There seems to be the misconception that the more money you spend on a hotel stay, the better that stay will be. Not true, according to TripAdvisor reviewers who gave at least a four out of five rating to these beach hotels for $50 or less per night. Need more proof? Read on to find out what makes these affordable accommodations worth every hard-earned penny — plus some.
1. Man's Cottages & Spa, Bali, Indonesia - $43 per night
This 10-room guest house in the Pemuteran fishing village is decked out in Balinese decor and surrounded by lush, tropical gardens. The ocean is only minutes away on foot. Plus, there's an outdoor pool and lounge area and a poolside bar for late-night swim-and-sip sessions.
Enjoy meals at the thatched-roof al fresco restaurant, and opt for a soothing massage at Man's Spa. Freebies include English breakfast, WiFi and parking. As far as beach hotels under $50 go, this one is hard to beat.
2. Mango Hotel, Tulum, Mexico - $34 per night
Can't choose between the oceanfront and Tulum's bustling center? Find a happy medium at Mango Hotel, a boutique-style property that oozes charm. Rooms are bathed in soothing white with cheery accents and offer either garden or pool views. The deluxe penthouse room features simple, understated decor and a rooftop terrace with sun loungers.
On hot afternoons a quick dip in the outdoor pool, surrounded by greenery, hits the spot. When it's time to get out and explore, you'll be just minutes from Tulum National Park and its famous cliffside Mayan ruins.
3. Lamai Coconut Beach Resort, Koh Samui, Thailand - $46 per night
At this low-key beach resort, rated 4 out of 5 by TripAdvisor reviewers, guests can choose between brand-new guest rooms with garden, pool or sea views or detached wooden bungalows with satellite TV, fridges and furnished verandas. Hard choice, right?
Amenities at the resort will surprise you, especially considering its low rate: beachfront dining, an outdoor swimming pool and sun terrace, a beach bar with daily happy hour specials and free WiFi and parking.
4. Hotel Enjoy, Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic - $50 per night
Tucked away in the Samaná peninsula's jungled countryside, Hotel Enjoy offers a true remote escape while also offering easy access to popular beach spots such as Playa Bonita, only about a 10-minute walk away.
With just nine guest rooms, the hotel promises to be a serene base for your Dominican adventures, including a trip to the must-see Salto del Limon waterfall. Rooms have a modern, minimalistic vibe, and bungalows add in private furnished terraces and kitchenettes.
Don't want to go into town for dinner? Opt for a pool-view dinner at the on-site restaurant and bar.
5. Westcliff Villa, Boracay Island, Philippines - $32 per night
Set in trendy Boracay Island near the stunning beachfront, the Westcliff Villa is a sleek boutique property with just 6 guest rooms. Rooms are clean and unfussy and bathrooms have all the right modern touches. A free breakfast is served every morning, and free WiFi is available in the lobby. Don't want to stay holed up? Spend a few hours lazing near the outdoor pool, lined with soothing stone tiles.
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