Updated: Nov 11, 2020
Luxury is defined as a state of great comfort or elegance at a considerable cost. A luxury hotel is a hotel that gives its guests an experience that is enjoyable and full of self-indulgent pleasure. These hotels have amenities such as spas, upscale restaurants, Michelin star chefs, valet parking, concierge service, and more. Five-star hotels focus on offering exceptional service to its guests, top of the line bedding and impeccable cleanliness. Hotel ratings are based on accommodations, service and price. A 5-star hotel is often seen as a luxury hotel, but this is not always the case. Four-star hotels can be called luxury hotels as well; it’s about the service provided to guests. While a 5-star hotel offers amenities like 24-hour butler service, room service, and an in-room bar at no extra cost, a 4-star property will place a charge on top of your room stay for such services.
Think you can’t afford a luxury hotel? Think again! Here are five examples of luxury hotels that won’t break the bank.
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Calabash Cove Resort and Spa Adults Only - Saint Lucia (prices start at $299 per night)
The small 26 room resort for adults only is located on the private white sand beach of Gros Islet. Amenities include an onsite full-service spa, suites with swim-up pool, bars lounges and restaurant. All-inclusive meals/beverages are an option. The St. Lucia Jazz Festival is an added benefit for travel to the Caribbean island for Mother's Day weekend.
Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana - Havana, Cuba (prices subject to change)
In the heart of Havana, the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski is well known for its spa, tobacco lounge, roof-top bar and pool. Rooms and suites have elegant and contemporary decor. A great time to consider visiting is during the Havana Jazz Festival held at various venues across the city in mid-January each year.
Zoetry - Montego Bay, Jamaica (prices start at $240 per night per person)
A boutique resort in the upscale Rose Hall neighborhood brings the Endless Privileges® experience, where everything is included, to the island of Jamaica. Just steps away from the Caribbean Sea, all of Zoëtry Montego Bay’s 49 suites include an in-house concierge. Additional amenities include a private beach, spa with peaceful gardens, yoga and meditation areas.
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The Sands at Nomad - Diani Beach, Kenya (prices subject to change)
Award-winning boutique hotel with sustainable practices, The Sands at Nomad is a leader in Kenya for its efforts to help preserve, protect and educate about the precious natural environment of Kenya’s south coast. Enjoy the garden, full spa services, outdoor pool or meal from one of two restaurants. Get a good night's sleep with premium bedding and choice of pillow from the pillow menu.
Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City (prices start at $269 per night)
Located in the heart of downtown Mexico City on Avenida Paseo de La Forma, the hotel is within walking distance of Chapultepec Park. Features include an outdoor pool, private garden, sauna, limo/Towncar service, valet parking & car charging stations.
Tips to enhance your experience at a luxury hotel:
○ Set a budget for your trip so you have time to put money aside for discretionary spending
○ Research the amenities each luxury hotel has to offer
○ Get recommendations from trusted sources
○ Pick an off-peak time to stay at a luxury hotel
○ Book months ahead of time to get the best deals
○ Allow room for flexibility and sudden changes
Work with a travel advisor
○ This is important because a travel advisor will help you get the most out of your vacation
○ They can arrange special perks like a complimentary bottle of champagne once you arrive at the hotel
○ The finer details are taken care of, so all you have to do is show up and enjoy receiving the VIP treatment