Places to Stay – Kauai

Kauai offers visitors great choices on where to stay when visiting the island. Depending upon your vacation budget, whether you are on a honeymoon or traveling as a family, and what you want and how you want to experience Kauai, will relate to where you decide to stay.

You will find the perfect accommodations on Kauai that offer solitude, quietness, great access to beaches, or opportunities to play on championship golf courses. Despite Kauai’s small population, it is not small in its accommodations to suit any taste and vacation dream. Kauai does not lack in its ability to give each one of its visitors a comfortable place to rest and recuperate from one day’s adventures to the next, or just to relax and hang out.

The island of Kauai has a variety of accommodations across all its regions. You can plan your trip ahead of your arrival and plan your choice of accommodations to your adventures. If you are traveling on a low budget, want a family oriented location, or want to bask in the luxury of Kauai, there is an option for you. Hotels, resorts, bed and breakfasts, and condo and vacation rentals are all within comfortable access to your planned vacation.


Hotel accommodations on Kauai are available to suit your every budget, from just looking for a place to rest your head and spend your vacation money elsewhere to having a comfortable place for your children to enjoy. Hotels are available around the island of Kauai in the main town areas, so you can visit each region of the island and stay at a nearby hotel without having to travel far if you decide you would like to spend more time in one region. One of the most affordable hotels, for example, is the Kauai Palms Hotel. It is located near the airport in Lihue, making it a great location to explore the other regions each day. There may be not much in amenities, but it’s a great money saver. Another popular hotel is the Kalaheo Inn that offers one to three bedroom units that come with kitchenettes so you can cook your own meals and make your own coffee. This hotel is very spacious and is located within minutes of Poipu Beach, shopping, and dining. If you want to stay right on the beach, the Aston Islander on the Beach is located in Kapaa. It is a plantation style hotel just a few steps from the white sand beach. It is in a secluded area, which is great if you are looking for a quiet place to enjoy Kauai. Choosing a hotel is directly related to how you want to spend your vacation, but it’s important that you choose what works for you.


Kauai is home to resort accommodations. There are many resorts available to choose from, so it depends on what part of the island you want to stay in and what luxury amenities you are looking for. The resorts are mainly located in the resort town of Princeville and the Coconut Coast, but they also can be found in Lihue and in the South Shore region. The most popular resort among golfers is The St. Regis Princeville Resort. In addition to the championship golf courses, this is also a great resort if you are traveling with children or on your honeymoon. The Outrigger Resort is another convenient accommodation, as it is near the beach, shopping, and dining outside of the resort. The rooms are either available as condos or deluxe hotel rooms with all the amenities you could desire, such as a fitness center, day spa, and a pool if you want a break from the beach. The Kauai Marriott Resort is known for its lush gardens and only five minutes from the airport, making it very convenient, especially if you had a long flight. Resorts offer visitors a little more in accommodations, which is great to spoil yourself in the beauty of the island of Kauai.

Bed and Breakfasts

Bed and breakfasts are great for those who want a little more privacy and seclusion that can’t necessarily be found at a hotel or resort. It gives you a true essence of what it is like to live on an island, and the peace to enjoy your stay without the noise and crowds. The Kalalaulau Bed and Breakfast, now called The Cottage, is located just outside of Hanalei. It is similar to a studio apartment. It comes with a kitchen, beds, private bath, and Wi-Fi connection if you still need to keep in touch with the outside world. It is very private and quiet, and sits just across the beach. You do have to pay a separate fee for cleaning that is common for these types of establishments, but you do receive a hearty breakfast to start your day. If you want to feel exactly what it was like to live in Hawaii in ancient times, the Anini Kamaaina is for you. It is a vintage Hawaiian home that sits on the beach. It has two bedroom accommodations with a private bath. The white sand beach just outside your doorstep in the town of Kapaa is a true haven. If you prefer to stay in the mountain region, there is a bed and breakfast available that is like a studio apartment with a private bath and entrance, called A Toe in Paradise.

Condo and Vacation Rentals

Condo and vacation rentals are great ways to visit and experience Kauai if you plan on staying for a week or longer on the island, or if you are traveling with a large family or group. It is very spacious and most are near beaches and within miles of popular attractions, shopping, and dining. A popular condo rental in Princeville is the Hestera, especially if you love golfing, as there are two golf courses on site. Condos are available in one and two bedroom designs. There is also a choice to rent a vacation home, such as Kauai Vacation Home Rental also in Princeville, which is in walking distance to Sea Lodge Beach, golf, and shopping. These home rentals are available in one and two bedroom spaces with a full kitchen and lanai for enjoying the beautiful views of the island and relaxing as if it where you own special home in paradise.