• Casa Il Bon Gustaio Boutique Hotel (San Salvador, El Salvador; tel. 503/2528-4200; www.casailb.com): San Salvador's most stylish boutique hotel is a chic collection of dazzling white rooms and installation art located in a peaceful atmosphere a short stroll from the bustling Zona Rosa.
  • Las Olas Beach House (Balsamo Coast, El Salvador; tel. 503/2411-7553): If you like the ocean and adventure, Los Olas Beach House, along El Salvador's gorgeous Balsamo Coast, is for you. This upscale adventure resort is perched atop a rocky cliff rising from the Pacific with unrivaled ocean views, a cliff-side infinity pool, and an excellent restaurant. But what really makes this place special are the English-speaking owners and managers who live the life they sell. They will take you surfing, snorkeling, sea kayaking, and off-road motorcycling, as well as on more sedate hiking and horseback-riding tours.
  • Suites Las Palmas (San Salvador, El Salvador; tel. 503/2250-0800; www.hotelsuiteslaspalmas.com.sv): This hip city hotel is within walking distance of San Salvador's best restaurants and shops and offers big, modern suites with unusual designs. The pool, Jacuzzi, and sleek Asian-fusion restaurant are all set on the rooftop and feature amazing views, as does the exercise room, which includes a wall of glass overlooking the city.
  • La Cocotera (Barra de Santiago, El Salvador; tel. 503/2245-3691; www.lacocoteraresort.com): This is one of the finest ecolodges in all of Central America. La Cocotera offers a rare taste of international style in a remote and beautiful part of the country. This six-room, semi-all-inclusive ecoresort features three modern cabins, each with two huge, luxurious rooms and Asian-inspired bathrooms. The hotel property stretches from the bay to the beach, meaning you have water on both sides. La Cocotera features solar-powered hot water and brown-water recycling, and it even incubates turtle eggs.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.