Bed and breakfasts

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 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 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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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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Kerala’s top 10 budget beach hotels, homestays and guesthouses

October 2, 2013

Bohemian Masala, Varkala beach Budget accommodation doesn’t get much better than this. Bohemian Masala offers an imaginative alternative to the somewhat homogenised options on Varkala beach, a backpacker colony teetering on the edge of a cliff that has spectacular ocean views. Brush the banana leaves aside in its lush tropical garden and pass under the […]

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Turkey: top 10 budget beach hotels on the Aegean coast

August 14, 2013

Paradise Garden, Fethiye Located at the meeting point of the Aegean and the Mediterranean, Fethiye is home to plenty of sandy beaches and the celebrated Ölüdeniz lagoon, (meaning "dead sea" due to its calm turquoise waters). Up a steep hill, Paradise Garden is massive property set on 30 acres of land with a panoramic view […]

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Spain: best budget beach hotels on the Costa Brava and Costa Dorada

August 8, 2013

Hotel Casamar, Llafranc The hugely friendly, family-run Casamar does simple extremely well, and does sophisticated right where it counts – in the Michelin-starred kitchen. The lobby, sitting area and dining room are nattily designed, but the modest bedrooms are all about the view. Painted white and free of adornment, they are bright and peaceful, with […]

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Portugal’s Alentejo coast: 10 best budget beach hotels and campsites

August 2, 2013

The beaches of Portugal’s Alentejo region are mostly part of the south-west Alentejo and Vicentina Coast natural park, making this one of Europe’s best-preserved coastlines. But while strict planning laws have restricted the building of high rises, you can still find lovely places to stay on the beach for well under €100 for two B&B. […]

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