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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 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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East Caribbean’s top 10 beach hotels and places to stay on a budget

February 22, 2012

Hummingbird Beach Resort, St Lucia Unfussy, wallet-friendly and convivial – this inn is ideally positioned on the beach in Soufrière, St Lucia’s largest west coast settlement. This quiet town is the heart and soul of the country, with a smattering of colonial-era buildings scattered in the centre and a lively seafront. At the northern end […]

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

January 16, 2012

Sai Thong Resort, Koh Tao While the nearby gulf islands of Samui and Phangan have been long-term draws for beach-loving travellers, the smaller Koh Tao has only recently emerged as one of Thailand’s headline destinations. Primarily Tao is famed for its diving – shallow waters, easy currents, epic corals and whale sharks pull in the […]

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