What: A five-star luxury resort that is considered THE premier address in the Caribbean.

Where: On the island of St. James, Barbados, in the West Indies.

Why: Testament to its 2004 makeover, the 112-room Sandy Lane still shows no signs of ceding its reputation as one of the best hotels in the world. Celebrities, royalty and high-profile sports personalities have been flocking to this paradisical retreat to seek ultimate respite since it first opened in the 1960s. They do not have to search far once arrived as service is top notch and the facilities even better. Space is the real attraction here and from the 7,300-square-foot private villa to the rest of the hotel suites (rooms average around 900 square feet), all are modern and elegantly furnished, boasting oversized bathtubs, parabolic speakers and large verandas. On the activities end: the hotel has three world-class golf courses, nine tennis courts, a large spa complete with waterfall and prides itself on having the best restaurant on the island, L'Acajou.