7 Affordable Beachfront Boutique Hotels in the Caribbean

by Kristine Hansen

7 Affordable Beachfront Boutique Hotels in the Caribbean

by Kristine Hansen

That modern-boutique-y vibe — but with resort-like amenities — is hard to find in the Caribbean, where big brands and huge resorts tend to dominate. From a yoga pavilion in Cozumel, Mexico, to a rooftop hang-out in Vieques, Puerto Rico, here are seven of our favorites.

That modern-boutique-y vibe — but with resort-like amenities — is hard to find in the Caribbean, where big brands and huge resorts tend to dominate. From a yoga pavilion in Cozumel, Mexico, to a rooftop hang-out in Vieques, Puerto Rico, here are seven of our favorites.

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Holland House Beach Hotel, Sint Marteen / Photo courtesy of the property
Oasis Coral Estate Beach, Curaçao
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Oasis Coral Estate Beach, Curaçao

This 53-room property in Curaçao, which is just 30 minutes from the capital city of Willemstad, is home to two restaurants: eat and drink on the sand at Karakter, or, alternatively, take in the views — and the delicious dishes — on the rooftop terrace at Koraal. 8 The Experience, the on-site wellness center, features a juice bar, a steam room, a sauna and igloo, two Jacuzzis, and a meditation pool. Grab coffee and pastries at Bread & More. Rooms feel like villas and are equipped with kitchenettes and terraces. Rates from $135 per night.

This 53-room property in Curaçao, which is just 30 minutes from the capital city of Willemstad, is home to two restaurants: eat and drink on the sand at Karakter, or, alternatively, take in the views — and the delicious dishes — on the rooftop terrace at Koraal. 8 The Experience, the on-site wellness center, features a juice bar, a steam room, a sauna and an igloo, two Jacuzzis, and a meditation pool. Grab coffee and pastries at Bread & More. Rooms feel like villas and are equipped with kitchenettes and terraces. Rates from $135 per night.

Hotel B Cozumel
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Hotel B, Mexico

This Cozumel hotel features original works from Mexican artists (think tapestries and pillows in the guest rooms and sculptures and paintings in the common areas). Take a yoga class at the oceanfront pavilion, or sign up for a detox package (from $165 per night) or scuba diving package (from $130 per night). The property also offers weekly workshops on painting and alebrijes (bright colored Mexican folk art sculptures); Mexican food and ceviche; photography; and Mezcal and tequila. There's also a restaurant and two bars on-site. Rates from $90 per night. 

This Cozumel hotel features original works from Mexican artists (think tapestries and pillows in the guest rooms and sculptures and paintings in the common areas). Take a yoga class at the oceanfront pavilion, or sign up for a detox package (from $165 per night) or scuba diving package (from $130 per night). The property also offers weekly workshops on painting and alebrijes (bright colored Mexican folk art sculptures); Mexican food and ceviche; photography; and Mezcal and tequila. There's also a restaurant and two bars on-site. Rates from $90 per night. 

Hommage Hotel & Residences. St. Martin
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Hommage Hotel & Residences. St. Martin

On St. Martin’s French side, within Terres-Basses and on a bay, you'll find this 148-room art-minded hotel, which is complete with its own museum garden. The on-site café serves dishes with colorful, inventive plating. Get pampered at Aqua Spa or relax in your room and admire the orange-yellow walls and splashy artwork. All rooms have private terraces. There’s also an on-site pool. Rates from $153 per night. 

On St. Martin’s French side, within Terres-Basses and on a bay, you'll find this 148-room art-minded hotel, which is complete with its own museum garden. The on-site café serves dishes with colorful, inventive plating. Get pampered at Aqua Spa or relax in your room and admire the orange-yellow walls and splashy artwork. All rooms have private terraces. The property is complete with its own swimming pool. Rates from $153 per night. 

Beach in Negril, Jamaica
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Rockhouse Hotel, Jamaica

The Rockhouse Hotel in Negril, Jamaica is comprised of 34 red-roofed huts built from timber, stone, and thatch. The eight-acre property is home to a spa that weaves local herbs into treatments, and guests can enjoy services from a cliffside cabana or a pavilion that overlooks the Caribbean Sea. Three restaurants mean you never need to leave.  Pristine Cove, a local hotspot for snorkeling and swimming, is just a flight of stairs below the hotel. Rates from $145 per night. 

The Rockhouse Hotel in Negril, Jamaica is comprised of 34 red-roofed huts built from timber, stone and thatch. The eight-acre property is home to a spa that weaves local herbs into treatments, and guests can enjoy services from a cliffside cabana or a pavilion that overlooks the Caribbean Sea. Three restaurants mean you never need to leave. Pristine Cove, a local hotspot for snorkeling and swimming, is just a flight of stairs below the hotel. Rates from $145 per night. 

El Blok Hotel
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El Blok Hotel, Puerto Rico

El Blok Hotel is located on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques and has been open since 2014. At the on-site restaurant, local ingredients are cooked on a mesquite grill. Come here for the freshly prepared food — but stay for the live music and/or poetry readings that often take place in the space. Most of the 20 rooms are complete with either a terrace, a balcony, or large windows. On the rooftop, you'll find a bar, swinging chairs, and a small pool. Rates from $140 per night.

El Blok Hotel is located on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques and has been open since 2014. At the on-site restaurant, local ingredients are cooked on a mesquite grill. Come here for the freshly prepared food — but stay for the live music and/or poetry readings that often take place in the space. Most of the 20 rooms are complete with either a terrace, a balcony, or large windows. On the rooftop, you'll find a bar, swinging chairs, and a small pool. Rates from $140 per night.

South Beach Hotel By Ocean Hotels
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South Beach Hotel, Barbados

Cozy, chic, and complete with bright furnishings, the 49-suite South Beach Hotel, which is located along Barbados’ South Coast, is fresh off a renovation. A fitness room, swimming pool, and an array of spa services will appeal to wellness travelers. Beach bums will love Rockley Beach, which is just a two-minute walk away (added bonus: the property reserves loungers at the beach exclusively for guests). The on-site restaurant serves continental breakfast in the morning, and the bar is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Rates from $138 per night.

Cozy, chic, and complete with bright furnishings, the 49-suite South Beach Hotel, which is located off Barbados’ South Coast, is fresh off a renovation. A fitness room, swimming pool, and an array of spa services will appeal to wellness travelers. Beach bums will love Rockley Beach, which is just a two-minute walk away (added bonus: the property reserves loungers at the beach exclusively for guests). The on-site restaurant serves continental breakfast in the morning, and the bar is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Rates from $138 per night.

Holland House Beach Hotel
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Holland House Beach Hotel, St. Maarten

On St. Maarten’s Dutch side, you'll find this 54-room hotel, which is located on Great Bay Beach, where beach chairs are free for all guests. At Ocean Lounge — the hotel’s restaurant — seafood-heavy dining is paired with wines by the glass as well as fun cocktails. Most of the rooms here feature private balconies that overlook the either the city or the ocean. There are also plenty of common areas around the property for guests to mingle. Rates from $172 per night.

On St. Maarten’s Dutch side, you'll find this 54-room hotel, which is located on Great Bay Beach, where beach chairs are free for guests. At Ocean Lounge — the hotel’s restaurant — seafood-heavy dining is paired with wines by the glass as well as fun cocktails. Most of the rooms here feature private balconies that overlook the either the city or the ocean. There are also plenty of common areas around the property for guests to mingle. Rates from $172 per night.

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