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7 best resorts on Kauai
If you’re looking for the best resorts on Kauai, you’re probably torn between the Poipu area and the Hanalei area. I have compiled a list of the 7 best resorts on Kauai. Two are located on the beautiful North Shore, and four are located in the sunny resort area of Poipu. One is also in Lihue (where the airport is located, also on the south side) and one honorable mention in Kapa’a.
I always tell people not to shy away from Kauai in the winter. Yes, it rains more often, but not everywhere! Even on the North Shore, it does not rain all day every day. You’ll find plenty of sunshine in Poipu in the winter if that is a concern. It is important to note that the road just north of Hanalei is still closed due to mudslides that happened in 2018. I will update this once that is open again. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t stay in the area, but simply that some of the North Shore attractions, such as the Kalalau trail, are still closed.
Let’s get to the 7 best resorts on Kauai. If you enjoy this post, you might also enjoy the 10 best resorts on Maui and the 7 best resorts on the Big Island. If you’re trying to decide where to stay, you can check out which Hawaii island is best. If you’ve decided to stay on Kauai, check out my top 10 things to do on Kauai.
1. Koloa Landing Resort
If you want to stay in a luxury resort, but love condo-style accommodations, you’re in luck! The Koloa Landing Resort has the perfect mix of resort amenities and large luxury villas. The pools are some of the best on the island. While it is not beach front, you can quickly walk to shops or the beach.
The Koloa Landing Resort is my top recommendation for families staying on Kauai. It’s near the beach and shopping, has options for studios, 2 and 3 bedrooms, and amazing pools. What more could you ask for?
2. Hanalei Bay Resort
In Kauai, it rains a lot in the winter, especially on the North Shore. The grounds of the resort are beautiful and it’s a quick walk down the hill to the beach. We tend to choose ocean view rooms, but choose a mountain view at the Hanalei Bay Resort, it’s absolutely stunning!
3. Princeville Resort
Also located on the North Shore, the Princeville Resort (formerly the St. Regis Princeville) is one of the best resorts on Kauai, if not the best. It has the most stunning views of any resort on Kauai and is one of the most luxurious.
If you’re a golfer, you’ll love the Princeville Makai golf club, one of the highest rated golf course in all of Hawaii.
4. Sheraton Kauai
Located in the sunny south side of Kauai, the Sheraton Kauai is located on the famous Poipu Beach. If you’re traveling in the winter, the south side of Kauai is the perfect place to stay. You’ll also enjoy the resorts signature restaurant, RumFire Poipu Beach.
5. Ko’a Kea Hotel and Resort
Also located on Poipu Beach, the Ko’a Kea Hotel and Resort is one of the highest rated resorts on the island. If you’re looking for an intimate and romantic beachfront boutique resort, I highly recommend the Ko’a Kea. This resort is perfect for honeymoons, anniversaries and more.
6. Grand Hyatt Kauai
At 604 rooms, the Grand Hyatt is the largest resort on Kauai and the third largest on all of the Hawaiian islands. Located in the popular resort area of Poipu, the Grand Hyatt has the perfect mix of resort amenities but is close to many adventure activities on Kauai. About half of the rooms have an ocean view of some sort, which is what many of us visit Hawaii for.
The Grand Hyatt has the best kids club on Kauai and is home to four birds including three macaws and one parrot. With several on-site restaurants and nightly entertainment, you won’t have to leave the resort often, although you should because it’s Kauai and you’ll want to explore. The Grand Hyatt has three pools, two larger pools including a lagoon pool and one adults-only pool with a nearby bar. One more bonus, every single room has a lanai!
7. Kauai Marriot Resort
Located in Lihue, the Kauai Marriot Resort is beachfront with stunning views. They have one of the largest pools in Hawaii, and it’s heated! You might not think that a pool needs to be heated in Hawaii, but it can get a tad chilly (by Hawaii standards) in the winter so this is a great feature.
The Kauai Marriot Resort also boasts the longest golf course in Hawaii, a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course. The resort is also conveniently located near both the port and the airport and has an airport shuttle if you don’t rent a car. I do recommend renting a car in Hawaii, but it’s nice to have a shuttle if you haven’t rented one yet.
Honorable mention: The ISO
While it’s not a resort, we recently stayed at the ISO on our last-minute trip to Kauai. My first choices weren’t available, so we decided to give the ISO a try. I read in Hawaii magazine that it was the editors choice for the best boutique hotel, so I wanted to check it out. I’ll write a full review later, but I will say that it’s a great place to stay if you’re on a budget and looking for a place to sleep.
Even though they call it a resort, it’s really more of a hotel with a few small resort amenities. I love the daily yoga (including in the small resort fee) and they had a free breakfast. As far as breakfast, we skipped it because it was very limited but it might be nice to grab and go if you’re traveling with kids.
I hope this list of the best resorts on Kauai was helpful!
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