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.


  1. When do we get part 2? 🙂

    We are planning to stay at the fairly new Westin Princeville for a week in Nov, and I am curious to hear if you have spent any time there.

    Thanks for all the great info!

  2. […] 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 individual 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 and inventories at the properties.   (Check out Part 1 of this series) […]

  3. My wife and I are planning to come to Kauai starting just before Christmas and we’re still up in the air on the location. Couple quick questions:

    We’ve heard it’s the rainy season, and that as much as we would like to stay up north the better bet is to stay down south. We’re more “mix-it-up” than resort folks, but figure we want to have a solid base of operations…

    Also, you mention the Marriott. We’re both Platinum members with a monstruous cache of points. However, the Kauai Marriott is soooo close to the airport… is it noisy? Are we going to feel like we’re at the aiport? We really want to be on as serene as possible, just kind of chilling it when not hiking and doing other stuff, will the Marriott suck? We can stay anywhere, but would obviously not mind saving money by using points.

    Thanks for any help!


  4. I hope you found accommodations to your liking. I can only say that the Marriott near the airport on Kauai was very quiet – no plane noise, very comfortable with great beach access.

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  6. Aloha Bruce,
    Looking forward to an article on the great alternatives to large hotels. Our vacation rental industry here on Kauai is maturing and can offer great value to the traveler who is looking for a different accommodation experience. Mahalo
    Joe Sylvester
    Poipu Beach, Kauai

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