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50 Affordable Beach Resorts

$260 A pink Indo-Portuguese-style palace, the Leela Goa has everything a large beach resort should: lagoons, waterfalls, moats, 75 acres of exotic palm trees, and spice and herb gardens. Drink a feni (Goa's specialty spirit, distilled from cashew fruit) under a coconut grove on the beach. Detox with an ayurvedic massage in the spa and health center. Or just chill on the terrace of one of the 151 clean, marble-clad rooms, magnificently framed by the river Sal and the Arabian Sea. CAVELOSSIM-MOBOR; 91-832/287-1234; www.theleela.com *

Sri Lanka
$175 The road to Galle can be long and hectic, but pulling into the Apa Villa Thalpe—owned by the founder of Insight Guides, Hans Hoefer—makes it worth the trip. Located in three villas that look out onto the Indian Ocean, the six Colonial-style suites have polished-concrete floors, canopy beds, and pillow-covered banquettes. The view is interrupted only by swaying palm trees and a dramatic silver-blue pool. THALPE, GALLE, SRI LANKA; 94-91/228-3320; www.villa-srilanka.com *

$140 On the southern coast, far from Bali's backpacking scene, is the Puri Santrian. Ask for a traditional bungalow, with elaborately carved wood doors, locally made rattan and wood furniture, and an open-air stone bathroom. For a bit more per night (yet still reasonable), stay in one of the larger Club rooms, which offer four-poster beds, marble bathrooms, a breakfast of exotic fruit juices and nasi goreng (morning rice), and access to the resort's waterfall-fed pools. The beach is public, although never really crowded—except for the occasional hawker selling manicures. 63 JL. DANAU TAMBLINGAN, SANUR, BALI; 62-361/288-009; www.santrian.com

$95 "Eat, Play, Stay" is the motto at the über-hip Ravesi's Hotel on Bondi Beach in Sydney. Plush sofas and quirky accents—wave-shaped moldings, seashell decorations—dominate the 16 earth-toned rooms; high rollers opt for one of five split-level suites with private terraces. The lobby has a chrome-and-glass lounge where Aussie celebs come for cocktails and sweeping views of the surf. 118 CAMPBELL PARADE, BONDI BEACH, SYDNEY; 61-2/9365-4422; www.ravesis.com.au

$173 Set in a traffic-free conservation area of mangroves, wetlands, and coastal dunes, the 350-room Couran Cove Island Resort prides itself on its approach to environmentalism. But this is a far cry from roughing it. The spa has Vichy jet showers and Thalgo body treatments. A sports facility includes squash courts, rock-climbing walls, and a Carl Lewis-endorsed running track. For a classic Aussie "beach and bush" experience, stay in one of the 95 self-catering, solar-powered nature cabins hidden among banksia trees, just yards from the island's 14-mile white-sand Pacific beach. SOUTH STRADBROKE ISLAND; 61-7/5597-9000; www.couran.com

New Zealand
$105 In a remote, seaside fern-tree forest, 35 minutes by car and water taxi from Blenheim on the South Island, is the revamped 35-room Portage Resort Hotel. Behind the ordinary motel exterior, you'll find sizzling primary-colored and silver walls and floor-to-ceiling windows. It's a hangout for hedonists who enjoy wine tasting and walks along pebble beaches, as well as for activity hounds, who can sea kayak, mountain bike, fish, and take mild day hikes on the Queen Charlotte circuit. KENEPURU RD., MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS; 64-3/573-4309; www.portage.co.nz *

$135 One Orange mixes space-age style (slanted roofs, exposed wood beams, pseudo-Scandinavian interiors) with sublime surroundings (the bungalow is set back from a two-mile swath of the North Island's "undiscovered" east coast). The main activities are horseback riding, fishing, snorkeling, and having sunrise champagne breakfasts. Savor the peace and quiet: the hotel accepts no more than four guests at a time. WAINUI BEACH, GISBORNE; 64-6/868-8062; www.oneorange.co.nz; two-night minimum


$130 Reached via a 15-minute ferry ride from central Stockholm, the aim of the Hotel J is to emulate a Newport, Rhode Island, summerhouse. Inspired by classic American yachts, the 45 rooms are kitted out in crisp blue-and-white fabrics and oak furniture while public areas use canvas sails as matting. Guests who own boats can moor near the glass-walled restaurant, which is known for its seafood dishes, naturally. A tip: Swedish business travel drops off in the summer, as do room prices. 1 ELLENSVIKSVÄGEN, NACKA STRAND, STOCKHOLM; 46-8/601-3000; www.hotelj.com; breakfast included

$227 Here's one way to stay at a stately country house in remote northwestern Scotland without going broke: the Bramble room at the 300-year-old Pool House. Considerably smaller than the hotel's other suites—and less than half the cost—the room still has the same feel, thanks to a 400-year-old mahogany bed, a Victorian bathroom with a shoe-shaped "slipper bath," and a private sitting room. Best of all, you have access to the hotel's library, snooker room, and fine restaurant. Swim into the loch from the small pebble beach, but be warned: the water can be bone-chillingly cold, even in summer. Fortify yourself with a full Scottish breakfast of smoked kippers, haggis, and creamy porridge. POOLEWE, WESTER ROSS; 44-1445/781-272; www.poolhousehotel.com; breakfast included

$110 In an Edwardian house decorated in Miss Marple mahogany, Cornwall's three-room Broom Parc, on the Roseland Peninsula, is as cozy as the cup of tea you'll undoubtedly sip as you watch those waves beat against the stony shore. Walk for miles in either direction on the Coastal Footpath, which circumnavigates England, or head 30 minutes east for a tour of the Eden Project's two biomes, housing plants from all over the world. VERYAN, TRURO, CORNWALL; 44-1872/501-803; www.broomparc.co.uk; breakfast included

$136 The cheery, wooden beach huts that dot Britain's coastline are as English as fish-and-chips. But the best deal to be found is at the Art Deco-inspired Hotel Continental in the time-locked oyster-fishing town of Whitstable. Beachcombers can overnight in one of the hotel's eight smartly converted, 150-year-old fisherman's huts. A short walk down the beach is the more-modern main hotel. English breakfasts are included; fresh seafood at the amazing Whitstable Oyster Fishery Co. is not. 29 BEACH WALK, WHITSTABLE; 44-1227/280-280; www.hotelcontinental.co.uk; breakfast included


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