One of St. Maarten’s first and most storied hotels: Mary Pomeroy, original owner of Mary’s Boon, was one of the island’s most colorful characters. She mysteriously disappeared while flying her small plane in 1990. Today, the lovely family-run plantation boutique hotel is on a flawless stretch of blindingly white sand and has recently been redone with as much character as the controversial aviatrix herself. Upgrades to the 37 rooms, pool, and the addition of a spa add increased luxury, and the toes-in-the-sand dining spot, Tides, is über romantic. Poster beds from Bali and artworks grace the suites, and the island vibe is intimate and warm like cottage country at its best, but located smack dab in the middle of full Caribbean splendor.