Whenever I'm asked to name the favorite places I've traveled to, Kauai inevitably makes its way to the top of the list as does the St. Regis Princeville, my favorite place I've stayed on the island. Nestled right on Hanalei Bay on Kauai's North Shore, one of the best things about this property is the incredible view, which visitors have near-constant access to (even in the shower! Check out the photo below). It's a great choice for people who like an active vacation—guests have access to two dive spots right off the resort's beach and can also play a round at Princeville's renowned Makai Golf Club. One local activity that's a must-try: stand up paddle boarding. Rent your board from the folks at Hawaiian Surfing Adventures, whose instructors also offer surfing lessons in the bay. Once you've worked up an appetite, it's worth splurging on the tasting menu at Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Kauai Grill, featuring local fare like Bigeye tuna and soy-glazed short ribs. When you're ready for some downtime hit the pool where you can wave down waiters carrying chilled pineapple skewers, or visit the poolside spa featuring treatments with local elements like lemongrass and palm oil.