms, slightly small, but modern decoration adds a touch of elegance. For even more space, consider one of the villas offered by the Andaz.
There’s a distinctly Hawaiian atmosphere to the rooms at the Grand Hyatt Kauai, thanks to the emphasis on natural materials and colors.
At 500 square feet, these rooms offer a decent amount of space to unwind, with marble bathrooms and double sinks adding extra luxury.
Although the Grand Hyatt doesn’t have villas, there’s an impressive array of suites available. These are decorated in a classic contemporary style and feature extra amenities to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
What About The Pool?
Andaz Maui has gone for refined excellence with their pool system, featuring four levels of cascading infinity pool. The pool isn’t exactly loaded with slides and features, but the simplicity does work in its favor.
Three levels of the pool are focused on tranquility, while the bottom level offers a better space to splash about. Adults can head to the tucked-away adults-only pool, to really relax.
The Grand Hyatt Kauai has made the pool area a stand-out of the resort. The multi-level pool features a saltwater lagoon, lazy river, waterfalls, secret caves, and a 150-foot water slide.
Keiki can enjoy a game of water basketball, while adults can relax in the serene adults-only pool.
Which Restaurants Are Better: Andaz Maui Or Grand Hyatt Kauai?
Guests at Andaz Maui don’t have to worry about going hungry. There are some fantastic on-site dining options, designed to appeal to the discerning taste buds of visitors.
Ka’ana Kitchen is a highlight, offering farm-to-table food that celebrates Maui produce.
Morimoto Maui serves fresh fish from an exceptional sushi menu, while even the poolside bites at Bumbye Beach bar and Lehua Lounge are of exceptional quality.
Or try The Feast At Mokapu for a foodie take on the luau.
The highlight of the dining options at Grand Hyatt Kauai is Tidepools. The floating restaurant draws inspiration from classic Hawaiian flavors, but with some modern twists to create a unique menu.
Stevenson’s Library serves fresh sushi with ocean views, and Hale Nalu is the place to go for a poolside bite. The Grand Hyatt Kauai Luau is also on-site!
Is There A Spa?
With luxury resorts such as Andaz Maui and Grand Hyatt Kauai, an on-site spa is expected. And both resorts definitely deliver on this front.
Andaz Maui is home to the Awili Spa and Salon, a premium spa that offers a highly personalized service. The combination of apothecary and customized products makes this a spa with a difference.
The Maui influence can be found in both the products and the techniques, which creates a tranquil atmosphere for lavish relaxation.
The Anara Spa at Grand Hyatt Kauai draws inspiration from Hawaiian traditions. The focus is on nurturing and restoration, with massages, facials, and body treatments all on offer.
What’s Better At Andaz Maui?
Andaz Maui somehow manages to feel both like a hotel at the heart of the action, and a resort that gets you away from it all.
The boutique appeal caters mostly to adults, who will appreciate the laid back elegance that defines Andaz Maui.
Exceptional restaurants and an attractive pool area build this adult-friendly atmosphere, while the Wailea location offers easy access to the rest of Maui.
What’s Better At Grand Hyatt Kauai?
For a stay at the Grand Hyatt Kauai, you might never leave the resort. The large resort borders the sands of Poipu beach to the front, with an extensive golf course tucked around the back.
Multiple dining options can satisfy cravings at any time of the day, and the pool has enough features for keiki and adults to while away the hours.
There’s also the Grand Hyatt Kauai Club Lounge, which offers food throughout the day, and a comfortable place to sit and relax.
Boutique Elegance Or Total Convenience?
Despite both being Hyatt properties, Andaz Maui and Grand Hyatt Kauai have some clear differences.
For a start, they’re on two very different Hawaiian islands. Maui pairs natural beauty with tourist conveniences, while Kauai lets the untouched scenery do the talking.
These differences define the hotels. Andaz functions as an elegant and comfortable base for discovering Maui, while Grand Hyatt provides everything you need in a natural setting.
Other Places To Stay In Maui
We’ve written quite a bit about all of Maui’s available lodging, and continue to do so, but we wanted to share a few more places to stay from our friends at Booking.com.
A Resort Stay: The Four Seasons Resort in Wailea is the cream of the crop of resort stays, with restaurants, ocean views, an on-site spa, and the Shops at Wailea are just down the road. Couples particularly love The Four Seasons!
Bed and Breakfast: Sometimes, it’s all in a name, and Adventure in Paradise is exactly what it sounds like, located in Haiku on Maui’s north shore. Wake up to a 180 degree view of Haleakala summit every morning from your private patio.
Hotel: The highly rated Maui Sunset hotel combines laid-back atmosphere and the beach of Waipuilani Park. Also, it’s only 1.7 miles from the Elleair Maui Gold Club!
Vacation Home: Find your home away from home at Puu Koa Palms, six minutes from Hookipa Beach, and near the Hana Highway. Also particularly great for couples!
Villas: If you’re looking to vacation in style with your own villa try the Andaz Maui, which include all the expected amenities along with grills and plunge pools.