Staying at the intimate Inn at Cupecoy, on the quiet western coast of St. Martin, is like visiting the weekend home of a very gracious and well-connected friend. Indeed, owners Jennifer and Richard London seem to know everyone on the island, and they eagerly share their favorite secret spots. The five guest rooms, built above the Londons' Citrus restaurant—where in-the-know islanders gather for champagne cocktails and French-inspired dishes—and arranged around a marble courtyard pool, have gauze-draped four-poster beds, South African zebra-skin rugs, and expansive bathrooms. Large windows overlook Cupecoy lagoon, framed by orange hibiscus trees. In the morning, breakfast is served poolside at tables that face the craggy silhouette of neighboring Saba island. The Londons can arrange boat trips to this diving haven, but guests usually choose to stay put: there's a woven beach bag and a pair of sarongs in each room, and a shore lined with secluded coves is just a quick walk away. 130 Lowlands, Cupecoy; 599-5/454-333;; doubles from $150.
—Jaime Gross

Inn at Cupecoy