Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge whipped up a media storm at the weekend when they jetted off for a second honeymoon in the Maldives, leaving baby George behind with the Nanny.
Wills and Kate are said to be staying in a 5* private resort, setting them back an estimated $10,000. Holidays to the Maldives really are the ultimate in luxury, with stunning white-sand beaches, private pools and THOSE beach huts which look right out onto the crystal clear sea.
Sadly, not all of us can afford to indulge our beach hut fantasy in the Indian Ocean, with even the very cheapest holidays to the Maldives starting at £1,500 per person. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up on your dream yet- we’ve ferretted out 4 alternative destinations where you can enjoy your own personal hut in the sun at a fraction of the cost of the Maldives. Happy holidays!
CabaÃ±as La Conchita, Tulum Mexico
Combining spectacular Caribbean coastline with fascinating Maya archaeology, Tulum is an idyllic location situated on the edge of Mexico. Around 80 miles south of Cancun, the historic town is the perfect antidote to the all-inclusive hotels found elsewhere in the country.
For beachside bungalows in Tulum at an affordable price, look no further than CabaÃ±as La Conchita. Starting at £66 a night for the room- including full breakfast- these traditional Mayan cottages are situated on a secluded beach on the water’s edge. Ask for the beachfront cabaÃ±a with the vaulted roof for the ultimate romantic setting.
– From £66 a night for a double room, includes full breakfast and tax
– Return Flights to Cancun from £448 per person
Note: Tulum town centre sits right on the high way, so stick to the coast for the truly tranquil setting.
Tiki Hutte, St-Tropez
Known as THE destination for the rich and famous, Saint-Tropez was transformed from a peaceful fishing village to a glamorous hotspot overnight by Brigitte Bardot in 1956. But despite its reputation as a celebrity haven, St-Tropez boasts enough coastal paths, cobbled lanes and white-sand beaches to tempt regular people from all over the world.
For a fraction of the cost of a Maldives holiday, you could get your own beach hut on the famous Pampelonne beach with doors opening directly onto the sand. Tiki Hutte bungalows offer all the benefits of camping on the beach, but with the facilities and luxury of your own hotel room. And since St Tropez is in Europe, you can pick up flights for next to nothing,
– From £150 per night for a double room
– Return Flights to Toulon from £33.09 per person
Note: Avoid high season to keep the prices low and the charm of an isolated beach.
Golden Buddha Beach Resort, Thailand
One of Thailand’s last unspoiled coastal locations, Koh Phra Thong (or Golden Buddha Island) is truly a beach paradise, with over 15km of largely uninhabited white sandy beaches. Not yet overrun by tourists, the Golden Buddha Island offers scuba diving, bird watching and enough relaxation to chill even the most stressed out traveller.
The Golden Buddha Beach Resort offers 28 private wood huts in the traditional Thai design, with the option of a Beach Front or a Beach Back location. Ranging from simple one bedroom houses to luxury lodges, you can experience the Andaman Sea and lush gardens in all their tranquil glory.
– Prices from £78.47 for a one bed on the beach front
– Return flights to Phuket from £492 per person
Note: It takes about 2.5 hours to drive from Phuket and a short boat ride to get to your final destination. And don’t expect 5* facilities, with electricity only running from 6pm to 6am.
The Barefoot at Havelock resort
Arguably the most beautiful of the Andaman Islands in India, Havelock Island is a secret paradise of sandy beaches, coral reefs, forests and active volcanoes. In the heart of the unspoilt Havelock Island sits Beach No.7, a secluded stretch of coast named “the best beach in Asia” by Time magazine which is home to the beautiful Barefoot at Havelock resort.
For around just £83 per night for a double room in low season, you could stay amidst tropical forests on the infamous Beach No.7. Constructed using environmentally sensitive materials, all 25 villas feature all modern amenities including ensuite bathrooms.
– £83.30 per night in low season for double occupancy
– Return flights from £489 to Chennai per person
Note: To reach Havelock Island you will need to fly from Chennai to Port Blair, and then take a 2.5 hour ferry- but promise it’ll be worth it!
Remember, before booking your dream beach hut holiday make sure you check out our travel deals to see if you can save money on flights or accommodation. Have you got any secret locations to share with other Savoo readers?