Kauai is an island known for its incredible Na Pali coastline and its magnificent views have served as a backdrop for major Hollywood films. In addition, it is blessed with incredible waterfalls and beaches. It guarantees to keep you enchanted with its mountains, pristine beaches, and dramatic skies. In this blog post, I am going to help you determine which is the best are to stay on Kauai for you depending on what activities and style of vacation you have in mind. I’ll also make suggestions in each of those areas on what are in my opinion, the best places to stay on Kauai.

There are a lot of important factors to help you get the most out of your stay on Kauai. For example, on the North Shore, you can have a picturesque view of the scenery and drive directly to its popular resorts and beaches.  In the beautiful South Shore of Kauai, you can drive through its tunnel of trees, be close to the township and feel its warmth. The biggest attractions here are the perfect beaches. Kauai’s West Side is popular for the groves of coconut palms that grow in its resort areas and the unbelievable hiking. I hope this blog will help you choose where to stay on Kauai.

This checklist should get you started with which is the best area to stay on Kauai for you!

  • North Shore: Quiet, low-key, surf area, several hikes, laid back
  • South Shore: Beaches, nearby the town with restaurants, cafes, galleries and tours, coastal walks
  • West Side: Hiking, Beaches, Nature lovers, Adventure


AREA: North Coast (Princeville)

North Shore Kauai offers all kinds of things to do from a casual and relaxed vibe and family-friendly hikes on the North Shore. Aside from hiking, among the popular activities here are kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, snorkeling, and many more. Luxury hotels are among the top choices of this area. Here are some of the top accommodations.

Princeville Resort (Luxury): Situated at the North Coast of the island, the resort provides everything there is to offer including a massive outdoor swimming pool with a  bar. Guests can also enjoy modern facilities and spacious guestrooms. Not to mention the wonderful views of the sunrise and sunset! Fresh local seafood of many kinds is offered. You can also indulge in a variety of fun activities, including horseback riding, sailing and helicopter tours.

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Wyndham Ka ‘Eo Kai: An affordable, luxurious getaway.

One of our top picks in Princeville. The Wyndham Ka ‘Eo Kai is just 2 miles from Hanalei Beach Park. It features an outdoor pool, a hot tub, tennis courts, and an on-site business center. Guest suites offer free WiFi and fully equipped kitchens. The best part about the Wyndham is that it is just a really relaxing atmosphere. Whether by the hot tub with other guests, in the pool or around the grounds which are incredibly green and natural.

Guests at Wyndham Ka ‘Eo Kai can relax by the pool or enjoy the resort’s on-site massage treatments. A fitness center is available. Princeville Center and Princeville Golf Course are less than 1.2 mi away.

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The Cliffs at Princeville (Luxury): Located on the North Shore of Kauai, this resort features 2 stunning swimming pools, a children’s pool area, and 2 hot tubs. In each room, you will find a full kitchen and it really has a homely feel. The Princeville Golf Course is just 1.6 km away and provides some incredible views. Guests of The Cliffs have access to 2 tennis courts, a half-court basketball court, a pickleball court, 2 shuffleboard courts and a children’s playground

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AREA:  South Coast (Poipu)

Poipu is on the Southern side of the island. It is best known for having the best beaches in the world. It has turquoise waters all over the place.  It has become a perfect destination for families, with its palm trees swaying and fresh calm breeze.

The number one recommendation I can make is Koloa Landing. It is home to the largest swimming pool on the island, which is landscaped with a natural lagoon-style. It’s right on the beach and this luxury resort is just incredible. I was lucky enough to stay here for three nights and just never wanted to leave!

Koloa Landing Resort at Po’ipu, Autograph Collection

I spent three days at this incredible resort and it was literally a dream vacation! The pool is multi-tiered but all connected with a lagoon structure. At night as the sun sets and everyone is hanging out in the pool and hot tubs it is just an incredible atmosphere. 

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Koa Kea Hotel & Resort: Nestled on the South Shore, this boutique resort offers luxurious and spacious guest rooms with a balcony. Some of its rooms provide private veranda with stunning views of the mountains and ocean. The restaurant serves fresh Hawaiian local seafood which makes your mouth water. It has a poolside bar and a spa is also available in the area.

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Sheraton Kauai Resort (Family Pick): Located on  Kauai’s southern shoreline, Sheraton Kauai Resort offers huge outdoor swimming pools. It has sightseeing attractions and an array of nearby activities. You can explore and enjoy dining at Sheraton Kauai Resort, with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and Poipu Beach. This is a perfect place for couples and families.

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Whaler’s Cove: Whaler’s Cove features a heated outdoor pool and a full kitchen in each luxurious room. It is accessible to the shops and gourmet farmers market in Kukuiula Village. Showcasing ocean views, the apartments at Whalers Cove offers Free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV with cable. You can relax on their oceanfront view balcony. Guests have rated this as one of the best value hotels.

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Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa: Set amidst the tropical gardens, the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa has a golf course, 7 restaurants, and a spa. Each guest room includes a private balcony. Guests may dine at seven different restaurants including top-quality seafood cuisine. The Luau Show on Wednesdays and Sundays offer a Hawaiian buffet and showcases traditional Polynesian dance and culture.

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AREA: East Coast (Wailua)

The West coast offers spectacular natural wonders and historic sites. The most famous attractions on the West Side are its hiking trails and scenic views of the mountains and valleys.  It offers panoramic sites of nature and has opportunities to witness its native plants and wildlife. This island is perfect for hikers and backpackers.

Fern Grotto Inn (Unique):  Located in the town of Kappa, this inn prides itself with its unique vintage-style plantation cottages with modern amenities. Guests can relax in their private gardens. It is only a few steps away from the popular beaches of the town and accessible to the shopping centers. The owner makes sure you feel at home that is why it is ranked as one of the best inns in the town.

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The Secret Garden Room (Tranquility): The Secret Garden Room is a homestay located just 15 minutes from the airport. It features a fish pond and man-made waterfall just outside the rooms. The staff welcomes guests with a basket of food items. A botanical garden is available, where you can unwind and take a walk while enjoying the incredible view around. You can hear nature’s sounds and smell the fragrance of flowers from your bed.

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