With the current sad state of the economy people are still wanting to get away for a little relaxation. To create the 20-course tasting menu, the cooks turn to the island, foraging for seaweed on the shore, picking berries off the property’s bushes and fishing the Puget Sound for Dungeness crab and Sockeye salmon (that they then roast in the smokehouse and serve in a sizzling cedar box).

Built by passionate individuals, art and antique aficionados, and lovers of authentic food, our engaging Asian collection ranges from discreet Boutique Hotels and tranquil luxury resorts in Asia, to intimate Asian Inns and camps, to beautifully designed full service Villa Rentals and exotic Asian Cruises onboard magnificent sailing boats, as well as creative contemporary restaurants showcasing the magnificent flavours of Asia.

Families can cast a line from the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier—the longest pier in Florida and on the Gulf of Mexico—or literally go with the flow at 600-acre Blackwater River State Park, where visitors can go kayaking, canoeing, or tubing in its namesake freshwater river.

The property’s name translates from the Mayan word for ‘secret,’ and it lives up to its status as a hidden gem, comprised of fairy-tale beach villas and ‘bohios’ nestled on the stunning, mile-long Manzanillo beach awash with light powdery sand and glorious Pacific sunsets.

If you stay in an Airbnb downtown, I suggest living near the R-1 or R-2 bus lines ( map here ). These are the buses get you to and from the hotel zone almost all day — it’s a 20-minute trip, and a ticket costs about $0.75. The R-1 bus runs more, especially late at night, so stay closer to the R-1 if you can.