Kauai is the fourth largest and most northerly island in Hawaii and it’s often referred to as the ‘Garden Island.’ And for good reason. The island features lush valleys, towering mountain peaks, and plenty of natural beauty.

Whether you’d prefer to spend your days lazing on a sandy beach or hiking through emerald forests, seeking out hidden waterfalls, playing a round of golf, adventuring with watersports and even zip-lining, there is much to do and enjoy.

And if you thought the activities were varied, well, so is the range of accommodation available. You can choose from quaint B&Bs, glittering resorts, luxury hotels, and even beach bungalows.

That’s why we’ve created a list of the best villas in Kauai to help you find one that meets all your requirements. From family-friendly retreats to romantic hideaways for two, we’ve catered for all types of traveller.

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Kauai Beach Villa in Lihue

An exceptional hidden gem located in Lihue, the corner unit of Kauai Beach Villas is a comfortable vacation retreat with access to resort amenities including pools, hot tubs, and a pristine stretch of beach.

Places to visit:
  • Kalapaki Beach
  • Wailua Falls
  • Nukoli’I Beach Park

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Staying in a Villa in Kauai

Kalapaki Beach Kauai

There is a wide range of unique accommodations in Kauai to choose from, but a stay in a villa will give you more privacy and independence.

If you’d prefer to stay in and cook your own meal, you can. If you wish to skip breakfast and sleep in a bit, you can do that too. If you simply want to enjoy a lazy day around the pool, soaking up the sun, heck yeah you can! 

You’ll have everything you need for a comfortable vacation along with all the time and space to do it your way.  

What to Look For in a Villa

When choosing from the best villas in Kauai, you’ll notice that most villas offer similar features. A quick search on Airbnb will quickly show you the standard elements of a Hawaiian villa. 

An outdoor area and a place to enjoy the views and sunsets are essential. From a sprawling patio, garden, or a more compact lanai, most villas will offer somewhere to enjoy the outdoors. Added extras, like a swimming pool or hot tub, can also take your relaxation to new levels. 

A few of the luxury villas in Kauai will provide additional extras that can be added to your stay, including housekeeping, private chefs, concierge services, and family necessities such as high chairs and cribs. 

Overall Best Value Villa in Kauai
Kauai Beach Villa in Lihue
Overall Best Value Villa in Kauai

Kauai Beach Villa in Lihue

  • > $
  • > 2 Guests
  • > Easy beach access
  • > Hidden gem in top location
Best Budget Villa in Kauai
Hanalei Bay Villa Cottage Kauai
Best Budget Villa in Kauai

Hanalei Bay Villa Cottage

  • > $
  • > 2 Guests
  • > Patio with porch swing
  • > Contemporary coastal design
Best Villa for Couples
Hale Lani Cottage Kauai
Best Villa for Couples

Hale Lani Cottage

  • > $$
  • > 2 Guests
  • > Lanai with panoramic views
  • > Overlooking Secrets Beach
Best Villa for a Group of Friends
Surf Song Kauai
Best Villa for a Group of Friends

Surf Song

  • > $$
  • > 10 Guests
  • > Four bedrooms with private lanais
  • > Casual elegance
Best Villa for Families Visiting Kauai
Poipu Vista Villa Kauai
Best Villa for Families Visiting Kauai

Poipu Vista Villa

  • > $
  • > 12 Guests
  • > Indoor/outdoor living
  • > Custom-designed home
The Absolute Cheapest Villa in Kauai
Garden View Parlor Kauai
The Absolute Cheapest Villa in Kauai

Garden View Parlor

  • > $
  • > 2 Guests
  • > Access to hotel amenities
  • > Affordable Kauai vacation
Amazing Luxury Villa in Kauai
Dali Hale Estate Kauai
Amazing Luxury Villa in Kauai

Dali Hale Estate

  • > $$$
  • > 12 Guests
  • > Pool terrace and gazebo
  • > Contemporary Hawaiian villa

Looking for other types of accommodation? Check out our guide to Where to Stay in Kauai!

Top 15 Villas in Kauai

In this list, you’ll find some of the best villas in Kauai to help you decide what kind of experience you’d like to have the most. And maybe, you might just find what you’re looking for. 

Overall Best Value Villa in Kauai – Kauai Beach Villa in Lihue

Kauai Beach Villa in Lihue
  • $
  • 2 Guests
  • Easy beach access
  • Hidden gem in top location

Located within a top resort in Lihue, this gorgeous villa overlooks three miles of beaches that are perfect for long walks. The villa is nicely located within easy driving distance of other exceptional beaches on the island, making this villa a convenient spot for a Kauai escape. 

From its location in the resort, this villa has easy access to the beach, pools, and hot tubs. It comes with a fully-equipped kitchen and a private lanai on the ground floor to bring the outside, inside. 

All of the island’s top attractions are within easy reach of the villa, from pristine beaches, hiking trails, golf courses, restaurants, and shops.    

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Best Budget Villa in Kauai – Hanalei Bay Villa Cottage

Hanalei Bay Villa Cottage Kauai
  • $
  • 2 Guests
  • Patio with porch swing
  • Contemporary coastal design

Hanalei Bay Villa Cottage is a standalone property located close to Princeville and Hanalei. Hideaway Beach is a steep 10-minute walk away, and the village of Hanalei is a short drive away. 

This two-bedroom villa in Kauai features a contemporary coastal design and lush tropical landscaping. There’s a well-equipped kitchen, a lanai with a dining table, and a patio downstairs with a porch swing. 

Hit the nearby beaches with the complimentary beach gear, including deck chairs and boogie boards. You can take a scenic hike to Kilauea Lighthouse or spend a lazy day on the lanai followed by a barbeque. 

Best Villa for Couples – Hale Lani Cottage

Hale Lani Cottage Kauai
  • $$
  • 2 Guests
  • Lanai with panoramic views
  • Overlooking Secrets Beach

Located on the oceanfront above Secrets Beach, Kilauea, this cute cottage is situated on an exclusive road where celebs are known to vacation. Hale Lani Cottage is perfect for couples looking for an indulgent getaway as they can cuddly up in the lanai that is conveniently positioned for romantic sunsets. 

Tucked among lush tropical gardens, the villa features an elegant design and state-of-the-art appliances. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors invite exceptional ocean and garden views into the sitting and dining rooms. 

Visit the village of Hanalei by taking a short drive away or go golfing in Princeville. Eateries, shops, and bars are all within easy reach of the villa. You can also take a scenic drive to Ke’e Beach and Na Pali Coast for some exceptional hiking, which is one of our favourite places to visit in Hawaii

Best Villa for a Group of Friends – Surf Song

Surf Song Kauai
  • $$
  • 10 Guests
  • Four bedrooms with private lanais
  • Casual elegance 

Surf Song is located in the town of Princeville on a bluff overlooking the ocean. Just a 10-minute walk from a secluded beach and within easy reach of Princeville’s restaurants and entertainment, this villa is the perfect retreat. 

The villa is a modern and elegant getaway, with a fully-equipped kitchen and four spacious bedrooms. The two master bedrooms are ocean-facing, and all bedrooms have a private lanai. There are top-of-the-line furnishings and appliances to add that extra comfort. 

At Surf Song, you can grab one of the bicycles and take a scenic ride along the coast to enjoy all that Princeville has to offer. Many of the island’s top attractions and sights are within easy reach of this unique accommodation in Kauai. A full concierge service is also available.

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Best Villa for Families Visiting Kauai – Poipu Vista Villa 

Poipu Vista Villa Kauai
  • $
  • 12 Guests
  • Indoor/outdoor living
  • Custom-designed home

Set among landscaped tropical gardens, Poipu Vista Villa is a short walk to Shipwreck Beach and Poipu Beach Park, which in our opinion is one of the best beaches in Hawaii

Designed to bring the outdoors inside, the villa is an ideal place for families to relax. From the lava rock sunken spa to the spacious interiors, this is a tranquil place for a family vacation in Kauai. With 5 bedrooms on two levels, the villa is ideal for families travelling together.

A beautiful backyard, lots of space, and handy family extras like children’s toys, a crib, and high chair, all come together to create a haven for families to enjoy. 

The Absolute Cheapest Villa in Kauai – Garden View Parlor 

Garden View Parlor Kauai
  • $
  • 2 Guests
  • Access to hotel amenities
  • Affordable Kauai vacation

Located within the beautiful Marriott Vacation Club in Lihue, the Garden View Parlor offers a basic yet comfortable retreat for an affordable stay in Kauai. 

The villa is equipped with a queen-size Murphy bed that folds away easily so you have more space to relax during the day. A small kitchenette with a mini-fridge and microwave is ideal for making basic meals. 

Guests have access to all the hotel amenities, including hot tubs, pools, and access to a secluded beach area. This retreat is perfect for anyone seeking a great value stay. 

Amazing Luxury Villa in Kauai – Dali Hale Estate

Dali Hale Estate Kauai
  • $$$
  • 12 Guests
  • Pool terrace and gazebo
  • Contemporary Hawaiian villa

Dali Hale Estate is located on a sprawling plantation on the verdant bluffs overlooking the North Coast. The villa offers exceptional views across the bay to the iconic Kilauea Lighthouse. 

Featuring a modern take on Pacific and Balinese themes, the villa interiors are peaceful and well-appointed. Multiple lounge areas make for the perfect place to enjoy tranquil moments alone, while the pool terrace and gazebo are great for coming together with friends. Seven spacious bedrooms sleep up to twelve guests in comfort and style. 

At Dali Hale Estate you can relax on the covered lanai on a daybed, kick back in the hot tub, or head out to explore this scenic coastline, pristine nature, and sandy shores. 

Best Villa for Solo Travellers – Private Parlor Suite

Private Parlor Suite Kauai
  • $
  • 2 Guests
  • All resort facilities
  • Compact and comfortable

Enjoy the best of Kauai from the compact and comfortable Private Parlor Suite at the Marriott Vacation Club in Lihue. 

The Parlor offers a very simple retreat ideal for a solo traveller. With a queen-size Murphy bed that folds away when not in use to offer more space, the suite is great for those wanting a comfortable base while they explore the island. 

Guests have access to all the resort amenities, including hot tubs, a swimming pool, and a picturesque long boardwalk on the beach. Various hiking trails are within easy reach of the resort.  

Best Villa for a Weekend in Kauai – Maliula 3-Bedroom Residence

Maliula Three Bedroom Superior Residence Kauai
  • $$
  • 8 Guests
  • Exceptional resort facilities
  • Ocean and mountain views

Maliula Residence is located within the Timbers Kauai Resort. The words Maliula means ‘enveloping in aloha’. The resort lies within easy reach of exceptional beaches, including Ninini, Kalapaki, and Niumalu.

The three-bedroom villa offers sophisticated decor and luxury amenities. A private lanai with a barbeque as well as living and dining areas is ideal for daytime and evening relaxation. 

Guests of the villa have access to the shared resort hot tub and pool, and a variety of optional experiences including golf, sailing classes, and wine tastings, all at an additional cost.

Villa with an Epic Location – Whale Hale

Whale Hale Kauai
  • $$
  • 8 Guests
  • Three decks to enjoy 
  • Ocean views on three sides

Whale Hale is a gorgeous five-bedroom home perched on the bluff overlooking Queens Bath in Princeville. The villa spoils you with views of the ocean on three sides. From the three outdoor decks, you can gaze upon golf courses and mountain views in the distance. 

As the perfect property for large families or groups, this spacious home has a full-service kitchen, a lanai overlooking the ocean, a pool table, and a ping pong table. There are plenty of seating areas both indoors and outdoors – ideal for grabbing a quiet moment or socializing. 

From the pool in the backyard to the nearby beaches, there are plenty of places to get outside and enjoy some sun. Golf courses, shopping, and dining venues are all within easy access of the villa.

Best Villa for Views – Royal Beachfront at Waipuli Beach Resort

Royal Beachfront at Waipuli Beach Resort Kauai
  • $
  • 4 Guests
  • Lanai steps from the beach
  • Luxurious family-friendly resort

The Royal Beachfront villa at Waipuli Beach Resort offers the ideal location just steps away from the sandy beach. The oceanfront property offers magical views from almost every window in the villa. 

The two-bedroom villa is well-equipped with top-of-the-line furnishings and appliances, and a fully-equipped kitchen where guests can cook for themselves if they so choose. A sleeper sofa in the living area can sleep a further two guests.

The resort offers all amenities you’d expect, as well as a heated salt-water lazy river pool with three waterfalls, water slides, Jacuzzi spas, a children’s pool, and dining options. 

Another Great Villa for Views – Kauai View Villa 

Kauai View Villa
  • $
  • 4 Guests
  • Lanai steps from the beach
  • Luxurious family-friendly resort

Located in the town of Princeville on Kauai’s scenic north coast, Kauai View Villa offers exquisite views of the ocean and mountains. The villa is located across the street from excellent surf as well as being within easy reach of other top beaches and beach paths. 

Ideal for couples, families, and honeymooners, the villa is well-equipped with everything needed for a comfortable stay. In addition to the cosy living room, fully-equipped kitchen, and two bedrooms, the villa has a private lanai where you can enjoy the sunset. 

Nearby Princeville has plenty of shopping, sporting, and dining options to be enjoyed, and is a short walk from this unique accommodation in Kauai. 

Best Villa for Long-Term Travellers – Oceanfront Beach House

Oceanfront Beach House Kauai
  • $
  • 6 Guests
  • 200-degree views from the lanai
  • Beachfront Hawaiian-style home

Oceanfront Beach House is located just steps from the beach on a small peninsula and offers a secluded piece of paradise with tide pools and a private beach. Anahola Bay and the Anahola River are nearby, providing plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy. 

Enjoy 200-degree views from the lanai, as well as ocean breezes and outdoor dining. There are two spacious bedrooms, a well-equipped kitchen, and a comfortable lounge area for guests to enjoy. 

Surfing, fishing, and paddleboarding are popular here. Explore the reef, the bay, or paddle up the river to Kong Mountain. Long beach walks and sunrise swims are highly recommended. 

Best Villa for Honeymooners – Maliula 2-Bedroom Residence

Maliula Two Bedroom Premier Residence Kauai
  • $$
  • 4 Guests
  • Furnished lanai with views
  • Breathtaking tropical surroundings

Maliula Two Bedroom Residence lies within the Timbers Kauai Resort, amid lush hillsides and offering Pacific views. Within easy reach of top beaches, world-class golf, and several restaurants and bars, the villa is ideally situated. 

The two-bedroom unit features thoughtful design details to add to the comfort of your stay. A fully-equipped kitchen, easy access to living areas and the lanai, and barbeque facilities ensure that you have everything you need for a relaxing stay. 

Guests of the villa also have access to the resort swimming pool and hot tub. Additional activities are available at an extra cost, including golf, fitness classes, sailing, and even food and wine tastings. 

Most Beautiful Villa in Kauai – Hale Kailani

Hale Kailani Kauai
  • $$
  • 16 Guests
  • Pool with waterfalls
  • Idyllic ambience and luxury

Set within Poipu Estates on Kauai’s south coast, Hale Kailani is just a 10-minute walk from the nearest sandy beach. Various exciting attractions are a short drive away, including ziplining, botanical gardens, and golf. 

The name of the villa translates to ‘heavenly waters,’ which is exactly what the heated swimming pool, tumbling waterfalls, and a well-appointed outdoor living area provide. Traditional Hawaiian architecture and an open concept living space provide plenty of space to come together and socialize.

With four bedrooms in the main house and a further two in a separate cottage, this rental is perfect for large groups or families. 

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Final thoughts on Kauai villas

Kauai, the Garden Island, is a tropical haven that offers many exciting experiences from thrilling watersports, hiking, golf, and of course, exceptional beaches.

If this laid-back island sounds like your place, then making a stay in one of the best villas in Kauai will provide you with the freedom to relax and let your hair down in total luxury and privacy. And really, you can’t say no to that? Can you?


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