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These island hotels make it a breeze to indulge in a beach vacation—without blowing your travel budget.

Sangat Island Dive Resort, Palawan, Philippines

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It’s not hard to understand why T+L readers voted Palawan their favorite island in the 2013 World’s Best survey; the lightly populated archipelago shows off the sublime underwater richness of the Philippines. After diving or snorkeling in the surrounding coral reef, retreat back to your cottage at this low-key resort at the foot of towering limestone cliffs. Simple tropical furnishings—bamboo floors and walls, bright textiles, and terraces slung with hammocks—keep the focus on the outrageously beautiful ocean views. sangat.com.ph; from $85

Best Affordable Island Hotels

Sangat Island Dive Resort, Palawan, Philippines

It’s not hard to understand why T+L readers voted Palawan their favorite island in the 2013 World’s Best survey; the lightly populated archipelago shows off the sublime underwater richness of the Philippines. After diving or snorkeling in the surrounding coral reef, retreat back to your cottage at this low-key resort at the foot of towering limestone cliffs. Simple tropical furnishings—bamboo floors and walls, bright textiles, and terraces slung with hammocks—keep the focus on the outrageously beautiful ocean views. sangat.com.ph; from $85

Courtesy of Sangat Island Dive Resort

Best Affordable Island Hotels

Too often the daydream of lounging under palm trees on some enchanted island is punctured by the reality of sky-high hotel and resort prices.

But there’s no need to despair or settle for some landlocked compromise. We’ve pinpointed affordable island hotels that span the globe, from destinations usually reserved for big spenders to others barely on the radar of most travelers. All of our favorites have room rates that start below $200—some as low as $70. And these hotels have more going for them than price point, whether it’s an oceanfront location or cozy charm.

Related: Best U.S. Cities for Affordable Getaways

Consider the family-run hotel La Tosca on the upscale Italian island of Capri. For a fraction of the cost of most neighboring hotels, it delivers Mediterranean views from the breakfast terrace, 11 rooms with vibrant textiles, and easy strolling access to the central Piazzetta.

Those with far-flung island fantasies will gravitate toward Sangat Island Dive Resort in Palawan, an archipelago in the Philippines voted the world’s best island by T+L readers in 2013. Closer to home, you can experience the Spanish moss–draped romance of a historic inn on Florida’s Amelia Island or indulge at a gourmand’s hideaway on the rugged Canadian island of Newfoundland.

Whatever your idea of paradise, we think you’ll agree that every gem on our list deserves treasure-island status.

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