There's nothing quite like the sense of discovery one feels when arriving at a hidden gem hotel -- a truly special spot that is intimate, remote, underrated, or all of the above. Some people like to brag to their friends about their insider secret; others prefer to keep it all to themselves.
Boardwalk Hotel Aruba: For those in search of a truly intimate boutique experience on Aruba, the Boardwalk Hotel is an excellent mid-range choice. This peaceful 14-room property, tucked behind three massive Marriott properties and situated on a former coconut plantation, remains an oasis of calm. Adventure sport seekers have called this their secret vacation home for years, but the property also appeals to couples and families. The bright, spacious rooms -- more like apartments -- have fully equipped kitchens, fine linens and private patios. Snorkel gear is provided free to guests, as are beach towels, coolers, chairs and umbrellas. There's no direct beach access, but guests can walk to nearby Palm Beach (full of bustling restaurants, casinos and nightlife) or get in the car and head to a hidden beach recommended by the owners -- they know the local scoop, so guests should be sure to ask their advice.
Other Hotels named as hidden gem:
* Strawberry Hill, Jamaica
* The Atlantis Hotel, Barbados
* Parrot Cay and COMO Shambhala Retreat, Turks and Caicos
* Biras Creek Resort, Virgin Gorda
* Fond Doux Holiday Plantation, St. Lucia
* The Gallery Inn, Puerto Rico
* Natura Cabanas, Dominican Republic
* The Rockhouse Hotel, Jamaica
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