I’d like to continue my series about where to stay on Kauai by starting with the area of Kapaa. Keep in mind that I only discuss the properties that I am familiar with and have success in booking. In addition, I only book with reputable wholesalers, not inpidual owners. There are several advantages I have found in dealing with wholesalers; the condominiums always include maid service, they’re fully insured, you only need a small deposit to book, cancellation policies are more liberal and they are run by management companies which have more control over the inventories at the properties. (Check out Part 1 of this series)
Kapaa is centrally located right on the east side of the island. You can easily get to the north or south side of the island without a long drive. There are also plenty of restaurants and markets, so you can keep your fridge full if you plan to cook some meals.
A great condo that has excellent pricing is the Aston Islander on the Beach. I book many people here who want something really nice, but don’t want to spend a lot of money. I like the plantation style of the property; it has a nice pool and BBQ grills on the grounds. The rooms are on the smaller side, but are very nice with marble floors and excellent bedding. Unfortunately, like many other condos in this area, parts of the beach behind this property are not swimmable.
Another wonderful property right next door to the Aston is Kauai Coast Resort at the Beachboy. The units here are large and modern and the furnishings are beautiful. This is a time share so you may want to book this property in advance because it sells out. I also like to recommend the Outrigger at Lae Nani and the Castle Kaha Lani. Both properties provide good value and are great for families or small groups.
The only hotel in the Kapaa area is the Aston Maka’iwa. This property was renovated three years ago with a soft renovation even more recently. The Aston includes restaurants, a nice pool area, along with all the typical amenities you would find at a hotel. I especially like the rooms on the third floor because of their vaulted ceilings and Hawaiian style furnishings with lots of wood grains and tapa patterns. The Aston is a good value and a nice alternative to expensive resorts.
Just a little further north of Kapaa but still on the Coconut Coast is Waipoli. The Waipoli Beach Resort is one of my favorite condos in Hawaii. This condominium was built from the ground up just a couple of years ago. The property includes a wonderful river pool and a great restaurant right on the beach. All of the rooms include modern kitchens complete with subzero refrigerators, very comfortable beds, and the huge bathrooms with sunken tubs.
Up on the northern tip of Kauai is Princeville and Hanalei Bay. This area is one of the most beautiful places in all of Hawaii. I love to recommend this area to honeymooners and people who just want to get away and experience true Hawaii. The Princeville at Hanalei Bay is the main resort here and currently is undergoing a major renovation as is rebranded to a St. Regis Hotel. It costs more, but you won’t be disappointed. Everything else up there are condos, I recommend the Hanalei Bay resort, the Pali Kea Kua, and the Puu Poa. They are all in the same general vicinity, overlooking the cliffs and are good values. Although none of these condos are right on the beach, the ocean view units do overlook the beach. It’s only a short drive to the beach, so don’t let that discourage you from staying at any one of these properties.
Kauai is a magical place and an island in which you can experience serenity and get away from every day hustle and bustle.
I would love to help you book your Kauai vacation so please contact me and let me tell you more! Call 800 843-8771 ext. 22 and just say Aloha Bruce