St. John's, Antigua, West Indies
The touch of a masseuse is the only pressure you'll feel at this Caribbean destination. Service staff, who keep the 77 rooms, suites, and villas tip-top, magically appear if needed. Otherwise, you can enjoy splendid isolation amid tropical gardens, two white-sand beaches, and three freshwater pools. Tennis, kayaking, windsurfing, and snorkeling can wait until after that novel. Or until you've had an old-fashioned rum punch from the open-air bar. With alfresco Palm Restaurant and air-conditioned Vyviens restaurant on-site, you won't have to venture into town, but if you do, it's 10 minutes by taxi or shuttle to Antigua's lively capital. The resort successfully caters to honeymooners, empty nesters, and young families alike. Details: All-inclusive daily rates (includes three meals, afternoon tea, branded bar drinks, and house wines): $340 (double guest room) to $2,000 (three-bedroom beachfront villa), plus $121 charge per day per person; 800/557-6536 or bluewaters.net.
Contributors: Mandy Bolen, Jeff Book, John Brandon, Sarah Brueggemann, Sara Gray, Bonnie Henderson, Susan C. Kim, Steve Millburg, Abigail B. Millwood, Ramsey Prather, Kelly Brown Tomas, and Vicki J. Weathers