Where to stay in Kauai

Old Nov 1st, 1999, 12:21 PM
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Where to stay in Kauai

I am planning on visiting Kauai for my honeymoon next May. Any suggestions on which part of the island to stay?
Old Nov 1st, 1999, 12:54 PM
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When I visited Kaui about 6 years ago, I found the northern part of the island to be preferable, either the Princeville Hotel or Hanalei Bay. The area is drop-dead gorgeous! However, the reason it's so lush and green is because it rains frequently...that's the trade-off. I also stayed in the south, at the Hyatt Regency...a beautiful hotel but the beach is dangerously rough and not nearly as scenic as in the north.
Old Nov 1st, 1999, 02:26 PM
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We were at the Hyatt for a long, very wet and windy week. We still had fun, and I would agree that the beach was rough. Have you thought about Tahiti? There are some great deals out there, and it is really a beautiful, non-commercial place, and you most likely won't spend anymore money.
Old Nov 4th, 1999, 04:27 PM
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Stayed Princeville Resort the first week in May last year.. Gorgeous beach- weather great- no rain-.
Old Nov 6th, 1999, 09:50 AM
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Hi, my husband and I stayed at the Mariott in Lihue. It is conveniently located very close to the airport. The
hotel is gorgeous. They were filming the Harrison Ford/Anne Heche film off the beach of the hotel while we were there.

The Marriott also has a timeshare property adjacent to the hotel if you are interested in a condo alternative. Can't say enough good things about this beautiful place.

We had dinner at the Hyatt too. It too was gorgeous!

Have a great time!
Old Nov 27th, 1999, 06:39 PM
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Weather in May on South Kauai(Poipu) is usually beautiful. In fact, it is usually beautiful there all year round, then again, I spent two weeks on Poipu this year and it was cloudy or rainy 10 out of 14 days.
You will find more rain on the North Coast but, not nearly as much as--- Hilo on the BI.
Old Nov 27th, 1999, 07:43 PM
Scott in cowtown
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I'd have to recommend the Hyatt on the South shore, if cost is no object. Spent 4 days there, and it has arguably the most awesome pool/lagoon area of any hotel in Hawaii (anywhere maybe?). If you are looking to spend time on a beach in Kauai, don't choose the south shore. However, if sipping a pina colada poolside is your cup of tea, you can't go wrong with the Hyatt. Have fun.
Old Nov 28th, 1999, 11:50 PM
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Hanalei Bay Resort is a wonderful place to stay on the most beautiful part of the island. It is next to the Princeville which is incredible but certainly more expensive. Hanalei Bay has a great lagoon pool, a fun outdoor bar and restaurant with a beautiful view of the sunset, and a more formal indoor restaurant as well. If you want a great beach, stay on this side of the island and don't miss the Lumahali (sp?) Gardens which I thought was the most beautiful place on the entire island. Best wishes.
Old Nov 29th, 1999, 05:16 AM
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The hyatt is incredible. Lush gardens, impeccable service, great golf and a water park. You will love it.
Old Nov 29th, 1999, 01:24 PM
Karen Lipinsky
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We stayed at the Hyatt, and it's everything that people here have said. However, while the beach at the Hyatt (Shipwreck Beach) isn't particularly safe, we found Poipu Beach Park, just a couple of miles down the road, to be quite safe. We snorkeled there a couple of times -- this was in early November. Brennecke's beach immediately nearby the Poipu Beach Park was a fun place to try boogie boarding, and we found we were swimming with a sea turtle there -- quite cool!
Old Nov 30th, 1999, 03:05 PM
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Aloha DHA,

I love all of Kauai, but for my honeymoon in May, I'd stay in the Princeville/Hanalei area on the North Shore. It must be the most romantic, beautiful, picturesque spot on earth. You could spend a fortune at the Princeville Hotel or quite a bit less at Hanalei Bay Resort next door; I think either one would be fabulous! Have a wonderful trip!

Aloha, Ruth
Old Dec 10th, 1999, 01:07 PM
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Here is a list I put together for a friend: (cut and paste the URL's to go directly to the site)

Nihi Kai Villas: http://www.kauairentals.com - $750 per week includes 1 Bedroom condominium with pool, tennis, oceanfront in Poipu (sunny south shore)

Kokee Lodge & Cabins: (808) 335-6061 - this is a state park set in a canyon setting - gorgeous. They rent housekeeping cabins for $35 - $40 a night. They have woodburning stoves, full kitchens and all linens, plates, etc. You have to bring food and cook though! It is the only accomodation near the park and I think it is worth a night or two so you can check out the incredible hiking they have in Waimea Canyon. If you think you might want to do this, try to request the Lehua cabin. It's brand new and nicer than the rest.

Happy Hula Hut: http://planet-hawaii.com/hula-hut - This is a 1 bedroom condo with spectacular ocean views in Princeville - a gorgeous north shore community - I love it there. $90.00 a night.

Ocean Hideaway: http://10Kvacationrentals.com/oceanhideaways/index.htm - 1 bedroom, kitchen $85.00 a night.

Akamai Studio: http://www.riverestate.com/studio.htm - 1 bedroom, kitchen, Princeville $65.00 a night.

Ali'i Kai Condo: http://www.aliikai.com - 2 bedroom, 2 bath Condo with mountain view, Princeville $85.00 a night.

Kilauea Vacation Rental: http://www.kauai-vacation-rentals.com/akana/akana.html - 2 bedroom, 1 bath condo by Kalihiwai Beach - beautiful - $450 - $550 per week.

Pali Ke Kua: http://planet-hawaii.com/visit-kauai/pali108.html - 1 bedroom condo with ocean view in Princeville - gorgeous views from this complex - I stayed here for 2 weeks once - nice pool with hot tub and hike to Queens Bath. $100 a night.

Houston Moloa'a Hale: http://kauai-vacation-rentals.com/tc...on/houston.htm - 1 bedroom free standing house very nice - I was going to book this for Ken and I last April - $600 - $650 a week.

Haena Place: http://www.kauai-vacation-rentals.com/tc/haenaplace/htm - 2 bedroom 1.5 bath mountain and waterfall views - Haena is the "end of the road" absolutely breathtaking - great hiking and snorkeling nearby. $650 - $700 a week.

Anahola B&B: http://aloha.net/~enchant/hawaii.html - Double room $65.00 a night - bkfst included. Anahola is a quiet town in the center of everything. Very local. I like it.

House Rental: http://www.hawaiian.net/~koh/kauai_garden_isle.htm - This is a house on an estate with 1 Bedroom and 1 Bath, by Anahola, near a beautiful beach, for $85.00 a night.

Hibiscus Hollow: http://hawaiian.net/~hollow - This is an unbelievable deal - Ken and I were booked here also-located in Kapaa, the gateway to the North Shore - a studio with a small kitchen for $45.00 a day and $280 a week! They also own a larger condo called Hale House also in Kapaa which is a 2 bedroom, 1 bath with full kitchen for $65 a night or $400 a week.

Marjorie's Kauai Inn: http://www.bbchannel.com/bbc/p241151.asp - This is a Bed and Breakfast with Lawai views - south shore, sunny side, sunset side, the side where I own a timeshare. Bkfst included $55-$75 a night depending on room. Ken and I were also booked here for a few nights. The owner sounds really great.

General Search Site: http://planet-hawaii.com/visit-kauai/ - This site has a lot of rentals but some are very expensive and some are huge 5 bedroom houses.

Hanalei B&B: http://bbchannel.com/bbc/p222095.asp - A B&B in Hanalei which is a beautiful place close to the end of the road with ocean views. $65 - $125 a night.

Old Dec 30th, 1999, 07:52 AM
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Princeville and North Shore.
Old Dec 30th, 1999, 09:18 PM
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I agree with many of the above comments. the Hyatt at Poipu is spectacular for a destination resort type hotel. The beach there is not for swimming--but the architecture and ambience of the hotel is unbeatable.

The best snorkeling is on the north shore of the island--which is only about 1 hour away by car. We stayed at Poipu for the weather and the hotel, and drove for day trips to the north shore for hiking, snorkeling. Hanalei Bay is drop-dead gorgeous, as stated above. Paradise. Might be worth staying at a hotel near Hanalei/Princeville for part of the time, and Poipu Beach for part of the time to avoid driving back and forth.

Condos at Poipu--rent at Poipu Kai from an outfit called Suite Paradise. these condos are lovely, well situated near the public beach at Poipu, and more reasonable than the Kiahuna Plantation condos there.

For an off-the-beaten-path breakfast treat, find the Tip-Top Cafe in Lihue, for the best Macademia nut banana pancakes. this is a cafe where the locals hang out, not for the tourists--but these pancakes were special ( on two trips separated by a decade).
Old Jan 4th, 2000, 07:06 AM
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I agree with those recommending the north shore for May. It is lush, tropical, and very romantic. We stayed at the Hanalei Bay Resort last summer, and loved it. We preferred HBRs views, tropical charm, and swimming pool to the ritzier and more expensive Princeville, which is a concrete high rise with formal furnishings. HBR and the Princeville share the same beach. The Princeville is on the beach; the HBR is a short hike or golf cart ride up the hill. HBR's location on the hillside provides beautiful views of Hanalei Bay. Limahuli Garden is wonderful--we even joined. Don't miss Tunnels Beach for snorkeling, Queen's Bath, or the boat ride along the NaPali Cliffs. What a great place to start a marriage!
Old Jan 4th, 2000, 10:26 AM
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I suggest the Makahuena condos. Really nice property - stayed there a few years ago and paid $117 a night for a two bedroom condo. Within walking distance of Poipu Beach where there is great snorkeling. Its located on these rocks where you can watch sea turtles! See picture at http://www.castle-group.com/Makahuena/
Old Jan 4th, 2000, 04:08 PM
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I would(and did) split my time between the Princeville on the north shore(Sheraton property so see if you can get a better rate by phoning directly using their membership) and the Hyatt on the south. This would be perfect!!
Old Jan 4th, 2000, 04:15 PM
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We spent our honeymoon on Kaui in March and loved it. If you would like something very quiet and VERY romantic, stay at Gloria's B&B in Poipu. There are only 3 rooms - each with beautiful beds and baths. All rooms have private balconies. The people were wonderful and breakfast was fantastic. It was our first B&B experience and now we don't want to stay in a hotel again. The only problem is, they book up 6 months in advance.

We met a couple on our honeymoon that also said the Princeville was fantastic.

Make sure that you go to Poipu and eat at the Beach House. Make reservations as soon as you to Kaui and ask for sunset. The best atmosphere and food!! Have a fantastic time.
Old Sep 20th, 2000, 02:37 PM
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Try the Sheraton at Poipu if you want to go to the beach. Unlike the Hyatt, you can actually swim at the Sheraton's nice crescent shaped beach.
Old Sep 21st, 2000, 12:36 PM
D Fox
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We stayed at both the Marriott (near Lihue) and the Outrigger Kauai Beach (just north of the airport). The Marriott was defintely nicer (but then it cost more), although the (big) rooms were a little bland. The huge pool is nice, and it is on one of the best beaches for swimming on the island. The Duke's Canoe Club was a good place to eat. The Outrigger rooms were nice and had a good view over the beach, although at that time of year (May) the sea on that exposed stretch of coast wasn't recommended for swimming, although it was nice walking the deserted log-strewn beach. The food was only so-so and the pool is small compared to the Marriott, but it is very well positioned for touring round the island. I'd agree that Hanalei is the loveliest place to stay (and a nice bay to swim and snorkel in). It is also worth hiring a canoe on the river and bay there.

For restaurants, try Postcards in Hanalei (excellent vegetarian and seafood), Roy's in Poipu (esp. the chocolate soufle) and don't miss A Pacific Cafe in Kapaa.

Also, for a good, fun overview of the island, go on the Movie Tour, and definitely take a helicopter tour to see the Na Pali coast and the mountains.



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