For many, five star luxury when traveling is strictly the province of the rich and famous. With so many other costs in our daily lives like saving for retirement, the kid’s education, the mortgage, and so on, we often scrimp on accommodations when we travel, settling for three stars at best.
Make this the year you sample a taste of what true luxury accommodations feels like, even if it is a one night affair from your otherwise strict budget. So, if you are going to do this, you must choose wisely.
To help you pick a truly decadent night in a posh hotel, we have detailed five travel palaces from various corners of the globe to ensure that no matter where your travels take you, cheating on mediocrity will be an easy and pleasurable undertaking indeed!
1) Rayavadee, Krabi, Thailand ($445 USD)
Walled off from the rest of the mainland by the limestone karsts of the Phra Nang peninsula in Thailand’s Krabi province, you’ll feel like you’ve parachuted onto the set of a James Bond movie at Rayavadee. When (if?) you ever get tired of the legendary beaches located within a short walk of this gorgeous property, this luxurious Thai hotel will seduce you with the lush tropical greenery that surrounds the lagoon-like infinity pool with epic sea views!
2) Hapuku Lodge & Tree House, Kaikoura, New Zealand ($568 USD)
For such a small archipelago, New Zealand packs an epic amount of scenery into its land area, as virtually everywhere will have your questioning aloud why New Zealand has it so good. Naturally, such outstanding surroundings make for an excellent candidate for a one-off luxury splurge, and the Hapuku Lodge is the perfect place to do it.
Live out your childhood fantasies in their tree house suites, then head down to poolside, where you can use binoculars to spot frequently breaching whales just offshore.
3) Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa, Bahia, Brazil ($641 USD)
While Rio gets a lot of buzz, especially with Carnival, and the approach of this year’s World Cup and 2016 Olympics to come, Brazil is a country almost the size of the United States, with plenty of beauty to be had elsewhere, as well. Bahia has a rich culture, tropical weather, and beaches to die for, and there is no better place here to spoil yourself for a day than Uxua Hotel and Spa.
Chill with a drink at the beach bar by the wild but beautiful white sand beaches that this place is revered for, and then either a enjoy a raucous night on the town, or while away your evening on the property, as they serve alcohol until the last guest has gone to bed!
4) Lesic Dimitri Palace, Korcula, Croatia ($437 USD)
Situated within the heart of Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast islands, Lesic Dimitri Palace will have you feeling like royalty, if only for a short time! Those who have an aversion towards traditional hotels will love this place, as it is styled after serviced apartments, with kitchen facilities available should you feel like whipping something up on a whim. Of course, an on-site restaurant and room is available, as are spas where one can treat themselves to a personal tune-up!
5) Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, California, USA ($675 USD)
Directly between San Francisco and Los Angeles on the vaunted Pacific Coast Highway, Big Sur is a place where native Californians go to unplug from the stresses of urban life, and where visitors ooh and awe at how lucky said Californians are for having this in their backyard. The best way to wind down your day here is to do so in style, and there is no better place than the Post Ranch Inn for this task. The views and the world class food will create the perfect circumstances for romance with your significant other, and the infinity pool overlooking the sea from its cliff perch will have you in a surreal place that will be difficult to match in the years to come.
Where did the last $400-700 of your disposable income go?
Life’s too short to have regrets. If you really want to experience five star luxury, set aside the money and do it, if only for one decadent night!