The Best Beach Hotels in Kauai, Hawaii

Hit the beach on a trip to Kauai with a stay at one the island's top beach hotels
Hit the beach on a trip to Kauai with a stay at one the island's top beach hotels | © M Swiet Productions / Getty Images
Photo of Siobhan Grogan
11 January 2021

Known as the Garden Island for its luscious green rainforests and state parks, the Hawaiian island of Kauai also offers a show-stopping coastline that curves around jagged mountains and dense jungle. Its turquoise waters, hidden bays and stretches of powder-soft sand make the island paradise for families, honeymooners and water babies keen to sample surfing and snorkeling. Choose one of these beach hotels to maximize time on the sand in the Aloha State.

Ko’a Kea Hotel and Resort

You’re only ever moments from Poipu Beach at the Ko’a Kea resort, located on the sunniest side of the island. The hotel offers an oceanfront pool, a spa, a yoga and fitness studio and an on-site watersports hut, where guests can try everything from surfing to a traditional Hawaiian outrigger canoe. Watch the sun sink into the waves each evening by a beach bonfire or toast the nightly lighting of tiki torches with a rum-soaked Hawaiian Mai Tai.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Beach towels
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa

Families will never want to leave this resort on the island’s sunny south shore at Poipu. The pools alone will wow kids of all ages with a lava rock-lined lazy river, waterfalls, a 150ft (45m) water slide, water volleyball area and saltwater lagoon. Back on dry land, there’s a fantastic kids’ club offering activities including shell bracelet-making, hula lessons and movie nights, while the vintage surf shack dishes up irresistible fish tacos and ice cream.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Beach towels
Express check-out
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace

Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Autograph Collection

Idyllic Poipu Beach may be on the doorstep – but it’s still not easy to leave the jaw-dropping pool at this enormous resort. Voted the best pool in America, the 350,000-gallon (1.3million-liter) main pool offers a gobsmacking array of waterslides, swim-through waterfalls, poolside fire pits and several jacuzzis. Those wanting even more entertainment can discover a putting green, soccer area, enormous spa, complimentary yoga classes and an activity hut offering over 600 island activities and adventures, including helicopter tours and sunrise snorkel sessions.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Beach towels
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Kauai Shores Hotel

It’s all about laid-back island living at this boutique property in Kapa’a. Bright simple rooms have splashes of zingy lime green and a Keurig coffeemaker, while some have pool or ocean views. There are two swimming pools, a hot tub, bikes to rent and daily outdoor yoga on an oceanfront lawn. With your toes in the sand, you can enjoy a meal at the hotel’s very own casual beach club, dishing up island-inspired flat breads, gazpacho, coconut shrimp and ahi burgers.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available (surcharge)
In-room accessibility
Beach towels
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Terrace
Smoke-free property

Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay

Adjacent to the family-friendly Lydgate Beach Park with its protected swimming beach, playground and picnic areas, this Hilton hotel is a great choice for those traveling with children. There are shops and restaurants nearby, plus a 24-hour mini market, car rental desk and coin laundry on-site. Guests can also dine in style at two hotel restaurants, including the retro-inspired tiki restaurant Mamahune’s where handcrafted cocktails and contemporary Hawaiian dishes come with picture-perfect views of Kauai’s Wailua Bay.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
Beach towels
Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Bar/lounge

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  • Kauai Beach Resort

    Follow a tree-lined drive leading straight to the ocean to find this blissful retreat, where 25 acres (10ha) of tropical gardens spill into the sea. How much you do then is up to you. Laze by one of four pools – three with their very own waterfalls – or book a massage in the oceanfront cabanas. Those with itchy feet can ditch the chaise lounge and join an array of activities including paper flower-making, hula classes, jewelry-making or lessons on the ukulele.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    Beach towels
    Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
    Express check-out
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Fitness facilities
    Multilingual staff
    Terrace
    Smoke-free property

    Aston Islander on the Beach

    Pretend you have your very own beachfront property at this relaxed resort, set in six acres (2.5ha) of gardens on the Coconut Coast. Individually owned rooms all feature a private lanai (balcony) with either garden or ocean views, while communal amenities include a pool with bar, on-site laundry, barbecue areas and bike rentals. Bonus extras include a daily drinks voucher, complimentary airport transfers and twice-weekly live music with happy hour specials.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Outdoor pool
    Concierge services

    Kauai Beach Villas

    It’s easy to explore the rest of the island from these beach villas, just three miles (5km) north of Lihue airport, south of Kapa’a. The East Side’s restaurants and attractions are nearby, and it’s still less than an hour to Princeville on the North Shore. For the days you want to stay closer to home, the resort offers a quiet beach in Lihue, a tennis court, barbecue grills and a pool, while the one- and two-bedroom condos mean you’ll have plenty of space to relax.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Outdoor pool
    Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
    Concierge services
    These recommendations were updated on January 11, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.