You might suspect the St. Regis Princeville Resort of stocking its corner of Hanalei Bay with sea turtles, rays, and Technicolor coral—the snorkeling is that good. But with big mountain-to-bay views from the private beach, you’ll hardly miss out if you don’t snorkel. Even better: Since its jillion-dollar redo last fall, it now has the contemporary Hawaiian look it deserves.
Best thing about the rooms? It’s a toss-up between the shower with a view of the green Na Pali Coast and the butler service—they’ll unpack your bags, and get you into chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s on-site Kaua‘i Grill ($$$$). From $460 (sometimes less—search the resort’s website); 808/826-9644. –Katie Tamony