From Spain to Sri Lanka, this month’s hottest hotels
THE HORNED DOREST PRIMAVERA
Rincón, Puerto Rico
WHAT YOU’LL FIND JUST OUTSIDE: The hotel sits 10 minutes south of Rincón, one of the great surfing destinations of the Caribbean. A host of down-home tiki bars, surfing schools, yoga studios and sundry shacks along the shore offset the resort’s incessant pampering—not that you’ll be complaining, of course.
HOT DISH: At dawn, local lobstermen head out to catch your dinner. At night, chefs at the tile-and-terracotta Restaurant Aaron will grill lobster tails and smother them in butter and herbs, then set them on a bed of home fries with sautéed pearl onions and asparagus. The only way to feel closer to the sea is to be in it.
LOBBY RESEMBLES: The alfresco Spanish Colonial lobby has twin staircases in the style of old sugarcane plantations. The lobby’s columns, tiling, fountain, sconces and wicker furniture are straight out of the 1800s (the seawall upon which the hotel stands, in fact, was built for a 19th-century sugarcane train).
BEST PLACE TO HANG OUT: You are never going to want to leave your room, what with the ocean view, five-star service and plunge pool. Peep-proof patio walls make the suite feel like a private palace. There really is no need to go anywhere else—or even wear clothes. The hotel veranda, while dressier, is also nice.