This is the island’s top lodging, a wonderful marriage of full-service resort and secluded villa. Comprised of nine pastel-hued cottages cunningly built into green bluffs overlooking Frenchmans Cay and the Caribbean Sea beyond, Frenchmans is the kind of place where you settle in for a few days to snorkel, swim, or simply do nothing but soak in the views.
All nine cottages face the blue sweep of Frenchman’s Cay, with pelicans whirling and diving and terraces kissed by warm tradewinds. It’s a quick drive (or leisurely stroll) to Soper’s Hole marina, where you can shop or stock up on groceries in Harbour Market. The one- and two-bedroom cottages are outfitted with everything you need—including full modern kitchens, dining tables, living rooms, and beautiful rain-shower baths. All have big balconies with views of Sir Francis Drake Channel; at night you can watch the lights of vehicles on the coastal road rounding the dark green hills. Frenchmans has a pool and a small, pebbly beach (but excellent snorkeling around the rocks), but the island’s storied north-shore beaches are just minutes away. The on-site Clubhouse at Frenchmans restaurant is magical, a wood-and-stone treehouse ablaze with warm light and real bonhomie, and its three-course Sunday brunches are legendarily delicious—don’t miss the mango pancakes.