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10 Best Romantic Hotels on the Garden Island



Vacationing is often about romance, and whether you're honeymooning or escaping with a longtime love, there's a good chance you're looking for accommodations that will enhance the romance. Kauai is home to a broad spectrum of romantic hotels, from luxurious large resorts to quaint, modest inns, travelers have options to find the hotel that suits them best. Whether you're looking to escape to an oceanfront room with no electronics on the North Shore, or enjoy couple's spa treatments and high end dinners on the South Side, you'll find it here on this list.

For honeymooners and other couples looking to spoil themselves, check in at the St. Regis Princeville Resort on the North Shore. Set high on a bluff, this resort is where couples go for luxurious spa treatments, truly fine dining, and elaborate rooms fit for royalty.

On the other end of the spectrum is the Hanalei Colony Resort. While this resort is beautiful and set on a beach, the lack of televisions, telephones and stereos in the rooms take away any distractions from couple's time. Set amongst some of the island's best beaches, this is the place to go to just enjoy nature, and each other.

Somewhere in between the two former options are resorts like the Sheraton Kauai and the Marriott at Coconut Beach. These resorts rest among an abundance of beautiful beaches and romantic restaurants to enjoy for romance off the property.

Enhance the romance with our list of Kauai's ten most romantic hotels.

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Aston Hanalei House and Cottage

Set in the center of Hanalei, the Aston Hanalei House and Cottage is within an short walk from Hanalei Bay. The hotel enjoys a beachfront location. For fitness and leisure the Aston Hanalei House and Cottage offers beach soccer and volleyball facilities and a swimming pool. The rooms at the Aston Hanalei House and Cottage have a TV, cable / satellite channels and a full kitchen. A refrigerator, a safe and a coffee maker are included in the room. The bathrooms provide a shower and a hair dryer. Princeville Airport (HPV) is a 20-minute drive from the Aston Hanalei House and Cottage. Makai Golf Course is 5 minutes away by car. Guests will find a wide variety of cafes and restaurants in the area.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: The Aston Hanalei House and Cottage enhances the romance thanks to its modest size and homey feeling.

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More distinctively Hawaiian than any other island, Kaua'i is the idyllic setting for Marriott's Waiohai Beach Club, located on award-winning Poipu Beach surrounded by stunning scenery. Experience the exquisite beauty of the "Garden Isle" with its valleys, canyons, jagged mountains and towering waterfalls on land and unrivaled snorkeling and diving below the surf. Our magnificent Poipu Beach resort offers three sparkling pools, fitness center, and beachfront watersports for you to enjoy in this splendid setting. Stretch out in our two-bedroom villas on Poipu Beach featuring full kitchens, living and dining areas and more! Nearby attractions include Spouting Horn Park and Old Koloa Town. Enjoy a meal in a casual atmosphere at the Honu Bar or The MarketPlace. Pamper yourself with a luxurious spa treatment at our on-site massage cabanas or enjoy a round of golf at one of the nearby courses. Discover a leader in style and service among Poipu Beach vacation rentals at Marriott's Waiohai Beach Club

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Nestled in a concentration of beautiful beaches and great restaurants, this Marriott is in one of Kauai's most romantic locations.

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Guests will refresh the moment the breeze of Hanalei bay touches skin. Located on the north shore of the beautiful island of Kauai, Hawaii, Legacy Vacation Resorts-Hanalei Bay is a luxury, beachfront resort that overlooks Hanalei Bay. The resort provides the tropical ambiance of Hawaii with breathtaking sunsets, Exquisite Ocean and mountain views, and lush Hawaiian gardens. The resort offers 1, 2, and 3-bedroom villas that are fully furnished and equipped with kitchen amenities. Speaking of amenities, the guests have access to all resort facilities including swimming pools, tennis courts, a hot tub, a restaurant (temporarily closed), and a secluded white sand beach. The resort's concierge can assist in planning hiking, horseback riding, surfing, kayaking, or golf outings. The resort is also located near some of the island's best shopping, dining and activities. The resort also offers barbecue area, concierge, gift shop, Internet, and both adult and children's swimming pool

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Resting on the Princeville bluff high above Hanalei Bay, this beautiful resort offers remote privacy and all amenities needed to romance.

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Located in sunny Poipu, this resort is simply grand, as teh name states. Recently renovated with top of the line additions, the resort is beautiful, modern, elegant, magnificent and luxurious in just about every element. The four level hotel is home to 602-rooms, and it's not any taller than the palm trees outside. On site are four restaurants, lounges and bar offering night time entertainment. There's plenty of shops here, and fresh and saltwater pools with slides, waterfalls and whirl pools will keep the children entertained for days. You can kayak in the resort's lagoons, and on site child care frees parents for some time to romance. It's also just minutes form amazing beach and other natural wonders.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: As one of Kauai's largest resorts, the Hyatt offers everything on site to get romantic - restaurants, pools, hot tubs and a spa.

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The hotel is right smack on a perfect fine white sand beach. If that doesn't sell you in itself, then it's good to know that the business class resort delivers clean decent rooms, although they're not quite in the class of luxury. The open air design of the hotel adds to the tropical feel. They've taken on some unique elements in efforts to "go green," and guests who choose to go without cleaning service for the day are treated to free breakfast coupons. It's a quite large hotel, with approximately 349 rooms with two pools, a child pool, a spa, two restaurants and two shops, three tennis courts, a fitness center, and free coffee daily. The Ocean and Beach wings could very well be closer to the ocean than any other major hotel on Kauai. Yet the Garden Wing, although more affordable, is definitely not on or near the ocean. But hey, on a small island isn't everything near the ocean?

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Nestled in beautiful Poipu, the Sheraton offers everything a couple could need to enhance the love.

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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 Romantic Hotels because: In addition to a beautiful ocean front setting, this Marriott is situation in historic Kapa'a, where couples can have romantic date nihts.

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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. 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 Romantic Hotels because: Small, private bungalows are offered here set amidst a lovely garden and a romantic, quaint restaurant.

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Hanalei Colony Resort
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With a beautiful view of the Hanalei Bay and the Tunnels Beach, the Hanalei Colony Resort is situated in Hanalei, with close proximity to the Hanalei town and Na Pali Coast. Nearby major attractions include the National Tropical Botanical Garden, the Makua Tunnels and the West Kauai Tech and Visitors Center. Set on a romantic ambiance, all rooms do not have telephones, televisions or stereos to allow 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. The Hanalei Colony Resort delivers a private escape for couples and families who want to enjoy the lovely beach and the green mountains. An outdoor pool is provided along with a barbecue grill, a coffee shop and a library.

Recommended for Romantic 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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Amazing! This large resort was aptly named considering 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, and anyone else who enjoys luxury and high end surroundings. One of the highlights at the resort is the unbeatable view of Hanalei Bay. It's 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. Modern Hawaiian style decor makes each room feel elegant, yet relaxed and tropical. Each one even has one way viewing glass in the fancy bathrooms. A wonderful spa is also on site, and can fulfill and luxurious need you may have. Look for the remnants of a Hawaiian heiau (sacred place) on the front lawn, which is also a perfect place to watch the sunset over Hanalei Bay.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Couples can get romantic in luxury at this elaborate resort set high over the ocean.

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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 Romantic Hotels because: Private cottages set along the ocean allow for alone time and relaxation.

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