by Sara Wellensiek
The Kauai Beach Resort is in Lihue on the east side of the island, just a few miles from the airport. Thanks to this central location, the resort is a very convenient place to call home during your Kauai travels.
With direct beach access, beautiful tropical themed pools complete with waterfalls, a waterslide, Koi pond, Hawaiian cultural activities and multiple restaurants to choose from right on the property, guests will find no shortage of fun to be had at the resort. Families with young children will appreciate the shallow wading pool, perfect for allowing even babies and toddlers to have pool time.
When you’re ready to go explore the beautiful garden isle, Kauai Beach Resort’s convenient central location makes venturing off property a breeze. Whether you’re looking to head down to Poipu Beach on Kauai’s south shore for a day in the sun or planning a trip up to the scenic end of the road on Kauai’s north shore, you’re only about a 30-minute drive away from each. Plus, for guests who are looking to pick up a few groceries or may have forgotten some necessities, Kauai Beach Resort is just a quick five- to 10-minute drive away from various stores.
Our Editor Loves
- Beautiful tropical themed pools
- Direct beach access
- Great central island location
- Kids' Pool
- Onsite Dining
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Guests at the Kauai Beach Resort can choose from standard rooms (with a variety of room views available) or suites for extra space. Every room on the property has air conditioning, a private lanai, work desk, cable TV, in-room safe, coffeemaker with coffee and tea packets replenished daily, and a mini-fridge. In-room Wi-Fi access is available for an added fee, but is free in the lobby areas. Complimentary DVD players, Playstation 3 games and cribs are available upon request.
All standard rooms at the resort are 320 square feet with either two double beds or one king bed and all the amenities listed above. Guests can choose from mountain/garden view, lagoon view, pool view, ocean view, or ocean front rooms -- all with different price points. These rooms comprise the majority of the resort's available rooms.
A handful of one-bedroom suites (either pool view or ocean view) are available for families who are looking for more space. These rooms are more than double the size of the standard rooms, at 655 square feet. A master bedroom with one king bed and one bathroom is separated with doors from the living area. In the living area, there is a queen sofa bed. In addition to all the amenities of every room on the property, suites also have a sitting area and a wet bar.
The largest and most luxurious option, the Presidential Suite is 1,253 square feet in size and features free Wi-Fi, two lanais, two flat-screen TVs, nightly turndown service, check-in and check-out privileges and room for up to four guests.
My room was fine, but the food at the hotel was not great. The drinks were watered down. You cant swim at the beach due to rough surf and tides. If you dont have a car, then you are stuck eating at the very expensive restaurants on the property, because there is absolutely nothing within walking distance. The pools were dirty
This place is a hidden gem. My husband and I purchased an affordable package deal from a travel company, so affordable that we weren't exactly confident as to what to expect as far as quality was concerned. Dang, were we surprised--we would love to stay here again. The Kauai Beach Resort exceeded our expectations. Our deal included a Deluxe room with a mountain view and king bed (the Deluxe rooms have modern furnishings) and daily (delicious) breakfast buffet. The ladies at the front desk were always friendly, helpful, accommodating, and super quick to respond to various requests by phone. Service in the restaurant was great. We ate dinner on two occasions. The food was good, but it was expensive. The property has three pools, and all were well-maintained and beautiful. No, the beach isn't a good beach for swimming (too dangerous), but dangerous beaches seemed to be the norm around Kauai rather than the exception. The front desk ladies can recommend safer beaches with lifeguards not far from the property. Another thing I liked about the hotel was its location, about seven minutes from the airport. Since it's on the east side of the island, it's a convenient equidistant drive to both the north and south/west shores. There is also a concierge on property to help plan your activities, and a spa to help you recover from them (I recommend the 80-min Lomi Lomi massage; ask to be scheduled with Harley. He will change your life). We fell in love with Kauai and still wish we hadn't left. We're gonna stay here again when we come back!
The Kauai Beach Resort has four pools on the property. The main pool grotto area has exotic tropical landscaping, multiple waterfalls and whirlpool spas. The grotto is home to three of the four pools and both spas. All the pools and one whirlpool spa are for all ages. The other spa is designated as adults only. So, even on busy days at the resort, there is plenty of pool space for everyone to enjoy.
The fourth pool at the resort is one specifically designed for kids! With its sand bottom and lava tube waterslide, this is a favorite area for families. As an added bonus, this pool is sandwiched between the beach and the Driftwood Sand Bar & Grille, so families can enjoy food and drinks and the sounds of the ocean waves all from the comfort of the resort.
Weekly Resort Activities
Guests staying at the resort will get the weekly activity calendar, showing all the activities taking place each week. You'll find Koi fish feeding on the calendar each morning and live music at Shutters Lounge every night. There are also a variety of Hawaiian cultural activities available, such as fresh flower or Ti-leaf lei-making classes, hula lessons, a hula show, and even a sunrise 'Oli (Hawaiian chant) on the ocean lawn. For added fun, candy lei-making classes are also available on some days -- a very popular activity for the kids!
Driftwood Bar & Grille
This poolside restaurant is perfect for grabbing light fare or tropical drinks while you play outside. There are traditional pupus (appetizers) like wings, nachos and onion rings/fries in addition to salads, sandwiches, burgers and wraps. Kids and adults will all be able to find something they like to eat. Lunch is served daily at Driftwood from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with a happy hour from 3 to 5 p.m.
Naupaka Terrace is the largest restaurant onsite with the most diverse menu. Breakfast is served daily from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Guests can enjoy an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet or choose off the a la carte menu of breakfast favorites like omelets, pancakes, French toast, waffles, oatmeal and more.
Dinner is served nightly at Naupaka from 6 to 9 p.m. In addition to a full menu including appetizers, salads, pasta, seafood, steak and more, Naupaka also offers specialty dining options Thursdays through Sundays. This includes options like an all-you-can-eat pasta night and a special seafood buffet. Between the standard menu and kids' menu available, there is a large selection for families here.
This is a great place for families to catch a light dinner. At Shutters Lounge, the atmosphere is a bit more casual than Naupaka Terrace and the food is less expensive. The dinner menu features a variety of seafood appetizers, pizza, burgers, sandwiches, soups and salads. A children's menu is also available. Shutters Lounge is open from 5 to 11 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and until midnight on Friday and Saturday, with happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. and nightly entertainment from 7 to 10 p.m. (11 p.m. on Friday on Saturday).
Given the proximity to the nearby towns of Lihue, Wailua, and Kapaa, there is no shortage of nearby restaurants for guests interested in venturing off property. Whether you're looking for something fast or a nicer sit-down place, you have well over 100 options within a 15-minute drive in either direction on the highway from the resort. For those interested in a luau experience while on the island, the Smith's Garden Luau is less than 3-miles from the Kauai Beach Resort.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
An activities host is available in the Kauai Beach Resort daily, just across the lobby from the front desk. He or she can help you plan a number of activities in the area.
There is an additional resort fee added to the daily rate of the room. This $20 fee covers your self-parking or valet parking, in addition to Wi-Fi access.
The Fitness Center is open 24 hours a day. It has a variety of fitness machines and free weights to use.
Coin-operated laundry facilities are available for guests to use.
Hawaiian Rainforest Spa & Salon
This onsite spa and salon offers a variety of services including massage therapy, facials, body treatments, manicures and pedicures. Use of the spa sauna is complimentary with all services. It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Check-in is at 3 p.m. and check-out is at noon. Contact the front desk to see about requesting and early check-in or late check-out.
The Art of Smart Timing
Kauai's busiest travel months are those when most kids are on school breaks, including the winter holiday season and the summer months. The high season generally runs from December through spring break (early April), when you can expect to pay the highest rates for rooms on the island. During winter holidays, you can expect to pay the highest rates for airfare and rooms. The summer months (mid-June to mid-August) make up the next highest season in terms of rates and number of visitors to the island.
The low season, in which you'll usually find the lowest prices and fewer visitors, is during the fall (September through November) and the late spring (mid-April to mid-June). The bonus for guests traveling during this time is that these months are typically regarded as having the best weather on the island.
For those especially interested in humpback whale watching, be sure to plan your trip between January and early April. During the height of whale season, whales can often be seen from land at various points all over the island.
Visitors to Kauai fly into the Lihue Airport, just 3 miles from the Kauai Beach Resort. The Kauai Beach Resort offers a complimentary shuttle to and from the airport, as well as to nearby golf courses and shops. For visitors wanting to explore the Garden Isle (which is recommended), renting a car is a necessity on the island.
After picking up your rental car from the airport, the hotel is just an easy and very short drive away. Guests wanting to pick up any groceries or forgotten items can stop at the Walmart in Lihue or other shops nearby before heading to the resort.
Conveniently located just 3 miles from the airport and almost exactly equidistant from Kauai's North Shore and South Shore, getting around the island from the Kauai Beach Resort is very easy. Barring any major traffic delays, the overwhelming majority of favorite beaches and must-see destinations are within a 30-minute drive in either direction from the resort.
The resort fee covers onsite self-parking or valet parking.
For Mom and Dad
If you have a babysitter and are able to have an evening out without the kids, you could plan a romantic evening right on the property. Start by booking massages at the Hawaiian Rainforest Spa & Salon, then enjoy a nice dinner at Naupaka Terrace.
If you're looking to head off-property, Oasis on the Beach is a lovely choice in nearby Kapaa. This oceanfront restaurant offers a beautiful dining setting, with 90 percent of its food locally sourced.