An Icon Reborn: The pilgrim style, comprehensive Curtain Bluff (from $800) is known for its situation at the summit of a tight promontory, with private access to two fantastic, white-sand shorelines underneath. Since its remodel closed in October, the property presently offers dive pools and outside daybeds for select suites.
The Splashy Debut: It just has 79 rooms, however the comprehensive Hodges Bay Resort and Spa (from $409) packs a major punch. It touches base in July on fine Hodges Bay, a unimportant 10 minutes from the airplane terminal. A children pool and club oblige families, and a “rum sommelier” and housetop tapas bar deal with grown-ups.
Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve (from $999), is on a previous Rockefeller domain that straddles the sand and wilderness outside San Juan. It will revive in October with a beachside omakase and ceviche bar, an extended spa, and 300,000 plants on the ranch style grounds.
In March, San Juan’s elegant Condado neighborhood invited Serafina Beach Hotel (from $299), the principal lodging from the mainstream New York-based eatery gathering. Each of the 96 breezy, whitewashed rooms accompanies floor-to-roof windows confronting the water.
The island’s Moorish-propelled backbone Belmond Cap Juluca (from $725) revives in November with shining multiroom manors, a boundlessness pool, and a nourishment truck that serves grill and rum beverages on the shoreline. Selective access to that mile-extended length of sand feels particularly VIP.
It took 10 years to change Quintessence Hotel (from $650), a beautiful house on peaceful Long Bay Beach, into nine independently embellished suites—each with Hästens beds, Turkish marble restrooms, and craftsmanship from Haiti. Julians, the “island soul sustenance” bistro, gives the neighborhood season.
The 13 tropical estates of Oscar de la Renta’s solitary lodging, Tortuga Bay (from $795), is a typically chic desert garden in Punta Cana. A style overhaul originates from decorator Markham Roberts; tech enhancements incorporate prearranged cell phones to call your head servant. An uncommon liven: You can swim at the lodging’s air terminal parlor.
Another Royal Hideaway Hotel (from $112) has supplanted El Embajador in a storied Santo Domingo property that showed up in The Godfather Part II. After a $40 million speculation, it has 298 marble-clad rooms and 125,000 square feet of patio nurseries.