With so few leave days in the year, it’s understandable that you’d want to make the most of your time off. As you’ll be spending your hard-earned cash, it’s also understandable that you’ll really want to get the best out of your money. A luxury holiday is one of the best ways that you can relax and unwind after a stressful year’s work and make sure that you maximise your time and money in the best way possible. If you’re really looking to splash out, here are some tips for planning the ideal luxury getaway.
- Fly Business
Every holiday inevitably starts with the journey and, whilst the idea of a long-haul flight may elicit groans from the masses, for those who fly business-class, the journey can be one of the highlights of the trip. When compared to flying economy, the benefits are immeasurable: more leg room; comfortable seating; priority baggage services; added baggage allowances; free seat selection; fast-track check in; lounge access; attentive staff; and food and drink to rival a top-class restaurant – what’s not to like? Some services, like Virgin Airways business class, even offer a chauffeur service from your home to the airport! All of this combines for the perfect stress-free start to your ideal luxury holiday.
- Go All Out
For a holiday that oozes pure opulence, your accommodation will be everything. If you’re staying at a resort, be sure to opt for a private villa with a pool and full-board dining. For those going a little off the beaten path, luxury accommodations can often be found even in the most remote of locations, and many come with the option to have your own private chef on board. For holidays by the beach, be sure to opt for the sea view room.
- Make it Special
One great hack for couples headed on a luxury trip is to make every holiday your “anniversary”. By telling the hotel that you’re celebrating, they will often provide you with freebies and decorations to help you “surprise” your partner – just make sure they’re in the know so they don’t blow your cover!
- Tailor It
If you are booking through a travel agent, never go for the bog-standard package deals. Instead, you should find an agent who is willing to tailor your trip to your exact tastes and holiday style. Whilst some people love active holidays and sightseeing, others prefer to kick back and relax by the pool or on the beach, so make sure you speak with your travel agent so they can better understand what you’re looking to get out of your trip.
- Get Around in Style
Hopping off your business-class flight and onto a sweaty bus is a sure-fire vibe-killer, which is why it is essential to consider how you’ll get around when you’ve touched down as well. Whether you opt for your own chauffer – who may well be able to double up as a tour guide – or hire that luxury car you’ve always dreamt of owning will be up to you.
Backpacking may have been all well and good back in your gap year days, but for the more refined crowd, a luxury holiday will be well worth splashing out on. By having every detail in place before you go, you’ll be able to relax in style, from take-off onwards.