The mega-sized Las Dunas Hotel is the most upscale of the 3 Melia’s Cayo Santa Maria properties. This visual stunner rivals deluxe all-inclusive resorts elsewhere in the Caribbean, at least in ambiance and decor. The setting, of course, excels. The pristine white sands here are stupendous, as are the turquoise waters. The grandiose lobby, with its open plan and reflecting pools with fountains, sets the tone with a dramatic welcome. The architecture is part Caribbean, part Oriental – a colourful fusion in both literal and metaphorical sense. All rooms offer exceptional decor, with two-tone ceramic floors and harmonic subdued colour schemes. Wrought-iron and rich hardwood furniture harmonize with deep-cushioned lounge chairs and sofas. All very elegant! The resort is built around a vast serpentine swimming pool with spacious sundecks, and the range of amenities here is hard to beat. There's even a Coppelia ice cream bar!