Royal Palms Resort & Spa
From the moment you pull onto the circular stone drive and step through the big, rustic wooden door into the lobby with its fireplace, you’ll think you’ve entered a Mediterranean villa. The best-known creation of Fred and Jennifer Unger is a celebration in detail, from the carefully preserved tile frescoes to the furnishings from all over the world. Rooms fare just as well, with fresh white duvets and wrought-iron touches; many guest rooms also include their own fireplace and terrace. The hotel features the two-level open-air Alvadora Spa at Royal Palms, which offers an array of Mediterranean-inspired treatments throughout its 10 rooms. Be sure to check out the Watsu pool, set in a private garden terrace with an “8-foot grotto waterfall shower.”
Tip: The resort employs a “Director of Romance” to fulfill special requests, including chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne in your room, a multicourse dinner in award-winning restaurant T. Cook’s, and beyond.
Room to Book: Ask for a casita with a beehive fireplace; area designers individually decorated most of them.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.