The majority of lodging opportunities in Kauai are condos. Spread throughout the east, south, and north shores, you’ll find a condominium option for nearly every price range. However, finding the right unit for you, might take more than a little research.
There is no central booking agency for any one particular condominium complex and décor is all over the map. For the most part, each condo unit is individually owned and operated, which means two condos right next to each other will be entirely different.
Another consideration is that some condo complexes are “resort condos” which means that they are a condo with resort benefits (often this means that the company will charge a resort fee; this will be noted if it is the case), like maid service, wireless, etc.
An easy way to negotiate the condo conundrum is to contact a rental agency, tell them exactly what you are looking for, and then ask to see specific pictures of the units they suggest.
As for condo complexes, I love Hanalei Colony Resort on the north shore for its remote location, Kaha Lani (which is mostly managed by Castle) for the central beachfront address, and to really go big, Poipu’s Whaler’s Cove hangs over the Pacific, and is worth every penny.
For more information on condo specifics, order a copy of my Explorer’s Guide Kauai: A Great Destination.
OK smart travelers, anyone have condo recommendations for folks traveling to Kauai?