The Intercontinental’s best features are its wonderful pool and the surrounding pool area (with waterfalls and swim-up bars), its pristine beach and the oceanside Ciao Mediterranean Café, which rambles across a beachfront boardwalk. The on-site spa is also a winner, with an expert staff and treatment spaces both indoors and out. A heavy-handed wrist-band policy, however, is annoying to most guests and dampens the desired tranquil vibe. Rooms are comfortable and functional, if somewhat conservatively decorated. The InterContinental is close to other area resorts, restaurants, bars, and shops. Guests can easily walk anywhere within Isla Verde.