You work hard all year round, so of course you deserve a little luxury when it comes to your holiday (or holidays if you are lucky).
The key to a truly unforgettable luxury holiday is in realizing that it is not all about expense; it is about picking a destination that means something to you. It’s about experiences that you have always dreamed of, and yes, it’s also about indulgence. Because if you can’t treat yourself when on holiday, when can you?
Hopefully, these handy tips will help you plan your perfect luxury holiday today.
Fly first class
Flying first class, or business class depending on your budget, can be a great way to start off your luxury holiday. Travelling can often be stressful and not exactly conducive to what is supposed to be a time for relaxation and recuperation. Yes, it can be expensive, but if you are flying long haul then the little luxuries associated with first class can make all the difference.
Think spacious seating, possibly even your own private bed, more privacy and of course, delicious food and drink in never-ending quantities. You’ll also usually get a private lounge to enjoy at the airport with free Wi-Fi and food and drinks.
Seek out local knowledge
To experience a truly luxurious and fun-filled holiday, it is helpful to know where all the best places to go are – the best restaurants, the trendiest bars, and any local festivals or shows that are taking place – and one of the best ways to find this information out is by befriending your hotel’s concierge.
It sounds so simple, yet this act of friendliness can result in you nabbing a table at the most sought-after restaurant in town, or being able to purchase last minute tickets to a sold-out show.
Pick a destination that has multiple merits
One of the easiest ways to make your trip feel more extravagant is by picking a destination that has a lot to offer; one that is steeped in culture, known for its delicious delicacies, has breath-taking natural surroundings, and presents a multitude of exciting attractions to keep you feeling spoilt each and every day. Zanzibar for example, offers the exciting combination of an idyllic beach experience with the pure exhilaration of a safari trip nearby.
Consider hiring a private tour guide
If you do plan to do a lot of sightseeing, then you may want to consider booking your own private guide. There is nothing luxurious about being crammed into a bus with 50 or more other people all trying to get a glimpse of the nearest and most overrated tourist attractions.
Not only will a private guide offer you a one on one service, but they are also more likely to take to you places off the beaten track that most tourists will never get to see. What could be more exclusive than that?
Get the 5-star experience
Even if you cannot afford a two-week break at a 5-star hotel, that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a 5-star experience. Instead, look into the smaller ways that you can experience the luxuries of a 5-star establishment, such as going for cocktails or booking afternoon tea at a luxury hotel’s bar or restaurant.
Another way to get a 5-star experience on a budget is by booking a luxury, private villa rather than a hotel room; this is especially effective if you are travelling with a large group as you can split the cost of the accommodation, saving money whilst still experiencing an opulent holiday.