We were looking for a peaceful, welcoming home-from-home rather than a cubicle in the concrete timeshare jungle – somewhere affordable where we'd be close enough to the ocean to hear the surf break. At Mei-Pen-Lai, you step across a quiet street right onto the beach, with top-class restaurants just around the corner. What a pleasure to join the regular crowd of joggers and walkers, cool down in a safe, natural tidal pool on the way back, and then drift off in a recliner with a snatch of ocean peaking through the gate posts. Our host, Rory, went out of his way to ensure things went smoothly. I can highly recommend this charming place with its unique ambience and relaxed setting – it is an excellent choice within its price bracket.