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This old-timer has the distinction of being the first hotel built on Grace Bay beach (as "Le Deck"), and for that alone its perspicacity must be applauded. But even more impressive is its sustained affordability. We can think of no better hotel deal on Grace Bay. A stay at Sibonné puts you right on the same stretch of sand as its five-star neighbors Somerset and Regent Palms, at a fraction of the price. No, you won't get the luxurious appointments and amenities of the latter. You will, however, get well-maintained, comfortable rooms, admittedly on the small side but done up in pleasing tropical colors, with firm mattresses, tile floors, and a balcony or patio looking out onto a flowered courtyard, most with some kind of sea view. These are good deals, you bet, but for optimal bang for buck, consider the two large oceanfront first-floor rooms leading right onto Grace Bay beach, or—even better—the one-bedroom oceanfront apartment upstairs with a full kitchen, separate living room, and not one but two terraces with unobstructed Grace Bay views (accommodating four). But even if you choose a courtyard-facing room, you're within crawling distance of those fabulous sands. Keep in mind that Sibonné does not accept children 12 and under in the winter season. Sibonné is home to the Bay Bistro, one of Provo's top oceanfront restaurants, whose bar is overseen by local bartender sensation Junior Brown.

If you think good-value Sibonné is a Provo anomaly, consider its sister property, Turtle Cove Inn (www.turtlecoveinn.com; 888/495-6077 in the U.S. or 649/946-4203; 28 units; $129 double, $189 marina-view apartment, 3-night minimum), a modest but newly renovated two-story hotel on Turtle Cove Marina that's a favorite of boaters.