Where to Stay on Kauai

Kauai, known as the Garden Isle, is the northernmost and geographically oldest of the main Hawaiian islands. Formed by the eruption of the now-extinct volcano Waialeale about 5 million years ago, the island has gently eroded into gorgeous sandy beaches covering half its perimeter. Other highlights include the Napali Coast’s towering sea cliffs and deep valleys, inaccessible by car, and the red and ochre walls of Waimea Canyon, hailed as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” The North Shore is a series of valleys and stunning beaches connected by one-lane bridges, while the Coconut Coast (East Side) brims with shopping, dining and of course coconut palms. The sunny South Shore offers the best conditions in winter but is appealing year-round.

Foodies can enjoy our well-researched lists of where to eat, including where to get the best shave ice, sushi, burgers and breakfast, as well as other favorite picks created by island experts. Looking for the best activities? Check out our constantly evolving lists of the best ways to experience Kauai’s natural and cultural wonders, including via helicopter tours, scenic hikes, surfing lessons, or kayaking. Of course, you’ll need a place to stay. We’ve also sifted through the many options to find the island’s best lodgings, including top choices for a romantic getaway for two, a family vacation or a group gathering, as well as the best luxury and good-value hotels and condos.

Best Luxury Hotels on Kauai

Here are our favorite opulent oases, starting on the South Shore and heading north.

Best Family Hotels on Kauai

Traveling with kids or multi-generations? Here are our top hotel picks for luxury, deals, teens, what’s new and best pools.

Best Oceanfront Hotels on Kauai

Here are the best hotels right on the best beaches, from the South Shore to the North Shore.

Best Hotels with Spas on Kauai

If you want to relax and rejuvenate on your Hawaii vacation, there’s nothing better than a visit to one of its top spas.

Best Romantic Hotels on Kauai

Kaua‘i has the perfect spot for you and your ku‘uipo (sweetheart). Here are our favorites.

Best Group Getaway Hotels on Kauai

Whether you’re planning a family reunion, milestone birthday, bachelorette party or work off-site, we’ve done the homework.

Best Vetted Value Hotels on Kauai

These hotels and vacation condo resorts may not offer the absolute cheapest rates, but they provide a bang for your buck.

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