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11 Chic and Affordable Beach Escapes Slideshow

11 Chic and Affordable Beach Escapes Slideshow

Postcard Inn: St. Pete Beach, Fla.

The Postcard Inn is a breath of fresh, well-designed, beachy air, with cool vertical bookcases, bright accents, chopped firewood against the café walls, a pool dotted with yellow lounge chairs and cabanas, and a beachfront location. On top of generous amenities, the hotel boasts the much-loved Beachwood BBQ & Burger, as well as a beach bar and Snack Shack where burgers, baby back ribs, and beers are on offer all day. From $182/night.

La Costa de Papito: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

Perfect for families and adventurers, La Costa de Papito sits across the street from the white sandy Cocles beach. Its cozy, rustic bungalows are outfitted with colorful, local accents within and are surrounded by lush greenery outside. Their café and restaurant serve fresh tropical fruits in the morning, followed by fresh tropical cocktails in the evening paired with feasts of Caribbean barbecue. From $89/night for a two or three bedroom bungalow, in peak season.

Ka’awa Loa Plantation: Kealakekua, Hawaii

Staying on a Hawaiian coffee and fruit plantation definitely sounds expensive, what with the vast horizon of lush plants and ocean expanding before you. But sitting on the Big Island, the affordable Ka'awa Loa Plantation boasts five acres, with a bed-and-breakfast from which guests can swim, snorkel, go hiking, ride horses, or tour the farm. The warm, modern Hawaiian rooms have outdoor lava rock showers, a wraparound lanai, and a large gourmet kitchen in a common area. From $129/night.

Townhouse Hotel: Miami, Fla.

You'd be hard-pressed to find more affordable and chic accommodations in Miami than the Townhouse Hotel. It's sleek and white with a few rustic touches, like hand-painted signs directing you to the BONDST lounge. The guestrooms are bright and well-appointed (free Wi-Fi, anyone?) and the rooftop terrace begs for evening cocktails. The hotel will arrange beach chairs and umbrellas for guests, as well. From $215/night.

El Encanto de Cabo Pulmo: Los Cabos, Mexico

Imagine waking up to the purple and orange hues of El Encanto de Cabo Pulmo, an hour from the airport and a world away from Cabo's party scene. With the water lapping just outside, the hotel can be rented as a full house or as separate suites which share the amenities of the main house, like indoor and outdoor dining areas, a full set of beach supplies, a campfire, a barbecue grill, and an outdoor bar. From $105/night.

Jakes Hotel: Treasure Beach, Jamaica

Jakes Hotel has a great sense of humor, a fantastic location, and even better food. They also have stunning indoor and outdoor rooms that will make you wish you booked for an entire month. Guests can spend their time exploring local trails, biking to Billy's Bay Fishing Beach (and bringing your day's catch back to be cooked for dinner), or simply sunbathing. From $195/night.

Natura Cabana: Dominican Republic

Natura Cabana boasts an unspoiled beach, tall palm trees, and a tourist-free vibe, letting guests enjoy the laid-back nature of the sun, sand, and sea. Guests can be active (rent a Jeep or bike to explore the island, go horseback riding, scale waterfalls) or as inactive (sunbathe, take yoga, enjoy the spa, fish) as they like, but they'll all be well fed in one of the hotel's two open-air restaurants serving local cuisine. From $130/night for single occupancy, $90/night for doubles.

Cooper Island Beach Club: Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Bright blue waters and white sandy beaches make up the stunning surroundings of the Cooper Island Beach Club on Tortola. Days spent scuba diving and snorkeling end with sunset cocktails at the hotel's beachfront bar, where stools are made from recycled fishing boats and Caribbean-inspired dinners (think seafood, rotis, and conch fritters) are made from the day's freshest catch. From $250/night, or a seven-night room and meal package is $1,510.

Bahari Beach: Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Tents and hammocks may not sound like the lap of luxury, but at Bahari Beach, they come with an enviable seaside location, oversized beds, private patios, Jacuzzis, and bathrooms. The hotel also wakes guests up with the smells of locally produced coffee in their rustic restaurant, which serves Costa Rican specialties all day. They'll arrange for horseback riding on the beach, rafting, fishing trips, and beach amenities, as well. From $95/night for a tent with a bed; rooms in the main house are less.

CasaSandra Hotel: Holbox, Mexico

On Holbox Island, not far from Cancun, the secluded and luxe CasaSandra Hotel has 20 suites, each with an ocean view. The restaurant's patio, where meals of fresh seafood and fresh local produce are served (chef René Redzepi said it was the best fish he'd ever had), opens directly onto the sandy beach and is prime for sunsets. Suites are luxurious and comfortable, with oceanfront balconies. From $160/night.

Hotel Wailea: Maui, Hawaii

In a part of Hawaii where mega-resorts reign, the Hotel Wailea is a welcomed boutique relief with a cool, design-conscious feel within the lush backdrop of Hawaii. The pool is dotted with mod white loungers and rocky terraces, the beach beckons sunbathers and snorkelers, and the restaurant offers a daily wake-up call of fresh Kona coffee and baked goods. Guests can also take advantage of amenities and services at the nearby Grand Wailea while staying at the hotel. From $220/night.


Turkey Testicle Festival Serves Up 1,200 Pounds Of 'Hot Nuts' During Illinois Thansgiving Tradition (VIDEO)

Tastes just like chicken? Workers at the Parkside Pub in Huntley, Illinois were slaving over deep-fryers Wednesday serving the hungry hordes looking to dine on some delicious turkey testicles.

The pub's 30th annual Turkey Testicle Festival served up close to 1,200 pounds of the unconventional delicacy, according to the Northwest Herald.

Pub co-owner Jeff Lovell said he shipped in the nuts from a farm in Michigan. About an inch to inch-and-a-half long before they're cooked, they take a few days to thaw out.

"It's obviously a product I want to sell out of. I don't order extra," Lovell told the Northwest Herald. "It is similar to cooking chicken. The biggest comparison we get is they [taste] like a deep fried mushroom.

It was a perfect day to eat some "hot nuts," reports the Daily Herald. And with the temperatures peaking in the mid-50s Lovell was hoping to break last year’s attendance record of 4,400 visitors.


30 Picturesque Outdoor Seating Ideas for an Inviting Backyard and Garden

Being outside can become a way of life with these beautiful furnishings.

It&rsquos natural (in fact, it's almost a rule) that as the seasons change, the lure of spending time outdoors grows stronger and stronger. Besides cultivating a lush, verdant landscape, finding the picture-perfect seating pieces to complete your stunning outdoor room or dreamy patio is essential to creating an alluring garden paradise.

A refined outdoor space deserves the same attention as your indoor living areas. Think about these spaces as "rooms," and avoid awkward furniture configurations and outrageous patterns that compete with surrounding greenery&mdashyou want your friends to feel right at home. To create a linger-worthy outdoor space, consider a clever seating arrangement using reclaimed furniture painted a lively shade, antique faux-bois furniture, or a perfectly layered dining table that will welcome guests to lounge while soaking in nature's spectacular delights.


27 Affordable Beach Resorts

Imagine yourself, for an indulgent moment, sunbathing on Tiririca Beach in Brazil&rsquos Bahia. Palm trees cast slender shadows along the stretch of golden sand the sparkling, azure ocean beckons you in for a swim. After your dip, it&rsquos just a short meander through the trees to Pousada Sage Point, a 17-suite inn, and your spacious quarters with Balinese décor and four-poster canopy bed. Before getting ready for a leisurely seafood dinner, you can wander out onto your private balcony, stretch out in your hammock, and listen to the surf.

The Best Part: All this costs just $108 a night.

In the depths of winter, who doesn&rsquot dream about a beach vacation? But though private balconies and water views usually come with hefty price tags, beach bargains don&rsquot have to be a dream. There really are luxurious beach resorts out there costing less than $250 per night.

So Travel + Leisure sent correspondents around the globe to uncover the best affordable beach resorts. What did we find? That you can travel to some of the world&rsquos most gorgeous stretches of sand and find great, authentic places to stay without cashing out your 401k.

How about a white-sand beach on St. Martin in the Caribbean for just $125 a night?At the Sol é Luna Inn on the French half of the island, you can stay in one of the six spacious rooms and suites. Sure, there&rsquos a tradeoff for the low cost: Orient Bay is 10 minutes away, and there&rsquos no elevator still, the modern inn is charmingly covered in bougainvillea, and each room has a private terrace and water view.

Over in Europe, the dollar may be taking a beating against the euro (see how to stretch your dollar, even in Western Europe) and France may not exactly be the least-expensive country to visit. But you can still find affordability near the port town of Concarneau, at the new Les Sables Blanc. For $191, you can stay an intimate inn where most of the 20 rooms have a sea view from the bed, along with private balconies.

Or how about heading to Goa, India, where an inn named Elsewhere sits right on the beach in a forest of coconut trees, and where you can stay for $100 a night. Your tent will be decked out with a four-poster bed, modern bathroom, and private lanai. Bali can be affordable, too, if you stay at Alila Manggis. Adjacent to an active volcano, this inn has 56 rooms that all face the Bali Sea, with a central garden where free daily yoga classes are held. And it&rsquos yours for $230 a night.

The U.S. has options as well, of course. Azul del Mar, in Key Largo, is a six-room Art Deco villa with a private beach for just $189 a night. And if your beach fantasies take you further north, the Breakwater Inn & Spa in Kennebunkport, Maine feels like a traditional New England cottage. Its 34 rooms sit on a pebbly beach lined with Adirondack chairs, perfect for greeting the morning sun, and it&rsquos just $159 per night.

In fact, no matter where in the world you want to go, we&rsquove uncovered an affordable resort, complete with tips on what to do in the area. Even better, we&rsquove put these spots to the T+L test, so you can be certain that "affordable" doesn&rsquot actually mean "cheap."


11 Perfect Chocolate Chip Cake and Cupcake Recipes

Nearly any baker (novice, expert, or otherwise) will have chocolate chips stockpiled in their pantry&mdashand for good reason. All bakers know that chocolate chips instantly transform any treat you're making, and while many would argue that chocolate chips are best in cookies, there are so many recipes that are made better with their help, like the Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins shown here. You can create so many delicious desserts using a bag of chocolate chips. Whether you prefer a plain, sweet profile or a dessert that's a little richer, adding a cup&mdashor two!&mdashof morsels can transform a regular dessert into a decadent option the entire family will enjoy.

As many bakers will tell you, making a batch of chocolate chip cookies is different for everyone. Many have opinions on which ingredients make a dough special (and what doesn't), but nearly everyone agrees about the importance of the chocolate chips. The same is true for a classic cupcake interpretation of the delicious chocolate chip cookie: You'll need an entire 12-ounce bag of chocolate chips for our cupcake batter. More chocolate chips take these cupcakes over the top they're pressed onto the top of each little cake before they are baked, an expert finishing touch.

Of course, cupcakes aren't the only sweet treat that benefits from a generous sprinkle of chocolate morsels. You'll find our chocolate chip cake recipes are most delightful, and that's also true of the pies in this collection. These sweet recipes are delicious proof that chocolate chips are a versatile tool in any baker's arsenal, and shine beyond a classic cookie.


The World's Most Gut-Busting Meals


America rarely makes it onto lists of the world's healthiest or fittest countries. We're known for Texas-sized portions and places like the Heart Attack Grill. But just because the deep-fried spotlight shines brightest on the United States doesn't mean that other countries are just sitting around drinking hot tea and eating leafy greens all day. Eye-bogglingly fattening foods seem to be somewhat of a universal language, with countries from Cuba to Canada and Scotland to South Africa dreaming up all kinds of calorie-laden indulgences (Photo Credit: Flickr/Sifu Renka).

While Chinese food is one of the world's healthiest cuisines, that hasn't stopped them from dishing up deep-fried sweet rolls that are dunked in condensed milk or deep-fried pork chops smothered in gravy. Same goes for diners in Tokyo. Despite being exposed to more Michelin-stars than any other city on earth, they can curb hunger pangs with a $16 foie gras burger. Even though it may sound like a stateside invention, deep-fried pizza didn't start in the U.S. -- it's a Scottish creation. The English are no strangers to guilty pleasure dishes, whether it's fish and chips or Shepherd's pie, but the True Love Roast at Heal Farm is practically virtuosic, cooking 12 birds together, one stuffed inside the other like poultry nesting dolls. It ultimately comes out to 50,000 calories and can serve 125 people.

Of course, no one serves innovative gut-busting meals year after year quite like the stateside creators of deep-fried Coca-Cola, but it turns out the rest of the world is just as capable of clogging up arteries and packing in the calories as we are. Now we just have to learn that pesky lesson of everything in moderation.


10 Chic, New, and Affordable Hotels in the Desert

From Scottsdale to Baja, desert destinations are attracting hip, new (or newly renovated) boutique properties—trading cookie-cutter design for highly fashionable, highly intimate digs. The best part? Room rates are low. Here are 10 of our faves.

From Scottsdale to Baja, desert destinations are attracting hip, new (or newly renovated) boutique properties—trading cookie-cutter design for highly fashionable, highly intimate digs. The best part? Room rates are low. Here are 10 of our faves.

Located in Paradise Valley, Arizona (near Scottsdale), Mountain Shadows is surrounded by breathtaking mountain views. Originally opened in 1959 and rebuilt in 2017, new features include an art gallery (exhibiting mostly local, Modernist artists), poolside cabanas, and an all-day restaurant. Floor-to-ceiling windows and&mdashin premium guestrooms&mdashbalconies welcome tons of natural light. From $195/night

Located in Paradise Valley, Arizona (near Scottsdale), Mountain Shadows is surrounded by breathtaking mountain views. Originally opened in 1959 and rebuilt in 2017, new features include an art gallery (exhibiting mostly local, Modernist artists), poolside cabanas, and an all-day restaurant. Floor-to-ceiling windows and&mdashin premium guestrooms&mdashbalconies welcome tons of natural light. From $195/night

Straying from typical Southwestern aesthetics, Holiday House in Palm Springs&mdashwhich opened in 2017&mdashfeatures a beachy white-and-blue palette throughout its 28 guestrooms rooms. Floral wallpaper, framed seaside scenes, and woven fabrics complete the look. &ldquoFried Chicken Fridays,&rdquo al-fresco dining and drinking, and a stylish pool effortlessly coax guests into relaxation. From $159/night

Straying from typical Southwestern aesthetics, Holiday House in Palm Springs&mdashwhich opened in 2017&mdashfeatures a beachy white-and-blue palette throughout its 28 guestrooms rooms. Floral wallpaper, framed seaside scenes, and woven fabrics complete the look. &ldquoFried Chicken Fridays,&rdquo al-fresco dining and drinking, and a stylish pool effortlessly coax guests into relaxation. From $159/night

Liz Lambert&rsquos trending Bunkhouse Group (which includes three hot Austin hotels) opened its first property south of the border, and it&rsquos every bit as stylish as we&rsquod expect it to be. Hotel San Cristobal in Baja, Mexico, features 32 funky rooms&mdashthink &lsquo70s-inspired shower tiles, tasseled pillows, and colorful Mexican blankets&mdashsituated around a dreamy pool and lounge with ocean views. From $235/night

Liz Lambert&rsquos trending Bunkhouse Group (which includes three hot Austin hotels) opened its first property south of the border, and it&rsquos every bit as stylish as we&rsquod expect it to be. Hotel San Cristobal in Baja, Mexico, features 32 funky rooms&mdashthink &lsquo70s-inspired shower tiles, tasseled pillows, and colorful Mexican blankets&mdashsituated around a dreamy pool and lounge with ocean views. From $235/night

Last year, an enclave of 10 vintage trailers, dubbed Hotel Luna Mystica , popped up eight miles from Taos, New Mexico. Each one has a quirky name and theme, like &ldquoJazzy&rdquo&mdashoutfitted with Mexican floor tiles, leather benches, and a cow skull&mdashand is insulated to withstand chilly desert nights. Hammocks and fire pits encourage guests to chat and enjoy the 12 surrounding acres of nature. From $70/night

Last year, an enclave of 10 vintage trailers, dubbed Hotel Luna Mystica , popped up eight miles from Taos, New Mexico. Each one has a quirky name and theme, like &ldquoJazzy&rdquo&mdashoutfitted with Mexican floor tiles, leather benches, and a cow skull&mdashand is insulated to withstand chilly desert nights. Hammocks and fire pits encourage guests to chat and enjoy the 12 surrounding acres of nature. From $70/night

Built in 1933, this secluded 18-villa property &mdashset in downtown Palm Springs and framed by the San Jacinto Mountains&mdashwas revamped in 2016. Suites feature private patios, clawfoot tubs, and fire pits and crisp white interiors feature Spanish-style furnishings with eclectic accents, like a yellow peacock chair from the &lsquo70s. There&rsquos also a spa, restaurant, and bar on site. From $196/night

Built in 1933, this secluded 18-villa property &mdashset in downtown Palm Springs and framed by the San Jacinto Mountains&mdashwas revamped in 2016. Suites feature private patios, clawfoot tubs, and fire pits and crisp white interiors feature Spanish-style furnishings with eclectic accents, like a yellow peacock chair from the &lsquo70s. There&rsquos also a spa, restaurant, and bar on site. From $196/night

Open since 2015, but fresh off an expansion, The Downtown Clifton in Tucson, Arizona, earns hipster cred with turntables in the rooms, Roku on the TVs, and splashy works by local artists on the walls. Buildings at this motel date back to 1947 but have been completely refreshed. Think of this as a cool vintage motel&mdashminus the shag carpet and floral bedspread. From $99/night

Open since 2015, but fresh off an expansion, The Downtown Clifton in Tucson, Arizona, earns hipster cred with turntables in the rooms, Roku on the TVs, and splashy works by local artists on the walls. Buildings at this motel date back to 1947 but have been completely refreshed. Think of this as a cool vintage motel&mdashminus the shag carpet and floral bedspread. From $99/night

Glam and gorgeous, Scottsdale&rsquos Hotel Adeline opened in early 2018, following a $12 million renovation. The renewed interiors stay true to its midcentury-modern roots, while offering luxury perks like an infinity pool, fitness center, whiskey bar, and three restaurants (including Selfmade, which features cool macramé wall hangings and an outdoor fireplace). From $89/night

Glam and gorgeous, Scottsdale&rsquos Hotel Adeline opened in early 2018, following a $12 million renovation. The renewed interiors stay true to its midcentury-modern roots, while offering luxury perks like an infinity pool, fitness center, whiskey bar, and three restaurants (including Selfmade, which features cool macramé wall hangings and an outdoor fireplace). From $89/night

This Baja hotspot comprises 10 bubble-like cabins, designed in France, each with a private bath and clear roof, which make for surreal sunrises and stargazing. Open since 2017, Campera is surrounded by sprawling vineyards (this is Valle de Guadalupe, after all), and guests can enjoy morning coffee at the bistro table set outside their front doors. From $145/night

This Baja hotspot comprises 10 bubble-like cabins, designed in France, each with a private bath and clear roof, which make for surreal sunrises and stargazing. Open since 2017, Campera is surrounded by sprawling vineyards (this is Valle de Guadalupe, after all), and guests can enjoy morning coffee at the bistro table set outside their front doors. From $145/night

While not quite boutique, this 150-room Autograph Collection property &mdashwhich opened last spring in Palm Desert, California&mdashmakes the list for its sleek, stylish decor and restored Airstream trailer, bookable in the coming months. Airstream guests have access to hotel amenities, including the spa, chic poolside cabanas, and access to Desert Willow Golf Course (for a charge). From $125/night

While not quite boutique, this 150-room Autograph Collection property &mdashwhich opened last spring in Palm Desert, California&mdashmakes the list for its sleek, stylish decor and restored Airstream trailer, bookable in the coming months. Airstream guests have access to hotel amenities, including the spa, chic poolside cabanas, and access to Desert Willow Golf Course (for a charge). From $125/night

This 1960s-era Palm Springs property , designed by Albert Frey, got a makeover in 2016 thanks to a couple of Brooklynites. Each of the 16 rooms features top-to-bottom midcentury design, including a vibrant yellow-and-teal palette and retro furnishings&mdashright down to the ice bucket. From $159/night

This 1960s-era Palm Springs property , designed by Albert Frey, got a makeover in 2016 thanks to a couple of Brooklynites. Each of the 16 rooms features top-to-bottom midcentury design, including a vibrant yellow-and-teal palette and retro furnishings&mdashright down to the ice bucket. From $159/night


12 Secret Caribbean Hotels for a Crowd-Free Beach Getaway

Idyllic island retreats can be closer than you think. When Cuban native Sandra Perez was looking for a secluded place to create her art, she fell under the spell of Holbox on Mexico&rsquos Caribbean coast north of Cancún, where beachcombing and barefoot dinners under the stars are part of the daily routine.

Soon after, Perez founded a 17-room beachfront hotel, CasaSandra. &ldquoThis place is not made for mass tourism,&rdquo she declares. &ldquoIt&rsquos not all about profit like in other larger destinations it&rsquos more about being creative and welcoming, and inspiring love in our guests.&rdquo

That philosophy repeats itself at other secret Caribbean hotels on other lesser-known islands, from tiny specks in the Bahamas to UNESCO-listed hideaways off the coast of South America. Characterized by their off-the-beaten-path locations, cultural and adventure offerings, and a refreshing lack of bling, these destinations offer novel perspectives on the Caribbean.

Whether it&rsquos a cliff-top villa among the wild landscapes of Dominica, the surprise of French auberge-style hospitality in Guadeloupe or Martinique, or the small miracle of a beach entirely to yourself, our hotel picks are likely to turn up a side of the Caribbean you didn&rsquot know existed.


11 Chic Ways to Pack Your Lunch

These are perfect for storing dry sides like potato chips and pretzels and are machine-washable--so snacks won't taste like salt and vinegar chips when they should taste like almonds. (re)zip snack 6 pak, $20 blueovocado.com

Six and a half stainless steel-encased cups for the three-course lunchers out there (and for their biceps). V3 Tier Stainless Steel Food Carrier, $25 To-Go Ware

Beach days are almost gone, but cute coolers like this one can stick around all year long. Cool Clutch, $17 bungalowco.com

We'll judge your California roll less harshly if you put it in this box, but no promises on the avocado maki. Curving Natural Wood Bento Box, $21 J-List

Keep food the correct temperature all day in this cozy-looking bag. Turn it inside out and use it as a pillow for post-lunch naps. Wool Insulated Lunch Bag, $41.95, Life Without Plastic

This slideshow would not be complete without the absolutely unnecessary vintage buy. Your outfit hasn't looked so cool since you debuted your perfectly worn-in Frye boots. Vintage Industrial Red Lunch Box, $32 Etsy.com

If you're the kind of person who is forced to eat dry salad with your fingers (you forgot your dressing and fork), this is the box for you--just check out its accessories. And to be completely honest, we really love its name. Box Appetit, $22 Black+Blum

BYO lunches are necessary evils doing so saves money, diminishes waste, and insures that you won't starve when you're stuck booking your boss's spin class instead of grabbing a midday meal with friends. Still, no matter which way you turn it, a foil-wrapped meal is, well, unsophisticated. The good news? It in doesn't have to be. Here are 11 chic ways to transport food to work. To you, from us, with lunch. --Nina Wolpow


Best Affordable Beach Resorts

&ldquoGet me a stretch of sand and a hammock and I&rsquom happy,&rdquo says Kirsty Hathaway of U.K.-based BeachTomato.com, a fashion and travel site focused on beach vacations. &ldquoAwaking to the sound of rumbling waves, completely immersed in nature and wildlife. This, for me, is the epitome of true escapism.&rdquo

Escapism looks a little different for everyone, but we can all agree that a reasonable price tag spells relaxation almost as much as a hammock and a cold one. So we&rsquove rounded up our favorite affordable beach resorts worldwide, each checking in between $50 and $250 per night.

After all, a beach vacation isn&rsquot rocket science. The three key ingredients are simple: sun, sand, surf. It&rsquos not all about the tanning butlers or 12-course molecular gastronomy tasting menus or the flat-screen pool-cabana entertainment systems. And it certainly isn&rsquot about watching your bank account wash out to sea.

So what can you get that&rsquos comfortably priced? How about Auberge Carnish, an airy modern cottage along a rugged curve of the Scottish coast where otters frolic in the misty dawn. Reclaimed merbau hardwoods and bath products of local lavender and seaweed bring the outside in. Price tag? $175 per night.

It&rsquos also perfectly possible to splash out in a trendy destination like Panama, and still come in within budget. Donald Trump&rsquos curving skyscraper in Panama City should do the trick&mdashwith a deep-soak tub and high thread count included. Pair that urban beach experience with a stay along the Pacific coast beaches&mdashfantastic for surfing&mdashat the rustic-but-stylish El Sitio (from $99 per night).

Further afield, you, too, can find your bliss among the beaches of Goa, India, which have welcomed bohemian types since the &rsquo60s. Amarya Shamiyana, a collection of four Moghul-inspired tents in a palm-shaded oasis&mdashjust down the beach from Jade Jagger&rsquos boutique&mdashchannels that carefree, chic spirit. The hotel bursts with color, from playful hand-painted damask murals to metallic beanbag chairs, and puts you within walking distance of the beautiful party people (from $110 per night).

Luxe-mod Peruvian surf breaks? Nouveau preppy Kennebunkport, ME? Avant architecture in Norway? Yup, we&rsquove got those too. So go ahead and dive in. The forecast is sunny for this choose-your-own-resort adventure.