At Secret Bay, travelers can laze on white-sand beaches, swim in a sea cave or trek through rainforest reserves on one of the Caribbean’s most remote islands.
The Boutique Hotel Awards sends real-deal judges out into the world to personally vet each shortlisted hotel. Secret Bay beat out other properties for its exquisite rooms and warm-hearted service, Gabbai said. Of course, this perfection comes at a price: One of Secret Bay’s famed 2-person villas will set you back more than $1,000 per night this holiday season.
But hey, it’s never too late to add a vacation to your wish list, right? Here are the winners from the Awards’ other top categories, for inspiration:
Best Beach or Coastal Hotel
El Nido Pangulasian Island, Philippines