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Kauai Marriott Resort Hotel Review: This 345-room, 11-suite resort is a laidback property with plenty of activities for all ages. The location is great, in Lihue on the lovely beach fronting Kalapaki Bay with views of Nawiliwili Harbor; this is also a central spot from which to enjoy everything the Garden Island has to offer. A $50 million renovation enhanced accommodations, the restaurants and even the pool deck. Guest rooms have been updated with chic and sophisticated (somewhat urban) décor using tasteful natural tones and dark wood, while the lovely swimming pool area, extensive grounds and collection of Asian and Pacific art stay true to the tropical surroundings. Among the restaurants are ocean-view Duke's (seafood), Café Portofino (Italian), Toro Tei (Japanese) and Kalapaki Grill (casual American). The pleasant house spa offers numerous treatments including beach cabana massage.