If you haven’t booked a luxury holiday before, it’s likely because of the cost. Luxury holidays can come at huge prices, but even during these tough times, they are increasing in popularity. What is it that is drawing people to take luxury breaks, and what should you expect if you want to book one?
Here is the lowdown on what to expect from a luxury break, and what you should look out for on the way to making your ultimate decision.
Attention To Detail
Luxury is all about the tiny details in a lot of ways; it’s about doing the small stuff properly. Your room and the hotel in general should be exceptionally well appointed and maintained, for a start, with touches such as fresh flowers and a turn-down service at night.
Staff should always be prompt and polite, but not crawling – they should also be pin-smart in appearance. You should have your needs met at every stage of the holiday, and if you do encounter any issues, they should be addressed promptly and efficiently.
Luxury holidays should, naturally, offer you the best of everything. Your hotel should be either close to the local attractions, be they beaches, ski lifts or nightlife. (Many luxury hotels have their own private beaches.)
In the hotel itself, you should expect heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools, spa facilities and fine dining. Luxury isn’t always an adult-only world and there should be something for the kids, whether that’s a wonderful kids’ club, excellent play facilities or on-site entertainment.
Real luxury hotels are often very well placed. If you’re in a beach resort, you should expect a glorious sea view, or in ski resorts, a breathtaking mountain or valley vista.
Local facilities, whether ski runs, beaches or bars, will be close by, and the concierge will fill you in on all local attractions.
In most decent hotels, you’d expect a comfortable bed and an en suite bathroom, but with a luxury hotel, you can expect all that and much more.
The room should be a suite-sized, giving you and your family plenty of space. The bathroom should have a bath, shower, twin sinks, vanity unit and designer toiletries. The room would normally boast a flatscreen TV with plenty of channels, and adequate air conditioning or heating as required to keep you at the ideal comfort level.
Decor will be either opulent or sleek and contemporary. There should be blackout drapes or even shutters in sunnier climes – you don’t want to be woken by the sun’s early rays at 7am every morning on your holiday!
Investing in a luxury holiday is something you’ll only be glad for if you go with a reputable company. Many travel operators will brand their holidays ‘luxury’, purely so that they can command a premium price for the experience, but in reality, the trip may only offer the basics.
One operator who manages to tick all the boxes in every respect is the award-winning Club Med Luxury Holidays. With top-of-the-range facilities, resorts set in some of the world’s most paradisiacal quarters, award-laden children’s clubs and meticulous attention to detail, you can expect a break with Club Med to bring you all this and more. Booking with them will ensure you get the luxury experience you desire – and for a great price.
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