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Kauai Island Hotels

Close your eyes and imagine a tropical paradise. Chances are, what you're picturing looks like Kauai Island. Welcome to the most spectacular and least developed of Hawaii's major islands, where palm-fringed white sand beaches lie at the foot of soaring, verdant mountains. Kauai's natural beauty has made it the go-to location for Hollywood film crews in search of exotic scenery - you might recognize the awe-inspiring landscape from movies such as Raiders of the Lost Ark and Jurassic Park.

Things to see

Poipu Beach is perhaps the most popular stretch of coastline on Kauai, and with good reason. Its crystal-clear waters and gentle currents make it the perfect spot for snorkeling, and there's a supervised shallow wading pool for kids. The beach is as popular with local marine life as it is with visitors – you may well spot rare Hawaiian monk seals and green sea turtles sunning themselves on the shore. If you're looking for bigger waves, join the hordes of surfers at the equally stunning Hanalei Bay. The Princeville Resort plays host to Hawaii's number 1 rated golf course. With jaw-dropping views of the Pacific Ocean and Kauai's verdant mountains, this is one of the most scenic rounds of 18 holes you'll ever play. The island is also home to many gorgeous waterfalls. Opaekaa Falls Overlook offers a fantastic view of one of the island's most popular scenic spots. Alternatively, for a real off-the-beaten-track adventure, you can take a helicopter trip to see the hidden-away Manawaiopuna Falls, made famous by their appearance in Jurassic Park.

Hotels in Kauai Island

Kauai's popularity as a honeymoon destination ensures that there are some truly spectacular places to stay. The island's finest hotels occupy the most beautiful beachfront locations, and offer every conceivable luxury amenity, such as opulent health spas, lagoon-style swimming pools, on-site hair and beauty salons, and top class restaurants serving enticing international cuisine. There are also many hotels in Kauai which cater brilliantly to less extravagant budgets. You'll find mid-range, family-friendly options with commanding ocean views, childcare services, and all manner of on-site sports and activities to keep everyone occupied. There are also a few bargains to be had, particularly if you're willing to stay a short distance from the coast. Even the more basic hotels are likely to offer plenty of home comforts, such as free WiFi, coffee and tea making facilities, and a flat-screen television in your room.

Where to stay

Poipu, on the southernmost tip of the island, is Kauai's tourist hotspot. Here you'll find glorious beaches, the most popular hotels, the driest weather, and spectacular sunsets. It's also home to a much-loved shopping village, which offers free live entertainment in its outdoor courtyard. The north coast towns of Princeville and Hanalei boast exclusive luxury accommodation, and are surrounded by majestic mountains and lush green valleys. If you're looking for a taste of the 'real' Kauai, most residents live in the island capital of Lihue on the east coast. Base yourself here and you'll be well located for the attractions of both the north and south. You'll also find the island's best shopping, and some very reasonably priced accommodation.

How to get to Kauai Island

Lihue Airport receives regular direct flights from west coast US cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego, as well as flights from Hawaii's other major islands. The airport offers car rental, taxi services, and regular shuttle buses to destinations across the island.

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