Viceroy AnguillaThe Great Recession that ended the decade may have caused delays, but it didn’t stop more than a dozen new resorts from opening—nor did it prevent a few classic ones from re-inventing themselves. For a seductive getaway, honeymoon or anniversary trip, here are the newest (and newly improved) options:

Caribbean
Viceroy Anguilla
debuted in August 2009 with 166 Kelly Wearstler-designed rooms and suites (most with private plunge pools) and rates from $495. The owners of idyllic Little Good Harbour on Barbados in December added The Atlantis Hotel, a 10-suite B&B on the Atlantic coast with rates from $300. New to the Dominican Republic’s all-inclusive scene is Zoetry Agua Punta Cana, offering 53 thatched-roof suites set amid lagoon-like pools with rates from $504, all-inclusive. Taking over a former Four Seasons resort, Sandals Emerald Bay, Great Exuma will debut in late January with 183 adults-only rooms, suites and villas with rates from $700, all-inclusive. The Veranda Resort & Residences will open in February on Providenciales in Turks & Caicos, offering Nantucket- and Key West-inspired studios and one-to-four-bedroom suites along Grace Bay with inaugural rates from $321, all-inclusive. A March newcomer is 157-room W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island, featuring sleek Caribbean-chic décor on this quiet isle off of Puerto Rico, and rates from $409. Also on the horizon is luxurious Scrub Island, featuring 56 rooms and suites on a 230-acre islet in the British Virgin Islands, set for a soft opening on February 11 and a grand opening in April, with rates from $450. One legendary Antigua property has a new look: Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort re-opened in December with 40 remodeled suites and 12 villas on a 300-acre private island and rates from $950, including meals and wine. For more trip-planning resources, check out our Caribbean Travel Guide


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Mexico
The newest luxury lair in Los Cabos is Capella Pedregal, which opened in September offering 66 rooms and suites, each with private terrace and plunge pool and rates from $475. Also new to Los Cabos is Zoetry Casa Del Mar, which opened in December with 42 suites, four swimming pools, sweeping Sea of Cortez views and rates from $648, all-inclusive. And debuting in early 2010 is cliff-top all-pool-villa Banyan Tree Cabo Marqués in Acapulco, which blends vibrant Mexican ambience with soothing Asian aesthetics at rates from $610. For more trip-planning resources, check out our Mexico Travel Guide.


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Hawaii
The Aloha State’s most famous beach continued its 21st-century makeover with the October opening of 38-story Trump International Hotel & Tower Waikiki, featuring 462 sleek rooms and suites with rates from $425. Kauai saw the mid-2009 debut of Koa Kea Hotel & Resort at Poipu Beach, featuring 121 Hawaii-modern rooms with rates from $299. Kauai’s biggest news was the October rebranding of the St. Regis Princeville Resort, featuring 252 sophisticated rooms and suites and Kauai Grill, Hawaii’s first Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant, with rates from $575. For more trip-planning resources, check out our Hawaii Travel Guide.

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