Concierge.com's insider take:
Located between St. Lucia's only 18-hole golf course and a half-mile-long sweep of virgin beach, this newly completed 74-unit resort village is the first of its kind on the pristine northeast coast of St. Lucia. Trails leading from either end of the beach wind for miles along the undisturbed coast, yet a 15-minute drive leads you to lively Rodney Bay. The best rooms are the three-bedroom private villas located on the beach, each with a private pool and an always accessible butler. So, if you've lost your way while driving around the island, or want dinner for six prepared and set in your gazebo, simply hit the speed dial button on the hotel-provided cell. In addition to the villas, there are a number of one- to three-bedroom apartment suites built around the wide-decked pool. In design and proportion, they feel more like homes than hotel rooms, with fully equipped kitchens and mahogany-floored bedrooms with four-poster beds. With two very good restaurantsone serving Mediterranean cuisine, the other a more casual beach barand one of the best-equipped spas on the island, Cotton Bay serves up a full platter for both families and urban escapees.