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5520 Ka Haku Rd., Princeville
Ask anyone who has stayed at the five-star Princeville Resort on Kauai’s north shore about their trip, and chances are the first thing they will do is gush about the view. Never mind that the resort features a big infinity pool, a pretty and protected beach, and marble decor that is more "European elegance" than "Hawaiian luau" in feel. The views of the mountains meeting Hanalei Bay are what it’s all about.
GRAND HYATT KAUAI RESORT AND SPA
1571 Poipu Rd., Koloa
If swimming pools are your thing, this is your hotel. Surrounded by tropical foliage, the Hyatt’s pool is a meandering creation, complete with hidden grottos and a gentle current to pull you along. Mix up your wet-and-wild adventures by taking a dip in the five-acre saltwater lagoon or jumping waves on the pretty beach. If you want to stay dry, try a Lomi Lomi Hawaiian-style massage in the enormous spa.
WAIMEA PLANTATION COTTAGES
9400 Kaumualii Hwy., Waimea
Couples who are averse to sprawling, tourist-filled hotels will love Waimea Plantation’s yesteryear vibe. The cottages are refurbished plantation workers’ homes, a cluster of charming little "honeymoon houses" on the island’s quietsouthwestern coast, where couples can indulge in the simple pleasures of stargazing on their porches, walking along the beach, and hiking in nearby Kokee State Park.
This small complex of condominiums is just steps away from the ocean. All of the condos are individually owned, and renting one is not unlike house-hunting or online dating: you go the Web site, kuhioshores.net, browse through all the photos and descriptions, and choose your favorite. From your windows you are likely to spot sea turtles and dolphins, and people from all over Kauai gather here to gawk at the sunsets.
MARRIOTT’S KAUAI BEACH CLUB
3610 Rice St., Lihue
This big resort on Kalapaki Bay makes the most of its glorious surroundings. A gigantic flower-shaped pool overlooks the beach and the 800 acres of gardens and grounds. It’s all here: five restaurants, a spa, and two golf courses. Just don’t get too comfy and neglect to explore the rest of Kauai!