What’s your usual budget when it comes to hotels? For example, how does from £5 a night sound for a seafront bungalow in Thailand? Or how about a studio stay in buzzing Falaraki from £9 per night? Maybe you’d prefer to splash to cash (not really) on a beachfront cottage in Jamaica from £20 a night?
Yep, we’ve compared an array of hotel deals and found some crazily-low hotel prices on islands around the world. Just add in some cheap flights and you’ve got a delicious chunk of paradise without the wallet-sting – yay!
Ko Chang, Thailand – rooms from £5 per night
This lush island with green peaks and a rugged jungle-clad landscape has pretty beaches, jungle hikes and a thriving party scene, thanks to a surge in tourism over the last decade. Ko Chang now attracts a steady, but not overbearing, amount of holidaymakers and backpackers, often on their way to other islands. Accommodation is dirt cheap with plenty of options including the well-reviewed Sea Flower Resort, which offers neat bungalows beside the sea from as little as £5 a night.
Bali – rooms from £7 per night
Small in size and great for exploring, Bali has rightfully been on the traveller radar for a few decades and provides multiple experiences including jungle trails, world-renowned surf, enchanting temples and incredible beaches. If you’re seeking island parties then head to the manic Kuta which is jam-packed with cheap hotels, such as the basic Mustika Inn from £8 a night with breakfast, or the pretty Puri Ganesh Inn from £10 a night.
Alternatively head to Ubud, a tropical town nestled among rice paddies and steep ravines where you can stay at the well-reviewed Siti Bungalows for £7 a night with breakfast, and enjoy a film-worthy location.
Ko Phayam, Thailand – rooms from £9 per night
One of the lesser visited Thai destinations, Ko Phayam is a friendly little island with only a couple of hundred inhabitants and an interesting collection of wildlife including wild pigs, hornbills and monkeys. Home to just one village with a few eateries a bar and some shops, there’s also a liberal scattering of pretty beaches, making it ideal for those who want to escape the crowds – and the hiked up prices. You’ll find budget accommodation galore, including the secluded lakeside Rabbit Bungalows from £9 a night, or the beachside Chomjan Resort which has great reviews and prices from £12 a night!
Madagascar from £9 per night
This large African island-country is uniquely blessed with a diverse range of flora and fauna, and while getting here can sometimes be expensive, food and accommodation are incredibly cheap. Those who do venture here can expect miles-upon-miles of untouched coastline, fab diving opportunities, fascinating cultures steeped in tradition, dreamy roads, and a dense rainforest home to a kaleidoscope of wildlife. The historic capital Antananarivo is home to the majority of budget options, such as the pleasant Hotel Le Relais Normand which provides room from £9 a night. Or, if you’re seeking a more remote location, Home Sakalava in Hell-Ville has rustic accommodation not far from an array of gorgeous beaches from just £15 a night with breakfast.
Faliraki, Rhodes – rooms from £9 per night
Greek islands vary considerably in price, but Rhodes has plenty of bargain hotels for those looking to cut the cost. For example, if you fancy a party-laden excursion to Falaraki, Old Windmill Studios offers rooms from as little as £9 a night and is just 10 minutes walk from the beach and the centre of town. Or if you want a beachy break without the noise, Sea Harmony Studios in Kalathos has doubles from just £12 a night.
Zanzibar, Tanzania – rooms from £12 per night
This heavenly island of white sands and turquoise waters offers postcard beaches and a gorgeous capital city (Stone Town) with whitewashed architecture, colourful markets, a labyrinth of cobbled alleyways and bewitching mosques. This is an island where you plan to stay a week and end up whiling away a month – its captivating character is nothing short of addictive. While travelling to Zanzibar may stretch your budget, once here, this paradise island offers cheap accommodation by the bucket-load. If you want to explore Stone Town then Malindi Guest House has rooms with shared bathrooms from £12 a night with breakfast, and Sagando Hostel on the white sands of the east coast provides private rooms from £19 a night.
Furteventura, Spain – rooms from £17 per night
Renowned for stunning beaches, this tranquil Canary Island is filled with golden sand coves, goat-filled fields, welcoming villages and a rocky volcanic backdrop. Its warm climate is a massive plus point, as are the cheap flight and hotel deals available. Suite Hotel Castillo de Elba offers plenty of facilities and double rooms from just £17 per night or you can stay in a self-catering studio at Caleta Gardens from £20 per night – just 350 metres from the exotic beach of Caleta de Fuste.
Jamaica – rooms from £20 per night
If you manage to bag yourself cheap flights to Jamaica then you’ll discover plenty of bargain beachside hotels on this laid-back island. The popular resort of Negril is the best bet for budget options, and when you’re not soaking up the sun under a palm tree or feeling the beats at one of the vibrant nightspots, you’ll be bedding down in a bargain room. The friendly Firefly Beach Cottages has great reviews and a romantic atmosphere, with spic and span rooms that will set you back as little as £20 a night.
Fiji – rooms from £20 per night
If you’re a wannabe beach-bum (aren’t we all?), then the palm-fringed sands of friendly Fiji may just be your nirvana. You’ll also discover breathtaking underwater scenery with colourful coral and more marine life than you could swing a snorkel at. Head to the young and happening area of Nadi for plenty of bargain hotels – like the popular Bamboo Hostel which has a seafront location and a fun-filled atmosphere, with private rooms from as little as £20 per night.