2013 BEST Resort Hotel, Nantucket
What’s almost as unbearable as the slow ferry to Nantucket? The July and August crowds. Get away from it all at the Relais & Châteaux-recognized Wauwinet, perched among the dunes on the island’s sleepy eastern tip. Sunbathe on the resort’s private beaches, sip sparkling rose at Topper’s, or indulge in a basalt-stone massage at the spa. And if you suddenly desire civilization, there’s a shuttle to town that runs daily on the hour.