For top tropical holiday destinations that won’t break the bank, look no further…
The world has never been more accessible than it is now. With planes being more frequent and cheaper than ever before, transport in countries and accommodation all being more affordable, it now also doesn’t need to cost a bomb to get away. While there are definitely more luxury resorts to indulge in, sometimes all it takes is a little more thought about your destination as there are so many breathtakingly beautiful places you can visit that have the sights and sounds of places such as the Maldives but without the heft price tag. Here are a few of our top tropical holiday destinations that won’t break the bank…
For so many reasons, Bali is a firm favourite on the list of many travellers top tropical holiday destinations that won’t break the bank. Not only is it a truly serene and tranquil place perfect for meditation and relaxing, but it is also a true cultural hub. Visit their cliff top bars for drinks overlooking breathtaking views, head out to see the Temples, take part in morning yoga sessions under the sunrise and indulge in some of the best food you’ll ever taste. Accommodation over here is cheap and you can get a lot for your money. It proves that if you want cheap holidays you don’t need to go to a tacky resort in an island overrun with British tourists.
Zanzibar – Tanzania
Zanzibar is one of those locations that from the name and the photos you feel it should be ridiculously expensive, but it needn’t be the case. Take the ferry from mainland Tanzania for just $35 or catch a flight for less than $100. It is a destination reminiscent of Mauritius, with white powdery sand beaches, clear blue waters and palm trees. Sleep in over the water luxury beach huts, dine on the beach front and spend your days soaking up the sun, wind surfing or exploring the luscious landscape. You can opt for luxury hotels or for something cheaper, try an Air bnb where rooms average at £53 (You can find places at £20 a night right on the beach front.) It’s a location that looks like it should cost a lot more than it does, and is worth exploring which it remains relatively undiscovered.
Galle – Sri Lanka
We can’t get enough of this beautiful city in the southern part of Sri Lanka and it is a firm favourite in our list of top tropical holiday destinations. There are so many reasons to visit here that there’s isn’t nearly enough room to list them all. A small island off the coast of India it offers a pared back version of some of the main Indian cities and is a hub of thriving culture. During your stay you can dive with blue whales, go and see wild elephants ambling around, journey through caves, discover new foodie delights and relax on the white sandy shores. Be sure to visit Galle Fort, take a boat trip out to look for dolphins and don’t forget to bring a camera for some of the most beautiful sunsets you’ll ever see.
The Cook Islands
The Cook Islands are a group of 15 islands in a space of less than 100 square miles in the South Pacific. They encapsulate tropical beauty, palm trees, colourful reefs and a range of beautiful Hotels to spend your stay. The islands feel unspoilt yet still have modern amenities such as wifi, and there are a whole host of coffee shops, boutique shops, mountains and undiscovered beaches to explore. Be sure to go scuba diving in the crystal clear waters and see the colourful array of marine life and also head to Aitutaki Island to the north which is home to what is often referred to as the most beautiful lagoon in the world.
Phuket is one of the top tropical holiday destinations that truly does have something for everyone. Beach lover? Check. Party goer? Check. Cultural explorer? Check. No matter the experience you are looking for, you are sure to find it in Phuket. With its calm waters, one of the best things to do in Phuket is go on a sailing trip – it’s perfect for sunbathing and soaking in the views you wouldn’t otherwise see from land. Be sure to go scuba diving or snorkelling and explore some of the best beaches the island has to offer. The foodie scene in Phuket is also unrivallable, with a host of authentic Thai offerings, from street food to more fine dining and to round it off, a spa trip is a must. You can get an amazing 60 minute thai massage over there for around £10!
Which is your favourite in our list of top tropical holiday destinations that won’t break the bank? Let us know in the comments below!