Best Resorts in Kauai

Kauai Resorts Offer Luxurious Living All Over the Island

High class resorts in Kauai offer luxurious amenities for complete unwinding. Some resorts offer all inclusive rates which include everything from food to entertainment. If you are looking for on site entertainment, dining options, spas and fun in the sun, you're in luck on Kaua`i. You can get off the plane and stay at a luxury or mid-size resort till the day you leave, and be completely satisfied with your time in the tropics. 

For time spent living in the lap of luxury, book a few nights at the St. Regis Princeville Resort on the gorgeous north shore of the island. Here you'll enjoy views and relaxation high on the bluffs of Princeville, overlooking Hanalei Bay while having all of the luxuries a resort can offer on site.

Somewhere on the other end of the spectrum on the south side lies the Kiahuna Plantation & Beach Bungalows. These bungalows weave together the charm of old Hawaii with modern luxuries to create an experience you'll find nowhere else. The unique design and spirit of the place allows you to feel closer to the island without extreme frills, but at the same time you'll feel pampered and spoiled. 

Full on family fun can be had while staying at the Marriott Kauai Beach Club Resort Lihue. This is where a four part pool rests ocean side and two exquisite golf courses offers hours of high end green time. So whether you're looking for a small place to romance or out-of-this-world accommodations for the whole family, 10 Best has got you covered.


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 Resort 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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Oceanfront condos are the attraction here, and on site treats include a heated pool (yes, even in Hawaii that's nice), a hot tub, and barbecue area. The individually owned units have free wireless internet, jacuzzi tubs, and are all well kept. Because their individually owned, the decor varies but it's all well kept and usually island style. This is an ideal place to stay for families, and those looking for an extended stay. It's home style and affordable, and still top quality. Amazing Kauai attractions like Spouting Horn, Poipu Beach, and surf lessons and snorkeling are all extremely close to the condos.

Recommended for Resort because: Oceanfront condos create a feeling of a home away from home, and offer more privacy than a huge resort.

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With a nice pool in the center of the horse shoe shaped layout of the hotel, the beach resort consists of four pools, two hot tubs, a health spa, fitness room, a pool side bar and just about anything else a vacationer could need. A very tropical, plantation style decor can be found in every one of the 350 rooms. The pools have man made waterfalls, one water slide, and half of one pool is lined with sand. This is a nice addition since the beach out front isn't the best for swimming. For those that wish to get in the ocean, or shop, the hotel is in prime proximity to great swimming and snorkeling beaches, and the cute town of Kapa`a.

Recommended for Resort because: The Kauai Beach Resort offers everything guests could need without going over the top. It's an ideal and affordable family resort.

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

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

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

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Kiahuna Plantation & Beach Bungalows Koloa
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Dreamy, cute, classy, unique, elegant - all of these words can be used to described Kiahuna Plantation and Beach Bungalows. Nestled in a tropical garden setting, with some actually meeting a lovely beach that's great for swimming, the unique plantation bungalows are actually plantation style homes - and they're just minutes from the beach. Each has a fully functional kitchen, adding to the ease of saving money by cooking at home, or just relaxing and feeling right at home with the simplicity and comforts of not actually being home. There's a beautiful and quaint on site garden, and a lovely restaurant on the grounds. With most unites individually owned, interior decor varies greatly and some are a little dated, but it adds to the homeyness. This is a perfect place for those looking for romance and a peaceful stay. This can also be good for families because the individual units offer privacy and a sense of being at home.

Recommended for Resort because: Understated tropical elegance, privacy and location make this one of the finest resorts in the area.

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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.

Recommended for Resort 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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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 Resort 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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