Hawaii Hotel Reviews

Hotel Review: Islander on the Beach Kauai

Note: The author was a guest of the Aston Islander on the Beach.

When checking into the Aston Islander on the Beach, the receptionist warned me that Kauai isn’t a party destination; far removed from the bright lights and bars of Honolulu, it’s the most laid back of the Hawaiian islands. She wasn’t the first person to express a similar sentiment; someone had earlier said that Kauai is a honeymooners destination, with not that much to do to interrupt spending time together and relaxing after a busy wedding.

Somewhere to Relax

Islander on the Beach

Apartment-style rooms at the Islander on the Beach

The Aston Islander on the Beach is a great place to stay for your chilled out holiday. Located just 10 minutes drive north of the airport (and with a free shuttle available), the apartment-style rooms are located  along a quiet, sandy beach on the Coconut Coast. The multiple low-rise buildings are spread out over 6 acres of manicured green lawns and tropical gardens, scattered around a central pool and jet spa.

After checking in to our rooms, we head down to the pool-side bar to use our complimentary drink vouchers, paying an extra $1 each for a shot of rum, and chatting to the other couples sitting around the bar. The pool is a touch cool for my liking on the windy evening, but the spa is delightfully hot.

Islander at the Beach

Relaxing at the bar with a welcome drink

A Variety of Dining Options

No restaurants are located on site at the Islander on the Beach, although there’s plenty of restaurants nearby though to choose from. Right next door is the Lava Lava Beach Club, offering beach front dining from brunch through to dinner, along with plenty of cocktail choices. My pick of the nearby options though is the Kilauea Fish Market in the row of shops out of the front of the resort. The fish burritos are huge and tasty.

Alternatively, there’s a couple of supermarkets just down the road, perfect to head to stock up on supplies for breakfast and beers to enjoy in our room with take-out. All rooms have a fridge, microwave and toaster, and if you’re in the mood for the BBQ, multiple complimentary BBQs are located next to the pool at the beach-front. Don’t also miss the complimentary coffee, tea and cocoa offered each morning next to the reception.

The Lava Lava Beach Club

The Lava Lava Beach Club is next door

Head Out for a Day Trip…

Located halfway along the east coast of Kauai, the Islander on the Beach is well situated for day trips to both the south and north of the island, keeping us busy for our stay. Heading to the warmer and dry south coast, make sure you head to the beach at Poipu (we spotted both monk seals and turtles on the sand) and the swinging bridge at Hanapepe, on your way to the lookouts above Waimea Canyon, dubbed the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” by Mark Twain. The north coast offers up scenic beaches, before you reach the end of the road and the Na Pali Coast Track, so popular it’s best to arrive early in the morning, despite the inevitable muddiness of the track.

…or Relax at the Resort

Islander Room Details

Tropical details in our room

Alternatively, hang around the resort area and take it easy. The hotel’s rooms, which are decorated in plantation-style, with pineapple carvings on the wooden furniture and hula-girl lamp bases, are quite roomy and have a balcony or verandah to laze upon. Included in the amenity fee is access to a DVDNow Kiosk, with unlimited DVD movies (including many recent movies) and PS3 games to rent. The beach at the front is great for strolling along, although if you’re after one with lifeguards, head a few minutes south to the Lydgate Beach Park. Also nearby is the Wailua River, with kayaks available for hire, or else hire a bike and head north along the coastal cycle path that starts in Kapaa. And then fall asleep to the sound of waves breaking each night…

The Islander on the Beach

Absolute beachfront at The Islander on the Beach

Click here to visit the resort’s website.

Note: The author was a guest of the Aston Islander on the Beach.

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  • Reply
    Carrie Zylka
    April 30, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    Great write up, we’re heading there in October and looks like I’ll enjoy it immensely!

  • Reply
    Scott O'Neal
    December 9, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    Thanks for the review! Heading out and spending Christmas in Kauai with the Aston being our homebase!

    • Reply
      December 10, 2016 at 11:09 am

      Enjoy your stay and Merry Christmas!

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