It’s not that we didn’t love the old Royal Palms. We did and do. (The older property is just across the street and as secluded and lovely as ever).

It’s just that the new one is so darn hip and contemporary and gorgeous. It’s also really well managed and run. The service, as before, is top notch. And perhaps a surprising aspect: the prices are even more reasonable. There’s more.

Because of a glut of huge mainstream hotels in the area, prices for all properties have been held down. What may not be good news for hotel owners is terrific for consumers. But it’s not because it’s reasonably priced (rates were around $109 when we last stayed a month ago), but because of the value you get.

Fab rooms, a friendly vibe, on-premise spa (with very talented therapists), a well-equipped fitness center, two pools, and possibly best of all a convivial main pool scene with a bar and full-service restaurant, that serves delicious and inventive cuisine. The restaurant hits a trifecta: great service, ambience and food.

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