Islander on the Beach, Kauai

Islander on the Beach is a condotel resort (some hotel rooms and some condos) located in Wailua, which is just south of Kapaa. Islander on the Beach features a pool and hot tub and beautiful grounds. Although beachfront, the ocean here is too rough to swim in, but good for beach walks. Wailua Bay and river are located just to the south. Less than 5 minutes away is Lydgate beach park, one of the safest snorkeling and swimming spots on Kauai with its man made tide pool. The park also features a playground and fort for children. A couple minutes south of Lydgate is Nukolii Beach, an excellent walking beach..

Islander on the Beach Average Rates


As of May 2024, the average price of a 1 bedroom unit at Islander on the Beach is $233. Note that prices vary depending on the specifc unit and season (holiday rates are usally much higher), and the averages don't include Hawaii's 18% accommodation tax or cleaning and booking fees. Visit the rentals page to see specific unit rates.

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What Do Guests Think? An AI Analysis of 923 Guest Reviews


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The following executive summary is based on a comprehensive and impartial AI analysis of guest reviews. Keep in mind that all units are individually owned, and review scores among units can vary considerably.

The Islander on the Beach condo resort on Kauai receives overwhelmingly positive reviews from guests. Many appreciate the resort's beautiful grounds, convenient location, and proximity to the beach, shops, and restaurants. Guests enjoy the stunning ocean views from their rooms, the well-maintained pool and hot tub, and the added convenience of having a poolside bar. The rooms are described as clean, comfortable, and well-equipped with amenities such as beach chairs, coolers, and kitchenettes, although some note that certain units could benefit from updates or repairs. The resort's central location on the island is highlighted as ideal for exploring both the north and south shores. Despite minor issues such as parking challenges and occasional maintenance needs, guests express high satisfaction with their stays and many express a desire to return. This summary is based on a comprehensive analysis of 923 guest reviews.

Recent Islander on the Beach Reviews


Nice property overall, would stay here again. Incredible views, bed was very comfy. The macadamia nut chocolate and cookies in the room upon arrival was a nice touch. More than one coffee filter for a three day stay would have been good. Wifi didn’t work upon my arrival but a quick text to Vacasa and it was dealt with only 90 minutes later.
Lynne
February 2024

The property is well appointed with comfortable beds, large bathroom, outside seating, utensils, television, WIFI, small appliances and beach accessories. The beach is close at hand as is the pool and hot tub. Check in is a breeze with the on site key lock box providing immediate access to the room. Shopping and decent restaurants are within easy walking distance. All good. Parking is a real problem, largely due to carelessness of people not paying attention to the lines of their selected space. The facility should provide well worded reminders to offenders. The room is a bit cramped. The TV could easily be hung on the wall to provide space for the large coffee maker freeing up much needed counter space. There is adaquate space to put in a larger dresser for folded cloths. Finally, there is no stopper for the kitchenette sink wasting water to do dishes, the is no stopper in the bath sink causing a big concern for those who wash gas perm contact lenses daily and, the BBQ grills [the only way to cook] are in disrepair and filthy. All that said we do consider this property a good value and recommend it a viable alternative. Note: the $500 security deposit is paid immediately when reserving the property but has yet to be refunded even though we left the property better than we found it.
Richard T.
February 2024

It was a nice place to stay. The only down side was at night wanting to relax in the hot tub after a full fun day and it also being packed with people. But overall nice
Kelsey R.
February 2024

We enjoyed the location of this property! It also had great access to the beautiful beach. I would stay here again.
Kerry P.
February 2024

This is a good location and is walking distance to everything you need. The property management was good to work with and were very helpful.
Joel B.
February 2024

Great location
John
February 2024

Resort right on beautiful beach with a great walking path.if you want to tour the island a rental car is a must . There is a plaza with a few restaurants and stores right by the resort.
DONALD L.
February 2024

So close to beach, restaurants and shops! Great atmosphere. Slightly dated but location makes up for it. Staff was very helpful and quick to respond.
TIFFANI C.
February 2024

Just steps to the ocean, excellent coffee shop and restaurant next door! + yoga by the beach nearby!
DONN H.
February 2024

We had everything we needed. This is the 3rd time we have stayed at islander on the beach and we really enjoy it. Having an ocean front room is so nice. We will always come back
Sarah T.
February 2024

Beautiful grounds and great location. Condo itself was very clean but the furnishings (furniture, kitchen tools, bed linens) were “tired and worn”. Great to have Lava Lava Beach Club next door for sunset dinners!
Mary Z.
February 2024

The grounds were so pretty- lots of plants and flowers! We liked the balcony facing the ocean and easy access to a market, coffee, and restaurants. It was also a nice location to access either the west or north side of the island in a short time.
Sariah P.
February 2024

Location was great!
Tracy S.
February 2024

A nice little studio with easy beach access and nice shopping and restaurants within walking distance.
Nathan S.
February 2024

We loved the property and the condo. It was within walking distance to restaurants if you didn't want to drive anywhere and some souvenir shopping. The condo itself we well kept and clean. Loved being able to see the ocean in the short distants.
kevin o.
January 2024

We checked in, no issues ar all. The TV was a challenge, however, the ussue was easily resolved by Judeson from maintenance. The condo was clean and orderly. We found enough towels were provided, enjoyed the mid stay housekeeping attention. We are hoping to return for another one month stay annually.
Marilyn D.
January 2024

This is a nice, quiet resort just before you get to Kapa'a, 12 minutes from the airport. It's about 35 min back to Poipu and 45 min to Hanalei. Lydgate beach park is only 5 min away. The resort is situated right on it's own beach which is okay for swimming, subject to the waves. The room was nice, clean and well furnished. You can see the ocean from the balcony. This originally was a hotel that sold off rooms as "condos," so they're not large, although the bathroom was ample sized. Everything was in working order. A previous review mentioned no utensils, but they are actually in drawers under the sink (weird). Be aware, the listing states two "double beds," and they are indeed, smaller than queen size. There are two beach chairs in the closet to take on your adventures around the island. There were ample loungers around the pool and on the beach also. Between the highway and the resort is a small outdoor shopping center with a market, souvenir shops and 3-4 restaurants. Two nights we walked over and ordered to-go and just ate on our balcony. Well managed by Vacasa, we had good communication before and during our stay. If we make it back to Kauai again we will definitely consider this resort and room again.
Deric S.
January 2024

The best part of this condo was its location right on the beach! We enjoyed coffee and cocktails on the lanai each day, and the sunrises were spectacular! This was the perfect location for easy travel to all areas of the island. The property's grounds were beautiful and well maintained.
Jane R.
January 2024

Great Location!
Kent H.
January 2024

The Aston Islander on the Beach is a well maintained property and walking distance to several restaurants. A great central location if you plan to drive to north and south island destinations. Our room was clean with no significant issues during our stay. Be aware that the indoor space is essentially the size and feel of a hotel room (a studio). You will appreciate the lanai and outdoor space. With ACs unfortunate location, it can drip condensate on the bed/ pillows next to the window - just wipe the vent with a towel if you see water build up. The kitchenette is good to have. The the appliances fill what little counter space there is (it took us a couple days to find the light switch behind the microwave :)). I suggest the owner remove the extra refrigerator and move the appliances to a table/shelf in its place to make the space more usable. We would definitely consider staying here again.
David M.
January 2024

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: Amazing location, walking distance to coffee shop, market and gift shops. Unit very clean and stocked with everything you need to start off with, Right on the beach, easy communication.
A guest from Clarence Center, NY
January 2024

Great little place. Just like the pictures. Not glamorous but 20 steps to the beach and you can hear the waves at night. Guests in the hot tub all very friendly.
Steven R.
January 2024

We were so happy that Islander was our landing spot upon arriving in Kauai. It was convenient, the grounds were beautiful and the studio perfect for our needs. We grilled down by the pool and brought our dinners up to the balcony. We spent every meal we could on the balcony. We listened to the waves, watched the waves and enjoyed the beautiful scene. We had an issue with the keypad not working correctly that was resolved very satifactorily. The farmers market in the parking lot offered some tasty treats and the shops in walking distance were great for both groceries, alcohol, coffee and souvenirs. It was a great stay!
Jeannie P.
January 2024

My husband and I had a wonderful stay! Bed was super comfy and the room had everything you could need. We got a laugh every morning seeing the chickens on the roof! The grounds of the property were lush, green and beautiful! 10/10 recommend!
Jenny B.
January 2024

The sliding door became very difficult to open during our stay. Could be a safety issue ; a/c filter on patio needs maintenance. Lots of lint and dust; inside ac would deposit black “lint” onto couch about once a day; need sponge for kitchen cleaning; goodies (chocolate, granola, granola bar) were very nice; extra towels for bath, pool and kitchen were appreciated. Coffee maker, coffee and filters were appreciated as well as extra pt and tp. Dishware, toaster and microwave were great! Beach chairs and cooler were great! Could walk right out the door across the grass to the pool and jot tub. Great patio for coffee and meals.
Christina R.
January 2024

What an amazing location. The place was clean, centrally located, and had a great view. We loved being able to watch the sunrise each morning, having the marketplace so close, and enjoying a walk each day. There was a Monk Seal who would lounge on the beach in front of the property each morning. Would definitely recommend staying here and hope to come back.
Jamie M.
January 2024

Rating Details: The property manager was very helpful. The vacation rental was spotless. I was very happy with the location. I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: The room was clean and comfortable, and the location can't be beat. Would love to stay there again on our next trip to Kauai.
Jason C.
January 2024

This unit was very clean and the view while sitting on the lanai was stunning! The Islander grounds and pool are beautiful. We plan to stay here on our next visit to Kauai.
Jessica M.
January 2024

The property is located well, the problems were with the condition & communication of the owner of the unit! Especially when paying up front for a month rent & having to buy my own paper products! Having a miserable bed & bedding! The toilet, drains & bathroom fan need replacing! Not happy with Vacasa!!
Patricia L.
January 2024

This stay exceeded our expectations by far! If you are choosing between different properties I urge you to stay here as everything is perfect, from the morning sunrises, the hot tub after a long day of adventure (as close as can be), the happy hour bar (once again, as close as can be). The location is just perfect. If we visit this island again we would definitely stay here again and just relax as we already explored the island and did all the "touristy" things during this stay. This place has it all. I had no idea this was part of a larger compound but I think that made it even more convenient, parking was plentiful (as long as you are comfortable with a tight squeeze), there is a nice restaurant oceanside bar/restaurant next door, if you want to get a lunch for your hikes or don't feel like driving to get dinner, the grocery store a few minutes walk away has everything and souvenirs if you need. You get to talk to amazing people with different stories and backgrounds in the hot tub as well. During our stay we saw some of the same people in the tub and were able to bond and share stories and give tips and helpful advice. TLDR, this place has everything if you just want to relax by the beach and do nothing, or if you were like us and took morning sunrise photos by the beach (Such a beautiful backdrop), explored the island during the day, and came back to the hot tub and bar for happy hour and relaxed while star gazing(4 shooting stars in one night). Mahalo Khaled and Heather!
Arnold L.
January 2024

Beautifully redone condo hotel room corner unit right on the beach path. Very comfortable and well equipped. A bit confusing dealing with both VRBO and VACASA, the rental manager. Suggest doing things thru the manager once you are confirmed.
Bob S.
January 2024

Small cute condo. Good location. Couch bed very uncomfortable.
Pamela S.
January 2024

No issues. No surprises
micheal W.
January 2024

Awesome stay!! Clean room, ocean view, sunrise and favorite location on the island.. Short drive north or south and everything you need nearby…
robert g.
January 2024

Great! Beautiful views on what felt like a private beach! The place was very clean and cozy! Would stay here again!
Benjamin L.
January 2024

Walking distance to quite a few nice places to eat. Short walking path. Easy drive to both sides of the island for exploration. Beautiful view and gardens.
Sally G.
January 2024

We had a great time!
Shawn F.
January 2024

Clean property with a marketplace nearby to meet all your needs. Very quiet and beautiful.
Vicki W.
January 2024

Beauty, Peace, and Gratitude Lived every minute
Summer M.
December 2023

We have stayed at the Islander many times. This unit was very clean and welcoming. Great view, too. Comfortable bed, though the pillows were rather large for our tastes. The management was responsive and really liked the towel exchange, as we stayed 3 weeks. Would definitely stay in this unit again.
Millie S.
December 2023

The location is perfect, so many places you can walk to. The view is incredible! We will definitely come back and stay there again.
Robin C.
December 2023

It's close to everything you need. The room was very clean. The AC whisper quiet. It was furnished with everything we needed for our stay.
STEVEN C.
December 2023

The unit was comfortable and clean, nice balcony with ocean view, but a drawback was its location on the third floor of a three-story building with no elevators. We are in our 80s and found having to go up and down those stairs several times a day a discomfort, particularly with our luggage. Anyone who would not want to hear a rooster crow dozens of times a night should avoid this location. If you do rent this unit, bring utensils as this supposedly fully stocked kitchen had not a single utensil.
JOANNE R.
December 2023

Most beautiful view waking to the sunrise every morning. Not overly crowded. Quiet. Easy walk to coffee shop, restaurants, market, shopping. We’ll be back.
Paula S.
December 2023

nicely located apartment in a quiet resort, great communication with the owner
Patrycja N.
December 2023

Things we loved about our stay at this property: *The view and easy access to that view and to all parts of the island. *The people! We had great conversations with other travelers, unit owners, and the bar tenders at the inviting, outdoor bar and in the hot tub. *Conveniently close to shops, restaurants, services, groceries, and entertainment. *Our host, Esther, was attentive and accessible and she ensures that her rental is clean and ready.
Melinda N.
December 2023

We had a wonderful time. Steps away from the beach and walks distance to an ABC market and shopping.
Marcella R.
December 2023

loved it!
Patricia W.
December 2023

Loved the resort but unit was disappointing
JENNIFER C.
December 2023

I love staying in Kapaa for its central location. This ocean front studio was 100% as described, had everything you could need for the many beaches and also the other comforts you’d expect from any other hotel. The grounds of the condo are gorgeous. Heather stayed in communication prior to our trip, check-in was super easy, and we are leaving completely satisfied.
Marcus G.
December 2023


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