Sep 16, 2016

7 Affordable “copycat” holiday resorts

7 Resorts that give you a star-studded experience for an affordable price

Loving that overwater bungalow in Bora Bora but aren’t loving the price tag? We get it! That’s why we’ve sourced out seven resorts that afford you a luxury experience, without the accompanying price tag. Whether you’re in the mood for Ibiza, Malibu or the Bahamas, we’ve got you covered!

You want: Ibiza

You should try: Breathless Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa (Riviera Maya, Mexico

The Ibiza-influenced Breathless Riviera Cancun

The Ibiza-influenced Breathless Riviera Cancun

If you’re looking for around the clock entertainment and a spot to dance the night away, Breathless Riviera Cancun is THE resort. This lively adults-only location is perfect for those wanting a Spanish getaway without the price tag. Aside from experiencing a luxury, all-inclusive stay with unlimited gourmet meals and beverages, this property offers a unique party calendar. Bonus: Flights to Mexico are a fraction of the cost.

You want: St Barths

You should try: Riu Palace St Martin (St Martin)

St Barths' neighboring island of St Martin

St Barths' neighboring island of St Martin

Just a stone’s throw away from St Barths, St Martin is a fraction of the cost and has the benefit of two countries in one. This vibrant destination also offers an array of exciting opportunities. Plus, the Riu Palace St Martin is truly one of the jewels of Riu Palace resorts. Check out our full review of it here.

You want: Bahamas

You should try: Melia Buenavista (Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba)

The Melia is one of Cuba's luxury resorts

The Melia is one of Cuba's luxury resorts

Although culturally unique, both countries are known for their stunning white sand beaches and blue water. Cuba, however has the benefit of being a  destination that is affordable and depending on your departure city, sometimes more accessible. Investing in luxury resorts will ensure your experience is top-notch, which is why we recommend the Melia Buenavista. This 5-star resort offers amazing snorkeling, professional staff and spacious suites.

You want: Bora Bora

You should try: El Dorado Maroma (Riviera Maya, Mexico)

The stunning El Dorado Maroma

The stunning El Dorado Maroma

You dream of overwater bungalows set on crystal clear water but can’t stomach the hefty price tag. Well, you’re in luck! Mexico’s first overwater bungalows have just opened up at El Dorado Maroma. Cancun has the same beautiful turquoise waters and white sand beaches as Bora Bora but at a more affordable price point. Plus, Maroma beach was voted as one of the best beaches in the world by the Travel Channel.

You want: St Lucia

You should try: Dreams Punta Cana (Punta Cana, Dominican Republic)

Dreams Punta Cana beach setup, photo by our travel specialist Ashley

Dreams Punta Cana beach setup, photo by our travel specialist Ashley (@romancetravel)

The Dominican Republic provides the same tropical landscape as St. Lucia and is a perfect destination for all budgets. With the benefit of white sand beaches (St. Lucia’s are dark sand), a stay at a luxury resort such as the Dreams Punta Cana is sure to please. An added perk: This luxury resort is Rainforest Alliance Certified.

You want: Maui

You should try: Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall (Montego Bay, Jamaica)

Enjoy Jamaica's stunning beaches

Enjoy Jamaica's stunning beaches

We don’t deny the appeal of Maui. Lush hills and sandy beaches paint this destination a pretty picture.  For a similar island feel at a fraction of the cost, you can book a luxury all-inclusive resort in Montego Bay. This top-rated resort is located on 5,000 picture-perfect acres on Jamaica’s coast.

You want: Malibu

You should try: Breathless Cabo San Lucas (Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

View from Breathless Cabo San Lucas, photo by Vacation Couple

View from Breathless Cabo San Lucas, photo by Vacation Couple

Located just down the coast from Malibu, Cabo San Lucas is geographically very similar. Paired with affordable prices, this is a hot destination. Our resort of choice here is the Breathless Cabo San Lucas. Upscale and adults-only, this lively resort rivals the hotspots of Malibu. We recently sent our travel ambassadors Vacation Couple here, giving you an insider’s look at this resort on our Facebook page.

For more information on booking these hotels contact us at 1-888-685-6888 or email


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