Budget Beach Getaways (Slideshow)
December 26, 2013
From Thailand to Florida, here are 8 destinations to cure the winter blues without breaking the bank
The Beach House Resort — Hilton Head, South Carolina
The Beach House Resort on Hilton Head Island is one of the newest hotels on the island. Located just steps away from the island’s Coligny Beach area, guests can also enjoy activities like bicycling, paddle boarding, boating or kayaking, or exploring miles of paved trails on foot. The Beach House is located along the most enviable strip of South Carolina shore and is within walking distance of shops and restaurants. With rooms available under the $200 price point, the Beach House Resort is a great option for a quick beach vacation.
B Ocean Fort Lauderdale — Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Out of season, Fort Lauderdale is a perfect place to seek solace for a beach vacation. Rooms in the low season start at $159 per night with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean. B’stro on the Beach is one of the hotel’s signature dining options, offering light fare with items such as the rock shrimp cobb salad, grilled mahi sandwich, and French onion soup — all reasonably priced for the quality of the food.
The Amarya Shamiyana — Goa, India
The Amarya is a group of lifestyle hotels that have several different properties. The Shamiyana property is anchored on Goa's northern shores of trendy Asvem Beach and offers accommodations under $200 per night. The rooms are actually tented suites that are designed for a modern-day Maharaja (or Maharani). For delicious local food in the area that won’t break the budget, try La Plage restaurant showcasing French cuisine right on the beach, where guests can take in beautiful views while enjoying sunset cocktails.
New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel — Hawaii
This property is located on the quiet "Gold Coast" of Waikiki, and close to all of the great restaurants in Honolulu offering a range of cost effective dining options. Rooms at the hotel are mostly under $200 per night, and for on-property dining, the hotel has options like the Japanese restaurant Miyako, and the Hau Tree Lanai Restaurant, featuring Pacific Rim cuisine. The Sunset Lanai Lounge offers small bites and sandwiches for those looking for quick, cheap eats.
B-Lay Tony Tong Resort — Phuket, Thailand
If you’re searching for Thailand luxury at superb prices, look to the Tong Phuket Hotel located just north of Patong beach. This boutique hotel offers the best of Thailand with a great local pool bar great for quick bites and tasty cocktails. It’s also situated close to Khao Phra Thaeo National Park, a perfect cost effective afternoon activity.
LOVE Hotel — St. Maartin
On the beautiful island of St. Maartin is an exquisite boutique hotel boasting seven rooms at prices for under $200 per night ($130-136 per night based on double occupancy). Guests literally step foot right onto the beach from the hotel, and can indulge in afternoon tapas prepared by the hotel’s staff. Beach activities like snorkeling and kayaking are also offered.
La Costa de Papito — Playa Cocles, Costa Rica
At La Costa de Papito, guests can enjoy rates around the $95 mark based on double and triple occupancy. They also have “last minute rates” for the impulsive traveler, with prices around $74, including breakfast. While at the resort, guests can engage in a plethora of budget friendly activities such as biking, surfboarding, kayaking, and snorkeling. For those seeking comfort and solace, yoga is also offered to hotel guests.
Holiday Villa Beach Resort & Spa — Cherating, Malaysia
For a secluded beach getaway, check out the Holiday Villa Beach Resort & Spa. The hotel is steps from the palm-fringed beaches fronting the South China Sea, known for its global surfing scene. The capital deluxe rooms with single occupancy start at roughly $97 and family suites are close to $200. While on property, the hotel offers a host of activities such as tennis, surfing, basketball, and sepak takraw (also known as kick volleyball, a native Malaysian sport). For budget friendly dining, guests can enjoy Malay, Chinese, and international cuisine at the resort’s Beach Restaurant.