The entrance—a broad, covered footbridge high above a tropical stream—sets the tone for the Pacific Rim theme of this hotel, which lies amid 53 acres of lush shrubs, soaring bamboo, orchids, and palms. The focal point is a 12,000-square-foot lagoon-style pool, which has a small beach, a sea-plane, and an interactive water-play area. Lots of kid-friendly activities. All guest rooms have bright, tropical bed coverings, bamboo accents, 32-inch flat-screen TVs. Emeril Lagasse's restaurant, Tchoup Chop, draws crowds. The hotel hosts Polynesian-style luaus every Saturday.