While surrounded by an ever-growing cadre of worthy pretenders to the throne, this reigning monarch of luxury resorts is still the one to beat. Within architectural lines borrowed from a European palace, guest rooms are elegant (albeit overwhelmingly beige) and outfitted with streamlined furnishings. Among the hotel's bars and restaurants, the flagship culinary offering is Fantino, a high-end Mediterranean restaurant. There's also a piano bar, beachside eats, and options for seafood and Mexican fare. Though no longer a Ritz-Carlton property, Kempinski maintains the impeccable service, the long lineup of activities, the top-notch kids' amenities, the spa with its soothing treatments based on local ingredients, and, of course, the sublime white beach.

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