10 Best Beach Front Hotels on the Garden Island

It goes without saying that the biggest draw to the Hawaiian Islands are the beaches. Being that Kauai is the oldest island, it has the most spectacular and longest white sand beaches, many of which are backed by beautiful hotels enabling guests to wake up to the sound of the ocean. On Kauai ocean front hotels range from cute and quaint to awe inspiring and luxurious, so visitors can find their ideal accommodations. From the northern side of Kauai to the West Side, travelers have options for ocean front hotels.

The St. Regis Princeville Resort is hands down the most luxurious beach front resort on Kauai. Located on the Princeville bluffs overlooking Hanalei Bay with a white sand beach nestled at the base of the cliffs, this is the resort where those looking to live in the lap of luxury and have access to beaches should stay. Guests will find everything they need on site, and an abundance of beaches in the immediate area.

For a more down to earth environment that's not lacking in charm and beauty, make reservations at the Aston Waimea Plantation Cottages. Sprawling beach front acreage is home to original historic cottages that once serves as homes on local plantations, enabling guests to have their own yards and houses.

10 Best's list of the ten best beach front hotels on Kauai cover each side of the island, guiding travelers to the perfect hotel.


This Outrigger property is only five years old. The quaint and lovely condominium boasts 210 units, a pool with a kiddie pool, restaurant and great spa featuring Aveda products. This resort is known for having the most high end condos on the east side, which is centrally located to access the rest of the island. The pool is made of salt water, and has a river like shape. There's a beach out front, but swimming is generally more fun in the pool. There are three hot tubs on the grounds, all with a sand bottom and one suitable for children. The rooms are all very pretty with important gorgeous woods decoration them. Bathrooms have deep tubs that are a real treat for a relaxing bath after a day of hiking and beach walking. Let's not forget that the two water slides add fun to the pool.

Recommended for Beach Hotels because: The Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort & Spa is centrally located on the ocean and has been revamped with the perfect blend of tropical elegance.

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The Kauai Coast Resort at the Beachboy is located approximately 10 miles from Lihue Airport and on the east shore of Kauai. The property fronts a wide expanse of beach. Nearby attractions include Fern Grotto Tour Boats and Waimea Canyon. Hotel amenities include the casual dining restaurant, children's pool, children's activities, free parking, fitness facility, daily housekeeping, freshwater pool, hot tub, spa services, sundeck, and poolside bar overlooking the ocean. Championship golf is a mile and a half away. Shops and restaurants are next door at the Coconut Marketplace. All rooms have a king bed, air-conditioning, refrigerators, safes, iron and ironing board, CD/stereo, hairdryers, free high speed internet access and private lanais overlooking the tropical grounds or the blue Pacific. Hotel Garden View room has a king bed and overlooks tropical gardens.

Recommended for Beach Hotels because: Every element of this resort is nothing short of exquisite. It's a must for those looking to live in the lap of luxury.

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Located on the island of Kauai on the sandy beaches of Coconut Beach, Courtyard by Marriott Kauai at Coconut Beach in Kapaa reminds guests why they chose the Garden Isle for their adventure or getaway. Relax in style at this Kapaa hotel in spacious and comfortable guest rooms featuring free high-speed Internet, refrigerators and private lanais. Centrally located to Kauai attractions, shopping, restaurants and entertainment, our Kapaa hotel's accommodations combine service levels that exceed your expectations with breathtaking views of Kauai's mountains and beaches. Premier among Kapaa, HI hotels, Courtyard Kauai features indoor meeting space along with outdoor function space offering a flexible venue to meet guests needs. An outdoor pool and whirlpool along with beach loungers add to the island experience.

Recommended for Beach Hotels because: This smaller resort is luxurious yet not over the top, and boast beautiful decor and great oceanfront location.

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Hanalei Colony Resort
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The Hanalei Colony Resort is ideally nestled near the end of the road towards the Na Pali Coast. Blending luxury with peace and privacy, it can't get any better than this. The resort is located just a minute from what is arguably the island's best beaches, Ke'e Beach and Haena Beach Park. Adding to it's serene and natural feeling, is the fact that there aren't any telephones, televisions, or stereos in the rooms, allowing guests to enjoy the tranquility of the beach and the natural beauty of the resort. A balcony in each room provides a relaxing place for the guests to enjoy a good view of the beach. Fully equipped kitchen plus complimentary toiletries are available. Just a short drive from Hanalei Village, the resort is close to a number of amazing restaurants, shops and attractions.

Recommended for Beach Hotels because: Set among the island's best beaches, this resort enhances romance wit no telephones, TVs or stereos. Just privacy and the sound of the ocean here.

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Extravagant, beautiful, and right on the beach! This is the type of large resort where guests will notice a vast array of other guests. From honeymooners, to families, to friends vacationing together, this resort can satisfy almost any need. Golfers are treated to two top of the line golf courses here, along with a wonderful oceanfront restaurant. The pool has four parts, fronts the beach, and measures 26,000 square feet. The 366 room hotel is nestled in the heart of the east side. This means that Lihue's most popular attractions, restaurants, and shops are all within a short drive from the property. It's also equal distances from the gorgeous south and north sides of the island.

Recommended for Beach Hotels because: The Marriott Kauai Beach Club Resort Lihue is a destination within itself, and is extravagant, luxurious and fun.

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The Marriott's Kauai Lagoons-Kalanipu'u is a secluded oasis located on the lush Garden Isle of Kauai. Designed to accommodate the more discerning traveler searching for privacy and tranquility, the resort offers a uniquely serene Hawaiian experience. This upscale vacation hideaway is part of a master planned community boasting more than 500 acres of tropical foliage and wildlife, shimmering lagoons and dramatic coastline views. Kauai Lagoons is also home to the award-winning Kauai Lagoons Golf Club- an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus signature course. Guests also enjoy access to Kalapaki Beach located just a short distance away. Discover the island's breathtaking beauty and the ultimate Hawaiian paradise at Marriott's Kauai Lagoons-Kalanipu'u. The elegantly appointed two and three-bedroom Kauai luxury vacation rentals offer spacious living and dining areas, a fully equipped gourmet kitchen, and private balcony overlooking lush garden, golf or Pacific views

Recommended for Beach Hotels because: Located above several beaches, Kauai Lagoons is an all around luxury resort and a destination within itself.

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The Princeville St. Regis is truly fit for a prince. To prove the accuracy of the name, the area once served as a place for Hawaiian ali`i (royalty) to live on and enjoy. Located on the bluffs at Princeville, the resort is certainly fit for a prince, the resort is surrounded by gorgeous and private beaches. The resort has a spectacular, panoramic view of Hanalei Bay. An infinity pool appears to run down into the bay, where surfers riding huge waves can be watched in the winters. There are several white sand beaches extremely close and most a short walk from the resort. There's also a ton of amazing shops and restaurants in nearby Hanalei Village, as well as some of the island's best attractions. Island style decor blends with high class luxury to keep the feel in check. This is the place to go for guests to truly live in the lap of luxury.

Recommended for Beach Hotels because: Every element of this resort is nothing short of exquisite. It's a must for those looking to live in the lap of luxury.

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Nestled along the ocean in Poipu is 602 rooms of luxury at the Grand Hyatt. Here you'll find a beautiful elaborate lobby, magical tropical gardens, a luxurious spa, a world class golf course, restaurants and of course, and many beaches all throughout the Poipu area. The entire hotel has a tropical, yet very classy tropical theme. Prices can be moderate to expensive and vary between season. Here you'll also be treated to three tennis courts, 24-hour room service, eight shops, and on site childcare. The upper pool is decorated with small waterfalls, and guests can kayak around the resort's lagoons. This is the ideal hotel for a vacation spend relaxing in luxury and pampering yourself on the premises.

Recommended for Beach Hotels because: The Grand Hyatt is truly a grand resort, and everything a guest needs to enjoy a vacation can be found on site.

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This grand resort is located right on a perfect fine white sand beach. That alone is a seller for many guests, but in addition, it's good to know that the Sheraton Kauai is a business class resort with rooms that are quality, yet not quite in the class of luxury. The open air design of the hotel and its island style decor adds to the tropical feel. The keep with the overall goal throughout the Hawaiian Islands, they've made some unique efforts to go green. For example, guests who choose to go without cleaning service for the day are treated to free breakfast coupons. The Sheraton is a quite large resort, boasting approximately 349 rooms with two pools, a children's pool, a spa, two restaurants and two shops, three tennis courts, and a fitness center. The Sheraton Kauai is located just a minute or two drive from Poipu's hottest shopping, restaurants and attractions.

Recommended for Beach Hotels because: The Sheraton Kauai is nestled right on gorgeous Poipu Beach, and is just a short ride from other awesome south side sights.

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Beautiful, quaint, historic plantation homes make up the sprawling plantation resort on the west side. This place is great, and quite unique. Small plantation homes, from one to five bedrooms with small porches, full kitchens, and claw foot bathtubs make for a private and pretty place to stay. Many back yards have mango trees loaded with fruit in season, and all have barbecue facilities. The acreage sprawls out to the ocean, where a long grayish black sand beach sprawls for miles, but isn't good for swimming. Yet it is one of the best places to catch a vibrant west side sunset. There's an eatery and local micro brewery on site, where you'll find great beer and Pacific Rim cuisine. Live music plays at the restaurant several nights a week, and it's a great good place to relax, enjoy a meal, and take in Hawaiian music in a very tropical atmosphere. This is a great hotel for everyone from honeymooners to families. There's even a spa on site.

Recommended for Beach Hotels because: This historic hotel combines simple elegance with the deep sense of peace the area offers for true R&R.

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