You’ve picked Kauai as your honeymoon destination and it’s a great choice. But now you need to find a resort that will make your honeymoon experience the best it can possibly be. While Kauai has some great stays, not all of them are going to be ideal for honeymooners. 

After scouring the island, these are seven of the best honeymoon resorts on Kauai:

  • Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort
  • Koloa Landing Resort
  • Grand Hyatt
  • Kauai Marriott Resort
  • Hanalei Colony Resort
  • Westin Princeville Beach Villas
  • 1 Hanalei Bay (coming late 2021)

 

The Seven Best Honeymoon Resorts

Your honeymoon is a special trip, and the resort you choose should reflect that. To pick the best honeymoon resorts, we considered amenities (like spa, pools, and restaurants), location, and overall review satisfaction.

It’s important to note that Hawaii is very family-friendly in general. If you want to minimize the number of kids you’re sharing a pool with, consider not going to Hawaii during school breaks (especially the summer) and looking for a resort that offers a separate adult pool. We’ve specifically called out separate adult pools in our review summary.  

In no particular order, these are the seven best honeymoon resorts on Kauai. 

Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort

Located on the sunny south shore on Poipu beach, this luxurious resort is ideally located for everything: days relaxing on the beach, in the resort, or exploring the island. This hotel was included in Travel & Leisure 2019 Most Romantic Hotel collection. 

This is a smaller, boutique hotel, which prides itself on great service, great food, and an ideal location. All things that are incredibly important on a honeymoon. 

At your fingertips, you’ll have a highly rated restaurant, an on-site spa, fitness center, pool, whirlpool, and pool bar. 

Best Kauai Honeymoon Resorts on South Shore Kauai Poipu Beach

The best beach on Kauai is arguably Poipu Beach on Kauai’s South Shore.

 

Koloa Landing Resort

Also located in Poipu is the Koloa Landing Resort. Here you can choose a room-size from a studio or a one to a three-bedroom luxury villa. 

Their pool is one of the largest single pools on Kauai and features waterslides, and infinity edge, waterfalls, and multiple jacuzzis. While the pool may get crowded, you can get some privacy by renting one of the poolside cabanas. There is also a separate adults-only pool, the tranquility pool. What’s unique about these pool areas is that unlike many other resorts, there are BBQs available for grilling. So if you don’t feel like eating out, you can grill your dinner while you sit poolside.

The hotel also offers a spa, restaurant, fitness center, and putting green. And because each room comes with a kitchen area, you can order ahead and have your fridge stocked with your favorites. No need to head to the grocery store on your honeymoon!

A slight drawback is that the beach directly in front of the hotel is rocky and not ideal for laying out. But a short walk and you’ll be on another beautiful south shore beach. 

Grand Hyatt

Is a resort pool experience high on your honeymoon wish list? This is the hotel for you. The pools here are sprawling and multi-level. There’s a lagoon, a lazy river, waterfalls, 150-foot waterslide, caves, and a separate adults-only pool. Umbrellas are available or you can rent a cabana for a little more privacy. Plus, there are two pool bars and a surf shack restaurant located directly next to the pool, so there’s no real reason to leave.

If you want to venture out, the hotel is located on Shipwreck beach. This is a beautiful beach, though it can be a little rough for swimming (hence the name). Take a hike from the beach up the Maha’ulepu Heritage Trail for some beautiful coastal views. 

This is a large hotel, with 604 guest rooms. But you have amenities to match the scale. A golf course, multiple restaurants, fitness center, and a spa. 

Shipwreck Beach Kauai South Shore Honeymoon Destination

Shipwreck Beach on Kauai’s South Shore honeymoon destination.

 

Kauai Marriott Resort

Located on the Coconut Coast (east side), the Marriott is a beautiful resort and offers a good value. Thought this resort may be less expensive than some of the others on the list, they don’t skip any of the important details to make your honeymoon great. 

The resort is located on Kalapaki Beach and has a huge pool, five restaurants, a spa, and is centrally located to many activities. 

Where to Stay Kauai Honeymoon East Shore Resorts

Jordan and I enjoying a cruise on the Coconut Coast (Kauai’s East Side).

 

Hanalei Colony Resort

Ok, this is going to be a little bit different from a resort recommendation. Staying here, you’ll be away from the hustle and bustle that you’ll find on the other areas of the island. This resort is actually past Hanalei Bay and offers condo-style units that come complete with a kitchen and separate bedroom area. Rooms offer beautiful views and the surrounding area is stunning. 

The only thing they don’t come with? TV. The idea here is to relax and unplug, so you will find some typical amenities missing. But you probably won’t miss them because you have Tunnels beach nearby, one of the best spots for snorkeling on the island. 

A note about staying on the north shore though, you’ll want to skip this area if you’re honeymooning during the winter, late fall, or early spring. The area gets a lot of rain and the beaches aren’t generally safe for swimming during that time period. 

Kauai Honeymoon Resort is Hanalei Colony Resort

 

Westin Princeville Beach Villas

Skip the hotel room and get a one-bedroom villa at this Princeville resort. You’ll have a full kitchen, access to BBQs, and spectacular ocean views. Enjoy multiple pools, jacuzzis, a waterslide, and a fitness center. They offer a free shuttle to the Princeville marketplace and beaches, so you won’t have to drive if you’re staying within Princeville. 

Plus, you’re right near our favorite quiet beach, Hideaways. 

Again, staying on the north shore is challenging outside of the summer months, as you may be met with more rain and bigger waves. 

Kauai Honeymoon Resort Hanalei Bay Resort

 

1 Hanalei Bay

You may be an all-star planner who is planning your honeymoon well in advance. If that’s you, you might want to have a look at 1 Hanalei Bay, opening in late 2021. The hotel previously was the Princeville Resort (and also the St. Regis Princeville), which was one of the most luxurious resorts on the island. It’s now undergoing a multi-million dollar, 18-month renovation and is turning into a premier wellness resort. 

It is a little presumptuous of us to include an unopened hotel on the list of best honeymoon resorts on Kauai. But based on the previous hotel reviews as well as the other hotels in the 1 Hotel collection, we would be surprised if this didn’t become the spot for a luxurious honeymoon on Kauai. 

hideaways Beach Honeymoon Where to Stay Kauai

Hideaways Beach is a hidden beach in Princeville. Ask your Honeymoon resort’s concierge for directions. (We have a YouTube video showing you too!)

 

Related read: 

Where to Stay on Kauai (it’s complicated)

Kauai Honeymoon Itinerary

 

Erica Gellerman

Erica Gellerman

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I'm the co-founder, with my husband Jordan, of The Hawaii Vacation Guide. We live on Maui with our toddler Henry and our sweet but quirky dog Hattie. You will most likely find me on the water on a SUP or swimming in the waves.

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