Sheraton Kauai, Koloa, Kauai, Hawaii $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
The Sheraton Kauai, the first resort built on Poipu Beach, is often overshadowed by the much larger Grand Hyatt Kauai nearby. But there is a lot of charm in the Sheraton's spacious mid-century layout: The four-story buildings of its original Beach Wing surround a flat grass courtyard that could've easily housed additional structures. The crescent of Poipu Beach that fronts the resort is stunning and rarely frequented by nonguests, although the sea here is not entirely placid. The 394 guest rooms were refreshed in 2009, and some have modern four-poster beds dressed in crisp white linens and a subtle beige-and-brown palette that's appealingly unfussy. The best accommodations are the ground-floor Ocean Deluxe rooms with semiprivate patios that lead out to a seaside lawn. Note that the hotel's Garden Wing is located across the street from the ocean. There are also three oceanfront indoor/outdoor restaurants, and the only oceanfront luau in Poipu adds to the resort's classic Hawaii vibe.—Cathay Che
Note: The Sheraton Kauai's public areas will be renovated between January and June 2011. During this period, the resort will remain open and all guests will receive a complimentary breakfast buffet.