Imagine hostels where you can sleep under the stars, where you can hear the waves lapping from your beach hut. Well, they exist and we’ve found them. But these hostels don’t just offer the extraordinary locations, they have the extra magic sprinkled on top. Think rooftop cinemas, 3-hour happy hours and free gourmet food. And all for the fraction of the price of a hotel, how could you possibly book anywhere else?!
? @AliceRabbitShoots on the beach near Selina Manuel Antonio Hostel, Costa Rica
Buccaneers, Cista, South Africa
If rustic beach cottages are your thing, head to Buccaneers, a hostel perched atop a hillside in Cinsta. From just €11.26/night you’ll get 15km of stunning unspoilt beach on your doorstep, and coastal forests leading to more shell beaches. Bliss.
- Rating 9.0
- Beds from €11.26/night
This Hoscar winner for the best hostel in Belize promises free kayaks, pizza and barrels of rum. It’s also next to a skydiving centre, and a five minute walk to the centre of town. If this review doesn’t make you want to leave immediately we don’t know what will: “Absolutely loved it! Great atmosphere and the staff is amazing. I liked it so much I decided to leave my current location on another island and go back to Sandbar.”
- Rating: 9.1
- Dorm beds from €11.53/night
Goodtime Beach Backpackers, Charm Beach Koh-Phangan, Thailand
The ideal venue for your Full Moon & Half Moon stop off. Choose a dorm bed from £2.28 (that’s £12.96 for a week, people!), a bungalow overlooking the pool, or a private tree house (above) if you’re going large. Pre-party buckets and pool BBQ are optional but if you ask us, necessary!
• Beds from €2.57/night
• Privates from €18.26
• Customer rating: 8.7
Selina Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
Here you can experience the jungle and the beach at the same time with a National Park behind you, and stretch of beach in front of you. Days can begin with yoga classes on their deck (with the toucans). Then take your pick from chilling around the pool, indulging in happy hour or trying out the zip line! *Life actually made*
- Rating 9.2
- Dorm beds from €17.80/night
- Privates from €49.59/night
Onda Road Hostel, Praia a Mare, Italy
Onda Road hostel has a prime location on Praia a Mare, a magical town in Italy on the Cedri Riviera – the Citrus Coast. It’s just meters away from a stunning beach where you’ll find everything from snorkelling to cliff jumping from a 22 meter high natural bridge. The free pancake breakfast, swimming pool, and solarium add to the fact that this place is tailor made for the ultimate beach break.
- Rating 9.0
- Dorm beds from €16.67/night
- Privates from €47.39/night
At Reset they believe in “Home is not a place, It’s a Feeling” – a motto reflected in their 10/10 staff rating from you guys. Warm welcomes coupled with little touches such as free mini toiletries, biscuits and noodles are always a winner. Plus, the hostel is just 5-minute walking distance from Klong Muang Beach and Railay beach is just a 32 minute drive away. One customer recommends the hostel’s bespoke trips: “Go out for the day with Mr Bear – a trip to remember!”
- Rating: 9.9
- Dorm beds from €10.04/night
Cohort Hostel, St Ives, Cornwall
@shelmartuck & a hidden cove on the Island
Without a doubt the best place to stay in the UK’s surfing capital, St Ives. Cohort is just a few minutes from Porthmeor Beach, yet in the centre of town so you’re surrounded by the best bars and restaurants. Read 15 Amazing Things To Do In St Ives for the full lowdown on this magical place.
- Rating: 9.3
- Dorm beds from €22/night
Chill Inn Beach Café & Hostel, Koh Samui, Thailand
Ever wanted to run away and live in a beach hut in Thailand? Chill Inn is THE escape. Watch multi-coloured sunsets from the bar, eat some fresh Thai cuisine, and take walks on the secluded beaches. If only we had a “forever” booking option…
- Rating: 9.3
- Dorm beds from €10.29/night
@_gabby_y & Stay Hostel
This total gem only opened 2 years ago and has already won a 9.8 rating from you guys AND Hoscar award for best hostel! It’s perfectly located in the town centre with several beaches within 10 minutes walking distance including Elli Beach. Here you’ll find crystal waters, beachfront taverns, and endless watersport activities. After your day soaking in Grecian sun, head back to the hostel for a film in their cinema room or a souflaki night!
- Customer rating: 9.8
- Dorm beds from €22.92/night
- Privates from €15.29/night
Boho Hostel, Sihanoukville, Cambodia
Otres is one of Cambodia’s most stunning beaches, and Boho is just 5 minutes walk away. There’s a real community vibe with movie nights on the rooftop, jungle parties and traditional Sunday Dinners with Yorkshire puddings every week. To add to the tropical mix they are currently building a giant swimming pool, so watch this space!
- Rating: 8.7
- Beds from €3.84/night
Noordzee Hostel, Cebu, Philippines
Basically, Noordzee offers the full 5 star treatment for under a tenner. You can chill out on the rooftop restaurant, private beach, spa, or borrow one of their free surfboards. Not to mention you’re near the “sickest waterfalls in Cebu” – Aguinid, Dayhag and Tumalog to name a few. As one customer says, “If I could I’d give it 15 stars.”
- Rating: 8.9
- Dorm beds from €8.09/night
- Privates from €25.84/night
Boutique TagHostel, Lagos, Portugal
Expect sea views of the Marina (hello, 9.8 location rating!) and peaceful vibes: “The best hostel I have ever stayed in (legit)! If you’ve been travelling for a while and miss home would recommend this 100% Lots of solo travellers – easy to meet people and everyone who works there are amazing. Chilled out which is really nice but close to everything in town.” – Customer review
- Rating 9.6
- Beds from €16.87/night
Outpost Beach Hostel, El Nido, Philippines
The only hostel located on a beach in all of Palawan – true story! Corong-Corong Beach is literally your front garden and offers the best sunsets you’ll ever see. No seriously, it’s known worldwide as the sunset beach! Spend your days bathing in those golden hours on the private cove, or El Nido town is just a 5 minute tricycle ride away. Nights are all about cocktails at the bar and there’s a big BBQ every Sunday. In the words of one customer, “If you don’t stay here, you’re a fool”. Noted!
• Rating 8.7
• Dorm beds from €12.07/night
• Privates from €51.75/night
Honey Badger Hut, Langkawi, Malaysia
Langkawi aka the Jewel of Kedah is as close to paradise as you can get. Honey Badger Hut is just a 7 minute walk away from Cenang Beach, and also nestled in-between a bird sanctuary and coconut trees, so you’re surrounded by nature 24/7. If you fancy treating yourself, upgrade to Village 19 Retreat next door!
- Rating: 8.7
- Dorm beds from €4.45/night
- Privates from €10.12/night
JO&JOE Hossegor, Hossegor, France
Fresh on the hostel scene, JOE&JOE are in partnership with Australian brands Quicksilver & Roxy, and a 5 minute walk to the Hossegor Beach. Along with a surfer’s paradise, you’ll get well-being activties, good food and possibly the most outrageous hostel interiors we have ever seen! The inflatable flamingos and golden pineapples totally do it for us ?
- Customer rating: be the first to review!
- Beds from €18.69/night
Chillhub Hostel, Phuket, Thailand
Chillhub is superbly located 2 minutes from Bangtao beach, a serene version of Patong Beach. What you get here is essentially a mini resort – pool, hammocks, free breakfast and a huge private pod bed with lockers, privacy curtains and shelves. You’ll leave feeling refreshed and ready to take on the whole of Thailand!
- Rating: 9.3
- Dorm beds from €12.10/night
W Hostel Boracay, Philippines
A party hostel with an arty vibe. You’ll make friends at the click of a finger whether it’s instagramming the quirky wall art, games in the kitchen or the regular parties on the rooftop with free BBQ food and free booze. Bulabog beach is just 2 seconds away where you can wind down, or participate in mermaid swimming if your heart desires (always).
- Customer rating: 9.0
- Dorm beds from €5.37/night
- Privates €38.38/night
Far Out Beach Club, Ios, Greece
Far Out Beach Club is basically a village of fun. You can party with the backdrop of the Agean Sea, chill on Mylopotas Beach or at their outdoor cinema. There are even windmill shaped bungalows if you want crank up the comfort levels. Whatever you need, Far Out Beach Club has it.
- Customer rating: 9.1
- Beds from €9.85/night:
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