13 hostels in exotic locations you won’t believe exist

13 hostels in exotic locations you won’t believe exist

Who says you have to stay in a fancy-pants resort to experience tropical luxury? We have exotic hostels in some of the most staggeringly beautiful locations on the planet from tree houses in rainforests, infinity pools on mountains and beach huts on Caribbean shores. Whether you’re after a private room or a social dorm, here are some examples of how you can travel in paradise on a backpacker’s budget…

1. Mad Monkey Backpackers Resort, Koh Rong Samloem, Cambodia

This hostel is tucked away in private beach on the tranquil island of Koh Rong Samloem and is only accessible by tail boat. Most of the island is unexplored, which means Mad Monkey is the ultimate base for outdoor adventure. The hostel’s schedule is jam-packed with activities and parties kicking off every night at the huge bar, so it’s super easy to meet other islanders. You can stay in a spacious dorm with separate showers or upgrade to a beachfront ensuite bungalow. Just heaven!

    • Customer rating: 8.8
    • Price: £8.11/€9.40/$10

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2. Casa Elemento, Minca, Colombia

Do you long for that fresh mountain air on your face? To wake up to the soft sound of toucans and monkeys? Then this hostel nestled in the Colombian Sierra Nevada Mountains is for you. Besides the 9.6 location rating from our customers, you can’t beat the family-type atmosphere here. There’s a campfire every night, a BBQ every Sunday *with smoked meats* and everything is locally sourced – even the beds are hand-made from jungle pine! We don’t have favourites, but we doubt things get any more blissful than watching the sunset in a giant hammock or eating breakfast in a treehouse looking out to sea. Read about Amy Baker’s experience at working at Casa Elemento here.

    • Customer rating: 8.1
    • Price: £19.96/€23.12/$24.81

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3. Far Out Beach Club, Ios, Greece

The Greek Islands are known for their wild nightlife, and this hostel is a fun-packed party zone anchored on Mylopotas beach with the idyllic backdrop of the Agean Sea. There’s accommodation for all budgets including dorms, privates, and cabins from £6 per night, plus the Far Out Camping site next door if you are on a cheaper budget. Aside from the pool parties and live music, there are facilities coming out of your eyeballs here, such as tennis and volleyball courts, a diving centre, sushi restaurant, and an outdoor cinema for chilling under the starry night sky. It certainly ticks all of our boxes!

    • Customer rating: 8.1
    • Price: £8.62/€9.89/$10.72

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4. Tribu Hostel, Holbox Island, Mexico

Ah, La Isla Holbox, where have you been all our lives? Holbox – meaning black hole – was founded in 1873 by pirates, and today it’s just 40 miles north-west of Cancun where the Gulf of Mexico meets the Caribbean. Today the island retains its magical charm with pink flamingos, colourful murals and yellow golf buggies, the only method of transport. The rainbow-painted Tribu hostel is just 40 metres from the beach. Owners David and Mia (plus Mango, the hostel dog) encourage you to “leave your footprint” and try Spanish language courses, yoga sessions, a “blind dinner”, or just simply flop in the hammocks for your Mexican siesta!

    • Customer rating: 8.9
    • Price: £9.53/£11.88/€11.08

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5. Hangover Hostels, Mirissa, Sri Lanka

Can you get any more tropical than coconut groves, the Indian Ocean and rolling alabaster beaches? We think not! 150km from the capital of Sri Lanka is Marissa, a beach where you can while away the hours diving, surfing, and experiencing some of the best whale watching in Asia. Let Hangover Hostels be your modern paradise. With free breakfast and morning yoga on the overhead deck, it’s no surprise our customers stay longer than they intended: “I booked the hostel for 2 days but ended up staying for 20 days! LOL!” Lol indeed 😂

    • Customer Rating: 9.6
    • Price: £11.12/ 12.92/$13.86

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6. Good Vibes Bungalows, Gili Trawangan, Indonesia 

Prepare to become a part of the good vibes familia! There are no dorms in these newly built topical bungalows on Gili Trawangan, just 2-3 bed private rooms all to yourself. Picture sitting on your own private balcony eating free banana pancakes for breakfast! Good Vibes also make sure that there are hostel vibes with a garden, bar and organised adventures to meet other islanders J

    • Customer rating: 8.9
    • Price: £21.12/$26,19/€24.39

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7. Selina Bocas del Toro, Panama

Bocas del Toro is an archipelago made up of 9 stunning islands, rainforest jungles, banana plantations and adventure. Selinas Hostel is THE place to enjoy a rum punch and soak up the Caribbean vibes of the Bocos  – it is literally ON the waterfront of Bocas Town! After floating in the azure Caribbean Sea, you can take a break from that tough island life with a free salsa class, rooftop yoga session, or let loose at the Caribbean Day Party on Saturdays!

    • Customer Rating: 8.4
    • Price: £11.91/$14.84/€13.84

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8. Base Magnetic Island, Australia

This hostel is on an island off of Queensland, an extraordinary oasis surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef, wild rainforest, untouched beaches and 800 koalas! You can choose from dorm rooms, female sanctuary dorms (which includes a sanctuary pamper package on arrival) or a double room if you want to wake up to the Pacific horizon every day. It’s certainly not deserted here though – the hostel bar is one of the liveliest on the Island, and every month they ignite their beach to throw the legendary Full Moon Down Under party. A note to Scuba enthusiasts – you better get your flippers on because Base ensures that you that you won’t find a cheaper diving qualification anywhere else in Australia!

    • Customer rating: 8.1
    • Price: £19.96/€23.12/$24.81

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9. F&F Hostel, Uruguay

It’s easy to see why this haven holds a 9.5 superb rating from our customers. It’s next to the famous surfers’ beach Playa Brava in Punta del Estea and has its own swimming pool, pool table and garden bar. But what makes F&F special is the homely atmosphere, awesome staff and dorms are the same price as a twin private for the sweet deal of £7 per room! Be careful, you may never leave!

    • Customer rating: 9.1
    • Price: £13.82/€16.04/$17.17

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10. Mad Monkey Hostel Boracay, Philipines

“No stress, no worries” is the motto at this new hostel on Boracay Island. Mad Monkey make no qualms about showing you a good time with a swimming pool, 2 bars, and a “selection of salacious cocktails from dawn ‘til dusk” and a “mean Bloody Mary” for the day after. Could you be a kite boarding beach legend and you didn’t know it? The hostel is 1 minute walk from Bulabog Beach – the Number One kite boarding beach in Asia. A bonus for creatives (photographer, blogger, writer, musician or artist) you can join the Mad Monkey creative hub and stay for free! http://madmonkeyhostels.com/creativehub/

    • Customer rating: 9.4
    • Price: £11.54/€13.32/$14.30

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11. El Jardin de Frida, Tulum, Mexico,

This charming “Eco-Cultural Poshtel” is inspired by the legendary artist Frida Kahlo and has that certain kind of magic in the air with lots of art, Mexican culture and spiritual healing vibes. If you love being at one with nature then you’ve hit the hostel jackpot as here you are surrounded by a beautiful botanical garden with fruit trees, herbs, a running well and hammocks for pure chill time. For extra comfort, book a themed suite with your own private bathroom, kitchen, small living room and a spacious private terrace facing the jungle. Aaaaaaaand……relax.

    • Customer rating: 8.1
    • Price: £19.96/€23.12/$24.81

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12. Surfer’s Haven Guesthouse, Gregory Town, Bahamas

You can go for a double room or set up camp at this peaceful sanctuary on the remote and unspoiled island of Eleuthera. There’s discounted surf lessons and the owners encourage yogis to practice their cobras and lotuses with a work exchange for anyone interested in teaching. Our customers gave it a 10/10 “Value for Money” score which might refer to the free Wi-Fi, regular Poker nights, pizza nights, JAMNITEs and maybe that it’s on one of the most jaw-dropping, dazzling beaches we have ever seen!? Tip – don’t miss the annual Pineapple Festival in Gregory Town which honours the pineapple farming with fruity activities such as the Pineappleman Sprint Triathlon!

    • Customer rating: 9.1
    • Price: £32.90/€38.18/$40.88

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13. Smugglers Cove Beach Resort, Nadi, Fiji

In this upmarket beach hostel on the famous party beach of Wailoaloa Beach, stretching out on the sand and basking in the sunshine is practically compulsory. There’s a beachfront deck with a restaurant and bar that offers a free continental buffet every morning and an extensive cocktail menu for drinks at sunset. Just another day in paradise…

    • Customer rating: 7.7
    • Price: £7.02/€8.15/$8.72

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Of course it’s not all about the mind blowing locations and bargain prices. Hostels have a soul and character that you can’t buy and dinners over campfires, tours from locals and the fascinating travelers you meet enrich your trip more than a hotel ever will! Your exotic dream getaway awaits here.

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10 best exotic hostels

Hostel Name City Country £ Average price (per night)
Mad Monkey Backpackers Resort Koh Rong Samloem Cambodia
9.00
Base Magnetic Island Queensland Australia
19.78
Casa Elemento Minca Colombia
10.68
Far Out beach Club Ios Greece
24.92
El Jardín de Frida Tulum Mexico
9.30
Cascata Verde Uvita Costa Rica
12.88
Surfer’s Haven Guesthouse Gregory Town Bahamas
32.52
F&F Hostel Punta Del Este Uruguay
9.66
Smugglers Cove Nadi Fiji
15.03
Sepilok Jungle Resort Sandakan Malaysia
7.67

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16 Responses to “13 hostels in exotic locations you won’t believe exist”

  1. Smugglers cove is not all that.

    Staff are abrupt, dorm is too big, and no lockers.
    The food isn’t wonderful and it’s OK to have spoil but it need to a) be open and b) have room around it to chill.

    In fact of the 7 hostels I stayed on on Fiji it came in the bottom half.

    • Danielle Saunders Reply

      Hi Beth, sorry to hear you had a negative experience – I hope you left a review! Sounds like you accomplished a decent hostel tour! Which ones would you recommend? ^Danielle

  2. Jo Christian Reply

    Spent some fantastic times @ Smugglers Cove. Reasonably priced; comfortable, clean accomodation; lots of entertainment, WONDERFUL staff.

    • Danielle Saunders Reply

      Thanks Jo, thrilled you had such an amazing time 🙂 they are renowned for their staff too! ^Danielle

    • Danielle Saunders Reply

      Hi Janese,

      The prices start from £6.90/€8.15/$8.72 for dorm beds and £47.95/€56.21/$58.82 for a private room.

      ^Danielle

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  4. Awwww my friend owns Good Vibes in Gili Trawangan, Indonesia! Greg is the nicest guy ever 🙂 such beautiful bungalows he has created! And it’s just as good as u said it is! They have a rule here in Gili T that no dorms are allowed more than 3 beds so Good Vibes private rooms are a much better idea

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