It's hard not to love a place that gives you a drink and a hand massage the minute you walk in. In a region where spas are a big deal, this entire resort feels like a spa, from the reflecting pool and sea-view window wall in the lobby to the tranquil pale marble and muted beiges and grays in the spacious rooms (all with sea views, most with balconies) to the aromatherapy scents and Zen music everywhere. The spa itself offers a wide variety of international treatments, including aromavedic baths exclusive to Aqua. Outside, each pool is heated to a different temperature, offering a world of alternatives to the beach which, while beautiful, is subject to rough currents. While guests range from the mid-20s into the 60s, they tend to be couples and families interested more in elegance than excess; spring breakers are discouraged. The resort became all-inclusive in 2010 and has been expanding its dining options ever since, most recently adding Varenna (brick-oven Italian) and the secluded Hidden Garden (Asian) in 2013. The Inlaa’kech Lobster & Grill is the only one not included in the all-inclusive rate, but fortunately it's not among the best. Aqua's signature Egos bar offers mixology classes and employs its own DJ, who constantly researches and updates the playlist.
- Christine Delsol