This 10-story, multiwing hotel—the tallest on Kauai since opening in 1986—may be what prompted the local ordinance that no new structures be higher than a coconut tree, but it would be hard to imagine the island without it. Superlatives include Kauai’s largest swimming pool, a sort of Greco-Roman fantasy that would fit in at Hearst Castle; a location on watersports-friendly Kalapaki Beach; and the popular beachfront restaurant Duke’s Kauai, among other dining choices. The long escalator to the central courtyard lagoon, the immense statuary, and handsome lobby make you feel like you’ve arrived somewhere truly unique. Harbor Mall and Anchor Cove shopping centers, with more restaurants, are within a short walk; in the opposite direction lies the 18-hole championship golf course of Hokuala. Rooms tend to be on the smaller side but feel plush and look chic, with hues of taupe and burnt umber. Book at least a partial ocean view—Nawiliwili Harbor, the bay, and the rugged green Haupu ridge provide a mesmerizing backdrop.