Hotel El Sol

Boutique hotel in The Sunset Coast

Run by an eccentric Brit with roots in Malaysia, this quirky, laid-back lodging with permaculture farming is good value. Rooms feature private decks with driftwood furniture and there's a lovely pool adequate for laps. The owner also cooks good Asian and Mediterranean cuisine with advance notice (dinner from US$12) – karaoke optional. Breakfast with fresh bread is available early for surfers.

Meals are also available to the public.