WHY GO? You’ll love this gorgeous site on a limestone cliff overlooking a private, pink-sand beach on the island’s south shore. Inside scoop: Every room in this 1947 hotel has an ocean view, but three spacious Point Suites boast utterly private patio hot tubs. The four-month-old sybaritic La Serena Spa features a relaxation room with floor-to-ceiling views of a sometimes-tempestuous Atlantic. Don’t miss chef Philippe Haddad’s signature dishes, which might include pan-fried rockfish on Napa cabbage in the Ocean Echo restaurant, or beef Wellington laced with dauphinoise gratin truffle sauce at Royston’s.
HOLIDAY FUN: Christmas Eve tree-trimming and caroling, Christmas Day presents and eggnog followed by lavish brunch, music and dancing in the evening; 800/742-2008 or thereefs.com