Going on holiday is always exciting and a real treat if you don’t get to do it very often but whilst looking into booking a trip, I always end up getting really freaked out at how expensive everywhere is. Good value hotels are hard to find and nobody wants to compromise on quality on their hard-earned week away.
Before going away I spend literally hours searching the internet for affordable but spoiling boutique hotels and thought I would share my top five finds for under £100 per night.
RIAD BAOUSSALA – ESSAOUIRA, MORROCO
www.hotel-baoussala-essaouira.com Prices start from £60 (80€) per night
Situated about 10 minutes drive from the fishing town of Essaouira, Riad Baoussala is a small, relaxed and slightly bohemian hotel. Run by ex-Parisienne Dominique, this place oodles style and charm without being remotely formal. Our room was rather dark but had a rustic, Moroccan charm and the beautiful and photogenic pool provided the perfect respite from city life. With delicious food on offer whenever you should feel peckish, we didn’t feel the need to leave for the 3 days we were there! You can see more photos of Riad Baoussala in my Essaouira Travel Diary.
Getting there: Fly to Marrakech and jump in a taxi organised by the hotel. The journey took about 2 hours and cost the equivalent of £100.
HOTEL BARBAROSSA – KAS, TURKEY
www.hotelbarbarossa.com Prices start from £37 (€50) per night
I chose the hotel Barbarossa based on a combination of price, its proximity to Kas and the chic pergolas (pictured above) overlooking the sea. Our room was large and clean but nothing to write home about. Breakfast was ok but again, nothing particularly special although the terrace where we ate was really pretty. However, for the price, this hotel is excellent value. We really enjoyed the privacy of having your own pergola to hang out in all day and the views are lovely. There is no sandy beach but the sea is calm and crystal clear. Kas is a really pretty town with picturesque cobbled streets and a great selection of good value restaurants and shops. We ventured into Kas each evening to eat although the hotel does have its own restaurant if you prefer to stay put.
Getting there: Fly to Dalaman which is 2.5 hours away. We hired a car but apparently a taxi will cost between £60- £80
CAMVILLIA RESORT- PEPELONNESE, GREECE
www.camvillia.com Prices start from £89 (€120) per night
Newly opened in 2014, Camvillia Resort ticked so many boxes for us. Our room was small but the interior design throughout the hotel is fresh and stylish. The view is breathtaking and the pool is great but the beach is the real winner. Soft golden sand and warm, clear water, it is one of the best beaches I have been to in Europe. It’s a 15 minute walk from the hotel but there is a free shuttle every hour for guests. There is a simple beach restaurant that did good grilled fish and salads etc. and the hotel restaurant, although expensive, was very good.
Getting there: Fly to Kalamata. Because we booked through booking.com we received free airport pick up and drop off which took about 45 minutes.
VILLAGE SUSEGAT – GOA, INDA
www.villagesusegat.com Prices start from £35 (3250 rupees) per night
Village Susegat is found on Morjim beach in North Goa. There are lots of cheap options in Goa and some quite expensive resorts but not much in between. Village Susegat is very low-key with the rooms being little wooden huts on stilts but it is clean and safe and run by a really friendly British couple. Morjim and neighbouring Ashwem beach are lovely, long wide beaches with some fantastic shops, bars and restaurants, namely the French La Plage.
Getting there: Fly to Goa (via Mumbai) and take a taxi to the beach which should take about 1 hour 15 minutes.
HOTEL DE BASTARD – LECTOURE, FRANCE
www.hotel-de-bastard.com Prices start from £37 (€50) per night
Hotel des Bastard, despite its name (!), is an elegant and traditional hotel in the heart of a very pretty village. I’m a sucker for a good interior and the french grey shutters, parquet floors and huge windows had me at hello. The terraces and pool have a certain French charm and because it is in a village, it is so easy to explore local cafe’s, restaurants and local market. There is not a huge amount to do here but it is perfect for a romantic long weekend away.
Getting there: Fly to Toulouse which is 1.5 hours away. I highly recommend hiring a car to make the most of exploring the beautiful surrounding countryside.
Do you have any good suggestions? Please comment below!