Tourists who’ve travelled to the Garden Isle of Kauai can attest that this Hawaiian island has one of the most alluring natural sceneries to offer.
Two of the most frequently asked question we often hear is where should I say, and what should I rent when vacationing in Kauai?
Across the island in popular communities as Aliomanu, Anini, Haena, Hanalei, Kapaa, Kilauea, Poipu, Princeville and Waimea tourists will find many popular attractions only heard of through stories from friends and families, or only seen in magazines or in block buster movies as Jurassic Park, The Descendants,Pirates of the Caribbean, Avatar, Raiders of the Lost Ark and many more.
So its not surprising to hear why it can be challenging to decide on where to stay in Kauai, and then the lead up….what should I rent?
Finding the right place to stay does depend on a number of factors; size of your group, close proximity to key attractions, budget, amenities and more.
Whether its Wailua falls, Tunnels beach, Kauai’s pristine beaches and surfing, or the breathtaking views of the mountains and beaches best viewed thru Kauai helicopter tours, however you plan to spend your time on the island, this post I hope will help you plan your vacation to Kauai and find the perfect place to stay during your trip (and if you’re still undecided, just reach out to ask a local 😉 )
In Kauai, the most popular vacation rentals are near the coastline or in the heart of its tropical rainforest. With the promise of being surrounded by nature, your experience of how your dream vacation in Kauai pans out depends on your choice of a vacation rental.
So let’s get started and cover the different types of vacation rentals you can choose from.
Luxury Villa Rentals in Kauai
If your ideal holiday is full of lazy days around the pool or at the beach, surrounded by your friends and family, you might consider choosing a luxury villa as your vacation rental.
Kauai has an abundance of vacation rentals too choose from; among the popular beachfront villas that have a mountain or ocean views, with plenty of options for activities such as surfing, restaurants, entertainment, and shops within walking distance.
Most luxury villa rentals in Kauai will have an equal number of bedrooms and bathrooms to ensure all your guests have their private area inside the rental estate.
The rooms are elegantly furnished and have a fully stocked kitchen with top-of-the-line modern amenities necessary to prepare an intimate gourmet meal with your friends or family.
The included washer and dryer will be bonuses allowing you to travel lighter than if you were staying in a hotel. You can also choose a pet-friendly villa.
A villa vacation rental ensures your ultimate privacy and luxury as well as the freedom to change your itinerary as you desire.
If you’re looking for similar benefits as renting a villa, you might consider a Hawaiian rental home or beach house. Kauai house rentals come with well-furnished rooms and plenty of bathrooms to comfortably accommodate families and large groups.
Additional benefits include bringing your pets along on vacation and having a readily available parking space for your vehicle should you rent a car.
The house will be the perfect accommodation for a family as it will allow you to enjoy your vacation with all the comforts of a home away from home. And should you splurge a little, consider a Kauai beach house on one of the many beaches found on the North shore in Haena, Wainiha, Princeville, Anini or Kilauea.
Kauai beach houses and rental homes offer an immerse experience to take in local culture away from the typical tourist spots and maximize your adventure of exploring Kauai.
Rent a Vacation Condo
A Kauai vacation condo is among the most popular vacation rental due to its cost-effectiveness and adaptability to accommodate a small group of tourists or couples seeking a more intimate experience. A condo generally has 1-2 rooms to accommodate its occupants.
Unlike trying to rent a condo thru AirBnB or VRBO, we’ve helped countless travellers to find the perfect place to stay by having an intimate knowledge of the rental and prior renters, but also the location amenities and things to do that match the Hawaiian experience sought after.
They are usually located in urban areas, ensuring that all you need on the trip is a few streets away.
For example, the large selection of Princeville condo rentals offers unique vacation experiences in one of the islands most celebrated communicates.
Princeville has over 2 miles of paths to walk, run, skate or cycle along from Prince Albert Park to the end of Ka Haku Road. Should you choose to stay at one of Princeville’s hotels as 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay (the Princeville Resort Kauai and St. Regis Princeville), while it’s a world-class wellness resort, renting a condo in Princeville nearby will offer other benefits that suite traveller’s preferences as greater privacy and typically lessor cost for those on a vacation budget.
Condos also come with a small kitchen that saves you money unnecessarily dining out or even cooking food as per your diet.
If you enjoy people-watching or just taking in the view, a condo might be the vacation rental of your choice.
Kauai Rental Cottages
Kauai cottage rentals (aka small vacation homes) are available all across Kauai starting from very affordable rates per night, depending on location and amenities.
Cottage rentals provide an aesthetically pleasing place to stay to match the equally eye-catching outdoors, and great for accommodating a large family or a group of 8-10 people.
Cottage rentals in Kauai usually have 2-3 bedrooms and bathrooms, and while a cottage may come with a kitchen, it might not be as fully stocked as a kitchen in a villa, house, or condo. Be sure to ask for the amenities available so that you take what is needed.
Tourists who prefer renting a cottage are typically those seeking a more serene location with little to no noise. These vacation rentals are best suited for those who genuinely want an escape into nature away from urban foot traffic.
First time travellers to Kauai might find a resort as the preferred choice if looking for a leisurely vacation with little to no planning. And some of the best areas to stay in Kauai for first-timers are the neighborhoods of Poipu, Waimea, Hanalei, Princeville, Kilauea, Wailua, and Kapaa.
Vacation stays at a resort can be cost-effective in how little effort goes into the experience you get from choosing to stay at one. A resort can easily arrange activities that are sometimes included in an all-inclusive vacation package. These activities include helicopter tours on the island, smaller guided tours, bike rides around the island, group activities for the children, etc.
They may be able to offer you discounted or complimentary transportation options to explore the island privately or in a group. This service will be beneficial in your commute to and from the airport.
Kauai has a variety of excellent vacation rental options for you and your group or family; from beach houses to cottages near Wailua falls to luxury homes with incredible mountain and sunset views.
Whichever accommodation type you decide to rent for your vacation to Kauai, don’t hesitate to first reach out and ask us your questions.
Allure Kauai is here to help you make the perfect choice for your next trip and make the most memorable experiences that keep you coming back.