by Jonathan Vatner | July 01, 2006

Le SerenoPascale Gherardi, vice president and chief operating officer of Island Destinations (, a luxury tour operator, ranks the following new resorts among her favorites.

There are those who vacation in St. Bart’s and those who envy them. Both sides will go green at the sight of Le Sereno (right), a redesign of the Sereno Beach Hotel by Parisian architect Christian Liaigre. (011) 590-590-29-8300;

Amanyara brings Amanresorts’ platform beds and stand-alone tubs to the “it” archipelago of the Turks & Caicos. The 40 accommodations are housed in separate pavilions along the craggy beach. (649) 941-8133;

The Fairmont Mayakoba, now open after a Hurricane Wilma-related delay, is one fabulous focal point of Mayakoba, the master-planned resort development near Playa del Carmen, Mexico. (011) 52-984-206-3000;