Travellers eager for a sun-soaked escape at a purse friendly price often find themselves having to compromise. With negotiation a no-go on pre-set flight prices, except in the presence of a sale, it is often the accommodation where holidaymakers look to save cash. Some opt to downgrade from a five star hotel to an establishment less favourably ranked. Others plump for budget options such as hostels, or campsites, so they can have extra pennies for spending in their final destination.
Yet a new report has flagged the top 13 stunning – yet price savvy – hotel destinations.
Conde Nast Traveller’s Editor’s List findings include two options in Mexico, three in Bali and three in Sri Lanka.
Individual properties in Costa Rica, Australia, Cambodia, Columbia and Vietnam are also flagged up.
These include the gorgeous Australian hotel, Bannisters Port Stephens, which houses UK-born chef Rick Stein’s second Australian restaurant.
Talking of the accommodation and dreamy location, the publication states: “A drowned river valley lined with sleepy towns a two-hour drive from Sydney, Port Stephens is the sort of place where you could easily while away a week.
“There are miles of powder-soft beach, a resident bottle-nosed dolphin population and cerulean waters that make an extraordinary habitat for turtles, grey nurse sharks and black rock cod.
“And it’s also the location for Rick Stein’s second Australian restaurant, a lofty, light-filled space in the box-fresh £8-million remodel of the 1968 Salamander Shores hotel.”
Meanwhile, for those looking for clean cut modern architecture, a trip to The Sandhya in Ahangama, Sri Lanka, should be top of the list.
The magazine added: “The Sandhya breaks new ground with its clean lines, boxy silhouette and contemporary minimalist aesthetic.”
Yet it is the Azerai in Can Tho, Vietnam, which appears to stand our from the crowd.
Talking of the exclusive affordable resort, the magazine added: “Traditionally, it’s been a spot for day-trippers from Saigon, who rise early for dawn excursions to the floating markets where conical-hatted traders hustle for business above the rat-a-tat-tat of spluttering boat engines.
“But now, there’s a reason to linger: a new hotel on its own private islet that’s accessible only by cruising across the water in a boat.”
So for those looking to book an extra special, extra cheap trip, this accommodation could be the one.
Meanwhile, the safest holiday destination for solo travellers has been revealed.
Statistics show there has been a 43 per cent increase in “solo travel” searches over the past three years.
Wegoplaces presented its Solo Travel Safety Report 2019 highlighting the safest location for solo travel to be Singapore, with a safety index score of 97 per cent.
Condé Nast Traveller’s Editors’ List 2019
· Lo Sereno Casa De Playa – Troncones, Mexico
· Como Uma Canggu – Canggu, Bali
· The Sandhya – Ahangama, Sri Lanka
· Hotel Aguas Claras – Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
· Bannisters Port Stephens – New South Wales, Australia
· Bisma Eight – Ubud, Bali
· The Kip – Ahangama, Sri Lanka
· Kaju Green – Galle, Sri Lanka
· Treeline Urban – Siem Reap, Cambodia
· Blue Apple Beach House – Tierra Bomba, Colombia
· The Slow – Canggu, Bali
· Casa Pueblo – Tulum, Mexico
· Azerai – Can Tho, Vietnam
See the full feature in April 2019 issue of Condé Nast Traveller, available on newsstands and digital download now.