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Many beach resorts are extremely pricey, with average nightly rates at some of the bigger chains starting at just under $400, and that’s per person. If you do find one within your budget, it often turns out to be less than desirable, or the beach is just too far away to enjoy it as much as you’d like. Fortunately, by doing some digging, you can find some great, more affordable beach resorts around the world – these 18 properties not only offer a lot, they’re all under $200 a night, with some options quite a bit below that.
Rosalie Bay Resort, Dominica (photos & prices)
Rosalie Bay Resort, with rooms from $150 per night, is an eco-friendly property built by hand over the course of nearly a decade by American-born Beverly Deikel and her Dominican partner Patris Oscar. It offers a tranquil sanctuary nestled among the wilds of Dominica, known as the Nature Island of the Caribbean. Since opening in 2011, it’s already received much acclaim, including being named the No. 2 resort across the Caribbean in the Condé Nast Traveler 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards. Set on 22 lush acres, you’ll find 28 cottages, each with carved mahogany and red-cedar four-poster beds, facing a rocky beach or the Rosalie River. Guests also enjoy organic cuisine, a nature-inspired spa, a personalized wellness program, a beautiful black sand beach where turtles safely nest and more. The property not only relies on solar panels, but it has its own wind turbine, spring-fed onyx colored pool and organic gardens.
ClubHotel Riu Negril, Jamaica (photos & prices)
A beachfront all-inclusive resort in Jamaica for under $100? This property offers rooms starting at $98 per person, per night on the far western tip of the island in Negril. It sits right on the beach, although many guests enjoy hanging out on one of the umbrella-shaded loungers that surrounded the two massively-sized swimming pools, both over 3,000 square feet. This is an ideal property for those who want to get wild and let loose, with complimentary mini-bars and liquor dispensers in the 420 guest rooms regularly re-stocked. Pacha nightclub offers lots of great reggae for dancing the night away, though guests can also enjoy tranquility in the solarium terrace.
Iberostar Costa Dorada, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic (photos & prices)
There are six hotels in the Dominican Republic operated by Iberostar, but this all-inclusive resort just minutes from Puerto Plata, offers rooms starting at $69 per person, per night. Guests can enjoy dining at three restaurants featuring Mexican, Brazilian and international cuisine, as well as a buffet restaurant. When you aren’t hanging out on the beach or relaxing alongside the huge swimming pool, you can take part in all sorts of resort activities, including everything from diving and kayaking to tennis and archery.
Freedom Paradise, Tulum, Mexico (photos & prices)
Freedom Paradise, located on a secluded stretch of white powdery sands at the edge of the Caribbean Sea in Tulum, is an intimate boutique hotel with all-inclusive plans starting at just $79 per person, per night, based on double occupancy. The package includes all meals, unlimited domestic beverages, activities, theme shows and tips. Just a few of the options for fun include snorkeling in the clear, azure waters, kayaking, tennis and ping pong. There are four swimming pools, including one with a swim-up bar. All rooms are just steps away from the sea, with either a partial or full ocean view, as well as air conditioning, satellite TV and balconies or terraces with hammocks. Dining options include the open air Chula Vista Restaurant, which serves buffet meals and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, while Cielito Lindo is an a la carte restaurant open several nights a week.
Royal Decameron Golf Beach Resort & Villas, Farallón, Panama (photos & prices)
This all-inclusive resort is surrounded by lush gardens and set upon a secluded, golden sandy beach, offering the chance to enjoy the glistening waters of the Pacific with complimentary kayaks, paddleboards and windsurfers as well as snorkel gear for taking in the spectacular underwater world. It’s also renowned for its stunning, 18-hole golf course, designed by the internationally acclaimed designer Randall Thompson who masterfully drew on the landscape’s topography to create a tropically exuberant layout, incorporating lush vegetation and lots of water. Guests will have their choice of eight large pools, 11 bars and a variety of dining and nightlife experiences with live music offered most evenings. Rates start at $111 per person, per night.
Azul del Mar, Key Largo, Florida (photos & prices)
Key Largo is less than 70 miles south of Miami, just past the Everglades, and is home to this small, resort property ideal for those who are looking for lots of privacy. This is an adults-only establishment with its own tranquil beach, and John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, which includes part of the largest living reef on the continent, is located just beyond its wood-paneled dock. Snorkeling trips, sunset cruises and wilderness kayak adventures are just a few of the activities offered to guests. Featured as one of Travel and Leisure’s World’s Greatest Hotels, Resorts and Spas as well as Best Hidden Gem in The United States by TripAdvisor users, Azul del Mar is known as the most exclusive all adult hotel in Key Largo, and rates start at just $189 per night.
CasaSandra Hotel Holbox Island, Mexico (photos & prices)
Located northwest of Cancun off the Yucatan Peninsula, Holbox Island is separated from the mainland of Mexico by a shallow lagoon which provides sanctuary to thousands of flamingos, pelicans and other exotic birds and creatures.In spite of its incredible natural beauty, being a bit more difficult to access, its remained unspoiled by mass tourism. At CasaSandra Hotel, guests will enjoy more of a homey feel, with the 16-room resort spread out over five compact buildings, each filled with one-of-a-kind regional pieces and bath products created by local artisans. There are 18 rooms and one luxury villa, starting at $190 per night. Each offers spectacular sea views, fluffy blankets and Egyptian cotton linens.The hotel will also arrange fishing excursions with its chef, Félix Diaz, who will prepare your catch for dinner, and in July, July and August, this is one of the few places on earth where you can swim alongside gentle, harmless whale sharks.
Bahari Beach Bungalows, Savegre, Costa Rica (photos & prices)
At just under $100 per night, you can enjoy six miles of Pacific beach in a nature reserve adjacent to Manuel Antonio National Park. You’ll stay in luxurious safari-tent bungalows set around a sparkling blue pool amid a flourishing garden. This resort is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts who don’t want to rough it, with the mesh walls of the tent providing the sensation of sleeping outside along with the comforts of a spacious bathroom, tiled floors and fresh-cut flowers. The national park is home to 184 bird species and 100 species of mammals. Just nine miles away, you can enjoy 815 acres of coastal rain forest at theHacienda Barú National Wildlife Refuge, home to capuchin monkeys, toucans and three-toed sloths.
Magdalena Grand Beach Resort, Tobago (photos & prices)
The Magdalena Grand Beach Resort offers a chance for the ultimate escape to paradise, set among lush tropical vegetation and a virgin mangrove forest. Guests here can enjoy the excitement of back-to-nature adventures along with the amenities of a large resort development, with all 178 rooms, from $200 per night, featuring ocean view balconies, high-def flat screens and marble baths. You’ll also find four fantastic dining options, three lavish pools and a full-service spa. Head to the beach and you can kick back on complimentary loungers, soaking in the sun and perhaps occasionally taking a dip in the cerulean water. The resort also offers a Kids Club that includes the chance to learn about the island’s leatherback, hawksbill and green turtles.
Oyster Residences Oludeniz, Turkey (photos & prices)
Oysters Residences has donned the covers of legions of guidebooks for at least 30 years, so this resort isn’t exactly an unspoiled paradise, but it’s stunning nonetheless. Here you’ll have access to a brilliant turquoise lagoon and a one-mile expanse of powdery ivory sands set upon a tiny outlet along a beautiful stretch of the Turkish Riviera. You’ll find plenty to do, including swimming the tranquil lagoon waters or off the adjacent beach, as well as hopping aboard a boat to the picturesque beach at Butterfly Valley. This low-rise, 26-room property evokes the town’s charming traditional architecture with stone walls and an olive tree-shaded courtyard, though what’s most memorable is the especially friendly, attentive staff – and, the reasonable price from $191 per night.
El Sitio Hotel, Playa Venao, Panama (photos & prices)
Travelers are increasingly discovering the wonders of Panama’s Pacific beaches as well as the opportunity for more affordable accommodations. The rustic but stylish El Sitio Hotel offers everything from rooms with bunk beds to oceanfront suites with private balconies starting at just $99 per night. The property is set upon a picturesque beach surrounded by rolling hills and tropical vegetation. The region is known for its excellent fishing and surfing, and you can even enjoy sunset horseback rides, yoga and waterfall hikes nearby.
Aleenta Resort & Spa Hua-Hin Pranburi, Thailand (photos & prices)
Twenty miles south of Hua Hin, this beautiful resort sits across a three-mile stretch of pristine white sands featuring luxurious thatched-roof villas and suites, ranging from studios with private plunge pools to loft-style bungalows near the azure, warm waters of the Gulf of Thailand. This small resort offers a very intimate feel with an especially relaxing atmosphere and lovely shaded beachside hammocks ideal for an afternoon nap. A culinary adventure of Asian flavors await in its restaurants and bars, while its bakery offers delectable fresh-baked goods served daily. Guests also enjoy access to a heavenly beachfront spa offering a variety of treatments. Rooms start at $151 per night.
Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa, Mexico (photos & prices)
This intimate, luxury all-inclusive resort is situated in the heart of Ixtapa, attracting travelers not only with its budget-friendly price starting at $150 per person, per night, but the soft sands of its private, pristine beach that sits at the edge of the Pacific. Although there are fewer than 300 rooms, you’ll find the choices typical of a much larger resort. Enjoy imbibing at four bars and dining at eight restaurants ranging from seafood to Italian and Mexican. Gohan’s sushi bar is renowned for its incredibly fresh, tasty fish while the Seaside Grill offers a fantastic steak dinner. You’ll also find two dazzling pools, including an activities pool with waterslides, three pool bars and a new spa.
La Veranda Resort & Spa, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam (photos & prices)
This quiet, palm-fringed island has become one of Southeast Asia’s most talked about destinations – and, La Veranda Resort & Spa, is one of the main reasons it’s become so popular. The 70-room resort is known as the most lavish of the Phu Quoc’s dozen or so hotels and guesthouses, set among tropical gardens on a picturesque 12-mile stretch of soft sand. It boasts large terraces with sweeping sea views as well as two restaurants, a lounge bar, swimming pool, water sports and a day spa. Ask the concierge to arrange a snorkeling or diving excursion in the An Thoi archipelago, or head out on a nighttime squid fishing trip. For just $5 you can indulge in a surfside massage – and, rooms start at just $195 per night.
Bannisters Point Lodge, Mollymook, New South Wales, Australia (photos & prices)
If you want to head Down Under, you can’t go wrong with Bannisters Point Lodge, set atop a Pacific Coast headland in Mollymook, a town popular for surfing as well as watching migrating whales. The three recently refurbished rooms feature balconies that overlook the ocean and eucalyptus trees, while Mollymook Beach is just a short walk down the hill. The onsite restaurant is highly acclaimed for its fresh, local seafood, while the day spa offers incredible ocean vistas along with an extensive array of options including massage and couples treatments like the blissful Tibetan ritual for two. Rooms start at $195 per night.
Avani Bentota Resort & Spa, Sri Lanka (photos & prices)
Avani sits along one of Sri Lanka’s best beaches on the southwestern coast offering 75 spacious, contemporary rooms with rain showers and private patios or balconies. It has an 18th century Dutch village feel with lush lawns and impressive ocean views. While the area is bustling with excitement, moving on from its protracted civil war, it hasn’t become overrun just yet. With rooms from $180 per night, now is the time to take advantage of its beautiful beach and variety of activities, including snorkeling and scuba diving, windsurfing and wakeboarding. Qualified instructors are right onsite if you need a lesson in getting started.
Maison La Vallette, Valletta, Malta (photos & prices)
This historic property in Malta’s capital city of Valletta, is a converted 400-year-old Maltese house with original wooden beams and baroque flourishes like gilded chandeliers and brocade upholstery. The city is surrounded by the water on either side of the small peninsula which juts out into the dazzling blue Mediterranean Sea. You’ll be just steps away from the shore where ferries depart for neighboring islands, though you may want to spend a good chunk of time at Maison La Vallette, where guests have the run of the place, including a kitchen and living room, while the luxurious bedrooms offer especially comfy beds with feather and goose down pillows – all starting at only $125 per night.
The Beach House Holiday Inn Resort, Hilton Head, South Carolina (photos & prices)
This Holiday Inn beach resort was recently updated and offers a refreshing coastal retreat just steps away from Hilton Head Island’s Coligny Beach on the most desirable strip of South Carolina’s shores. The island offers more than 50 miles of scenic hiking and biking trails, while 13 championship golf courses can be found within just a few miles of the property. The onsite restaurant serves up delicious cuisine, along with breathtaking views of the Atlantic. Rooms with cool blue décor from double-bed standards to oceanfront kings, start at just $129 a night.