Hands down, Goa is the perfect holiday escape! From beautiful beaches and Instagram-worthy locales, Goa has our heart. But with Goa being so over-done, we are rethinking our travel alternatives. Don’t get us wrong! Our love affair with Goa is still strong. But here’s a list of 5 budget friendly holiday spots that aren’t Goa.
1. Sri Lanka
Timeless ruins, soft-sand beaches, herds of elephants strolling down the streets, world-famous tea plantations…need we go on? This beautiful country is perfect for the budget traveller.
Live In Style Loves: Some of the beaches you must visit - Bentota, Unawatuna, Arugam Bay, Tagalle, Trincomalee.
Our top hotel pick: With a beach view, the Vivanta by Taj- Bentota offers pools, spas in your very own room.
Ditch Goa and take off to this gorgeous beach location where you can chill on the beach with your sunglasses on while soaking in the sun. From gorging on the delicious Malay cuisine to visiting the astonishing temples and standing under the Petronas towers at night, Malaysia quite literally has it all.
Live In Style Loves: The beaches here are a must-visit: Batu Ferringhi, Tanjung Bungah, Kuantan, Penang Island, Tioman Island
Our top hotel picks: A private beach and an outdoor pool, mini-bar, private balcony, sauna Berjaya Resort Langkawi has the best to pamper you on your vacation.
Put your phones away because paradise does exist! Treat yourself to a secluded, romantic island for a stress-free vacation. You can go snorkelling or even diving or simply relax on a hammock under swaying palm trees. This destination should definitely make it to your list of travelling places this year.
Live In Style Loves: Get yourself an island to chill for a day: Yasawa, Vomo, Malolo, Tokoriki, Wakaya
Our top hotel picks: Friendly interiors, sauna, spa facilities and more, Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa is a must-stay when you visit Fiji.
Sun-kissed beaches, the famous Angkor Wat temple and an opportunity to witness the wildlife of Cambodia is enough to lure us away. Visit the less-travelled beaches to keep away from the crowds.
Live In Style Loves: Visit the floating villages in Tonle Sap lake and ride the bamboo train in Battambang without fail.
Our top hotel picks: A buffet breakfast with a view of the pool with a private balcony overlooking the jacuzzi, Sokha Beach Resort is a good option with the Otres beach just a short drive from the hotel.
Ever fancied dining with an incredible view of nature? Experience Vietnam’s intriguing culture, unique cuisine, a Halong Bay cruise and an epic scenery of the misty hills while Sapa trekking.
Live In Style Loves: Visit the Imperial City, Halong Bay and temples here.
Our top hotel picks: Take a stroll by the beach by day at the La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc