This oceanfront hotel is a treasure, not least because of its boutique bones—it's just 53 units. The luxury lies not just in the stylish furnishings, the built-to-last materials, the genuinely warm welcome, but in the sheer breadth of space; the five-bedroom penthouse, at 5,300 square feet, is the size of a small mansion.
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 Grace Bay. The best deals—if you can bear to miss those gorgeous sea views—are the 10 Garden Cottage suites that overlook the croquet lawn. Many of these handsomely outfitted one, two-, and three-bedroom duplexes have basement garages. All rooms share Somerset's top-end amenities: Viking ranges and fridges, imported marble tile, 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 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, island-style rice and peas, corn on the cob, and quinoa salad. Note: The resort's main restaurant was being relaunched at press time, but you can dine at the casual if uneven LunaSea Pool Bar & Grill for lunch and dinner. Good dining choices are just a beach stroll away.