Booking an all-inclusive stay in Kauai, Hawaii, means making the absolute most of your vacation on The Garden Isle. But a question often asked is, are there any all-inclusive resorts on Kauai?
While the best resorts in Kauai don’t tend to be all-inclusive in the traditional sense, they do offer everything you might expect from such a place. While you can reserve some packages that cover some of the activities or meals, for a lot of them you pay as you go instead of covering it all in advance.
It’s as close as you can get and certainly as near as paradise as you’re ever likely to experience on the planet. Kauai is a wonderful place to visit when you want a vacation to remember, and it’s certainly one we won’t forget anytime soon.
Perhaps more than any other island in the Hawaiian archipelago, this one offers cascading waterfalls, dramatic cliffs and mountain peaks, and exceptional white sandy beaches. If you want an experience the next best thing to all-inclusive resorts in Kauai, try some of these.
Kauai Beach Resort and Spa
A lush site accessed via a driveway lined with tropical palms leads you to Kauai Beach Resort and Spa. It’s idyllically located by a long stretch of picture-perfect beach and is situated between the North and South shores of Kauai. The Lihue airport is only minutes by car from the resort.
Kauai Beach Resort and Spa is a low-rise hotel set among swaying palms, with curving swimming pools, tumbling waterfalls, and manicured green lawns. Soft sands lapped by the azure waters of the Pacific Ocean lie just beyond.
If the oceanfront location isn’t enough, the superlative amenities at the resort should tempt you into staying for as long as possible. There’s a trio of restaurants, several pools, a waterslide, a 24-hour fitness center, a full-service spa, and hot tubs for lingering soaks.
This property offers a range of rooms and suites for up to five guests, so it’s ideal if you’re seeking all-inclusive family resorts in Kauai. The three restaurants include a grill, a plantation-style lounge, and an eatery with a bright and breezy outdoor terrace. It also features a poolside bar.
Royal Sonesta Kaua’i Resort Lihue
Whether you’re on a tight schedule or prefer not to spend too much traveling to and from the airport, the Royal Sonesta Kaua’i Resort in Lihue is perfect. It’s only a couple of miles away, yet it is right on the beachfront.
Royal Sonesta Kaua’i Resort Lihue is a clean, modern, and comfortable property offering every contemporary amenity you could wish for. One of Kauai’s finest stretches of beach, Kalapaki Bay, shows off the island’s natural attractions, and the hotel’s pool area is ocean-facing.
A recent overhaul means that any guests staying here won’t be missing out on anything. Golfers in particular will love the fact that there’s an 18-hole championship golf course within very easy reach.
The Royal Sonesta has four restaurants, including two specializing in American-style fare and one serving international cuisine plus cocktails. The hotel also offers a gym, a hot tub, a swimming pool complex, and a spa and wellness center. If you’re searching for family-friendly resorts in Kauai, this one has rooms that can sleep up to seven people.
You can also find Duke’s Kauai, one of Kauai’s most popular restaurants with Hawaiian cuisine found on the premises.
Koloa Landing Resort
The Koloa Landing Resort bills itself as having Poipu’s biggest villas and the finest pool in the entire United States. This property offers spacious studios and villas set among 25 acres of tropical grounds. The largest has four bedrooms and offers up to 3,600 square feet of space. Every room also has its own traditional-style lanai.
We can certainly attest to the fact that it had one of the best swimming pools we saw on our Hawaii vacation. The picture above doesn’t do it justice as it’s a vast scenic attraction all on its own.
The complex includes the main pool with a walk-through grotto, poolside cabanas, and water slides. There’s also a sizable family lagoon, plus a waterfall pool for adults only. The resort is also close to the Koloa Zipline, which is one of the best ziplines in Kauai.
Koloa Landing’s other facilities include a 24-hour gym, a volleyball court, a soccer field, a day spa, and the poolside Holoholo Grill. The latter is the brainchild of celebrity chef Sam Choy and serves both Hawaiian and American specialties. There is also a cute waterfall pool near its pool area.
We’ve talked to quite a few people who all told us that its waters are some of the best spots for snorkeling and scuba diving, which is why many tours take place here.
1 Hotel Hanalei Bay
Kauai’s beautiful north shore that’s home to the Na Pali Coast is also home to 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay. It’s an exclusive resort that’s been designed to nurture the wellness of each and every guest. This holistic approach is set against a stunning oceanfront backdrop to create the ultimate restorative experience.
At 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay the natural and breathtakingly beautiful environment is very much part of the picture. An abundance of native plants means the resort blends seamlessly into the surrounding landscape. Fitness, outdoor and cultural experiences are all part of the experience, and the resort keeps a keen eye on sustainability too.
For many this is the best resort in Kauai, and the facilities really are second-to-none. There’s a spa and wellness center, a fully equipped gym, and even a swim-up bar at the pool. Seafood, Hawaiian and Mediterranean eateries provide several dining options, and Puu Poa Beach is just a short distance from the property. Since the hotel is an hour away from Lihue, we recommend you book a rental car from the Kauai airport. This will also make it easier to explore other parts of Kauai like Poipu down south or Waimea Canyon.
1 Hotel Hanalei Bay is ideal for couples or small families, and all rooms offer mountain or ocean views. If you want to get involved with exciting activities, the helpful concierge team can help book activities such as helicopter tours, horseback riding, sailing, and scuba diving on your behalf.
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa
The sugary white sands of Poipu Beach on the South Shore provide an unparalleled setting for the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa. This is no ordinary bay, recognized as one of the top beaches in the US by organizations like the Travel Channel.
Serpentine swirls of pool, a free-form lagoon, palm trees, tropical plants, and a swathe of low rise structures all face the beach here. As for Poipu Beach, it comprises golden sands and clear turquoise seas ideal for swimming, boogie boarding, and surfing. We were a 5-minute walk from it and loved the amazing waves in the area that make it a hot spot for boogie boarding.
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa also has some superb amenities. The eco-conscious property offers a private balcony with every room, and selected rooms and suites have partial or full sea views.
This Kauai beach hotel has some world-class facilities at guests’ disposal. These include a different restaurant every night of the week, the Anara Spa and Salon, an 18-hole championship golf course, a water sports center, and several tennis courts.
The impressive pool complex also includes an adults-only area and waterslides and is open 24/7.
Marriott’s Kaua’i Beach Club
Marriott’s Kaua’i Beach Club in Lihue can be found right by Kalapaki Beach. Like all the top resorts in Kauai, it’s right on the oceanfront. The Kauai Beach Club is also only a mile from the airport, so you can be relaxing on the beach very soon after arriving on the island or before leaving.
Every amenity you might expect from an all-inclusive resort in Kauai can be found at Marriott’s Kaua’i Beach Club. The accommodation is clustered around a central pool area, from which you can see and hear the ocean clearly. Many rooms offer garden, sea, or oceanfront views, and you can book one or two-bedroom villas as well.
There are a range of restaurants offering American, Italian, Japanese, and international specialties, plus seafood. There’s also a gym, plus a number of swimming pools and hot tubs. The spa offers facials, body treatments, and more, and you can even book a massage at a private beach cabana.
With a range of fresh rooms and villas paired with superb facilities and Kalapaki Beach next door, Marriott’s Kaua’i Beach Club in Lihue is ideal for a very special Hawaiian vacation. Take a day trip over to Waimea Canyon only an hour away to explore the famous Canyon Trail to Waipo’o Falls.
Ko’a Kea Resort
The Ko’a Kea Resort is also located in the popular area of Poipu. This lovely South Shore hotel offers boutique style accommodations in low rise buildings with thatched roofs. Both the rooms and the pool area face the Pacific.
Though there are rocks rather than a stretch of sand directly in front of the property, you can easily reach the golden sand with a short walk. The entire resort is very much designed to reflect the natural Hawaiian environment, from the roofs of the buildings to the curvaceous pool at the center.
Ko’a Kea Resort offers a selection of rooms and suites, some of which have full or partial ocean views. Most are perfect for couples, though a few can accommodate a family, and selected rooms also come with your own private terrace or balcony.
Travelers can also sign up for a morning yoga class where the ocean waves in front just add to the peaceful environment. You can also go on the Maha’ulepu Heritage Trail in Poipu which takes you from Shipwreck Beach to Maha’ulepu Beach.
Guests at Ko’a Kea have 24-hour room service, and there’s also the Red Salt Restaurant offering fresh Hawaiian seafood. We can’t stop emphasizing the importance of its proximity to Poipu Beach. It’s such a beautiful place to spend the days relaxing on the sand or playing in the water.
Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas
The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas are dramatically found along the north shore. Backed by cliffs, the resort lies close to Anini Beach and offers panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.
Dotted across the resort, you can find glimmering oceanview pools and breezy open-air cabanas. Every studio or villa here comes complete with its own secluded, furnished lanai. It’s ideally set up for enjoying the tropical Hawaiian weather and glorious scenery.
If you want to get out and about without taking a car, the shuttle service they provide can transport you to the shops and golf courses of Princeville. Although, you should still rent a car when visiting Kauai. A car made it so easy for us to see all of the different Kauai attractions on our vacation.
For dining on-site, pick up baked and deli goods or groceries at the Princeville Market. Enjoy the relaxed surroundings of the Nanea Restaurant, which offers three meals per day. The Westin has a more personal feel than the other larger resorts, and the staff is always happy to help.