The Best Resorts in Kauai, Hawaii

The spa at the Grand Hyatt Kauai
The spa at the Grand Hyatt Kauai | Courtesy of Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa / Expedia
Photo of Siobhan Grogan
7 January 2021

More than a million tourists are wowed each year by the hidden bays, cloud-scraping mountains and dense rainforests of Kauai – the northernmost inhabited island in Hawaii. Though much of Kauai is only accessible by boat or air, these blissful resorts give honeymooners, hikers and vacationing families the chance to discover their own small corner of the Garden Island.

Koa Kea Hotel & Resort

Sun seekers will be in heaven at this resort, just steps from Poipu Beach. Waft between the glorious golden sands and an oceanfront pool or sample watersports – everything from paddleboarding to a traditional Hawaiian outrigger canoe is on offer. At night, dine in the award-winning Red Salt restaurant and join the staff for the nightly ceremonial lighting of the Tiki torches, with a fruity Hawaiian mai tai in hand.
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

Kauai Beach Resort

Relaxation is king at the Kauai Beach Resort, located in 25 acres of sweet-smelling tropical gardens leading straight to the ocean. The mellow hideaway has four pools – three with their own waterfalls – two hot tubs, and oceanfront cabanas for massages to the sound of crashing waves. When you fancy a little local flavor, the hotel offers complimentary classes in everything from paper flower making to the Hawaiian language.
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

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa

Those hoping for quiet family time may want to give this mammoth resort at Poipu a swerve. Once the children clock the vintage surf shack serving ice cream and the kids’ club offering activities including movie nights and hula lessons, they may have other plans. Meanwhile, the whole family will love days spent at the sprawling swimming pool complex, including a 150-foot water slide, lava-rock lined lazy river and its very own saltwater lagoon.
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

Princeville Resort

Named after Hawaii’s Crown Prince Albert, who visited the area in 1860, Princeville is surrounded by the soaring green sea cliffs that loom over the North Shore’s idyllic Hanalei Bay. It offers more than knockout ocean views, though: visitors can ride horseback through 2,500 acres of rolling pasture to an 80ft (24m) waterfall, fly through the sky on a range of ziplines, hike to a hidden valley or hit the resort’s shopping center, to buy everything from locally made soap to Hawaiian art.
Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Autograph Collection

Water babies won’t be disappointed by the staggering pool at this huge resort in Poipu Beach. Voted the best pool in America, the 350,000-gallon main pool is a fun-filled playground packed with waterslides, swim-through waterfalls and several Jacuzzis. Back on dry land, there’s a putting green, expansive spa, complimentary yoga lessons and a further 600 island adventures on offer through the dedicated activity concierge.
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

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  • Sheraton Kauai Resort Villas

    Enjoy a little more space at this resort in the heart of Poipu Beach, on Kauai’s south shore. The Sheraton property offers guest rooms and studios – but also one- and two-bedroom villas for those looking for a home from home on the island. Villas have well-stocked kitchenettes, for cooking up fresh Kauai produce, but it’s well worth visiting the resort’s RumFire restaurant too. Every seat has 180-degree ocean views for lingering over Hawaiian seafood banana curry and misoyaki butterfish.
    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Outdoor pool
    In-room accessibility
    Smoke-free property

    Waipouli Beach Resorts & Spa Kauai by Outrigger

    This stylish oceanfront condominium property – in the island community of Kapaa, which is filled with boutiques and restaurants –is a great base to explore Kauai. Some of the island’s best beaches, including the family-friendly Lydgate Beach Park, are also close at hand. Afterwards, head home to a plush studio, one- or two-bedroom property on this resort, all set around a heated river-pool with flume water slide and three whirlpool spas.
    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Outdoor pool
    Restaurant
    In-room accessibility
    Full-service spa
    Beach towels
    Concierge services
    Fitness facilities
    Terrace
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property

    Marriott's Kauai Lagoons

    It’s tempting to go nowhere once you’ve checked into one of the Marriott’s spacious two- or three-bedroom villas, with spectacular ocean or garden views. Spend days lazing by the two-level pool or sampling the exercise classes in the fitness center before sipping sundowner cocktails on your private balcony. If you can bear to leave, stunning Kalapaki Beach is close by while Fern Grotto, Huleia National Wildlife Refuge and Opaeka’a Falls are all must-dos.
    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Outdoor pool
    In-room accessibility
    24-hour front desk
    These recommendations were updated on January 7, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.