The Presidente has long been the most luxurious resort on Cozumel, buried in thick palms and flowering shrubs beside a prime snorkeling and swimming beach.
After Hurricane Wilma devastated its '70s-style open-air architecture in 2005, designer Bryan W. Tarrant came to the rescue with a redesign that injected modern sophistication while retaining its endearing character.
The facade and open-air corridors remain much the same, as do the blooming bougainvillea and hibiscus. But beds were shifted to face the sea in the 220 enlarged rooms and suites, and many of those were tricked out with ocean-view bathtubs, outdoor rain showers, iPod docks, and plasma-screen TVs.
A peaceful adults-only pool replaced a patch of jungle. Find further peace and quiet in the ultraprivate Reef Suite terraces or the Mandara Spa. A session in the temazcal (Mayan steam bath) inspires liquidity in mind and body—as do a few margaritas on the mango-colored couches at the seaside Caribeño restaurant.