After a recent $38 million renovation, the San Juan Marriott is making waves. With 512 guestrooms, 13 suites and a cosmopolitan Caribbean vibe this property is attracting attention. The hot spot to hang out is the chic Lobby Bar — especially Wednesday to Sunday. For award-winning cuisine, try Ristorante Tuscany. For more: www.marriott.com.
Insider Info: Lobby Bar's specialty is fresh mojitos, and Friday night is Salsa Night — with a salsa dance show and lessons.
Starting Rate: $205
Celebrity Guests: Sienna Miller, Jessica Alba, Rebecca Romijn, Christina Aguilera
Hollywood stars have been staying at Palmilla for decades. Even though the resort has 172 rooms, this posh property still feels small and intimate. There are ocean views from every room and several award-winning restaurants on the property, including C, a Charlie Trotter creation. Palmilla's first-class spa also has an impressive celebrity client with some traveling all the way from Hollywood just to get one of Palmilla's signature pedicures. For more: www.oneandonlyresorts.com.
Insider Info: Check out Palmilla's floating beach bed down on the beach.
Starting Rate: $650
Celebrity Guests: Sean Penn, Courteney Cox, Lindsay Lohan, Kevin Spacey
Just 10 minutes from LAX Airport, this Santa Monica favorite is a popular choice if you want to vacation by the beach. The 162 guestrooms and suites are packed with luxury amenities. The real standout here is the one-bedroom Monarch suite: a presidential-caliber penthouse with an ocean-view balcony, whirlpool tub and steam shower. For more: www.viceroysantamonica.com.
Insider Info: Be sure to get reservations at the hotel's Whist restaurant, named one of America's 50 best hotel restaurants by "Food & Wine" magazine.
Starting Rate: $359
Celebrity Guests: Alicia Keys, Cindy Crawford, 50 Cent, Guy Laliberte
Set on Grace Bay Beach, which is widely known as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, the Regent Palms is set up to feel like a classic Caribbean estate. With 164 first-class rooms and suites, you'll find touches of elegance everywhere. Highlights include the resort's $1.8 million serpentine infinity pool and the 26,000-square-foot Regent — which just reopened after a major face-lift. For more: www.regentturksandcaicos.com.
Insider Info: Top spa treatments include the signature Mother of Pearl Body Exfoliation and the Little Drops of Caribbean Rain treatment. Both are unique to this destination.
Starting Rate: $595
Celebrity Guests: Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Lauren Hutton, baseball player Andruw Jones
The Hotel Kura Hulanda Spa & Casino mixes luxury with history. This 80-room boutique resort is part of a Dutch Colonial Historic District that's recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Each room is exquisitely furnished with hand-carved mahogany and teak furnishings, and features hand-woven linens from India. The resort is surrounded by different courtyards and gardens, featuring African sculptures, an Indian Marble Garden and more. For more: www.kurahulanda.com.
Insider Info: Don't miss a poolside dinner under the stars, at Jaipur, an Indian restaurant at the resort where top choices include the Cheese Naan and Tandoori Platter.
Starting Rate: $200
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