Do you ever fantasise about taking a luxury getaway to a five star resort or hotel in an exotic location on a tropical island or somewhere equally as enticing? For some of us it is just that – a dream or fantasy. However I am here to tell you that your pipedream of lapping up luxury holidays can now be reality.
Every single day my email inbox is full of wonderful holiday offers to new and exciting travel destinations and every single day I experience a twinge of wanderlust and an overwhelming desire to travel more and more! You can either ignore these alluring offers of holiday specials or do what I do and take a closer look, because some of them are not only very affordable, but are top notch in every sense of the word. You just need to be a bit savvy.
Although I frequently “rough it” during holidays by either camping or caravanning, I also like lapping up luxury holidays from time to time. This entails being on the lookout for travel deals that are too good to pass up and that means subscribing to travel deal websites like Luxury Escapes, scouring through the travel supplement in the weekend paper and watching out for TV specials on holiday programs like Getaway.
There are times that an escape to a luxury holiday resort is just what the doctor ordered. There is no need to plan a thing because everything is taken care of – from accommodation, flights, airport transfers and meals to holiday activities. Yes that’s right, your holiday is completely planned out for you without having to worry about any tiny details. All you have to do is turn up!
Over the years we have purchased some of these exciting luxury holiday deals over the internet and I can confirm that we have never been disappointed – not even once! The variety and diversity of holiday deals range from luxury hotel accommodation in Australian cities, island resort escapes, mountain retreats and beachside stays, to luxury hotel or resort accommodation in overseas countries like Bali, Thailand, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Fiji, India and even Europe and South America.
Here’s a small selection of luxury holiday deals that we have purchased over the past few years:
Our 5 night accommodation package of around $700 for two, included a stay in a one bedroom holiday apartment in Port Douglas with a free bottle of bubbly, buffet breakfast each day and a massage each. The apartments were well situated just off the main street of Port Douglas and within a short walk to the beach. All we had to do was organise our flights to Cairns, hire a car and drive the 67 km distance to Port Douglas. The beauty of this was that we could keep and eye out for cheap airfares and then book our accommodation accordingly. It turned out to be a very affordable holiday, particularly since we could cook some of our own meals in the apartment or on the BBQ provided near the pool.
This 8 night package at a five star resort located at Tanah Lot in Bali, was nothing short of absolute luxury. The Pan Pacific Nirwana Resort encompassing a sprawling area that is surrounded by an 18 hole championship golf course, featured some of the most scenic ocean views, three restaurants, four pool areas with play areas for the kids and adults – such as basketball, volleyball, water slides and floating toys.
There was also a kids club, day spa, two tennis courts, extensive pathways for walking or cycling, cycle hire, a Sunset Bar, library, gym and a couple of shops. Our deal for $999 each included 8 nights in a comfortable spacious suite with views over the gardens and pools, all of our breakfasts and dinners, afternoon drinks in the clubhouse, tapas at a rooftop bar in Legian, a one way airport transfer, a massage each, a yoga class, a bucket of golf balls on the driving range and a turtle release experience. There was a free shuttle bus service daily into Kuta Beach or Seminyak that is 26 kms away. Such an opulent indulgence and such a bargain!
Later on this year we are embarking on another luxury holiday to Vietnam for 8 nights, with 2 nights in a 4 star hotel in Ho Chi Minh City and 6 nights in a 4.5 star luxury Beach Resort in Hoi An. The entire package cost us $999 each and includes a $400 credit towards our airfares, all breakfasts, lunches or dinners, Spa treatments, Club access, afternoon tea experience, airport transfers, Vietnamese cooking class, poolside drinks and a half day guided tour of Ho Chi Minh City. So really our only additional expense is our internal air fares and tours. I estimate that the total cost of this holiday will come close to just under $4,000 for the two of us.
If you only want a weekend escape for two or three nights then you can check out other great offers for shorter period stays. The choice is really up to you. So now there are no more excuses for escaping on a luxury getaway. These days it is even more affordable and easier than ever! Check out the great deals with Luxury Escapes by clicking on the image on the right hand sidebar of my page.
This post is part of the Lovin’ Life Linky with a Lovin’ Life Team of the “ageing positively” kind who are as keen as I am to promote the Lovin’ Life mindset. The Lovin’ Life Team includes:
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 4 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now 60. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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