Kauai – Hawaii’s “Garden Isle” – is beautiful no matter where you stay. Still, your accommodations can really make an impact on your vacation as a whole. And you can have a fantastic vacation by staying at a top-rated hotel on Kauai. From water-front resorts to jungle villas, here are the top six hotels on Kauai.
1. Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa is probably the most well-known high-end hotel on Kauai. This five-star hotel sprawls over 50 acres and is only a one-mile walk from Poipu Beach Park. The resort has six restaurants on-site, ranging from casual to fine dining. Additionally, guests can enjoy a pool, spa, golf course, and fitness center.
In typical Hawaiian fashion, the hotel puts on a traditional Luau with entertainment for its guests. You can find something to do every day at the hotel or at nearby attractions. This hotel is perfect for couples, families, and friend groups who want to stay busy!
2. The Villas at Poipu Kai
Along with the Grand Hyatt Kauai, The Villas at Poipu Kai is the only other five-star hotel on this list. You can choose to book between two to five-bedroom villas in front of the garden or the pool. The villas come with full kitchens and views of the ocean, mountains, or the pool. Guests get to enjoy the comfort of your private villa and wander down to use the tennis court, gym, pool, and beach access whenever you want.
The Villas go out of their way to make guests feel welcome and excited about their stay. All guests get a free Lei greeting and free surfing lessons. It’s the perfect combination of having privacy while also having services in reach when you want them.
3. Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort at Poipu Beach
The Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort at Poipu Beach is a bit smaller than the Grand Hyatt. This hotel only has 120-boutique rooms available compared to the Grand Hyatt Kauai’s 600 rooms. Still, for many, this is a benefit, as this resort delivers the same luxury but in a much calmer setting. Many people looking for a relaxing vacation, such as couples, opt for this hotel. In fact, the hotel routinely has romantic packages for couples to choose from for their stay.
This four-star hotel has oceanfront rooms on the south shore beaches of the island. The resort has one main restaurant called Red Salt Restaurant, which serves locally sourced Hawaiian seafood and produce. When you’re looking for a more casual meal, you can choose the pool bar or room service. Other amenities include hula lessons, a pool with a tiki pool bar, water sport rentals, a spa, and a nightly tiki torch lighting ritual.
Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort at Poipu Beach also states that it’s “the closest resort to the ocean.” If you love the idea of waking up every morning being just a few minutes away from the water, this hotel is for you.
4. Poipu Kapili Resort
Poipu Kapili Resort is for “those that value independence and privacy.” Guests can choose to book one-bedroom or two-bedroom villas that make you feel like you’ve found a second home in Kauai. You get access to the resort’s amenities – a tennis court, community BBQs, and an ocean view pool. It’s the perfect choice for an extended vacation or a family trip because each villa comes with a kitchen and laundry. You’re also just minutes away from Poipu Beach, as well as shops and attractions.
And, if you ever need help or recommendations with something, the Poipu Kapili Resort Concierge is always available for anything you need.
5. Marriott’s Kaua’i Beach Club
Steps away from Kalapaki Beach is the Marriott’s Kaua’i Beach Club. This oceanfront hotel offers both rooms and villas for you to book. Guests have six incredible restaurants on the resort itself, along with another six restaurants within 15 miles.
This hotel is clean, accommodating, and has everything you need. But, its most notable appeal is its proximity to local attractions. You’re right next to the Kilauea Point Lighthouse, Kauai Museum, Spouting Horn Park, Waimea Canyon, and Hawaii’s famous Fern Grotto and Alekoko Fishpond. You’re always close to an exciting adventure.
If you want a different kind of resort experience in Kauai, consider the O’Luina lodge. Instead of a sprawling oceanfront hotel, you get a peaceful room in the middle of the Hawaiian jungle. Each room has a private soaking tub and a kitchen. Guests can also enjoy the pool and are close to Kauai Coffee Company, the Tree Tunnels, and Anne Knudsen Park. The accommodations are more rustic than the other choices on this list, but it makes for a unique, peaceful stay that you’ll love.
Now that you have your list of hotels, check out our list of the top places to eat in Kauai too!