Once a "small secret" kept by locals in the know, this elegant boutique gem, sandwiched between Fort Lauderdale beach and the Intracoastal Waterway, rarely falls below capacity since it invariably lands on reader's choice lists year after year. The design recalls the colorful architecture of 18th-century British colonial Caribbean plantations. Most rooms have views of the Intracoastal Waterway or pool, with French doors opening to individual patios or balconies. Rooms have rattan-and-mahogany headboards and antique-reproduction desks and nightstands; suites include wet bars with refrigerators and microwaves. The "Secret Garden" is an intimate restaurant for hotel guests only.