Hibiscus Garden

Resort in Santa Catalina

On Playa Lagartero, 11km northeast of Santa Catalina, these relaxed lodgings, owned by an Oakland, California-based hip-hop artist, fuse modern with rustic, with stylish installations and minimal fuss. Rooms have recycled driftwood beds and private hammock terraces. There's a recording studio in the works and music festivals planned onsite. The 6km-long beach is calm, secluded and very swimmable.

For some, the distance from town is a drawback, though a shuttle (one way US$5) is available. Hosts can organize horseback riding (US$25), stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), surf lessons and fishing trips. The Hibiscus Restaurant is a destination in itself (though guests also have use of a fully equipped communal kitchen).