Going away on holiday and saying goodbye to your daily woes, at least for a while, is a dream come true for most. Affording it, however, is another question entirely.
Vacations are obviously your getaway from the downside of reality. However, selling it up as a luxurious indulgence has resulted in the average citizen finding it difficult to afford a decent holiday.
If you work hard the entire year and wish to take a vacation, it goes without saying that you want the best that your money can get. However, if that ‘best’ happens to be subpar, then your holiday would be mediocre, and you would have been better off just staying at home.
Shelling out money on a luxury resort-based holiday may not seem the best idea if you are looking for something affordable; but if you know how to make the most of it, then your holiday can become the best you have ever experienced.
Booking during off-season
Luxury hotels can be expensive, of course but if you book them during off-peak times of the year, you will find that they can be significantly lower in price. Furthermore, reliable online sites offer the lowest prices possible on luxury resorts, and give you a comparative analysis of which site offers the lowest rate, so that you can get the most for your money.
If you are a paying guest at a luxury hotel, they will undoubtedly treat you with the most outstanding hospitality. Make use of features in the resort. Some super-luxury resorts go the extra mile; each room comes with a small plunge pool for private indulgence.
You then have the option of either using the large custom made pools of the resort, or relaxing in your own private one for a quieter evening.
Similarly, spas at resorts offer luxurious above ground fibreglass pools. While you will usually have to pay for these treatments, look for special discounts for certain credit cards and the like, to get special offers.
If in another part of the world, you may want to include some sightseeing into your trip. Most five-star resorts will go that extra mile and organise a tour guide for you and even provide transportation, for a lower cost than you would have incurred hiring an independent tour service.
Resorts also feature fully equipped state-of-the-art gyms as well as basketball courts and tennis courts, allowing you to get in some exercise during your stay. Some hotels also feature yoga and meditation sessions to help you relax during your stay.
Ask for an upgrade
If you are booking during peak season, you pay even be able to pay for a standard room and get an upgrade for custom pools to a more luxurious one, if the hotel becomes overbooked. Even if it has not been overbooked, simply asking nicely from the front desk can in fact get you a decent upgrade for your stay.