This five-star oceanfront hotel is a treasure, not least because of its true "boutique" designation—with just 53 units, the Somerset has fewer rooms than other comparable Grace Bay resorts. The luxury lies not just in the stylish furnishings, the built-to-last materials, the genuinely warm welcome, but also in the sheer breadth of space—why, the five-bedroom penthouse alone, at 5,300 square feet, is the size of a small mansion.
Somerset personifies easy elegance. Of the three accommodations categories, Estate, Stirling House, and Garden Cottage, the ocean-view Estate suites are full-floor suites (the penthouse has two floors) with Viking grills and hot tubs on wraparound balconies. The 23 Stirling House pool and ocean villas are set farther back from the beach but still enjoy sea views and cinematic perspectives of the resort pools, stretching to the sea. The best deals are the 10 Garden Cottage suites, handsomely outfitted one, two-, and three-bedroom duplexes overlooking the croquet lawn, many with basement garages. No matter where you stay, you'll enjoy the same top-end Somerset amenities: Viking ranges and fridges, imported marble tiles, travertine floors, and Bolivian mahogany doors. The resort's two pools include a lap pool with reverse currents and a shallow infinity pool that's catnip for small children. Don't miss the popular Tuesday-night Beach Barbecue ($49 per person; children half-price), where you can dance in the sand to DJ tunes and stuff yourself silly with barbecued ribs, chicken, fish, and shrimp as well as island-style rice and peas, corn on the cob, and quinoa salad. In addition to a casual poolside grill, the resort's main restaurant has been relaunched as Pavilion, helmed by a celebrated young chef from Toronto. It's not on the beach (the terrace overlooks the croquet lawn), but indications are it's a winner. A small spa and gym have opened up on the ground floor of the neo-Tuscan lobby—and the spa treatments are some of the island's best.