Waimea Plantation Cottages, Waimea, Kauai, Hawaii $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
Composed of 62 individual cottages built in the early 1900s for plantation workers, this 30-acre property is a great alternative to frenetic resorts. There's nothing fancy or new here—and that's precisely the charm. Oceanfront cottages are preferred: They're the best way to take advantage of large porches. One, two, three, four, and five bedrooms are available, and all are equipped with full kitchens and tasteful rattan furniture; some have original claw-foot tubs. There's no room service, but the Waimea Brewing Company restaurant is on the premises and attracts locals and tourists. Join them and sip microbrews while snacking on island-style pupus (small plates). The Plantation's only drawback is that the beach isn't ideal for swimming, but alternatives are close by, as is the picturesque Waimea Canyon.