We get a lot of questions from sun worshippers about the most budget friendly hotels in the Caribbean. Luckily searching for them is not that hard, and you actually have a ton of choices. You can go for brand-name resort or independent small hotels which can make your dream Caribbean holiday a reality.
Here’s a list of our top budget Caribbean hotels:
Harmony Hall (Antigua)
The Harmony Hall is one among the know Harmony collection. The Harmony Hall is along the Nonsuch Bay in Antigua. Expats, yachters, and day trippers flock the Brown’s Bay for the bar and restaurant serving Italian dishes in the aged sugar mill. Diners can also avail of a snorkeling getaway to Green Island just nearby, and you can also use the hotel’s pool.
You really need to reserve way ahead of time if you plan to enjoy the canopied beds, orange walls, wooden ceilings, tile floors, and patios. A standard room may cost $200 before taxes with good breakfast included.
Harmony Hall has also art works on display at their renowned gallery. You can also buy some clothing, handbags, and jewelry from their gift shop which is often tagged as the unofficial arts and craft center of the island.
Lodge Kura Hulanda and Beach Club (Curacao)
This property is a perfect getaway at Westpunt on the tip of Curacao. You can choose from 32 villas which offer the best views of the sunset and give quick access to the white sand beach of Playa Kalki. Just a bit inland, you will find bungalow rooms and cool, old tree house. Every room comes with broadband internet and a functioning kitchenette.
If you want to ask for the best room, go for Villa 216 which has the best sunset view. The villas on the ground floor though come with more space. The rooms here may range from $150 to around $300 depending on the season.
Couples who enjoy the lodge go to the Watamula Restaurant or the Christoffel Sunset to have a gastronomic orgasm. Watamula is more the fine dining kind while the Sunset Lounge goes for a more casual dining.
There is a diveshop nearby which rents snorkeling gear, kayaks, and boats so you can explore the coast of Curacao. You can also get free SCUBA lessons and take a dive to the Alice in Wonderland site famous for eagle rays and star corals just about 100 yards from the beach.
Sea U! (Barbados)
Sea U! is a cute getaway house on the wilder and less visited eastern side of Barbados. The main building features old wood put together to form a Bajan style structure with verandas and louvered doors.
You will enjoy the natural simplicity of the four rooms plus the rooms in a nearby cottage featuring wicker chairs, white bed covers, and mahogany furniture. Only one of the units comes with a bath tub but every room has an air conditioner, kitchen, and patios.
Sea U! is actually perfect for those who want to test the waves of the Soup Bowl, known to be the most famous spot for surfing of Barbados. You can also go swimming, walking on the shore, or go to the Andromeda Botanic Gardens just nearby.
Breakfast is not included for the $150 charge but it comes good with homemade yummy coconut bread. The dinners are also excellently done by a local chef.
Cooper Island Beach Club (British Virgin Island)
If you want to be away from civilization, Cooper Island Beach Club is the place to be. You will not see shops, cars, and the electricity only comes from generators at night. What else? Well, the water comes is a gift from the sky while sea water will flush down the toilet. You can choose from 12 wooden rooms that come with wicker chairs, a relaxing balcony, and a fridge which can come loaded if you ask ahead. You will also have a small kitchen and a semi-outdoor shower.
Don’t expect some hot night scenes but instead make do with the old good kayaks, scuba rentals, or enjoy food from the waterfront restaurants. No internets or loud music at night. Aside from the simple amenities, all you will have is the beauty of the beach and the water.
Cooper Island is a pretty small island with only a few residents, goats, hotel guests, hotel owners, and goats. The resort by the way is closed in September.
This Caribbean resort charges $919 for a week of simple living and nature loving. This includes taxes and ferry transfers.
Bel Air Plantation (Grenada)
This 18-acre property is situated on a hillside overlooking the harbor of St. David. The equation for a getaway in Bel Air is sea, mountain, and orchards filled with papaya trees.
The design of the 11 villas blends a good mix of old-world and modern touches. Each boast of a tropical ground, poster beds, botanical printed walls, and verandas from where you can see nothing but the beautiful lush green.
The resort also has an infinity pool and a nearby waterfront hub. There is an art gallery, café, market, and the Water’s Edge resto. This haven was established by an individual trying to escape the busy Manhattan life. A bedroom suite goes for $250 plus service charge and taxes.
Rockhouse Hotel (Jamaica)
Just off the Seven Mile Beach, the Rockhouse Hotel is a wonderful collection of different villas sitting on the cliff. Even the cheapest rooms have queen size beds, showers, balconies, and minibars. If you have some extra go for the villas, each of which has oceanview terraces. The resort also has an infinity pool, a cool resto-bar, and a newly opened spa.
The menu of the restaurant here features dishes inspired by the street foods of Jamaica like jerk chicken coming with roast yam, or steamed conch served with breadfruit. Renting a double here will cost your $160 plus.
Hacienda Tamarindo (Vieques)
The Hacienda Tamarindo is one good find in the Caribbean. This hilltop hotel on the island of Viesques has a big, old tamarind tree as its anchor. The trunk of the centuries old tamarind goes through the lobby while its branches cover the breakfast area.
There are 16 rooms to choose from. Some of which will give you a breath taking view of the Caribbean while the others face the pool with some coconut and mahogany trees surrounding it. If you can imagine it, a good massage is perfect near the pool.
The owners of the resort also manage the Casita Linda which is another villa that offers outdoor dining on its porches. The hotel can also pack some boxes of goodies which you can bring if you want to explore the beaches around the island.