This beachfront beauty impeccably combines world-class elegance with West Indian hospitality while scrupulously maintaining and upgrading facilities. Public spaces dazzle with mahogany, marble, and crystal, yet nothing feels overwhelming or overdone. Standard rooms are spare, but sparkling and spacious, starting at 490 square feet. Service is smiling and solicitous. A beach concierge dispenses everything from books to CDs to Evian spray; chattel-style cabanas include Wi-Fi,
iPod dock, TV, and personal attendant. Fascinating options include Dive and Dine with the executive chef, local bush tea lessons, and Garden Tours with in-house botanists. Yes, sometimes it seems overrun by noisy families and conventioneers. And yes, it's pricey. But the amenities range from a state-of-the-art business center and sybaritic spa to an 18-hole Robert Trent Jones Jr. golf course, as well as a children's club, game room, and turtle-conservation program. Good-value packages—and complimentary extras such as nonmotorized water sports and twice-weekly golf clinics—help reduce the sting from the high rates.
Pinney's Beach, Nevis, St. Kitts and Nevis
869-469–1111; 869-469–6238; 800-332–3442-in U.S.; 800-268–6282-in Canada