Kauai is considered one of the absolute best destinations within Hawaii to visit, with plenty of lush greenery, surrounding volcanoes and just so much natural beauty on the entire island. Known as the Garden Isle, this is a must visit place and one on literally everyone’s bucket list, with beaches, hikes, resorts and more, aplenty.
Here are our picks of the best hotels in Kauai, blending and balancing luxury and affordability while taking in all the gorgeous sights that await you lucky travellers!
Located 3 minutes away from the beach, Castle Kiahuna Plantation & the Beach Bungalows is perfectly nestled on 35-acres (14.2-hectares) of lush, tropical gardens, directly on Poipu Beach, offering great oceanfront views and easy access to a variety of recreational activities, along with modern and spacious accommodation, complete with barbecue pits.
Guests are given automatic exclusive access to the Poipu Beach Athletic Club upon checking in, offering cool facilities such as an 82,000 gallon (310.4 cubic metre) resort-style swimming pool, with a slide, a 1,600 gallon (6.1 cubic metre) hot tub, a sand bottom children’s pool, a sun terrace with lounge chairs and 10 tennis courts.
Guests can easily head over to Old Koloa Town, take a scenic hike through Waimea Canyon or make use of the on-site recreational facilities, such as golf courses or surf schools.
The Kauai Shores Hotel is a gorgeous, oceanfront hotel that features a private beach, a beachfront restaurant, and a 6-acre (2.4-hectare) tropical courtyard, complete with two outdoor pools. Each and every guest room is spacious and features bright, island-style décor, along with a private balcony with great views of the area that include garden, mountain, ocean and pool views.
Each room also comes with a cable TV, a refrigerator and a Keurig coffee machine. The oceanfront restaurant, the Lava Lava Beach Club, serves a full breakfast, lunch, happy hour and dinner, featuring fresh island fare and cocktails.
Literally on the beach, and just 5 minutes’ walk from Nawiliwili Park, Banyan Harbor Vacation Rentals features an outdoor swimming pool. Guest rooms offer a fully-equipped kitchen and free WiFi. This accommodation is perfect for families, and each apartment features a living room with a sofa bed and dining space, as well as a TV with cable channels and a full kitchen, complete with a stove, oven, dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave, coffee machine, and utensils.
Guests can visit the tennis courts on site, while the Kauai Lagoons Golf Course is a short drive away, perfect for the sportier guests.
Banyan Harbor Resort
Address: 3411 Wilcox Road
Air conditioning Board games/puzzles Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities On-site parking Fence around pool Shuttle service (additional charge) Vending machine (drinks) First aid kit available
Only a 10-minute walk from the beach, Plantation Hale Suites is located on the scenic Royal Coconut Coast, just steps from Waipouli Beach, and comes with a total of 3 outdoor pools, with hot tubs and an on-site spa. Guest suites provide fully-equipped kitchens, along with a cable TV with DVD/Blu-Ray player, not to mention a terrace or balcony with nice views.
Come here if you want to live in the lap of luxury. Conveniently, it’s also a short walk to the Coconut Plantation Market Place, which offers a variety of shops and family-style restaurants.
Built on the eastern coast of Kauai, this upscale 25-acre (10.1-hectare) beachfront resort offers free transfer service to Lihue Airport. Each room features its own private balcony and comes equipped with a compact refrigerator and coffee maker, not to mention a cable TV and iPod docking station.
The onsite restaurant, named the Naupaka Terrace Restaurant, serves a breakfast buffet and Pan-Asian steak and seafood specialities for dinner. On the other hand, the Naupaka Café offers grab-and-go breakfast items.
Kauai Beach Resort & Spa
Address: 4331 Kauai Beach Drive
Meeting/banquet facilities Evening entertainment WiFi available in all areas Facilities for disabled guests Laundry Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against Coronavirus On-site parking Pool bar
Just across from Waimea Historic Town, the West Inn is characterised by tropical themes and bright colours, which decorate each air-conditioned guest unit, each coming furnished with a cable TV and light wood and wicker furnishings. All rooms include a microwave and a refrigerator, while suites offer a fully equipped kitchen.
There’s also plenty of outdoor facilities, such as barbeque pits, coin-operated laundry facilities and vending machines. Be sure to check out the Pacific Missile Range Facility, which is within 10 minutes’ drive from the hotel, as well as the Kauai Veteran’s Memorial Hospital.
Over in Waimea, West Kauai Lodging features long stretches of white sand beaches and evening entertainment and sits at the entrance to Waimea Canyon and Kokee Park. Each room features free WiFi and cable TV, air-conditioning, a microwave, a refrigerator and a coffee machine.
The ensuite bathroom also comes with free toiletries and a hairdryer, while certain rooms feature ocean and mountain views. One can book tours at the tour desk, and there are onsite eating and BBQ facilities.
The Kauai Inn takes on a distinctly plantation-style setting and boasts an outdoor pool and beautiful views of the green Hula'eia Mountains. It is next to Niumalu Beach Park and Nawiliwili Bay’s surfing and fishing area, and the tropical-themed guest rooms feature a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a refrigerator and a microwave.
There is also a ceiling fan and a phone for free local calls, while the en-suite bathroom includes a hairdryer and ironing facilities. Free WiFi is provided throughout the public areas, and complimentary coffee, tea, and juice are served under the outdoor covered area, along with free use of the on-site barbecue facilities.
A slice of paradise in Kauai...
Find your slice of paradise in Kauai when you stay at any of these incredible places and relax throughout your trip. Tropical and welcoming, this is how you fall in love with Hawaii.
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