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Kauai is probably the most laid back Hawaiian Islands. While there may not be as much “to do” on Kauai there’s no shortage of beaches, hiking, and other outdoor activities that appeal to kids. There also aren’t a ton of beach resorts on Kauai (compared to the other islands) but there are a few truly fabulous beach resorts for families on Kauai.
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I feel like this post needs a disclaimer up front: pretty much anywhere you go in Hawaii is going to be kid friendly. Hawaii is not a stuffy destination. The most posh and expensive hotels on the island (hello, St Regis Princeville) caters to children quite amazingly and unless you’re at the adults only pool (many resorts have them, you’ll always find kids boogie boarding in the waves, bobbing around in the pool, and having dinner with their families. That being said, this list includes resorts that may appeal to children especially due to their pools or kids clubs, and parents due to their locations and convenience factors.
Kauai Marriott Resort: The Kauai Marriott Resort is probably my #1 pick for families visiting Kauai. It’s PACKED with amenities that are perfect for kids. This pace has one of the largest pools in Hawaii and also has a separate kids pool with a waterslide. There is plenty of dining on property and nearby and the resort’s location in Lihue makes it super convenient to the airport but also exploring the north and south sides of the island. Babysitting services are also available. Pricing starts at $300/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your stay.
Grand Hyatt Kauai: This is my other favorite resort for families on Kauai. It’s pretty swanky, but very family friendly (comparable with the Grand Wailea on Maui). Located in sunny Poipu (south side), the only downside to staying at the Grand Hyatt is that the beach it’s situated on (Shipwreck Beach) isn’t very swimmable. However, the resort grounds and pool complex are so amazing that you likely won’t miss the beach. Besides the amazing pools, the resort has a lovely spa, plenty of dining and shopping, cultural activities (lei making, hula lessons, etc.) and a great kids club. Pricing starts at $450/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your stay.
Sheraton Kauai Resort: Located on what I think is the best beach on Kauai (Poipu beach) where finding turtles or Hawaiian monk seals sunning themselves in the sand is a common sight, you can’t go wrong with staying at the Sheraton. The pool is just steps form the sand and there are cabanas available for rent if you want a break from the sun. The resort also has a daily activity schedule with things like lei making, hula and ukulele lessons, island crafts, and watersport demos. Pricing starts at $230/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your stay.
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Courtyard Kauai at Coconut Beach: Located right on the beach on the east side of Kauai, the Courtyard Kauai is a good option for families who need more space to spread out. There are a variety of suites available. The pool area and grounds are beautifully landscaped and maintained and there’s a game room for families to enjoy together. Pricing starts at $230/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your stay.
Kauai Coast Resort at the Beachboy: The Kauai Coast Resort has the perfect location for exploring Kauai. Not only is there a LOT to do on the east side of Kauai, but the central location is convenient for day trips to the north and south sides. The outdoor pool has been recently remodeled and the resort features many one and two bedroom units for families to spread out in. Pricing starts at $250/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your stay.
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