Planning a vacation on a budget is a tough task. Hidden costs are rarely disclosed upfront and more often than not, the final bill contains a number of fees that didn’t feature anywhere during your research! Here are 10 budget resorts that won’t give you a nasty posy-vacation surprise.
This 613-room resort is family-friendly and has three pools, trapeze lessons and tennis facilities. While the food and drink is nothing to write home about, the exotic locale, affordable rates and beautiful beaches and sunsets keep the tourists coming.
Though Iberostar runs six hotels in the Dominican Republic alone, this one just 10 minutes from Puerto Plata is the most budget-friendly. All of its 516 rooms have a terrace or balcony. There are a la carte restaurants to cater to a wider range of palates featuring Brazilian, Mexican, and international cuisine, plus a buffet restaurant. If simply sitting on the beach isn’t your thing, the resort has activities ranging from archery and tennis to kayaking and diving.
Viva Mexico! Budget-friendly and now with a $10 million upgrade, this 258 room resort makes for a great choice for your next vacation. Four bars, eight restaurants with cuisines ranging from seafood to Italian to of course Mexican and free tennis clinics make this place on the quiet beach of Playa del Palmar a sure winner.
Catering to families, honeymooners and those looking for a romantic escapes, the St. James Club at Morgan Bay offers some pretty sweet deals. The beachfront setting facing the majestic Atlantic Ocean offers convenient budget friendly rates with free rein for guests at six restaurants and bars and four swimming pools. With plenty of kid- and couple-friendly options packages include access to a fitness center, beach volleyball and a water sports center offering surfboards, paddleboards and kayaks.
With a spectacular view of the Banderas Bay and the surrounding mountains the Now Amber Puerto Vallarta offers limitless indulgence at four stylish restaurants – Asian, seafood, Italian and Mexican – a casual grill and a café and 24/7 free room service. Five bars and lounges complete the experience with free-flowing wine, beer and spirits. the cherry on the top – the in-room minibar is free!
The far western tip of Jamaica has a gem called the ClubHotel Riu Negril, overlooking the Bloody Bay Beach. The party atmosphere is palpable with complimentary minibars around two massive pools (over 3000 square feet). The liquor dispensers in the rooms are regularly restocked. If nightclubs and reggae are your thing, head out to the Pacha nightclub and enjoy complimentary entry and drinks. If quiet romantic solitude is on your agenda, try the solarium terrace.
The beachfront location of this smallish resort is its biggest selling point. Though the resort itself has only one restaurant, (but a fancy pool with a swim up bar) the surrounding area has a few restaurants where hotel guests can eat for free! The only kind of rooms available are suites with kitchenettes.