Royal Sonesta Kauai Resort (formerly Kauai Marriott)
Rebranded a Royal Sonesta at the end of March 2021, the former Kauai Marriott is in need of some renovations and will no doubt be evolving under new management. But you can count on it retaining the state’s largest single-level swimming pool, flanked by a half-dozen hot tubs under marble columns and overlooking wide, sandy Kalapaki Beach, where you can swim, surf or paddle-board in typically good conditions. Numerous shops and restaurants are on site, including lively Duke’s and poolside Kukui’s, with more a short stroll south.
Photo: Courtesy of Royal Sonesta Kauai Resort (formerly Kauai Marriott)