Captain Don's Habitat, Kralendijk, Bonaire
Tel: 599 717 8290
Concierge.com's insider take:
The hissing of air tanks and a wetsuit-clad clientele make it very apparent that this property is obsessed with all things underwater. Owner Don Stewart sailed his schooner Valerie Queen into Kralendijk in 1962 and pioneered the island's eco-conscious diving industryan accomplishment that led to his 2005 induction into the Scuba Hall of Fame. The 85-room property, two miles north of the town center (and an easy 30-yard swim from La Machaca wreck dive), caters primarily to Americans who want to dive all day and half the night, then grab a quick meal on the patio or balcony of their apartment-style, kitchen-equipped villa. If that's too much effort, in-house dining options include Pizza Temple and Rum Runners, a waterside grill with local flavors such as chicken satay and a beef stew with coconut-and-black-eyed-pea polenta. The tented Deco Stop Bar can handle beach-cocktail classics or serve up a signature Bonaire Breeze (rum, tequila, pineapple juice, margarita mix, and blue Curaçao). Now in his 80s, colorful Cap'n Don still holds court every Monday evening with the accompaniment of free rum punch and Moogie, a popular Bonaire musician.