Angsana Cayo Santa Maria, Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba
There's really only one place to stay for a little luxury in Santa Maria, and this beachfront, adults-only paradise is it. Firstly, the setting – on a pristine, private island off Cuba's northern coast amidst a UNESCO ecological treasure trove – is outstanding. And best of all, unlike anywhere else in the area, everything is leaps and bounds ahead of the rest.
For starters, there's a brilliant watersports centre and marine lab, two gorgeous pools and a stunning, 200-metre private stretch of silky-soft sands. In-room amenities are excellent, five wining and dining outlets (including a beachfront grill and jazz bar) serve up all sorts of delectable delights, and Angsana Spa's Asian-inspired treatments are to-die-for.