Comfortable Dubrovnik Boutique Apartments

Comfortable Dubrovnik Boutique Apartments

October 31, 2015

Three stylish self-catering apartments in a carefully restored 17th-century townhouse within the medieval walls of Dubrovnik’s Old Town (each sleeps 2-4) Medieval carved stonework and contemporary oil paintings come together here, to provide a homely base for exploring Dubrovnik’s magnificent UNESCO-listed historic centre. The 1-bedroom abodes are hidden away on a peaceful side street off […]

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Top 10 budget beach BBs in the Seychelles

January 26, 2015

Colibri Guesthouse, Praslin For a room with a five-star view, Colibri is hard to beat. Nine rustic rooms – all wood and stone – ensconced amid tropical foliage that tumbles down a hillside to the turquoise waters of Baie Sainte Anne. There’s no beach but you can use the small infinity pool overlooking the bay […]

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Top 10 budget beach stays in Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

December 8, 2014

Wild Coast Swell Eco Lodge, MngcibeOffering a stylish and serene alternative to the sometimes rowdy backpacker lodges in nearby Coffee Bay, Swell Eco Lodge is a clutch of thatched rondavels on a grassy hillside at the mouth of the Mdumbi river, with sweeping ocean views. Each unit is spacious, with handmade furniture and cute, upcycled […]

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Top 10 budget beach hotels, villas and bungalows in Bali and Lombok

October 6, 2014

BALI Good Karma Bungalows A long standing local legend on Bali’s north-east coast, Good Karma sits at the foot of the sacred volcano Gunung Agung, the island’s highest peak at 3,031 metres. The sand here is volcanic – in fact the beach in front of Good Karma is of smooth black pebble. The draw is […]

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Top 10 budget beach hotels, villas and campsites in Croatia

July 3, 2014

Croatia has a short and intense high season. All prices cited here are valid for stays from mid-June to late August. Note that rates drop dramatically – sometimes by up to 50% – out of season. Beaches are rare in rocky Croatia, so these top 10 picks book out far in advance. Hotel Solitudo, Lastovo […]

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Top 10 budget beach hotels, hostels and campsites near Vancouver, British Columbia

June 25, 2014

HI Jericho Beach, Vancouver A whiff of military utilitarianism still permeates the basic private rooms of this converted 1930s air force barracks, 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver, set amongst the beachside blackberry bushes. But the imposing white HI Jericho Beach hostel also retains the convivial air that wafted around the decommissioned base when it was […]

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Top 10 budget beach hotels and guesthouses in Sri Lanka

February 26, 2014

Beach Hut, Arugam Bay This simple collection of rooms has been around for almost 25 years, and the atmosphere is pure surfer-casual – which is appropriate, given that Arugam Bay is Sri Lanka’s surf hotspot. Seven rustic treehouses on stilts have views and cool breezes, and there are six more rooms on the ground (some […]

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Top 10 budget beach hotels and bungalows in Cambodia

January 31, 2014

Koh Thmei Resort, Koh Thmei Part of Ream national park, which is a favourite with twitchers due its 150 different kinds of birds, Koh Thmei island is a 50-minute boat ride (often accompanied by dolphin sightings) from Koh Kchhang fishing village. It feels world’s away from the rampant development of Sihanoukville on the mainland. The […]

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Top 10 budget beach hotels in the Dominican Republic

November 6, 2013

The Dominican Republic is not just about merengue music and package holidays. It’s a big island (more than twice the size of Wales, and second only to Cuba in the Caribbean) so there’s plenty of room for variety and genuine Dominican life, unlike on smaller islands that are monopolised by tourism. With the all-inclusive resorts […]

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Thailand’s top 10 beach hotels and places to stay on a budget: part two

October 15, 2013

Mango House, Koh Lanta You’ll find Mango in the only remaining non-tourist fishing village on popular Koh Lanta. Set in a traditional wooden house on a small pier, rooms are bright with large balconies and sumptuous sea views. Beaches are on nearby islands a short boat ride away or a 15-minute bike journey. They have […]

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