Sea-U Guest House
What’s It’s Like: From the front, this hideaway on the island’s east coast doesn't look like much, but out back is a two-story plantation-style hotel with seven simple rooms cooled by island breezes. Opened by friendly former travel writer Uschi Wetzels, this place isn't for everyone—there's no air-conditioning or television, guests share a single phone, and mosquito repellent can come in handy at sunset. Easygoing Americans and Europeans get to know each other over family-style meals, and entertainment is provided by the wandering resident cat and monkeys playing in the trees.
Why It’s a Bargain: Located in the fishing village of Bathsheba near beaches with stunning rock formations and some of the best surfing in the world.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.