Best Pools on Kauaʻi
It’s a hot, humid day on Kauaʻi, and the bright orange sun shines something fiery and fierce: a real scorcher. As we near the end of summer, the sun comes out in all its glory, beaming down with high heat and intensity, a steamy end-of-the-show encore of epic proportions. As temperatures steadily rise throughout the day, pushing near 90 degrees, the only thing getting you through the thick air (besides air conditioning) is the promise of cooling down in refreshing, good old-fashioned H2O.
While a crisp, cold shower and the always-invigorating dip in the ocean are obvious choices at the end of a blazing, tropical day in paradise, let us not forget the many remarkable pools we are blessed with here on Kauaʻi. With beautiful resorts, hotels, and condos island-wide, many of which sit oceanside on the shimmery blue Pacific waters, it’s no wonder that a summer day spent cooling off in one of Kauaʻi’s gorgeous pools is a day well spent and often fondly remembered for many years to come.
Whether you are visiting the island, looking for a quick staycation, or purchasing a pool day pass (many resorts offer these), here are some must-experience pools that will knock your socks off, cool your jets, and reinvigorate your day! But don’t take our word for it; we recommend you check these stunning pools out yourself!
- Grand Hyatt Kauaʻi Resort & Spa: With Keoneloa Bay and Shipwreck Beach steps away, this is an all-time favorite staycation spot for locals and visitors worldwide. Located at 1571 Poipu Road in Kolōa, the Grand Hyatt takes all things to the next level, offering three huge multi-level pools (including an adult-only pool and an activity pool with basketball and volleyball nets), a 1.5-acre saltwater lagoon, lazy river with waterfalls and waterslide, and three hot tubs (one sits in the middle of one of the pools), equaling pure water bliss. This south-side oasis is open 24 hours a day and will satisfy all your cooling needs.
- Koloa Landing is located at 2641 Poʻipū Road in Kōloa and was voted the best pool in America four years in a row by USA Today’s 10Best (including in 2023). The three-tiered pool (one of them is an infinity pool) holds a whopping 350,000 gallons of water and includes spectacular ocean views and three jacuzzis. Don’t forget to check out the waterslides, waterfall grotto, and children’s splash pond.
- The Royal Sonesta is home to the largest one-level pool in Hawaiʻi, located at 3610 Rice Street in Līhuʻe. Why choose pool or ocean when you can lounge poolside AND oceanside at the same time, all while enjoying lush green views of the mountains in Kalapaki Bay? Cooled down enough to warm up now? No problem. Melt your troubles away in one of five hot tubs exquisitely arranged around the pool under an artistic veranda.
- Timbers Kauaʻi – Ocean Club & Residences: This exquisite resort is located at 3770 Alaʻoli Way in Līhuʻe. With a two-tiered, heated infinity pool and hot tubs overlooking Nawiliwili Harbor, the view here is hard to beat. The pool literally looks like it drops right into the ocean. This is a perfect place to swim, relax, and soak up the magic.
- 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay: Someone, please pinch me; I think I’ve landed in heaven. Wait, it’s the incredibly gorgeous 1 Hotel at 5520 Ka Haku Road in Princeville. This new, six-star hotel offers three heated pools (including a jaw-dropping infinity situation) and three hot tubs, open 24 hours a day. The mesmerizing backdrop of Hanalei Bay and Makana Mountains is one straight out of a movie (for real, check out our Top Award-Winning Hollywood Movies Filmed on Kauaʻi) with some of the best sunsets on the island.
However you choose to cool off after a hot summer day, remember the potent power of resetting and get your body in some water. In fact, go all the way under, get your head wet, and emerge rejuvenated, ready for whatever the day throws your way. Enjoy the strength and warmth of the summer sun, with the whispered promise of the rainy season right around the bend.