15 Luxury Vacations That Are Surprisingly Affordable
These luxury vacations offer incredible experiences and five-star amenities without breaking the bank.
Editor’s Note: Travel might be complicated right now, but use our inspirational trip ideas to plan ahead for your next bucket list adventure. Hotels were chosen based on late summer/early fall 2020 dates, and rates are subject to change.
Planning a vacation is never an easy task, especially when it's time to talk about budget. But hey, luxury vacations aren't always crazy expensive. We think it's time for you to take the luxury trip of a lifetime without breaking the bank, so we've found 15 vacation ideas that will leave you in awe of the trip and the price.
1. Stay in a French Castle for $82
While some Airbnb listings — like Kylie Jenner’s $50-million rental in Turks and Caicos — are only for the very wealthy, the hospitality service also has hidden gems for the more budget-conscious traveler. Jet off to France and live out your royal dreams by staying in a three-bedroom castle with a pool for as little as $82/night.
2. Dance All Night in Fiji
All-inclusive tickets to Your Paradise start at $2,199 AUD (which comes out to around $1,540 USD) and include a flight from Sydney, Melbourne, or Brisbane along with a five-night stay at the breath-taking Mamanuca Islands, main land and sea transfers, and of course, the chance to see an incredible lineup of artists.
3. Find Your Joie De Vivre in Paris for under $200 a Night
Experience the fabulous life of a French local with Paris Perfect. The vacation rental agency provides accommodation options at some of the most unreal apartments in the "City of Lights" with rates beginning at under $200 a night. Since you’ll have a kitchen, you could even save more by picking up groceries nearby and cooking.
4. Go Glamping for Under $100 a Night
Stylish glamping stays to private chalets are available at a range of price points, with several options under $100 per night.
5. Fly Private at Economy Prices
A ticket through JetSuiteX gives you access to a private terminal, where you can go from parking to takeoff in 15 minutes. No more being stressed out about getting to the airport early, waiting in long lines, or squeezing into a coach seat. The catch: Flights are only available between major West Coast cities.
6. A Cheap and Chic Colombian Getaway
Colombia’s port city of Cartagena seems to be on everyone’s travel bucket list these days. Make that dream trip a reality with an affordable booking at the Conrad Cartagena. You can find nightly room prices from $140, and the hotel’s stunning Caribbean views alone are worth it. Of course, the five-star hotel has other high-quality amenities including a luxurious spa and salon, an 18-hole golf course, beachfront swimming pools, a number of elegant restaurants and so much more.
7. Dar es Salaam, Not Zanzibar
Tourists — especially newlyweds — are quick to head to Zanzibar’s resorts. While there’s no denying the quality of these expensive seaside accommodations, don’t forget that it’s possible to have a similar luxury beach experience on the Tanzanian mainland for a much more affordable price. The Ramada by Wyndham in Dar es Salaam — with rooms from $149 a night — is located along the shores of Jangwani beach. It’s a budget-friendly way to enjoy the waves of the Indian ocean, while taking in the nearby city center. The hotel also offers airport shuttles and late checkout.
8. Live It up in New York City
Instead of squeezing yourself into Manhattan for an average, over-priced hotel room, venture out into Brooklyn for equally trendy neighborhoods — here's looking at you, Bushwick and Williamsburg — for much more affordable rates.
9. A Taste of Thailand
Opt for a stress-free, grand getaway to Southeast Asia for 10 days for $1799 per person on this Friendly Planet vacation across Thailand. With roundtrip airfare, hotel accommodations, and visits to some of the country’s most historic attractions such as the the UNESCO World Heritage Site Ayutthaya, don’t pass up this deal.
10. Stay at a Five-star Resort on the Amalfi Coast
This five-star beauty is elegant and historic. What used to be a 13th-century monastery has been converted into an Amalfi Coast hotel with some of the most spectacular views around — and almost all the rooms look out to sea. Even though it’s high up a cliff, it’s only a five-minute walk to the harbor and city center. There’s also a majestic Catholic church at the hotel for those looking to tie the knot.
11. Private Pool Views
A stay at one of these oceanside suites Hotel Las Brisas in Acapulco, Mexico is your chance to truly treat yourself without breaking the bank. For under $200 a night, you can book a casita with a private pool overlooking incredible views.
12. Visit Tulum for $150 a Night
Stunning accommodations and private beach access make Ahau Tulum worth visiting. Depending on the time of year, you could book a stay in the charming Bali Huts for less than $150 per night.
13. Relax in Cambodia
Breathe easy with a stay at this intimate, 36-room, five-star hotel alongside the Siem Reap River in Cambodia. All of the rooms at Jaya House Riverpark have either balcony views or direct garden or pool access, and it’s just a short ride to Angkor Wat. Rooms start at around $200 a night depending on the season.
14. Paradise in Punta Cana
For under $200, enjoy Hilton La Romana, an all-inclusive, adults-only resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The new space offers numerous luxe amenities like unlimited 24-hour room service, gourmet dining options, oceanfront bars, nightly entertainment, and more all built into the price of the room.
15. Fall in Love With Franschhoek
The sunny vineyards of Franschhoek in South Africa are a wine-lover's paradise, and planning a trip for the low season allows for hotel rates under $200 a night. Check out the Franschhoek Boutique Hotel, which is situated a few steps from one of the trolley stops that conveniently takes you on an array of routes to different wineries in the area.