Traders' Ridge Resort
Lonely Planet review
The Ridge is an upscale place, with rooms superbly complemented by Micronesian artworks and locally made furniture. More than that, it's a centre for Yapese culture, hosting the superb Ethnic Art Village and a stellar array of cultural programs and tours.
The resort presides over Chamorro Bay from its lofty hilltop perch; it's built on the site of some old colonial German and WWII Japanese buildings and some of those architectural features remain intact. Trader's borrows from all periods of Yapese history and the landscaped grounds are sprinkled with island artworks like canoes, masks and statues; the elegant, wood-panelled lobby follows suit. There's also a superb bar and a great restaurant shaded in among all that lush island greenery, the latter featuring the island's only Yapese professional chef, a chap who whips up suitably unique dishes for the traveller looking for something different. The rooms are spacious and comfortable and evoke the old days. This is refined accommodation with more than a dash of island magic.