HI hostel island escapes

December 20, 2013
Lenka

You don’t need a pair of Gucci sunglasses, a Burberry bikini and a private yacht to lounge on the sand and bask in the sun on an idyllic island – would you believe that you can take a HI hostel island escape? You’d better believe it! Whether you want a sunny island hostel in Australia or a tranquil Scandinavian island in Europe, our hostels offer affordable, clean and friendly accommodation with the assurances of HI’s quality standards – who needs 5 star resorts or private yachts?

Asian Island Hostels

Taiwan: Pingtung – Kenting YH

Located within Kenting National Park on the southern shores of the island of Taiwan, this hostel is nestled by the sea and offers outstanding views of the crystal blue waters. Built by one of Taiwan’s most famous architects, this YAC hostel offers you the chance to stay in a classical Fujian-style building with sandy beaches, botanical gardens and wooded nature walks at your doorstep.

Thailand: HI Krabi

Situated on the southwest coast of the Thai-Malay peninsula, HI Krabi combines idyllic beaches with the convenience of a town centre location, offering the best of both worlds. Against a majestic mountain backdrop you can sip drinks on one of the hostel’s private balconies, or hop on a quick ferry to the nearby Phi Phi islands for snorkelling along the reef or sunbathing on the pristine tropical beaches.

Australian Island Hostels

Kangaroo Island YHA

If you’re lucky, you just might see some of the native penguins relaxing in the gardens at YHA Kangaroo Island. Overlooking a beautiful bay on the eastern coast of Kangaroo Island, this hostel offers light, airy rooms, sea views and a convenient 2-minute walk to the ferry to Adelaide. The nearby golf course and Baudin Conservation Area are yours for exploring if you fancy a change from the beautiful beach.

Magnetic Island: Bungalow Bay Koala Village YHA

The HI hostel at Bungalow Bay boasts a true island resort atmosphere: breezy hammocks by the pool, individual A-frame bungalows and a lively bar with funky nightlife nestled in over 6 acres of tropical surroundings. There is also an on-site wildlife sanctuary where you can interact with Australian wildlife like koalas and crocodiles.

European Island Hostels

Finland: Hostel Suomenlinna

Suomenlinna Island is just 15 minutes from the lively Helsinki city center by ferry, but feels a lifetime away. The hostel is in a 250-year old fortress and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. In the summertime you can explore the other surrounding islands by ferry, or enjoy the mature trees and peaceful setting year-round.

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