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We’ve ranked the top hotels in Kauai based on an unbiased analysis of awards, expert recommendations and user ratings. Out of 8 luxury hotels, 3 earned a Gold badge by scoring in the top 10 percent of the Best Hotels in the USA.

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The St. Regis Princeville

Princeville, HI
Best Hotels #1 in Best Kauai Hotels

The St. Regis Princeville

Princeville, HI
Best Hotels #1 in Best Kauai Hotels
  • 5.0-star Hotel Class
  • Excellent Critic Rating
  • TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
The St. Regis Princeville View all photos Walking into the lobby of The St. Regis Princeville, you know immediately that you are at the topthe top of the hotel that is. That's where you'll find the lobby, affording jaw-dropping views of the ocean and Kauai's lush coast. Between Hanalei Bay and Kauai's rugged mountains, the resort's stunning location sets this St. Regis property apart from the competition. According to previous visitors, the guest rooms are just as impressive: The St. Regis Princeville forgoes the kitschy tropical decor in favor of decorative accents that touch upon the resort's natural surroundings with rich, earth tone color palettes. Rooms also come with home theater systems, 300-thread-count linens and, in some cases, balconies. The St. Regis Princeville also houses multiple distinct restaurants, all of which use ingredients that have been grown or produced on the island. Another perk? Starwood Preferred Guests can earn or redeem points here for additional stay benefits.
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Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa

Koloa, HI
Best Hotels #2 in Best Kauai Hotels

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa

Koloa, HI
Best Hotels #2 in Best Kauai Hotels
  • 4.5-star Hotel Class
  • Excellent Critic Rating
  • TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa View all photos Some say that the Grand Hyatt's exceptional staff will make you feel right at home. However, your home probably doesn't have immaculately kept tropical grounds, a sand-bottomed lagoon pool or a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean. This resort treats Kauai travelers to a relaxed getaway, with guest rooms outfitted with flat-screen TVs, complimentary refillable water bottles and private lanais (balconies). But you'll likely not be spending much time indoors, as the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort offers plenty in the way of island activities. On the property, you'll find several pools and lagoons worth laying by, as well as a variety of cultural performances taking place on any given day. Visitors enjoy indulging at the Anara Spa and teeing off on the gorgeous Po'ipu Bay Golf Course. And when it comes to dining, travelers say you really can't go wrong with the Grand Hyatt's restaurants, which serve up a variety of cuisines ranging from Hawaiian to Asian to Italian. The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa is along the south coast of Kauai, east of Po'ipu Beach. Members of the Hyatt rewards program can earn and redeem points here.
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Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort at Poipu Beach

Koloa, HI
Best Hotels #3 in Best Kauai Hotels

Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort at Poipu Beach

Koloa, HI
Best Hotels #3 in Best Kauai Hotels
  • 4.5-star Hotel Class
  • Excellent Critic Rating
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Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort at Poipu Beach View all photos For peace and quiet, it's hard to beat the Koa Kea Hotel & Resort. Opting for quality rather than quantity, the property hosts 121 rooms on a spectacular portion of Po'ipu Beach amidst fierce competition from larger brand-name resorts nearby. The Koa Kea's design is more urban-chic than easy-going tropical, with guest rooms sporting contemporary furnishings and amenities like flat-screen TVs, high-speed Internet access and iPod docking stations. But visitors find plenty of relaxing solitude here: Not only do accommodations boast private lanais (balconies), but the Koa Kea Hotel also houses an intimate spa (with only five treatment rooms), a lagoon-style swimming pool and easy access to the beach. As for dining, there is the Red Salt, which showcases Hawaiian cuisine in an intimate setting. And the staff is very accommodating and personable; so don't hesitate to ask for anything from more linens to directions to the closest hiking trail.
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The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas

Princeville, HI
#4 in Best Kauai Hotels

The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas

Princeville, HI
#4 in Best Kauai Hotels
  • 4.0-star Hotel Class
  • Moderate Critic Rating
  • TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas View all photos "No beach"words that could horrify any vacationer to Hawaii. But at The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas, you shouldn't worry: Guests of this Westin property can access St. Regis' stellar sands via a complimentary shuttle ride. And there is enough at The Westin Princeville to keep you occupied: The resort grounds features multiple pools and a fitness center, and staying here will put you within easy reach of the fairways at the nearby Makai Club Resort. Guests regularly described rooms here as spacious, coming outfitted with amenities such as whirlpool baths, kitchens, flat-screen TVs and Bose stereos). While there is plenty on-site, some guests were still pretty hung up on the fact that there is no beach and found it inconvenient to have to travel for it. Though many were in agreement that the staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. Members of the Starwood Preferred Guest program won't want to rule this Westin out, as they can earn and use points here.
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Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort and Spa

Kapaa, HI
#5 in Best Kauai Hotels

Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort and Spa

Kapaa, HI
#5 in Best Kauai Hotels
  • 4.0-star Hotel Class
  • Moderate Critic Rating
  • TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort and Spa View all photos The spacious Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort is one of Kauai's best options for families. The resort hosts spacious suites that include one- or two-bedrooms, ample living space and full kitchens. According to many recent guests, the Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort has all the comforts of home — with a few extras thrown in. Although you can certainly do your own cooking, you can also forgo dish duty in favor of a fresh seafood meal at the Oasis on the Beach restaurant. Meanwhile, the waterslides, lazy river and man-made beach are fun enough to draw you and your kids away from the beach. And the in-house Spa by the Sea offers a wide range of Hawaiian-inspired massages and body treatments. You should also note that the Outrigger's isolated location in Kapaa can be either refreshing or frustrating.
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Sheraton Kauai Resort

Koloa, HI
#6 in Best Kauai Hotels

Sheraton Kauai Resort

Koloa, HI
#6 in Best Kauai Hotels
  • 4.0-star Hotel Class
  • Moderate Critic Rating
  • TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Sheraton Kauai Resort View all photos Visitors enjoy the Sheraton Kauai Resort's friendly personality, which is propagated by welcoming staff members, as well as family-friendly activities like ukulele lessons and lei making. Guest rooms here feature wood furnishings, flat-screen TVs, Internet access and private lanais (balconies). Although the hotel's 394 rooms and suites are spread out across multiple buildings, all lodgings offer easy access to the ocean and a hearty chunk of sandy beach (Po'ipu, to be exact). This Sheraton property earns praise from travelers for its scenic surroundings and its ample amenities. The resort boasts two swimming pools (guests say that the oceanfront pool is worth a swim), as well as a fitness center and the full-service Hawaiian Rainforest Spa. Also on the property is the fancy RumFire restaurant specializing in Hawaiian cuisine. For an exciting taste of the islands, the Sheraton invites you to attend the 'Auli'i Lu'au, held weekly. What's more, guests say this resort is a good bargain, especially if you're a Starwood Preferred Guest member.
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Kaua'i Marriott Resort

Lihue, HI
#7 in Best Kauai Hotels

Kaua'i Marriott Resort

Lihue, HI
#7 in Best Kauai Hotels
  • 4.0-star Hotel Class
  • Moderate Critic Rating
  • TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Kaua'i Marriott Resort View all photos Boasting the largest single-level outdoor pool in Hawaii, along with flowing fountains, lagoons and a prime stretch of beach, the Kaua'i Marriott Resort surrounds its visitors with plenty of water. Travelers say that the resort's grounds are impressive, and many describe the guest rooms here as comfortable. Accommodations at this Marriott property feature red- and orange-hued decor and amenities like flat-screen TVs and high-speed Internet access. Travelers highly recommend requesting a room with a balcony so that you can enjoy the resort's pleasant surroundings and excellent views. However, the Lihue Airport is only two miles north, meaning that the isolated resort tranquility can get quashed by the sound of a passing plane. So it's not the best place for a quiet, romantic vacation. Still, a stay here will grant you easy access Kalapaki Beach, not to mention the soothing Alexander Spa and Salon, 18 holes of championship golf and several restaurants. Members of the Marriott Rewards program can earn and use points here.
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Koloa Landing at Poipu Beach

Koloa, HI
#8 in Best Kauai Hotels

Koloa Landing at Poipu Beach

Koloa, HI
#8 in Best Kauai Hotels
  • 4.0-star Hotel Class
  • TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Koloa Landing at Poipu Beach View all photos Sitting pretty on Kauai's southeastern coast near the popular Po'ipu Beach, this resort earns rave reviews from recent guests for its spacious villas (the largest in Kauai) that range from 1,300 to 3,600 square feet. Rooms feature up to four bedrooms and include full kitchens, flat-screen TVs, in-suite laundry machines and oversized balconies. Though lodgers praise the roomy accommodations, reviewers are also quick to note that the resort is not located directly on the beach. When you're not lounging in your digs, you'll find plenty of resort activities to keep you occupied, including volleyball, soccer and snorkeling. If you've got kids in tow, take your brood to the 6,100-square-foot Family Lagoon Pool. For a more peaceful dip, head to the adults-only Tranquility Waterfall Pool. For more pampering, book an appointment at the spa or join in on complimentary yoga. There is no on-site restaurant (much to recent visitors' chagrin), but you'll find five restaurants located next door at the Shops at Kukui'ula Village, and more within a 2-mile radius.
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Waimea Plantation Cottages

Waimea, HI

Waimea Plantation Cottages

Waimea, HI
  • 3.5-star Hotel Class
  • Moderate Critic Rating
  • TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Waimea Plantation Cottages View all photos Removed from the more crowded resort areas, the Waimea Plantation Cottages are located on the southwestern side of Kauai. Modeled after the original sugar plantations that covered the island in the 1800s and early 1900s, Waimea offers 61 authentic plantation-style cottages that range from studio garden view duplexes to four- and five-bedroom oceanfront cottages. Each spacious accommodation is outfitted with Internet access, a flat-screen TV and a full kitchen with a host of appliances. Recent guests do warn that most cottages don't come equipped with central air conditioning, but said that the fans and window units worked well to keep the accommodations cool. While the plantation does not have a restaurant, the cottages do have full kitchens. Waimea offers a pool but not much else, which is why past visitors said it's the perfect place for those seeking little action and lots of R&R. Recent guests said they found the accommodations to be charming and clean, and the simple surroundings allowed them to take in the natural beauty of the area.
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The Villas at Po'ipu Kai

Koloa, HI

The Villas at Po'ipu Kai

Koloa, HI
  • 4.0-star Hotel Class
  • TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
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Alii Kai Resort

Princeville, HI

Alii Kai Resort

Princeville, HI
  • 4.0-star Hotel Class
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O'Luina

Kalaheo, HI

O'Luina

Kalaheo, HI
  • 4.0-star Hotel Class
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The Palmwood

Anahola, HI

The Palmwood

Anahola, HI
  • 3.5-star Hotel Class
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Whalers Cove Oceanfront Condominiums

Koloa, HI

Whalers Cove Oceanfront Condominiums

Koloa, HI
  • 3.5-star Hotel Class
  • TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
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Hale Ho'o Maha Bed & Breakfast

Hanalei, HI

Hale Ho'o Maha Bed & Breakfast

Hanalei, HI
  • 3.5-star Hotel Class
  • TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Hale Ho'o Maha Bed & Breakfast View all photos Amenities
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