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Bargain beaches on a budget

10 great destinations for sun, sea and sand that won’t break the bank

10 great destinations for sun, sea and sand that won’t break the bank.

malaga.JPGBest Siroco Hotel, Benalmadena, Malaga, Spain

Getting cheap flights to Malaga is rarely a problem, so once you’ve bagged them, head for Benalmadena where one of the main features of this very reasonably priced hotel is the attractive grounds with a mini-lake and pleasant walk ways. It has two pools, is five minutes walk from the beach and just a 500m walk to the centre of the resort with its restaurants, shops and nightlife.

Blue Cave Castle, Negril, Jamaica

Decent places to stay in the Caribbean are tough to find at an affordable price, but the Blue Cave Castle, perched 50 feet above an old pirate cave, offers the visitor exactly that. There cannot be many places in the world where you can snorkel in crystal clear water through a cave and then suddenly find yourself in the private garden of the castle you are staying in.

Bungalows La Madera, Zihuatanejo, Mexico

You might recognise the name of the town since this is the long-awaited destination of prisoner Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) in the Shawshank Redemption. These bungalows overlook the bay on the Pacific coast of Mexico and are just a three minute stroll to La Madera beach and just a five minute walk downtown. What’s more, they can be yours for as little as US$70 per night.

Oriental Rivoli Hotel, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Having nabbed some cheap flights to Sharm El Sheikh, get yourself to the Oriental Rivoli in Naama Bay. The place has a luxurious feel to it, but does not have a luxury price tag, so you get the best of both worlds. It has its own private beach five minutes from the hotel, three swimming pools and variety of eating possibilities.

Nice Garden Hotel, Nice, France

Nice is not a place one associates with low priced hotels, but this little gem bucks the trend. Located in the centre of the town, it is just a couple of hundred metres from the beach and 15 minutes walk to the railway station so if you are without a car, you can still easily explore other destinations like Cannes and Monaco. After a busy day out, come back to the hotel and relax in their leafy orange garden.

Canavial Apartments, Lagos, Algarve, Portugal

If you’re looking for an affordably priced break in Portugal, then you could do a lot worse than these attractive and spacious apartments with their own pool area. The beach is a ten minute stroll away past good restaurants and cafes and the centre of town is just a pleasant fifteen minute walk giving you a chance to browse the well-stocked shops en route.

malta.JPGSunseeker Holiday Complex, Bugibba, Malta

For a cheap trip to the sun these apartments in Malta could be the answer. Close to the beach and to a large range of useful amenities, these self-catering apartments are clean and well-appointed. The complex has two pools, a Jacuzzi, sauna and a roof-top sun terrace with views over the sea.

Aegean Gate Hotel, Bodrum, Turkey

The location of this hotel provides the perfect balance between a relaxing retreat and the opportunity for some lively evening entertainment as well. A ten minute walk from the busy centre means that you will stay in a quieter area of town which will enable you, from the pool, to enjoy the spectacular views over the Aegean Sea and the nearby islands.

Hesperia Isla de La Toja, Spain

Having got your flights to Spain

, this very reasonably priced four star hotel is situated on the island of La Toja off the north-west coast of the country. It has three restaurants, a large outdoor swimming pool, a nine hole golf course and a spa and thermal club where an extensive range of treatments are available. It also has free wi-fi throughout – something all hotels should provide.

Santa Rosa Apartments, Lanzarote, Spain

This 205 apartment complex attracts repeat visitors time and again. Not only does it represent great value for money, but it also has clean and spacious rooms which guests appreciate. It’s a mere 150 metres from the beach, has a saltwater swimming pool and nearby bars and restaurants (at very reasonable prices) complete the picture.