Vacation seems a lot less relaxing when you’re staying at a resort that’s wreaking havoc on your budget. Rather than splurge on an expensive resort, why not opt for a more budget friendly place to stay? Spending less doesn’t mean you’re getting less — it just means you’re saving some money for other fun vacation activities. These eight resorts give you the most bang for your buck by offering reasonable rates, great views, and front row access to all the area has to offer. Here’s a look at some of the cheapest beach resorts around the world.
1. Ke Iki Beach Bungalows, Oahu
Soak up Hawaii’s beauty from one of the 11 beachfront bungalows offered at the Ke Iki Beach Bungalows. You’ll overlook Hawaii’s beautiful North Shore while having front row access to a lovely beach and relaxing hammocks. Only a few minutes away is Haleiwa, a quaint town filled with fun places to explore. The only downside to this resort is there aren’t any additional amenities offered (other than the hammock and a grill.) However, an Oyster review says the great location makes the lack of amenities worth it. For a little over $200 a night, you’re paying for your own little piece of paradise.
2. Aqua Wellness Resort, Nicaragua
Offering you excellent amenities, a white-sand beach that’s both secluded and beautiful, and a restaurant that offers you great local dishes, the Aqua Wellness Resort is a great place to stay. Rates at this luxurious, spa-like resort start around $160 a night. What can you expect? An eco-friendly design, unique wildlife sightings, and if you’re lucky, a room that comes with a plunge pool and ocean view. While you’re there, take advantage of the free group yoga classes that are held on wooden platforms; you’ll be able to take in breathtaking ocean views while getting in your daily exercise, according to ABC News.
3. Azul del Mar, Key Largo
For $189 a night, you can enjoy a stay at the six-room Azul del Mar. The oceanfront mansion is owned by a husband and wife who go the extra mile to ensure you’re enjoying your stay (expect fresh fruit, yogurt, and pastries to be delivered to your door for breakfast.) You also have access to two outdoor grills on the property, which you can enjoy before hitting the private beach that’s adjacent to the property, writes Travel + Leisure.
If you’re looking for a place that will provide optimal relaxation, Azul del Mar’s adults-only policy will help ensure you get just that. Looking for room suggestions? Try the Garden Suite Caribe for its Jacuzzi-jet bathtub and private patio, or the Aquamarina and Celeste rooms, which both offer floor-to-ceiling windows and views of Florida Bay.
4. Jake’s, Jamaica
You’ll have a variety of trendy, budget friendly cottages to pick from on Treasure Beach. A one bedroom starts around $100. Jake’s also offers great specials if you want to spend a little bit more and load up on fun activities. For example, for $990 you can get a four-night, five-day stay that includes three yoga classes, two Tai Chi classes, two bicycles rides/runs, three days of strength training, a $50 spa credit, a meal plan, and garden view accommodations. Not bad, right? Something else to consider: there’s no phone, Internet, or TV in any of the cottages (it helps to cut down on the price), so if you’re looking for a place to unplug, this is definitely it.
5. Puako Bed & Breakfast, Big Island
For $98 a night, you’ll get one of the four quest rooms outfitted with tropical furniture and bright Hawaiian designs. You’ll have access to great snorkeling and beaches that are perfect for surfing. Your wonderful low-key host and hula performer/instructor, Punahele Andrade, will ensure you’re served a hearty breakfasts of Belgian waffles, Hawaiian sweet bread, and Kona coffee before you head out to explore, according to Travel + Leisure.
6. El Encanto de Cabo Pulmo, Baja California Sur
“Though it’s only about 60 miles northeast from the well-known resort community of Cabo San Lucas, the village of Cabo Pulmo has a rustic vibe that makes it feel a world away. A two-minute walk down a sandy path from the town’s beach brings you to El Encanto de Cabo Pulmo, an inn comprised of three private suites with palm-thatch roofs, rattan chairs, vintage Oriental carpets, and Mexican artwork,” writes Budget Travel. There’s a three-night minimum stay at the solar powered inn that’s surrounded by beautiful gardens, but at $90 a night, it’s well worth it. You’ll find yourself mesmerized by the vivid coral reefs, the crystal clear constellations, and stunning views.
7. GBB Hotel Front Marítim, Barcelona
Soak up some of Spain’s culture, cuisine, and coastlines while staying at the GBB Hotel Front Maritim. The luxurious rooms start from $129 a night, offering you suites with big windows and calming earth tones. Across the street you’ll find La Nova Mar Bella Beach, writes Budget Travel, where you can rent sun beds and umbrellas, or simply stroll the boardwalk. If you plan to dine in, anticipate eating savory Mediterranean cuisine at the house restaurant, Forum, which serves dishes such as grilled tuna topped with tomato and fried fillet of monkfish served with crisped garlic (a Catalonian specialty.) You can also take the metro for a short 20-minute ride into the heart of Barcelona.
8. White Sands Beach Villas, Barbados
What better way to relax than by enjoying your own condo by the sea? Oyster suggests staying at this 22-unit condo building on the island’s south coast. You’ll be near restaurants and bars, but will still feel as though you have the area all to yourself. If you’re looking for a little excitement, stop by St. Lawrence Gap, a mile-long stretch of bars, restaurants, shops, eateries, and nightclubs. As an added bonus, a nearby beach remains virtually crowdless most of the year. You can opt for one-, two-, or three-bedroom units decked out with stainless steel appliances and contemporary furniture. Expect prices to start around $240.
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