4 Affordable Beach Hotels
September 24, 2014
Four pretty resorts priced to put the beach within reach. By Monsicha Hoonsuwan.
Published on Sep 24, 2014
1. PRANBURI, THAILAND
This sleepy beach town on a quiet stretch of coast, 225 kilometers southwest of Bangkok, feels worlds away from Thailand's flashier seaside resorts. Here, private estate turned hotel and spa Aleenta Hua Hin emphasizes inner peace with detox menus, tai chi classes and private plunge pools. aleenta.com.
2. BUNAKEN, INDONESIA
In the heart of the Bunaken National Marine Park, this 8-square-kilometer island in northern Sulawesi lures intrepid divers with rich biodiversity and 35-meter ocean visibility. Stay in a Minahasa-style bungalow at Bunaken Island Resort and enjoy world-class snorkeling and diving. bunaken.nl.
3. BENTOTA, SRI LANKA
Broad golden shores, surfable waves and peaceful nooks abound in this popular coastal town. Unwind with massages and yoga at Nisala Arana, a former Ayurvedic doctor's 1.8-hectare homestead, shaded by fruit, palm, orchid and medicinal trees, which also doubles as a sanctuary for tropical birds. nisalaarana.com.
4. LAPU LAPU, PHILIPPINES
Lounge and laze on this picturesque Mactan shore, 30 minutes from Cebu. The stylish rooms at Mövenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu are drenched in natural light and offer sweeping views of the ocean. Craving sunset sips? Head to Ibiza Beach Club. moevenpick-hotels.com.