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Kauai hotels

Hawaii is not a state of mind, but a state of grace.
- Paul Theroux

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The Hanalei Surfboard House

  • North Shore, Cozy, $$$$ $$
  • 5459 Weke Rd.
  • Hanalei, HI, 96714
  • +1-808-651-1039
  • Website

In the sleepy surf town of Hanalei, just minutes away from the picturesque bay, is an equally sleepy guesthouse where rooms are filled with eclectic vintage Americana furnishings. Shop farmers markets and prepare snacks in your kitchenette; the private lanai is a fun space to end the night with friends.

Koa Kea Hotel and Resort

  • South Shore, Timeless, $$$$ $$$
  • 2251 Poipu Rd.
  • Koloa, HI, 96756
  • +1-808-828-8888
  • Website | Email

Just off popular Poipu Beach, Koa Kea manages to be both high-end luxe and surprisingly cozy at the same time. Contemporary accents in the lobby and rooms are a welcome contrast from the usual beachy-chic aesthetics. Dinner at the oceanfront restaurant makes for a delicious end to the day.

The Palmwood

  • North Shore, Cozy, $$$$ $$$
  • 6867 Koolau Rd.
  • Kilauea, HI, 96754
  • +1-808-823-0752
  • Website

Expect Ryokan-style hospitality in a cozy guesthouse located in the rolling Moloa’a Hills. Choose from three rooms, some with a personal lanai (patio) and outdoor showers. Optimal afternoon plan: Make your way to the hammocks and deck chairs dotted around the private five-acre estate.

St. Regis Princeville

  • North Shore, Modern, $$$$ $$$
  • 5520 Ka Haku Rd.
  • Princeville, HI, 96722
  • +1-808-826-9644
  • Website

Five miles from Hanalei Bay and a mile from Queen's Bath are comfortable, luxe rooms with all the amenities expected from a big hotel. Pick from mountain, garden, or ocean views — rooms cascade down a cliff toward the Bay with panoramic views (top-floor rooms) or direct beach access (first floor). There is a great special occasion restaurant, a world-class spa, and a front desk that can arrange just about any activity you can conjure.

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