Hip Rental Apartments in Kauai, Hawaii, You'll Want to Call Home

Make yourself at home on a trip to Kauai with a stay at a spacious apartment
Make yourself at home on a trip to Kauai with a stay at a spacious apartment | Courtesy of Aston Islander on the Beach / Expedia.com
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11 January 2021

This magical island in Hawaii, which has served as the setting for Hollywood films including South Pacific (1958) and Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), is still the least developed, thanks to a rule banning any buildings taller than a coconut tree. Instead, discover Kauai’s lava caves, craggy mountains and picture-perfect beaches from your very own (low-rise) apartment, so you can dream your stay might be more than just a holiday.

Hotel Coral Reef

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Hotel Coral Reef
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Feel like a local at this boutique beachfront property where thoughtful extras guarantee a hassle-free holiday. Daily breakfast, bike and DVD rentals and complimentary all-day tea and coffee in the lobby are all included, while rooms have microwaves, fridges and coffeemakers for quick breakfasts and cozy nights in. The boutiques, restaurants, farmers markets and harbor of charming Kapa’a town are just a stroll away when you need a change of scenery.

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Plantation Hale Suites

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Plantation Hale Suites
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A great option for families, business travelers and those hoping to stay a little longer, these serviced suites on the Royal Coconut Coast all come with a fully equipped kitchen, private balcony, locally made Hawaiian bath products and even a DVD library featuring 400 movies. There are three outdoor pools, barbecue grills, shuffleboard and a computer work station, while restaurants, shopping, golf and tennis are close by.

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Aston Islander on the Beach

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Aston Islander on the Beach
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This Coconut Coast resort will make you feel like you own a tiny piece of Hawaiian paradise. All have a private lanai (balcony), a mini-fridge, microwave and either garden or ocean views, just steps from the sand. There’s no need to worry about renting a car either – the shops and restaurants of Coconut Marketplace are within strolling distance, while bike rentals and complimentary airport transfers are all included.

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Kauai Beach Villa

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Kauai Beach Villa
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There’s plenty of space to feel at home in these one- and two-bedroom beachfront condos, just three miles (5km) north of Lihue airport, south of Kapa’a. Ideal for family groups traveling together, the properties have full kitchens and private balconies, while a communal swimming pool, barbecue grills and beach mean there are plenty of spots to relax together. It’s easy to venture further afield, too, as the East Side’s restaurants and attractions are minutes away.

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Marriott's Kaua'i Beach Club

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Marriott's Kaua'i Beach Club
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When you want to go from bed to beach in moments, this Marriott hotel, just steps from Kalapaki Beach, fits the bill perfectly. It’s hard to imagine you’ll leave the sand at all – but there’s also a 26,000sqft (2,415sqm) outdoor pool, a children’s pool and a spa, while local attractions, including the Fern Grotto and Alekoko Fishpond, are nearby. Villas come with one or two bedrooms, though there are standard rooms if you’re looking for something smaller.

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  • The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villa

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    The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villa
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    Adventurous types will love this resort’s excellent location in Princeville, on the north shore of Kauai. Surfing, hiking, whale-watching, riding and golfing are all close at hand for fun-packed days. Afterwards, catch up with the family in the palatial oceanfront villas – the biggest of which sleeps nine people – and grab ingredients from the on-site market for a home-cooked meal. Alternatively, head to Nanea Restaurant for special themed nights including Winedown Wednesdays, Prime Rib Thursdays and live jazz on Saturday.

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    Marriott's Waiohai Beach Club

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    Marriott's Waiohai Beach Club
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    This Poipu property, a premium holiday ownership resort, offers spacious two-bedroom villas ideal for a family trip. All come with full kitchens, washers and dryers, and deep soaking tubs for further relaxation post-beach. There’s a well-stocked convenience store on site if you fancy home-cooking – but there’s also a poolside grill open for lunch, plus seafood, Mexican and Hawaiian restaurants all within a 15-minute walk.

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    Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Autograph Collection

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    Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Autograph Collection
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    If size matters, there is nowhere better to stay than at the Koloa Landing Resort. Even the entry-level studio apartments are nearly twice the size of a standard hotel room on Kauai, at over 500 square feet (46 square meters), and all have a kitchenette with a fridge, cooktop and microwave. Guests won’t be bored either, with dedicated activity concierges, a spa and a pool voted one of the best in America – complete with waterslides, swim-through waterfalls and several jacuzzis.

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    These recommendations were updated on January 11, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.