By NAN Lifestyle Editor
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Feb. 19, 2016: Looking for a deal this winter? How about a bargain hotel in the Caribbean? The best bargain hotels are in as voted by TripAdvisor travelers. Here are the top 10 compiled by News Americas Now:
1: Shannas Cove Resort, Cat Island, Out Islands, the Bahamas: You can get to this five-room Resort by flying from Nassau in the Bahamas. Located at the most northern point of Cat Island, you and your partner or family can spend the early morning or evening walking for miles on the secluded white, pink sand beach of Shannas Cove or just lounging around. It is also great for swimming, sailing and snorkeling while a 22 foot Catamaran-power boat offers dive spots only 10 – 25 minutes away. The on-site restaurant also serves delicious, fresh food and there are free airport pick-ups and drop-offs by the owners as well as free use of kayaks and paddleboards and free Wi-Fi in the restaurant.
2: Turtle Nest Inn, Bodden Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands: The Turtle Nest Inn & Condos is an exotic, beachfront alternative to the large hotel chains and pricey condo complexes in the Cayman Islands. This intimate inn offers superb snorkeling, two fresh water pools, sandy beach and fully-furnished apartments and condos. There are only about 18 apartments/condos yet it’s just 10 miles from George Town and the airport, but “off the beaten track.” There is also complimentary use of kayaks, rafts, and snorkeling gear; and fantastic packages including a rental car for weeklong stays.
3: Hooked Cabarete, Cabarete, Dominican Republic: Hooked Cabarete is all about surf and relaxation. It is located only 3 miles from Kite Beach and attracts a lot of surfers and kiters. Other activities include yoga, stand up paddling, wakeboarding, mountain biking, canyoning, kayaking, horse back riding, snokeling, diving, fishing, zip-lining, hiking and seasonal whale watching. Cabarete is 17 mi from La Union Airport in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. Every week, at least 14 domestic flights and 210 international flights depart from La Union Airport.
4: Lofty Fig Villas, Marsh Harbour, Great Abaco Island, The Bahamas: The Lofty Fig is an intimate, impeccably clean family run resort consisting of 6 villas brightly painted in island yellow with aqua trim. All 6 villas have ceiling fans, air conditioning, tile floors and a private covered patio. Each room is furnished with a queen bed,
sofa and dining table as well as a full kitchen with microwave, full bath, hair dryer, big screen cable TV and in-room wireless internet access. Lofty Fig Villas is a minute walk from Harbour View Marina and 5 km from the Marsh Harbour Airport.
5: Les Balcons d’Oyster Pond, Oyster Pond, St. Martin: Les Balcons d’Oyster Pond consists of some 20 individual bungalow rentals situated on the French side of picturesque Oyster Pond. The terraced property is located just above the water of Oyster Pond, next to Captain Oliver’s Marina offering beautiful views of Oyster Pond, the marina and the Caribbean sea at Dawn Beach. The complex is very quiet, private and scenic, fanned by the trade winds with low humidity and surrounded by lush tropical gardens. Each bungalow has its own private terrace/balcony with a wonderful view of Oyster Pond and the marina. The world famous clothing optional Orient Beach is only 6 miles away and this property is located close to several restaurants, Mama Pizza and a mini mart.
6: Salines Garden Cottages, Salines, St. Barthelemy: Salines Garden Cottages is located close to Salines Beach, one of the better beaches in St. Barth’s. Jean Philippe, the boss and owner of Salines Garden Cottage, mostly welcomes his guests to this property. Five cottages are nestled in a blooming tropical garden surrounded by a tranquil pool leading to a relaxed and restorative vacation.
7: Neptune’s Treasure, Anegada, British Virgin Islands: Neptune’s Treasure is situated on the Southwestern shore of the most unique island in the chain of the British Virgin Islands. It is a family run Guest House by the Soares Family that also includes a Restaurant and Bar, situated on the shore under towering palms with breathtaking views of Virgin Gorda and Tortola. Guest rooms are situated approximately 150 feet from the beach where you can walk or enjoy the most spectacular view of the surrounding islands and the most gorgeous sunsets in the whole world.
8: Le P’tit Morne Hotel, Colombier, St. Barthelemy: Le P’tit Morne’ is located on the hill side of Colombier and offers breathtaking views at an affordable price. It is a 3 stars hotel where you can choose from studios that are modestly furnished but clean and comes with a small kitchenette. There are weeklong packages that include a car or diving and for St. Bart’s it’s a bargain.
9: Seastar Inn, Negril, Jamaica: This three-star 20-room Jamaican boutique hotel is located about 1.2 miles from the Negril Lighthouse and offers up free continental breakfast as well free WiFi in public areas. It has a restaurant on site as well as an outdoor pool with a swim up bar and a spa tub. Seastar Inn also offers up a Saturday night reggae show and an All You Can Eat Buffet with Salad, Rolls, Steamed Vegetables, Rice & Peas, Mashed Potatoes, Pot Roast Beef, Fried Chicken, Fried Fish and Cake. But it is located approximately 90 minutes from the Montego Bay airport.
10: Cruz Bay Boutique Hotel, Cruz Bay, St. John, U.S.V.I.: This hotel is located just around the corner from the ferry dock (only 250 feet away) and made up of ten guest rooms and one penthouse apartment suite that blends chic Miami boutique hotel decor with the more casual style of an island villa. All feature private baths, pillow-top queen sized beds, complimentary Wi-Fi internet, flat screen satellite TV, mini-fridge, and individually controlled AC. The hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Cruz Bay town’s best restaurants, bars and shopping in the U.S.V.I’s St. John’s and is the perfect spot for accessing all of St. John’s beaches and attractions. There two renowned Cruz Bay restaurants on the property but the hotel is surrounded by upwards of 40 restaurants/eateries to suit all tastes and budgets.