The soaring, stylish, if impersonal marble lobby (with exquisite art glass, spectacular blown-up underwater photos, and fun elements such as red British-style telephone boxes) sets the tone for this bustling beachfront property. Large adjoining rooms are ideal for families; all have tiny balconies, hardwood furniture, handsome abstract artworks, pullout sofas, and smallish bathrooms. Soft goods are regularly refurbished; recent upgrades include iPod docks. The beach, pool,
beach bar, and Red Sail dive center with water toys fills every nautical need. Add a serene spa, lovely lush tropical courtyard and turtle lagoon, clever man-made reef, and solid restaurants, and you never need leave the property (despite the on-site car rental agency). When you do, it's a short walk to more restaurants and stores.