Management has diligently smartened the public spaces and exquisite landscaping here, taking full advantage of the peerless location straddling 100 acres on Mamora Bay. Regularly refurbished rooms are commodious and vibrantly decorated (the Royal Suite, Premium, and Beachfront units are worth the extra cost, the former with iPod docking stations, DVD players, and elegantly enhanced bathrooms). Activities galore satisfy the most jaded travelers; in inclement weather you can enjoy movies in the screening room, treatments at Spa Tranquility, and trivia contests or dance classes in the Jacaranda Lounge. Teens can party at their own beachside retreat. The newly renovated, self-catering two-bedroom villas cascading down the hillside can represent value for large families. Though the restaurants are spectacularly situated over the water, especially Coco's, the Docksider and Piccolo Mondo, food is variable. The sometimes harried staff and occasional invasion of younger, rowdy Brits on package deals further diminish deluxe pretensions, but this hotel remains a favorite with many travelers who return year after year.