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Jaguar Reef Lodge and Spa, Hopkins Village

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Hopkins Village
Tel: 866 910 7373 (toll-free)
Tel: 501 520 7040's insider take:

With its multiday packages, encyclopedic activities catalog (greatest hits include snorkeling, hiking, and zip lining), and spacious casitas and suites, the 25-room Jaguar Reef works well for families. But this lodge on a 600-acre peninsula on the southern Caribbean coast also draws many a honeymooning couple. And if you happen to be a flirtation-seeking woman traveling alone, perfect: A more attentive staff you'll never find. (Read: Sola travelers who prefer to be left alone may do better elsewhere). Whatever your travel profile, you'll likely end up on at least some of the excursions, even if you hadn't planned to: Other guests who've done them will persuade you over, say, club sandwiches or seafood pie (a local favorite). There's a lot of intra-table chatting at meals here. And be sure to stop by the recently revamped Butterflies spa. While the signature California Relaxing Massage may seem oddly juxtaposed, go with it: Even a minute in, you won't be quibbling over geography.

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