Best affordable island hotels
(Photo courtesy of Villa Serena, Samana)
Too often the daydream of lounging under palm trees on some enchanted island is punctured by the reality of sky-high hotel and resort prices. But there’s no need to despair or settle for some landlocked compromise. We’ve pinpointed affordable island hotels that span the globe, from destinations usually reserved for big spenders to others barely on the radar of most travelers. All of our favorites have room rates that start below $200—some as low as $70. And these hotels have more going for them than price point, whether it’s an oceanfront location or cozy charm.
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Those with far-flung island fantasies will gravitate toward Sangat Island Dive Resort in Palawan, an archipelago in the Philippines voted the world’s best island by T+L readers in 2013. Closer to home, you can experience the Spanish moss–draped romance of a historic inn on Florida’s Amelia Island or indulge at a gourmand’s hideaway on the rugged Canadian island of Newfoundland.
Whatever your idea of paradise, we think you’ll agree that every gem on our list deserves treasure-island status.
Word has spread about the Samaná peninsula, an unspoiled stretch of coastline in the island’s northeast corner, far from the madding crowds of the Puerto Cana resort region. Part of the peninsula’s appeal is its bevy of stylish small hotels, among them, Villa Serena on Las Galeras Bay. It has all the classic Caribbean colonial features—Palladian arches, wooden shutters, acres of white gingerbread trim—set in sprawling tropical gardens just steps from the sand. Daily alfresco yoga sessions overlooking the ocean are a highlight. villaserena.com; from $110
(Photo courtesy of Lefkes Village Hotel)
Part of the Cyclades, Paros delivers all the archetypal Greek island draws—whitewashed churches, bougainvillea-festooned houses, panoramic Aegean views—without the high prices of neighboring hot spots Santorini and Mykonos. Case in point: this 20-room contemporary hotel in the quiet mountain village of Lefkes, with a swimming pool, a small museum, and a tavern that uses ingredients gathered from the surrounding fruit trees and gardens.