The 15 Best Resorts in Kauai: Perfect Fit For Every Traveler

You don’t need to pay an obnoxious price to make a Hollywood-like movie vacation in Kauai.

In case you’re wondering…

There’s a reason why Kauai has served as the setting for hundreds of Hollywood movies and television series.

Every square inch of Hawaii’s fourth-biggest Island is picture perfect and camera ready for you, with its clean seas, majestic mountains, tropical rainforests, green valleys, and much more!

Did you know?

Kauai is the “Garden Island,” with a lush and verdant destination. More than 50 miles of white-sand beaches are more than any other island in Hawaii. No wonder there are so many fabulous Kauai resorts.

But when it comes to where to stay, there are so many Hawaiian all-inclusive resorts!

Is it the luxury you’re looking for, or are you the adventurous type?

The best resorts in Kauai have something to offer for each specific taste.

And when it comes to specifics, dig deep in the wardrobe for your fav bikini sets you didn’t get to wear last year – you’ll certainly need it as we discover the best all-inclusive resorts in Kauai for you!

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Top Resorts in Kauai, Hawaii

The lush and tropical grounds of Kauai are what dreams are made of. With its perfect weather all year round, this is one place you’ll never want to leave!

These are our handpicked top resorts in Kauai, from luxury resorts with world-class amenities to secluded beachfront escapes.

1. The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa

Photo credit: The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa

The Grand Hyatt Kaua’i Resort & Spa is a magnificent 602-room resort that has been named one of the best in the world by leading travel journals, and it’s located on 50 acres of beautifully manicured beachfront property. See more details

Average Rating:
4.7/5
Average Price: $799/per night

2. Ko’a Kea Hotel and Resort

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Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort is nestled amid the beautiful white beaches of Poipu Beach. This premium home-away-from-home emits subtle elegance while maintaining a contemporary tropical aesthetic.

This beachfront resort has 121 guest rooms, one of the numerous features distinguishing this wonderful beachside hideaway. See more details

Average Rating:
4.7/5
Average Price: $620/per night

3. The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas

Photo credit: The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas

The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas is a delightful resort 200 feet above the Pacific Ocean on Kaua’i’s north shore. Spacious studios and one-bedroom villas with private lanais provide ample guest accommodations decorated with Hawaiian cultural décor that encourages you to unwind and revitalize. See more details

Average Rating:
4.2/5
Average Price: $450/per night

4. Kauai Beach Resort & Spa

Photo credit: Kauai Beach Resort & Spa

This five-story beachfront resort is built on 25 manicured acres of Kaua’i’s longest exploring and strolling the beach. It features four pools, a new 75-foot waterslide, cascading waterfalls, and beautiful tropical surroundings. See more details

Average Rating:
4.2/5
Average Price: $320/per night

5. Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Autograph Collection

Photo credit: Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu

Koloa Landing Resort is a luxury Kauai condo resort development in Poipu that offers anything from luxurious studios to massive four-bedroom villas. The 350,000-gallon main pool, voted the most incredible pool in America, is a fun-filled playground packed with waterslides, swim-through waterfalls, and multiple Jacuzzis. See more details

Average Rating:
4.6/5
Average Price: $549/per night

Best Luxury Resorts in Kauai, Hawaii

Do you want to visit the beautiful Island of Kauai? You’ll be able to experience all sorts of adventures, from hiking through lush valleys and exploring dense rain forests to kayaking across the clear blue waters.

What about when it’s time for a break, you ask? 

That’s where Kauai luxury resorts come into play. Browse our list below for suggestions on where you can stay to match your budget and needs.

Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort at Poipu Beach

* Best for honeymooners looking for seclusion
Photo credits: Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort at Poipu Beach
Average Rating:
4.7/5
Average Price: $620/per night

Situated on a magnificent portion of Po’ipu Beach, this Kauai south shore resort is the perfect romantic oceanfront destination for adults looking for peace and privacy. Unfortunately, the property has only 121 rooms despite stiff competition from larger brand-name resorts nearby.

The resort is much smaller than its brand-name neighbors on the sunny south coast, with only 121 rooms, all with balconies or lanais. The rooms are simple but luxurious, with a beach vibe, and some of them offer outstanding ocean views.

Key features:

  • Comfortable workspace
  • Custom luxurious bed and bath linens
  • Flat-screen HD TV
  • Mini refrigerator
  • Nespresso coffee maker
  • Individually controlled air conditioning

In terms of food, there’s the Red Salt, which serves Hawaiian cuisine in a cozy atmosphere. There’s also a tiki-style pool bar, where you can take in the ocean views.

Key features:

  • Restaurant
  • Pool bar
  • Concierge
  • Room service

The main attraction here is the beach. However, there is also a spa with five treatment rooms that use indigenous ingredients such as coconut and kukui oils for specialty massages, facials, and wraps. And the best part is a therapy area for couples, plus you may order in-room or oceanside treatments.

And when you’re done getting pampered at the spa, you can spend time at the lagoon-style, lava-inspired swimming pool, as well as the beachfront lawn with firepits.

Key features:

  • Outdoor pool
  • Whirlpool
  • Spa
  • Fitness center
  • Yoga
  • Water sports
  • Bicycle rentals

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa

* Best for travelers who want to play championship golf all while indulging in luxury
Photo credits: Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa
Average Rating:
4.7/5
Average Price: $799/per night

It’s not just a place to stay on the south shore of Kauai; the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa is a place to go for a proper Hawaii holiday. Its spectacular oceanfront setting and dedication to service make this resort a favorite Kauai destination.

There are 602 guest rooms at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa, with the majority of them having ocean or partial ocean views. From your large guestroom’s terrace or lanai, you can take in the stunning views of lush gardens, the glittering Pacific Ocean, or the lush hillside.

Key features:

  • Private Lanai
  • 65″ flat panel LCD TV
  • Small chiller
  • Robes
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Nespresso machine
  • Coco Mango toiletries
  • In-room safe

Begin the day with a breakfast buffet or coffee and pastries, then relax poolside for lunch. Tidepools, floating on a koi-filled lagoon at the base of a waterfall, is the resort’s signature restaurant, serving contemporary Hawaiian cuisine for supper every night.

The resort provides a starlit seaside dinner for two and in-room dining for a more intimate dining experience.

Key features:

  • Six Restaurants
  • Four bars
  • Poolside bar
  • Concierge
  • Room service

You’re not going to waste any time indoors, as the resort promises plenty of events on the Island, with several cultural performances taking place on every given day.

But, what’s cooler…

… is you can enjoy indulging in an open-air treatment at the Anara Spa and teeing off on the beautiful Po’ipu Bay Golf Course. Additionally, the elaborately landscaped grounds of The Grand Hyatt include a lagoon and a meandering pool with waterfalls, caves, a slide, and a volleyball net for playing.

Key features:

  • Three Outdoor pools
  • Saltwater lagoon
  • Anara Spa
  • 24-hr StayFit gym
  • Yoga
  • Personal trainers
  • Robert Trent Jones, Jr. golf course
  • Water sports

Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Autograph Collection

* Best for business or group meetings
Photo credits: Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Autograph Collection
Average Rating:
4.6/5
Average Price: $549/per night

The resort is set on 25 acres of pristine tropical gardens. It is ideally positioned on the sunny shore in the center of Poipu, amid the Kauai south shore resorts. The resort is known for its large luxury apartments and villas and 18,000 square feet of freshly built conference space, a poolside bar & grill, and three magnificent pool experiences.

Villas include fully equipped gourmet kitchens, lanais with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, semi-private elevator access, private 5-piece bathrooms for each bedroom, in-suite washer and dryer, high-speed wireless internet, 42″ LCD TVs, and multi-bedroom floor plans.

Key features:

  • Air-Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Coffee/Tea Maker
  • In-Room Safe
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Wi-Fi

The Gourmet Marketplace, located in the resort’s open-air lobby, serves delectable made-to-order specialties, sundries, and groceries.

Holoholo Grill is located next to the main pool on the resort’s southern end. The grill specializes in gastro-inspired Hawaiian comfort cuisine and was created with James Beard Award-winning chef Sam Choy.

Key features:

  • Two restaurants onsite
  • Many other restaurants nearby

The Koloa Landing Resort is excellent for business incentives and conventions that demand ample event space and customized service.

When you’re not resting in your room, there are plenty of resort activities to keep you busy, such as volleyball, soccer, and snorkeling. If you have kids, you can take them to the new 350,000-gallon Signature Lagoon Pool – they’ll remember it for a lifetime!

Head to the adults-only Tranquility Waterfall Pool for a more tranquil soak, or book a spa appointment for even more pleasure.

Key features:

  • 350,000 Gallon Main Pool
  • Beach nearby
  • Concierge Desk
  • Health/Fitness Facility
  • Hot Tub/Jacuzzi
  • Spa
  • Three lagoon pools

The Best Kauai's Beachfront Resorts

If you’re looking for a vacation that is as relaxing as it is exciting, then look no further than Kauai’s beach resort.

Beyond the obvious natural beauty of Kauai, though, is an island brimming with beautiful neighborhoods, hole-in-the-wall cafes, and cultural treasures just waiting to be found. This Island has less than 60,000 people, so there is plenty of open areas to explore, roam, and relax.

Marriott's Kaua'i Beach Club

* Best for spending time on the beach, for swimming or surfing
Photo credits: Marriott's Kaua'i Beach Club
Average Rating:
4.2/5
Average Price: $375/per night

The family-friendly resort features five restaurants, a heated outdoor pool that is one of the largest in Hawaii, a luxury spa with massages and beauty treatments, a 24-hour fitness facility, and a 24-hour business center. With a convenient location next to the Kauai Marriott Resort, you’ll have easy access to many services and facilities.

Large, elegant rooms with upmarket bathrooms, coordinated decor, and plush bedding are available at the resort. While the rooms have a business-ready design, they’re fresh, attractive, and clean, making them a good bargain when combined with the resort’s plethora of amenities.

Key features:

  • Air-conditioning
  • Coffeemakers
  • Desks with ergonomic chairs
  • Flat-screen TVs
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Furnished balconies
  • Large safes
  • Mini-fridges

Five restaurants guarantee that visitors can eat all three meals and snacks without leaving the grounds. Cafe Portofino is the most upscale choice, providing expensive Northern Italian meals.

Duke’s Canoe Club is the resort’s most popular attraction. The barefoot bar cuisine is informal and inexpensive, and the views of the ocean are spectacular.

Key features:

  • Five Restaurants
  • Two bars
  • Poolside bar
  • Room service

The resort is located on Kalapaki Bay and provides a broad range of recreational activities, a superior beach experience, and Jack Nicklaus championship golf at the neighboring Kauai Lagoons Golf Club.

Refresh in the 26,000-square-foot outdoor pool, relax in one of the whirlpool spas, or watch the youngsters splash around in the children’s pool.

And the kicker?

Work out in the fitness facility and enjoy various family activities and entertainment on Kauai, like scuba diving, surfing, and snorkeling. After a long day of sun, sand, and surf on Kauai, relax at the peaceful day spa.

Key features:

  • Alexander Spa & Salon
  • Fitness center
  • Five Jacuzzis
  • Jack Nicklaus Signature 18-hole championship golf course
  • Kids pool
  • Two Outdoor pools
  • Water sports

Waipouli Beach Resort & Spa Kauai by Outrigger

* Best for families who want to enjoy quality time on the beach
Photo credits: Waipouli Beach Resort & Spa Kauai by Outrigger
Average Rating:
4.5/5
Average Price: $299/per night

A beachside paradise unlike any other may be found on the Garden Isle’s East Side, between the ancient towns of Kapa’a and Wailua. The resort has numerous Waipouli Suites to select from and fantastic onsite facilities like a family-friendly dream pool, sand-bottom jacuzzis, a beachside restaurant and bar, full-service spa, direct access to the Kauai Bike Path, and much more.

Waipouli Beach Resort’s one and two-bedroom suites have one, two, or three full, luxury bathrooms and a fully equipped kitchen with the best quality ingredients.

Key features:

  • Alarm clock
  • Balcony
  • Ceiling fans
  • Central air conditioning
  • Hairdryer
  • In-room safe
  • Iron and board
  • TV: LCD, cable channels
  • Wi-Fi

Oasis provides a casual yet sophisticated eating experience just feet from the beach.

The emphasis here is on staying close to home, with ninety percent of the restaurant’s supplies acquired locally.

Key features:

  • Restaurant
  • Pool bar
  • Other restaurants nearby

The resort’s main attraction is a free-form swimming pool with water slides and cascading waterfalls. However, what we love more is the resort’s calm and sophisticated atmosphere – enhanced by the onsite day spa and tapas-style restaurant. With a breezy coastline for morning strolls and Kapa’a Shopping Village only steps away, the location makes the most of its surroundings.

Key features:

  • 24-hr fitness center
  • Kids pool
  • Mandatory cleaning fee
  • Outdoor heated fresh water lazy river
  • Resort fee
  • Sand-bottom whirlpools
  • The Spa by the Sea
  • Water slides

The Point at Poipu by Diamond Resorts

* Best for exceptional snorkeling and scuba diving
Photo credits: The Point at Poipu by Diamond Resorts
Average Rating:
4.3/5
Average Price: $369/per night

Tucked away on the outskirts of touristic Poipu, the Point welcomes families with a spacious two-bedroom furnished apartment replete with a state-of-the-art entertainment center. Visit the onsite fitness facility, stroll around the traditional gardens, or simply recline poolside and soak up the Hawaiian sun.

The Point at Poipu provides beachfront luxury with large balconies overlooking the garden or the ocean. Relax and make use of the separate sitting spaces and fully furnished kitchens.

Key features:

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Patio
  • Bathroom Amenities
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Coffee/Tea Maker
  • In-Room Safe
  • Internet Access In Room
  • Iron and Ironing Board
  • Kitchen/Fully Equipped

Poolside Grill, the Point’s sole onsite eating establishment, keeps things simple. However, fine dining is available at the Grand Hyatt Kauai next door and at Kiahuna Plantation, a five-minute drive away west on Poipu Road.

Key features:

  • Concession
  • Gas Grills
  • Poolside Bar

Surfers, snorkelers, and sailors will be attracted by the tropical breezes and a sense of paradise to surf, snorkel, and sail in the warm, reef-protected seas around the Hawaiian Islands.

There is no on-site spa, but beauty and massage appointments are accessible through the concierge, and an onsite “diving shop” offers free daily scuba lessons as well as a two-hour guided ocean dive.

Snorkeling, golf, windsurfing, and horseback riding are all nearby activities.

Key features:

  • Beach Access
  • Heated Outdoor Pool
  • Hiking
  • Jacuzzi
  • Nearby Golf
  • Shopping
  • Snorkeling
  • Surfing
  • Swimming Pool

Best Resorts in Kauai for Families

Planning a family vacation to Hawaii can certainly faze you in thoughts like where to stay with the children?

The beautiful island of Kauai is the perfect place for a family vacation, with many Kauai family resorts to choose from, whether they are beachfront resorts or situated in lush rainforests.

Read on for our recommendations on the best resorts in Kauai for families.

Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort

* Best for families looking for the true aloha spirit
Photo credits: Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort
Average Rating:
4.1/5
Average Price: $480/per night

At Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort, you may have a one-of-a-kind vacation. You can unwind at a resort with a magnificent beachfront setting and guest suites with private lanais where you can soak up the Hawaiian sun. 

And if you’re looking to escape reality…

Relax to new heights in the infinity-edge pool, which has separate sides for children and adults and is encircled by an oceanfront bar, beach chairs, and fire pits.

Relax in one of the resort’s spacious accommodations with views of the beach, mountain, and Island. The hotel offers 311 guest rooms and suites, including minifridges, coffee machines, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi.

Key features:

  • Air conditioning
  • Coffee maker
  • Desk, writing/work, electrical outlet
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Mini-refrigerator
  • Non-smoking room
  • Safe, in room
  • Shower/Tub combination

Guests are encouraged to dine at the two onsite Hawaiian-themed restaurants. Although tropical cuisine is plentiful in Hawaii, the onsite Moamoa Hawaiian Fish House continues to wow.

There is also a coffee and juice bar and a breakfast restaurant offering a la carte and buffet selections.

Key features:

  • Restaurants
  • Bar
  • Convenience store
  • Poolside lounge

This contemporary and beachy home has a surfer’s hideaway vibe and a unique east-side location that allows easy access to Kauai’s many outdoor activities.

A full-service spa, a fitness center, direct beach access, and an outdoor pool surrounded by beach chairs. Because this hotel is affiliated with the Marriott brand, Marriott Bonvoy members can stay here and earn points.

Key features:

  • Activity& tour desk
  • Fitness center
  • Kids pool
  • Luau & nightly entertainment
  • Pua Day Spa & Salon
  • Tennis
  • Two Outdoor pools
  • Water sports
  • Whirlpool

Royal Sonesta Kaua'i Resort

* Best for a business event but also family-friendly
Photo credits: Royal Sonesta Kaua'i Resort
Average Rating:
4.2/5
Average Price: $400/per night

The Royal Sonesta Kaua’i Resort Lihue is a Garden Island paradise nestled among the beautiful beauty of Kaua’i. ThisKaua’i resort has a magnificent location on golden dunes, with beachside spa treatments, five restaurants serving a range of cuisines, a monthly luau, and Hawaii’s largest one-level pool.

Each accommodation at Royal Sonesta Kaua’i Resort Lihue offers a breathtaking view, whether it’s of the tranquil pool, the verdant garden, or the spectacular ocean. You’ll find all the amenities you need to unwind and relax, as well as all the technology you need to stay connected.

Key features:

  • Alarm Clock
  • Coffee maker
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Mini refrigerator
  • Safe

You’ll find creative food, handcrafted cocktails, and exceptional service at any of the five onsite restaurants and bars.

Kukui’s on Kalapaki Beach serves island-inspired meals and alfresco eating; Toro-Tei Sushi Bar serves fresh sushi and sashimi; Hawaii Alive Luau serves traditional Hawaiian cuisine and lives entertainment every Monday night.

Key features:

  • Five onsite bars and restaurants
  • Traditional luau
  • Sushi Bar
  • Café

Experience this 800-acre paradise, where championship golf, water sports, countless activities, and Hawaii’s largest single-level swimming pool create an unrivaled world of delight.

Onsite Alexander Spa & Salon provides relaxing services such as beachfront massages.

Concierge services are provided to help you plan local attractions, restaurants, entertainment, and excursions. There is an entire program of complementary cultural events, fitness courses, and hula performances throughout the week.

Key features:

  • 24-hour business center
  • 24-hour valet parking and self-parking available
  • Beach access
  • Beach activities
  • Children’s pool
  • Complimentary airport shuttle
  • Concierge service
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Spa

The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas

* Best for families looking for a resort that will keep them occupied
Photo credits: The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas
Average Rating:
4.2/5
Average Price: $450/per night

The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas is located in the center of Kauai’s North Shore resorts, with its flowing waterfalls, lush rainforests, and mountainous vistas. The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas pampers you with in-room amenities such as the distinctive Heavenly Bed and Heavenly Bath with a whirlpool tub, making you feel unique.

Choose from three premium villas, each with a large studio and seaside views. In addition to the great chances for outdoor leisure on private lanais, each villa features exquisite amenities such as a Westin Heavenly® Bed and a Westin Heavenly® Bath.

Key features:

  • DVD players
  • Flat-panel TVs
  • Full Sofa Bed
  • Full-size kitchen appliances
  • LCD Flat Panel TV
  • Private lanai
  • Washer and dryer
  • Westin Heavenly® Bed

The breakfast buffet at Nanea includes a buffet and a compelling selection of island-inspired à la carte alternatives.

Cocktails, casual lunch food, and pups are available at the poolside Wailele Bar.

Key features:

  • Restaurant
  • Two bars
  • Poolside bar
  • Princeville Market

No beach on site is something that would frighten any Hawaii vacationer. But don’t worry: guests of The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas can access St. Regis’ outstanding sands via a free shuttle ride.

The resort outperforms onsite amenities, with four pools, a complimentary shuttle bus service, a tiny grocery, maps for self-guided nature excursions, and poolside grills for guest use.

With events designed to educate youngsters about Hawaiian culture and customs, the Westin Kids Club® will inspire and delight children aged 5 to 12.

Key features:

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Daily activities
  • Hawaiian Spa
  • Kids pool
  • Outdoor pools
  • Plunge Pool
  • Steam room and sauna
  • Westin Kids Club®
  • WestinWORKOUT
  • Whirlpools

Most Romantic Resorts in Kauai, Hawaii

Are you planning a honeymoon? Kauai is the perfect place to get away from it all. The beaches are pristine, and the resorts offer romantic seclusion. You’ll be able to relax in luxury at the best honeymoon resorts in Kauai.

Kauai is a naturally beautiful haven where you and your loved one can live the adventure hiking zip lining above lush jungle canopies and snorkel with green turtles. Alternatively, take it easy soaking up the sun by the pool of your Kauai honeymoon resort.

Kauai Beach Resort & Spa

* Best for couples who want to get out and explore the Island
Photo credits: Kauai Beach Resort & Spa
Average Rating:
4.2/5
Average Price: $320/per night

The resort is strategically positioned between Kauai’s North and South coastlines, giving it the ideal home base for your island activities. Kauai Beach resort offers you gourmet dining, car rental services, a business center, a ballroom, an activities desk, a fitness facility, a wellness spa, and multiple swimming pools with a water slide to enjoy your days.

Each guest room has a large room with a Wi-Fi internet connection and a separate veranda to enjoy the beautiful Kauai. The accommodations here, which start at 320 square feet, provide ample space to breathe.

Key features:

  • Coffeemakers
  • Flat-screen TVs
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Mini-fridges
  • Private lanais

Choose from two resort restaurants, one lounge, and a poolside stand that serves casual appetizers and tropical drinks to island delicacies.

You should plan on having a romantic candlelit supper for two at Naupaka Terrace. They provide excellent meals cooked using ingredients from local Kauai farmers.

Key features:

  • A full-service restaurant
  • A lively lounge
  • Casual, poolside oceanfront bar

This resort is an excellent starting place for couples exploring the Island. Beautiful waterfalls, hiking trails, snorkeling beaches, ziplining, boat excursions, mountain tubing, and other activities abound in Kauai.

After a day of touring Kauai, return for a swim in their lagoon-style pools.

In addition, the Kauai Beach Resort features a beautiful spa where you may enjoy a private oceanside massage in their exclusive seaside villa.

Key features:

  • 24-hour fitness center
  • An island orientation
  • Beach Yoga
  • Business center
  • Live entertainment
  • Massages
  • Scuba and snorkel lessons in the pool

1 Hotel Hanalei Bay

* Best for couples looking for a premium wellness sanctuary
Photo credits: 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay
Average Rating:
4.5/5
Average Price: $1479/per night

1 Hotel Hanalei Bay, located in one of the most beautiful places on the planet, will deliver a world-class health resort and flagship sustainable refuge to Kauai’s North Shore.

Princeville Resort, formerly known as reopening in summer 2022 as 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay.

You can choose rooms with king or queen-sized beds, studio or one-bedroom suites, or the ultimate Na Pali or Makana House with your private kitchen. This will be your Hanalei Bay retreat, where you may relax on your private balcony and gaze out over the calm ocean.

Key features:

  • 1 Hotel mobile app
  • Filtered water taps
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • HD TV
  • Nespresso machine
  • Organic bedding
  • Soft cotton robes
  • Yoga mat

The resort will feature five restaurants and bars with farm-to-table cuisine that is fresh, local, and sustainably produced, with ingredients obtained from the hotel’s organic onsite garden and surrounding farms.

Key features:

  • Five restaurants
  • Sustainable dining

With a 40-square-foot wellness center, refurbished pools, including the installation of an adult pool with sweeping tropical views, and an 18,000-square-foot spa and fitness facility, 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay will redefine destination wellness.

Holistic treatment options will also be centered on transformative growth, ranging from Ayurvedic therapy to infrared sauna treatments tailored for maximum efficacy.

Key features:

  • Beachfront
  • Fitness center
  • In-room treatments
  • Meeting and event spaces
  • Pools
  • Spa
  • Wellness center

Waimea Plantation Cottages

* Best for couples looking for an authentic "Old Hawaii" escape
Photo credits: Waimea Plantation Cottages
Average Rating:
4.5/5
Average Price: $438/per night

Waimea Plantation Cottages is a relaxed oceanfront resort located on a former sugar plantation at the gateway to WaimeaCanyon & Koke’s State Park. The Waimea Plantation Cottages provide a one-of-a-kind holiday experience. First built between the late 1800s and the 1930s, these cottages have been painstakingly refurbished to include modern amenities such as Wi-Fi while preserving their original character.

The resort has 61 Restored historic plantation homes with lanais and modern kitchens. Each rustic room is distinctive, from one-bedroom cottages to five-bedroom coastal mansions with en-suite bathrooms.

Key features:

  • Coffee/Tea Maker
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Kitchen
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Lanai
  • Microwave
  • Sitting Area
  • TV

While most visitors use the complete kitchens in their cottages, there is an onsite restaurant for those who choose not to cook.

Chicken in a Barrel, the informal onsite restaurant at Waimea Plantation Cottages, will satisfy your hunger.

Key features:

  • Restaurant
  • Bar

There’s a primary oceanside swimming pool with loungers, as well as volleyball, bocce, and shuffleboard courts, hammocks and BBQs, and Adirondack chairs great for snuggling up with a good book beneath spreading banyan trees.

To enjoy your Hawaii holiday, you can walk together down the 2-mile beach, cool off in the oceanfront pool, or explore the adjacent town of Waimea.

Key features:

  • Activities desk
  • Gift shop
  • Outdoor oceanfront pool
  • Tennis and water sports nearby
  • Wedding event venues

Golf Resorts in Kauai, Hawaii

Planning a golf vacation? There are plenty of options available on the “Garden Isle” when it comes to taking your game outdoors – from courses designed by legends.

If you’re lucky enough to find yourself in Kaua’i with time set aside for playing a round or two of golf, then you’ve come to the right place. We have the scoop on Kauai’s best golf resorts.

Learn about their amenities, location, and rates so you can plan your next golf getaway!

Timbers Kauai Ocean Club & Residences

* Best for a relaxed and refined island style holiday, plus excellent golf
Photo credits: Timbers Kauai Ocean Club & Residences
Average Rating:
4.7/5
Average Price: $2470/per night

Timber Kauai Ocean Club and Residences is a luxury oceanfront resort situated south of Lihue. Timbers is a welcome addition to the hotel industry on Kauai’s southeast shore, and it will become your Hawaiian home away from home. Allow the resort to arrange for a spa treatment in your suite before heading out for cocktails and dinner at farm-to-table restaurant Hualani’s.

Luxurious 2- to 4-bedroom apartments with vast living areas, private lanais, and panoramic views provide all the conveniences of home while evoking the essence of the Hawaiian Islands.

Key features:

  • Kitchenette with oven
  • Microwave and dishwasher
  • Washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Wi-Fi throughout
  • LG LED TV
  • iPod docks
  • Comfort Zone toiletries

Delight in fresh foods, many produced from the hotel’s onsite farm, from poolside cuisine to fine dining.

Hualani’s oceanfront dining relies on the seasonal palette: what’s fresh at the Farm at Hokuala is what’s on the menu.

Key features:

  • Oceanfront dining
  • Farm-to-table dining
  • In-residence dining

The Jack Nicklaus trademark course, Hawaii’s most extended length of seaside golf, was recently awarded “Hawaii’s Best Golf Course.” The Ocean Course provides promotions, packages, and PGA pro clinics for various ways to enjoy this excellent course.

Did you know?

To produce mindfully created spa treatments, The Spa at Timbers Kaua’i combines local materials with traditional techniques.

Surfing, paddle boarding, snorkeling, deep-sea fishing, jungle treks, and other experiences are all within easy reach.

Key features:

  • Accessible trails
  • Beach access
  • Concierge services
  • Fitness
  • Jack Nicklaus Ocean Course
  • Keiki Club for children
  • Spa
  • Two-tiered infinity pool

Kiahuna Plantation Resort Kauai by Outrigger

* Best for a casual family getaway
Photo credits: Kiahuna Plantation Resort Kauai by Outrigger
Average Rating:
4.1/5
Average Price: $410/per night

This quaint Kauai condo resort is set on 35 acres of lush lawns that stretch to Kauai’s most famous beach. There’s enough to keep visitors of all ages happy, including a swimming pool, tennis facilities, and complimentary admission to the Poipu Beach Athletic Club.

The resort has one- and two-bedroom condominiums that are large. Each apartment is uniquely designed and features a living and dining room, a full kitchen, ceiling fans, cable TV, and a large lanai.

Key features:

  • Alarm clock/radio
  • Balcony
  • Bathtub/shower or shower only
  • Blackout drapes
  • Breeze cooled, no air conditioning
  • Ceiling fans
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Hairdryer
  • In-room safe
  • Iron and board

There are several eateries in the Poipu region, like The Cabana Bar & Grill or the open-air Keoki’s Paradise. Each apartment includes a fully equipped kitchen to prepare meals or utilize the BBQ grills on the resort grounds.

Key features:

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • BBQ
  • Picnic areas

The Outrigger’s best characteristics stem primarily from its closeness to the Kiahuna Golf Club and Poipu Bay Golf Course, a five-minute drive away.

There are also complimentary tickets to swim and tennis clubs across and the Castle Kiahuna.

The resort has no spa or fitness facility onsite. The only additional amenities are the onsite stretch of beach for fantastic snorkeling, swimming, and beginner’s surfing, as well as the barbeque grills located around the property.

Key features:

  • Beach activities center
  • Exclusive access to outdoor pool & whirlpool at Poipu Beach Athletic Club
  • Golf, hiking, horseback riding nearby
  • Mandatory cleaning fee
  • No resort fee
  • Tennis

The Cliffs at Princeville

* Best for privacy and comfort ideal for couples and families
Photo credits: The Cliffs at Princeville
Average Rating:
4.4/5
Average Price: $495/per night

The Cliffs in Princeville is located on an isolated bluff overlooking Kauai’s Majestic North Shore. This tranquil Kauai north shore resort provides quiet seclusion and comfort in its large, nicely designed rooms, including two private lanais. Two tennis courts, a full-size volleyball court, a half-court basketball court, two shuffleboard courts, and a children’s playground are available onsite.

There are one and two-story villas in three-story structures with no elevators; thus, most villas must be accessed by steps. Some units have recently been refurbished, although they do not face the ocean. The resort also includes a four-bedroom estate with 2,265 square feet.

Key features:

  • Bath Tub – Shower
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fully equipped kitchens
  • Private Living Room
  • Separate Dining Area
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Two Lanais
  • Washer & Dryer
  • Wi-Fi

With a farmers market on site and many visiting food trucks, visitors can always find fresh meals.

There are many BBQ grills situated throughout the property for your convenience.

Key features:

  • Barbecue Area
  • Food Trucks
  • Restaurants nearby

If you want to play golf, you won’t have to travel far to find two of the world’s most magnificent courses, built by Robert Trent Jones, Jr.: The Prince Golf Course and The Makai Golf Course.

Guess what?

The pool, spas, and Recreation Room are open every day. There is one Jacuzzi next to the collection and another in a separate, private area. If you are traveling with your kids, you can inquire about ukulele instruction and other Hawaiian cultural events at the front desk.

Key features:

  • Activities Program
  • Basketball
  • Bicycle Rental
  • Business Center
  • Playground
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Two Hot Tubs (Outdoor, Adult Only)
  • Two Shuffleboard Courts
  • Two Tennis Courts

Things to Do in Kauai, Hawaii

Bali Hai from Tunnels Beach, Kauai, Hawaii
Bali Hai from Tunnels Beach, Kauai, Hawaii
  • Hiking

Hiking is one of the most popular activities on Kauai, and it’s a fantastic opportunity to experience the Island’s magnificent interior. The 11-mile Kalalau Trail is one of the most well-known paths, while Waimea Canyon and Koke’e State Park provide significantly gentler hikes appropriate for the entire family.

  • Diving and Snorkeling

Kauai’s beaches are perfect for watersports, with the south side providing excellent possibilities for snorkeling and scuba diving. Dive boats go from Po’ipu daily, and Ni’ihau is another fantastic dive destination.

  • Colorful Canyon

Visit Waimea Canyon, also known as “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” 3,000 feet deep and consists entirely of crested buttes, craggy crags, and deep gorges.

  • Kauai Movie Adventure

This fascinating new trip will take you behind the scenes of Hollywood’s classics and right into some of the most romantic and exciting movie locales. This narrated tour will also allow you to witness movie scene clips and visit the actual spot where they were shot. You’ll also feel like a celebrity.

  • Kauai Plantation Railway

This picturesque excursion takes you on a steam-powered train ride through the historic Kilohana Plantation. Drive 2.5 miles through sugar cane fields, fragrant pineapple trees, and cashew plantations before stopping to feed the plantation’s wild pigs, goats, and sheep.

Need to Know/FAQ

Climate

The average summer temperature during the day is 85 °F at sea level, while the average winter temperature during the day is 78 °F.

Timezone

Hawaii observes the HST — Hawaii Standard Time. UTC/GMT -10 hours

Language

English and Hawaiian are the official languages of Hawaii.

Currency

The local currency is the US dollar.

Average Flight Time

New York/Newark 12 ½ hours
Philadelphia 12 ½ hours
Boston 13 hours
Chicago 11 hours
Miami 12 ½ hour
Los Angeles 6 hours
*Most of the flights require connecting flights

Fun Fact

Kauai is Hawaii's oldest island, dating back roughly 5.1 million years.

Travel Guidelines

To ensure that all travels remain safe and healthy, whether you are a returning resident or a visitor to the Hawaiian Islands, make sure you check the latest requirements before you go.

When is the best time to visit Kauai, Hawaii?

Kauai is a great place to come at any time of year. The temperature typically fluctuates between 84 and 69 degrees Fahrenheit.

The whale-watching season runs from December through May. Therefore, the best months to see whales are between January and early April.

How safe is Kauai for tourists?

Kauai is a safe destination to visit and has a low crime rate. Still, it is always a good idea to take precautions to safeguard yourself and your personal items. Always swim and trek with a companion. Follow the rules, procedures, and warning signals of the lifeguards.

But, generally speaking, in places with many individuals and plenty of open establishments, you should feel safe and comfortable.

What is the best way to get around Kauai, Hawaii?

In Kauai, renting a car is the best way to get around.

You can get around Kauai by shuttle, tour bus, taxi, or public transit. However, if you want to make the most of your time on Kauai, a rental car is your best shot.

Kauai is an island of many faces. From family vacations to romantic getaways, there are resorts for every type of traveler who wants the Kauai all-inclusive experience in Hawaii.

The Island offers diverse landscapes and activities for guests staying at one of the many beautiful Kauai resorts. There are also some great spots for those who want to be adventurous, explore and do more than just lounge by the pool.

But don’t take our word for it. Instead, explore your options and see what’s available today!

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