Best Places to Stay on Kauai

5 Best Luxury Kauai Vacation Rentals

1. Secret Beach Dali Hale – Complete with your own rock garden

View from back yard with wrap around pool and stone walking path. Looking toward home with wrap around porch.

2. Haena Beach House – Right on the beach

Home right on the white sand beach with waves crashing in an trees surrounding the home.

3. Holo Makani Beach House – Relax on the Lanai and listen to the waves.

View from the Holo Makani Beach House. Right on the porch looking out to the beach and the ocean.

4. Laulea Kailani Villa – Relax in the raised jacuzzi

View of the porch and pool with jacuzzi and lounge area.

5. Mana Alana – Minutes from Poipu Beach

View of the pool and jacuzzi with lava rack wall and ocean in the distant background.


1. Islander on the Beach – Walking distance to the restaurants

Beautiful view of the beach with the waves and clouds in the blue sky.

2. Kapaa Sands – Enjoy the beachfront pool

View from the ocean on Kapaa Sands with a path heading down to the beach. Beach has driftwood and rocks.

3. Koloa Landing – Right next to Poipu Beach

Wooden bridge over ponds at Koloa Landing. Surrounded by beautiful plants and lava rocks.

4. Nihilani at Princeville – Right next to Princeville Golf Course

Two beach chairs sitting in the water with a waterfall right in front of them. Lava rack surrounds the pool.

5. Plantation at Princeville – Swim in the pool or work out in the exercise room

Pool with beach chairs and umbrellas. Next to pool is a artificial waterfall with plants and a gate surrounding.

5 Best Locations on Kauai to stay

1. Poipu

Poipu with sunset on a cloudy evening. Waves crashing into the rocks with a resort in the distance to the right.

2. Princeville

Aerial view of ocean, sand beach and rocks in Hawaii.

3. Haena

Haena Gardens with rock walls and taro patches. Huts in the background with lots of green trees, grass, and plants.

4. Hanalei

Hanalei bay with dock and sailboats sitting in the bay. Mountains in the background with a beautiful blue sky and some white puffy clouds.

5. Kilauea

Kilauea Lighthouse as seen from the cliff-side. With the ocean below and clouds in the blue sky.

Beautiful beachfront homes, condos and hotels are waiting on the “Garden Island.”

There are a number of accommodation options on Kauai, ranging from opulent resorts to budget condominiums and bed & breakfasts. No matter where you choose to stay—the island’s sunny southern shore, historic eastern shore or the lush North Shore—you’ll find yourself surrounded by some of Hawaii’s most spectacular natural scenery.

Tip: The best places to stay in Kauai are the sunny South Side and verdant North Shore.

South Side

South Kauai is highlighted by the sun-soaked Poipu Resort area, a world-class destination offering championship golf, tennis, restaurants, shopping and a full menu of beach activities. (Poipu has been named “America’s Best Beach” by “Dr. Beach,” noted authority on coastal environments.) Here you’ll find the widest variety of accommodations, including luxury hotels, budget hotels, low-rise condos, vacation rentals, and bed & breakfasts.

North Shore

Kauai’s North Shore offers the best of two worlds: great places to stay and breathtaking natural scenery. This part of the island is home to the Kilauea Point Natural Wildlife Refuge, taro fields and views of the Napali Coast. The principal resort areas here are Princeville and Hanalei. Popular accommodations include vacation rentals in Hanalei, condo rentals like the ones found in Hanalei Bay Resort, timeshares and world-class St. Regis Princeville Hotel.

Eastern Shore

Heading north from Poipu, explore Kauai’s eastern shore, popularly known as the Coconut Coast. Two of the island’s most populated towns, Lihue and Kapaa, are located here. Favored by budget travelers, this part of Kauai also offers an array of lodging options, particularly bed & breakfasts, condominiums, and small hotels. Lihue and Kapaa offer a number of restaurants as well as the island’s major shopping centers.

West Side

There are no lodgings on Kauai’s western shores, which are dominated by the famous Napali Coast and isolated beaches.

“The Garden Isle”

Nicknamed “The Garden Isle,” Kauai is the oldest of the Hawaiian islands—it’s estimated to be more than five million years old. Kauai is also the least populated county in Hawaii, with less than 60,000 residents. The island’s natural beauty is renowned, so much so that it’s served as a backdrop for many Hollywood blockbusters, including Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park, Honeymoon in Vegas, Blue Hawaii, South Pacific and the remake of King Kong.