This is part 1 of a 2 part post about where to stay on the Island of Kauai.

I am often asked where to stay when visiting the island of Kauai. It’s my favorite island and my wife and I go there about four times a year. You’ll find all kinds of properties on Kauai but similar to Maui, you’ll find more condominiums than resorts. Obviously I cannot cover every single property on the island, so I will focus on the properties which I have the most experience and feedback from customers whom I have booked in these properties.

On the south side of the island is the area known as Poipu. There are several condominiums in Poipu, including the Outrigger Kihuna Plantation and the Poipu Kai. The beaches are beautiful here and these condominiums are perfect for families. Many of the condominiums do not have air conditioning, so be sure to double check your property. You’ll also find a couple of resorts, the Sheraton and the Hyatt. The Hyatt is magnificent; it’s a five-star property and one of my favorite resorts in all of Hawaii. It has a huge pool that has just been renovated and lagoons where you can kayak or just float on a inner tube. If that’s not enough it’s adjacent to an amazing stretch of beach. The Sheraton is a four-star property, and I usually recommend the oceanfront units because they’ve recently been renovated and have spectacular views. The property itself is not as big as some of the other resorts on the island and has a motel feel. There is an excellent buffet breakfast that is included in most of our booked packages.

On the east side of the island is Lihue where you’ll find several beautiful resorts. The Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club is located just south of the airport. The rates are pretty good and this property is popular with honeymooners who can’t quite afford the Hyatt. Located right on Kalapaki Bay, the Marriott is an expansive property with lagoons and a wonderful pool. It should be noted that the property is going through a multimillion dollar renovation which should be completed by August 31, 2009.

Further north is a budget oriented property called Aston Aloha Beach Resort. The Aston sits right on the beach park and is great for families. The location is the real draw to this property and it won’t disappoint. You get what you pay for here; the rooms are adequate but nothing fancy at all. I don’t recommend staying in the cottages because they are really in desperate need of renovation.

Finally in Lihue, is the Hilton Kauai Beach Resort, a four-star property located at the beginning of the Coconut Coast. While the beautiful beach is not good for swimming due to the coral rock, the Hilton has a really nice pool area and the torch lighting ceremony every night. Additionally, there’s a mai tai party where you can drink as much as you for one hour beginning at 6 p.m. and yes, there really is alcohol in the famous Hawaiian classic drink.

Be sure to look for part two of this post in which I will review the Kapaa and Princeville areas.


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