The theme is Caribbean Colonial luxe, and this little boutique hotel has mined it to perfection it since it opened in 2000 on one of Grace Bay's sweetest stretches of pillowy white sand. If it's effortless graciousness you crave—and peace and serenity—this is the spot for you. This is not where the action is, and that's just fine with a certain kind of discriminating guest (75% of the guests here are repeats) who appreciates the absence of a party-hearty vibe. Not that you won't have opportunities to mingle with fellow guests; nightly cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at the pool bar make a relaxing social hub. That is, if you can bear to leave your room: Each of the one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom suites and penthouses comes complete with gorgeous kitchens and washer/dryers. Many are decorated in antique furnishings, mahogany doors, fourposter beds, and Italian granite, and all suites were refreshed in 2014.

In one of the prettiest settings on Grace Bay, Grace's Cottage serves gourmet dinners in a candlelit garden. Superb spa treatments are offered in little cottages on the beach at the Thalasso Spa at Point Grace (daily 9am–6pm). For an ultra-fancy entrance to the island, you can have the resort's Rolls-Royce pick you up at the airport ($75 each way).