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The kid in us loves the rooms at the Gansevoort, an urbane transplant beamed down from Manhattan onto the Grace Bay sands. We're talking, in particular, about the big freestanding tubs filled by spigots that flow from the ceiling. The grownup in us is smitten with the James Bond blackout blinds, the big-windowed views of the beach, and, in all one-bedroom suites and penthouses, the top-end kitchens, with camouflaged fridges and Liebherr, Bosch, and Gaggenau appliances (all other rooms have kitchenettes). All that wonderfulness comes at a price, so book in the off-season or check the website for money-saving theme packages.

The heart of the resort, with jazzy piped-in beats, is a Miami-style pool, framed in palms and built for preening bodies, not swimming laps. The style offensive continues on Grace Bay's powdery sands: Unlike the standard-issue beach chair and umbrella found at most other resorts, the Gansevoort has oval beach beds with a half-moon cover, ideal for sipping champagne discreetly. For the ultimate in VIP luxury, the resort has four humongous three-bedroom penthouses, each with a personal concierge, state-of-the-art kitchen, and wraparound terrace. The vaunted Exhale Spa is on-premises here, as is Stelle, this young resort's third stab at establishing a destination restaurant. Stelle has an intriguing Italian-Mediterranean menu and a bewitching alfresco ambience, with tables set beneath big palms wrapped in twinkling white lights.