8 Luxury Vacations That Are Surprisingly Affordable

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If you are planning to have a luxury vacation, it is best to have a travel checklist that can help you keep track of all you need to do to get the best moments. Your travel checklist may include you choosing a rental room with a well-equipped kitchen if you have dietary constraints and need to prepare a lot of your own meals. If you want to eat out without having to travel far, choose a hotel with a restaurant or café on site.

One of the most important components of a good and memorable holiday is having comfortable lodging throughout your trip that provides the luxury you desire at an affordable rate. The suggestions below will undoubtedly assist you in locating the ideal hotel to meet your luxury vacation demands while on the road.

Luxury Vacation Icelandair Hotel Akureyri, Iceland

Although not as well-known as Reykjavik, Akureyri, Iceland’s second city, is steadily gaining popularity as more tourists seek out its picturesque town center, cozy pubs, geothermal baths, and higher chances of seeing the Northern Lights due to its position so far north. This elegant eco-retreat is like a microcosm of everything we love about its home nation, right in the middle of it all: The hotel’s 99 rooms are stylish and cool, with Nordic-inspired furniture, Icelandic art, and large windows that look out over the lush (or snowy, depending on the season) landscape; there’s an outdoor patio and fire pit for viewing the aurora borealis; and the on-site restaurant features local ingredients like salmon, lamb, and fresh berries.

Hotel Kompas, Croatia

Although you are technically in the Lapad area (approximately three miles from Dubrovnik’s medieval walls), we doubt you will mind once you see the blue-green Adriatic waves. The sea is a focal point no matter where you are at this stylishly minimalist Mediterranean hideaway, whether it’s in your bedroom (expect local contemporary art, heated floors, balconies, and floor-to-ceiling windows), the seaside swimming pool, the wellness spa (complete with its own Finnish sauna), or any of the property’s three bars—choose between poolside, beachfront, or on the roof.

Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest, Hungary

It may not boast a 19th-century mansion address like so many other Budapest grand dames, but dare we say Kempinski Hotel Corvinus is just as swish and swanky. Behind a façade of glass and stone, you’ll find central Europe’s first Nobu outpost, an opulent spa, a brasserie with a summer terrace, and classic, spacious guest rooms featuring marble bathrooms, über-comfortable beds with pillow menus, and (in the best) views of beautiful Erzsebet Park. Service here is next-level (don’t miss high tea in the lobby lounge, where live music from the lobby wafts in), as is the location just a few blocks from the Danube and the Chain Bridge.

Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort, Indonesia

Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort

This opulent beach resort on Bali’s southwest coast expertly blends East and West. The 60 guest rooms, which are outfitted with traditional Balinese beds, lattice woodcarvings, and terrazzo baths overlooking the beach and Indian Ocean beyond, are flooded with natural light and have expansive balconies, rich dark woods, and plenty of natural light. Most guests will be sprawled out by the property’s many pools (there are four, including a show-stopping infinity pool that’s a prime hangout at sunset), the bar, and the open-air rooftop restaurant, which serves creative twists on Asian cuisine such as braised pork knuckle with shiitake mushrooms and brownies flavored with Bali chocolate and chilli.

Pera Palace Hotel Istanbul, Turkey

This opulent beach resort on Bali’s southwest coast expertly blends East and West. The 60 guest rooms, which are outfitted with traditional Balinese beds, lattice woodcarvings, and terrazzo baths overlooking the beach and Indian Ocean beyond, are flooded with natural light and have expansive balconies, rich dark woods, and plenty of natural light. Most guests will be sprawled out by the property’s many pools (there are four, including a show-stopping infinity pool that’s a prime hangout at sunset), the bar, and the open-air rooftop restaurant, which serves creative twists on Asian cuisine such as braised pork knuckle with shiitake mushrooms and brownies flavored with Bali chocolate and chilli.

Boucan by Hotel Chocolat, St. Lucia

The 14-lodge resort and gourmet paradise from premium British chocolatier Hotel Chocolat is nestled on the grounds of St. Lucia’s oldest cocoa plantation. From the four-poster beds with billowing sheer curtains to the enticing bathrooms with double basins and open-air rainfall showers, and those views of the island’s renowned Pitons—best taken in by the pool—romance is around every turn. Boucan is all about the high-end chocolate experience, from cocoa-infused spa treatments to restaurant dinners where chocolate is the lead component in every drink and dish, as the name says. Learning the art of chocolate-making during the “Tree to Bar” experience, where you start by collecting your own pods from the estate’s own cocoa gardens, is not to be missed.

Shangri-La Sydney, Australia

Sydney’s sky-high Shangri-La Hotel, one of the city’s most shamelessly lavish stays in the heart of the Rocks neighborhood, is one of the city’s most unapologetically luxurious stays. The 36-story tower towers above the neighborhood, offering breathtaking views of the city and port; within, more than 500 rooms are large and beautiful, with attentive yet unobtrusive service. After treatment at the CHI spa, travel to the top-floor Blu Bar for mixologist-crafted cocktails before a multi-course meal at Altitude next door—both have all-glass walls with views of Circular Quay, the Harbour Bridge, and the Opera House.

Como Point Yamu, Phuket, Thailand

At COMO Point Yamu, a magnificent castaway paradise on a remote hillside overlooking Phang Nga Bay, you receive considerably more than you pay for. The rooms are light and airy, with spa baths and magnificent views of the ocean. There’s a wide infinity pool surrounded by white loungers, as well as a spa where you may unwind after a swim or practice hatha yoga or tai chi. The sun-drenched La Sirena restaurant provides wood-fired pizzas and tropical fruit buffets for lunch, and Nahmyaa serves genuine Thai dishes including river prawns and crab curries for supper. If you still crave the beach after all of that, a staff-managed boat or car is available to transport you to Como’s Beach Club.