Explore scenic splendor and the great outdoors on the “Garden Isle.” The oldest and northernmost island in the Hawaiian chain, Kauai is a portrait of time and nature’s elements. Known as the “Garden Isle,” on Kauai, you will find lush green valleys at the feet of steep mountains, tropical rainforests fed by beautiful rivers, and dramatic waterfalls spilling over jagged cliffs. It’s also the least developed island—many areas are only accessible by sea, air or foot.

Kauai is Hawaii’s fourth largest island and in addition to its dramatic beauty, this island is known for a wide variety of outdoor activities. You can kayak or paddleboard the Wailua River or snorkel on Poipu Beach or below the soaring cliffs of the Napali Coast. You can hike miles of trails of Kokee State Park or explore the Waimea Canyon area—Hawaii’s own Grand Canyon. Even go ziplining or tour the island by helicopter! Or if you prefer your adventures closer to earth, you can explore some of Kauai’s 60 beaches—from family friendly tide pools to tranquil white sand hidden gems. More than just an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, Kauai is also beloved for the rich culture found in its small towns and along its one-lane bridges. Make your escape to Kauai and discover all the splendor and allure that the Garden Isle has to offer.

Ultimate Choice Featured Resorts

Ultimate Hawaii Vacations books accommodations at all resort destinations on Hawaii. Resorts with the Ultimate Choice designation are our top-recommended resorts for the island. Our extensive research and our own personal travel in Hawaii has given us the experience to recommend the following Ultimate Choice Featured Resorts.

Aqua Kauai Beach Resort★★★★

OVERVIEW Claim your place in paradise at their 25-acre oceanfront retreat on Kauai’s longest beach closest to Lihue Airport.  Explore the sandy beach, soak up some sun and play in the waves of the turquoise blue ocean. With 4 swimming pools, exotic waterfalls, 4 dining options, and a number of other resort amenities, you’ll enjoy a full-service island retreat. ACTIVITIES You’ll love their … Continue reading Aqua Kauai Beach Resort

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa★★★★

OVERVIEW Discover the wonders of the Garden Isle at Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa. Situated in the heart of Poipu, this remarkable hotel is balanced in-between magnificent mountains and the blue sea offering a variety of opportunities for each guest to create their own personal paradise.  Reward yourself with a stay at this AAA Four Diamond island retreat … Continue reading Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa

Koloa Landing at Poipu Beach★★★★

  OVERVIEW Discover the tropical vacation of your dreams at Koloa Landing, a world-class luxury  Condo resort with impeccable Hawaiian service and amenities. Our refined interpretation of the Kauai lifestyle will make you part of the authentic island experience ACTIVITIES Ideally situated just a short distance from world-famous Poipu Beach in the heart of the sun-drenched South Shore, … Continue reading Koloa Landing at Poipu Beach

Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort and Spa★★★★

  OVERVIEW This is a  beautiful Condo Resort. One-bedroom and two-bedroom accommodations are accented with warm Indonesian woods and cool Peruvian travertine. Each offers a superbly appointed kitchen with Sub-Zero refrigerator, Wolf convection oven, and sleek granite countertops. The resort’s heated river pool covers over two acres with water slides and three whirlpool spas. Landscaped walking paths … Continue reading Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort and Spa

Royal Sonesta Kauai Resort★★★★

OVERVIEW Premier among the family Resorts Kauai has to offer, we invite you to unwind and relax on 800 beachfront acres facing Kalapaki Bay. This Kaua’i family-friendly Resort features one of the largest resort pools in Hawaii, plus a championship 18 hole golf course. With five open-air restaurants and unique oceanfront dining options, anyone can find cuisine that is sure to … Continue reading Royal Sonesta Kauai Resort

Sheraton Kauai Resort★★★★

  OVERVIEW Discover one of Poipu Beach’ “playgrounds” at the 394-room Sheraton Kauai Resort.  They bring new energy to the guest experience. A modern,  entry leads to a beautifully landscaped open-air Ocean Courtyard lounge adorned with tiki torches and six conversation areas – three with fire pits – perfect for cocktails under the stars. ACTIVITIES Naturally, given … Continue reading Sheraton Kauai Resort