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When you need to escape, it's best to really escape—to go somewhere so distant and exotic that you can truly unplug and forget all about your daily struggles.
You have more choices than you may realize when it comes to exotic beach destinations, and even better, some of them are actually affordable.
Check out these 10 exotic island hotels, each with nightly rates under $100.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines comprises 32 islands boasting lush rainforest landscapes, white-sand beaches and coral reefs just begging for exploration.
Paradise Beach Hotel, which has garnered a 4-star rating from TripAdvisor reviewers, is happily situated on Villa Beach in the town of Arnos Vale. It offers ocean-view dining, a beach bar, free parking and free WiFi.
It doesn't get much more far-flung than a smattering of volcanic islands off the northwest coast of Africa. Head to Praia, the capital and largest city in Cape Verde, to enjoy golden-sand beaches and stunning ocean views.
Stay at the boutique-style Hotel Santa Maria and you'll be just one mile from Prainha Beach. Enjoy patio dining at the on-site restaurant. Breakfast and WiFi are complimentary.
Travelers love the European charm of Ponta Delgada on Sao Miguel Island in Azores, a grouping of nine Portuguese islands in the North Atlantic Ocean.
TripAdvisor guests give Vila Nova Hotel 4 stars, and with its outdoor heated pool, free breakfast and free WiFi, it's no wonder. This modern property is located about 3 miles from Milicias Ocean Beach.
The Vietnamese island of Phu Quoc sits south of Cambodia in the Gulf of Thailand. It's Vietnam's largest island, with beautiful beaches and balmy year-round temperatures.
Honestly, there are tons of exotic island hotels to choose from here, but the 4-star guest rated Praha Hotel is a chic option with great amenities, like a stunning outdoor pool, modern decor, free breakfast, free airport shuttle service and free WiFi. Phu Quoc Beach is located about 3 miles away.
Tenerife is the largest of the seven Spanish Canary Islands, and Spain's most populous island overall. About 5 million tourists make trek there every year.
Treat yourself and book a room at the Hotel Colon Rambla, just 10 minutes from Las Teresitas Beach. You'll be charmed by the hotel's simple, upscale decor and its lushly appointed outdoor swimming pool.
If you go to Fiji, go all out and opt for the Blue Lagoon Beach Resort, voted the No. 1 resort on Nacula Island by TripAdvisor reviewers.
This resort is located right on a white-sand beach perfect for swimming, snorkeling and other water activities. It also boasts a restaurant and live music nightly. You can't beat that for the price!
A Colombian coral island in the Caribbean Sea, San Andrés has started to attract larger numbers of tourists in the last few years, drawn to its impeccable white-sand beaches and turquoise waters.
At Hosteria Mar y Sol, you'll have easy access to the beach and a host of amenities like a quaint outdoor swimming pool area, an on-site restaurant and lounge, and even complimentary breakfast and WiFi.
Budget travelers adore Thailand, and Koh Samui is a beach-lover's dream with its lush, mountainous backdrop and blue-green blanket of ocean.
The Chaba Samui Resort offers direct access to the beach, a cute swimming pool, and tropical island decor. Even better, breakfast and internet access are included. It's exotic island hotels like this that make it hard to return home.
Malta is a Mediterranean archipelago that sits south of Sicily and east of the North African coast. Its rich history, stunning coastal views and great weather make it a popular vacation destination.
The 4-star Diplomat Hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 15-minute walk of the bustling Sliema Promenade. Even if you never venture out, you'll have a relaxing time, thanks to the property's outdoor pool, on-site restaurant and bar, and extra perks like free breakfast and WiFi.
Madeira is a Portuguese archipelago about 250 miles north of Tenerife, and Funchal is its bustling capital and largest city. This established vacation destination woos travelers with its enviable coastline, best viewed from high above on the city's cable car.
The 4-star Golden Residence is just a mile from Formosa Beach. If you'd rather sit poolside, there are two swimming pools to choose from, and ocean views from the terrace are breathtaking. The property boasts on-site dining, a full-service spa and a fitness center. Bonus: Complimentary breakfast and internet are offered.
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