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  • #1
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    The St. Regis Princeville
    Princeville, HI
    #1 in Best Hotels in Kauai
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2947 reviewsTripAdvisor (2947)
    Free WiFi

    Walking into the lobby of The St. Regis Princeville, you know immediately that you are at the top – the 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. And it's home to an incredible infinity pool – dubbed one of the world's most beautiful. Another perk? Starwood Preferred Guests and Marriott Rewards members can earn or redeem points here for additional stay benefits.

    Princeville, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2947 reviewsTripAdvisor (2947)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Ko'a Kea Hotel & Resort at Poipu Beach
    Koloa, HI
    #2 in Best Hotels in Kauai
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2206 reviewsTripAdvisor (2206)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    For peace and quiet, it's hard to beat the Koa Kea Hotel & Resort. 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 easygoing 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 according to recent guests, the staff is accommodating and personable; so don't hesitate to ask for anything from more linens to directions to the closest hiking trail.

    Koloa, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2206 reviewsTripAdvisor (2206)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa
    Koloa, HI
    #3 in Best Hotels in Kauai
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 6705 reviewsTripAdvisor (6705)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Some say 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.

    Koloa, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 6705 reviewsTripAdvisor (6705)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort and Spa
    Kapaa, HI
    #4 in Best Hotels in Kauai
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1440 reviewsTripAdvisor (1440)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    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.

    Kapaa, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1440 reviewsTripAdvisor (1440)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Kaua'i Marriott Resort
    Lihue, HI
    #5 in Best Hotels in Kauai
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2847 reviewsTripAdvisor (2847)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    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 (for a fee). 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 2 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.

    Lihue, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2847 reviewsTripAdvisor (2847)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas
    Princeville, HI
    #6 in Best Hotels in Kauai
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2009 reviewsTripAdvisor (2009)
    Free WiFi

    "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 feature 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 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. And because this hotel is part of the Marriott hotel family, both Starwood Preferred Guest members and Marriott Rewards members can earn and use points here.

    Princeville, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2009 reviewsTripAdvisor (2009)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Sheraton Kauai Resort
    Koloa, HI
    #7 in Best Hotels in Kauai
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2299 reviewsTripAdvisor (2299)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    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 Marriott Rewards or Starwood Preferred Guest member.

    Koloa, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2299 reviewsTripAdvisor (2299)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Kauai Beach Resort
    Lihue, HI
    #8 in Best Hotels in Kauai
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2420 reviewsTripAdvisor (2420)
    Free WiFi
    Kauai Beach Resort is a 4 star hotel located at 4331 Kauai Beach Dr in Kauai. It has a 4.0 overall guest rating based on 2420 reviews.
    Lihue, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2420 reviewsTripAdvisor (2420)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Autograph Collection
    Koloa, HI
    #9 in Best Hotels in Kauai
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1959 reviewsTripAdvisor (1959)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Sitting pretty on Kauai's southeastern coast near the popular Po'ipu Beach, this resort earns rave reviews from recent guests for its spacious studios and villas (studios start at 475 square feet). Rooms feature up to four bedrooms and include full kitchens or kitchenettes, flat-screen TVs and oversized balconies. Though lodgers praise the roomy accommodations, recent guests had some complaints when it came to housekeeping services. 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 new 350,000-gallon Signature Lagoon Pool, which recently opened in the spring of 2017. 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. And now that this sprawling resort is a member of the Marriott family, Marriot Rewards members can earn or redeem points by choosing to stay here.

    Koloa, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1959 reviewsTripAdvisor (1959)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Waimea Plantation Cottages
    Waimea, HI
    3.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 804 reviewsTripAdvisor (804)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    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.

    Waimea, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 804 reviewsTripAdvisor (804)
    3.5-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    The Villas at Po'ipu Kai
    Koloa, HI
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 252 reviewsTripAdvisor (252)
    Free WiFi

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    Koloa, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 252 reviewsTripAdvisor (252)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Wyndham Kaua`i Beach Villas
    Lihue, HI
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 511 reviewsTripAdvisor (511)
    Free WiFi
    Wyndham Kaua`i Beach Villas is a 4 star hotel located at 4330 Kauai Beach Drive in Kauai. It has a 4.0 overall guest rating based on 511 reviews.
    Lihue, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 511 reviewsTripAdvisor (511)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    O'Luina
    Kalaheo, HI
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    Free WiFi
    O'Luina is a 4 star hotel located at 5150 Kikala Rd in Kauai.
    Kalaheo, HI
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Timbers Kauai Ocean Club and Residences
    Lihue, HI
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    Free WiFi
    Spend the day relaxing on the beach or practicing your swing at Timbers Kauai Ocean Club & Residences's onsite golf course.
    Lihue, HI
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    The Palmwood
    Anahola, HI
    3.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 161 reviewsTripAdvisor (161)
    Free WiFi
    The Palmwood is a 4 star hotel located at 6867 Koolau Rd. in Kauai. It has a 5.0 overall guest rating based on 161 reviews.
    Anahola, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 161 reviewsTripAdvisor (161)
    3.5-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi