Where to Stay in Kauai, Hawaii’s Gorgeous Garden Isle

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Where to stay in Kauai - Aston Islander on the Beach Pool on Kauai’s Coconut Coast
Aston Islander on the Beach pool on Kauai’s Coconut Coast. Photo credit: Mimi Slawoff

While Kauai is a popular island for honeymooners, it’s also ideal for nature lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, and those who enjoy a relaxed atmosphere. Known as the lush “garden isle,” Kauai has much to offer everyone. Where to stay on Kauai depends on what you want to see and do.

Snorkeling along the Napali Coast, kayaking, helicopter tours, and zip lining are among the many fun things to do on the island of Kauai – the fourth-largest Hawaiian island. Or simply enjoy the island’s beautiful beaches. No matter where you stay, if you have a rental car you can easily tour Kauai.

Where to stay in Kauai - Steps to Poipu Beach
Steps to Poipu Beach. Photo credit: Mimi Slawoff

Kauai South Shore

This side of the island has some of the best beaches like Poipu Beach in Koloa. For this reason, the south shore of Kauai is one of the best places for swimming, snorkeling, surfing, and relaxing on the beach. You’ll also find many of the best hotels on this part of Kauai. From large beachfront resorts to luxury villas, there are a variety of beautiful accommodations.

Sheraton Kauai Resort

2440 Hoonani Rd
Koloa, HI 96756

Choose from a variety of guest rooms with garden or ocean views at the  Sheraton Kauai Resort. Amenities include two restaurants, two outdoor pools, and a spa facility. The family-friendly resort is near Poipu Beach and the Poipu Shopping Village.

Sheraton Kauai Resort Highlights

  • Free use of cribs
  • Guest rooms with ocean views


Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort

1571 Poipu Rd
Koloa, HI 96756

The Grand Hyatt Kauai is an upscale resort with a variety of room options from guest rooms to suites. Located near Shipwreck Beach and Poipu Beach, the beachfront Grand Hyatt has a golf course, two tennis courts, three outdoor pools, a lazy river, and a full-service spa. One of the best features of Grand Hyatt Kauai is the saltwater lagoon. Children ages 3 to 12 years old can participate in Camp Hyatt activities. Tidepools restaurant serves Hawaiian cuisine in a cozy setting.

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort Highlights

  • Beachfront location
  • Onsite playground
  • Babysitting (surcharge)
  • Three outdoor pools and a lazy river
  • Full-service spa
  • Fitness center


The Villas at Poipu Kai

2373 Ho’ohu Rd
Koloa, HI 96756
808- 377-4988

If you’re looking for a place to call home while on Kauai, consider the Villas at Poipu Kai. The plantation-style 2- to -5 bedroom garden and poolside villas have gourmet kitchens, natural stone bathrooms, and spacious lanais. It’s a short walk along landscaped pathways to the beach, outdoor pools, and tennis courts.

The Villas at Poipu Kai Highlights

  • Multi-bedroom plantation cottages
  • Private lanais
  • Short walk to beaches
  • Onsite fitness center


Koloa Landing Resort

2641 Poipu Rd
Koloa, HI 96756

Boasting the largest accommodations in Poipu, the Koloa Landing Resort has an assortment of studios and luxury villas. The resort has three swimming pools including a children’s pool. But the main attraction is the giant infinity edge pool with waterslides, swim-through waterfalls, grotto, and multiple Jacuzzis. A 24-hour fitness center and full-service day spa are among more amenities.

Koloa Landing Resort Highlights

  • Spacious studios and villas
  • Kids stay free
  • Three swimming pools and 5 hot tubs
  • Near shopping centers


Where to stay in Kauai - Napali Coastline
Napali coastline. Photo credit: Mimi Slawoff

Kauai’s North Shore

The rugged and dramatic side of the island, Kauai’s North Shore is home to the famous Napali Coast. Towering cliffs, waterfalls, and sea caves line the 17 miles of coastline. Find luxurious accommodations in the upscale town of Princeville, situated on a cliff overlooking the ocean. Nearby is the charming town of Hanalei Bay. Tunnels Beach, Hideaway Beach, and Hanalei Pier are among the fun places to visit.

The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas

Vistana, 3838 Wyllie Rd
Princeville, HI 96722

Situated on a bluff overlooking the ocean, the Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas is a luxury resort with four outdoor swimming pools. Princeville Resort accommodation options include studios and 1- and 2-bedroom villas. Kids stay free. Villas have fully-equipped kitchens, washers/dryers, sofa beds, furnished lanais, and other amenities. Studios have kitchenettes.

Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas Highlights

  • Kids stay free
  • Fully equipped studios and villas
  • Four outdoor swimming pools including a children’s pool
  • Beach access
  • About a 15-drive drive to Hanalei Bay


Hanalei Bay Resort

5380 Honoiki Rd
Princeville, HI 96722

For those seeking a budget-friendly Kauai vacation, check out Hanalei Bay Resort. The three-star property offers 1- and 2-bedroom condos and vacation rentals with kitchens and laundry facilities. Plus, a free shuttle provides easy access to the beach.

Hanalei Bay Resort Highlights

  • 1- and 2-bedroom fully-equipped condos
  • Easy access to the beach
  • Free beach shuttle


Where to stay in Kauai - Aston Islander on the Beach Pool on Kauai’s Coconut Coast
Aston Islander on the Beach Pool on Kauai’s Coconut Coast. Photo credit: Mimi Slawoff

East Side Kauai

The East Side, also called the Coconut Coast, is a central location that makes it a good option for those planning to tour the island. But this part of Kauai is worth exploring too. Kayak or paddle on the Wailua River, visit Wailua Falls, relax at Lydgate Beach Park, walk to waterfalls, and take a boat ride to Fern Grotto.

Aston Islander on the Beach

440 Aleka Pl
Kapaʻa, HI 96746

You’ll feel Hawaii’s aloha as soon as you step into the plantation-style Aston Islander on the Beach. With the white sand beach, swimming pool and guest rooms with garden or ocean views you might not want to leave the resort. Plus, BBQ grills, a picnic area and laundry facilities make it easy to stay and relax. But nearby top Kauai attractions await and the front desk staff can provide tour and ticket assistance. Note that while there’s an onsite Imua Coffee Roasters, the hotel doesn’t have a restaurant. However, the Coconut Marketplace across the street has numerous shopping and dining options.

Aston Islander on the Beach Highlights

  • Beachfront resort with ocean/garden views
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • BBQ grills and picnic area
  • Self-serve laundry facilities
  • Walking distance to Coconut Marketplace


Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort

650 Aleka Loop
Kapaʻa, HI 96746

The oceanfront Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort is a solid choice for travelers seeking comfortable accommodations and congenial amenities. Enjoy the beach, outdoor swimming pool, children’s pool, and the short walking distance to Island Country Markets in the Coconut Marketplace.The property has two restaurants and a snack bar.

Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort Highlights

  • Oceanfront property
  • Swimming pool and children’s pool
  • Hot tub
  • Walking distance to shopping and dining


Kauai Shores Hotel

420 Papaloa Rd
Kapaa, HI 96746

Sitting on the beach,  Kauai Shores Hotel offers guest rooms with garden, pool views or ocean views. Kids stay free. Enjoy the resort’s two swimming pools and meals at the Lava Lava Beach Club.

Kauai Shores Hotel Highlights

  • Located on the beach
  • Kids stay free
  • Two swimming pools
  • Walking distance to shopping and dining


Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay

3-5920 Kuhio Hwy Hilton
Kapaʻa, Hawaii 96746

As the only Hilton property on Kauai, the pet-friendly Hilton Garden Inn is the go-to for Hilton Honors members. An assortment of rooms feature balconies and ocean views. Kids stay free. Its location on this side of the island places the hotel near Wailua Falls and the Lihue airport. Amenities include an onsite restaurant, two swimming pools, a poolside bar, and free wifi.

Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay Highlights

  • Adjacent to Lydgate Beach Park
  • Kids stay free.
  • Rooms feature balconies and ocean views
  • Free wifi and parking
  • The Lihue Airport is within a 15-minute drive


Marriott’s Kauai Lagoons

3325 Holokawelu Wy
Lihue, HI 96766
808- 632-8202

Located near Nawiliwili Harbor, the oceanfront  Marriott’s Kauai Lagoons offers spacious 2- and 3-bedroom fully-equipped villas with deluxe amenities. There’s also an onsite fitness center and two swimming pools.

Marriott’s Kauai Lagoons Highlights

  • Spacious 2- and 3-bedroom villas with deluxe amenities
  • Oceanfront property near Nawiliwili Harbor
  • Onsite fitness center
  • Two swimming pools


The West Side of Kauai

This part of Kauai is more remote but definitely worth visiting on a day trip. Here you’ll find the town of Waimea Town, charming Hanapepe, Waimea Canyon, and Kokee State Park.

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