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Sol é Luna InnSt. Martin
WHAT IT'S LIKE: Between Grand Case and Orient Bay on the French half of this multicultural island, the cliffside Sol é Luna Inn delivers a modern twist on rustic Provençal style—an ocher-hued stucco exterior covered in bougainvillea, washbasins reminiscent of the Danish designer Verner Panton, colorfully tiled plunge pools. Each of the six spacious rooms and suites has a private terrace with a view of the cerulean waters of Orient Bay, just 10 minutes away. There's no elevator here, and the hilltop rooms are located up a stone stairway—book the Jasmine or Nacre suites for a shorter climb.
WHAT TO DO: Visit the two-acre Plantation Mont Vernon (2 Mont Vernon; 590-590/295-062), where coffee is grown on-site, then dried and roasted to make potent petits cafés, served after the tour. —Jennifer V. Cole