20 Luxury Vacations That Are Surprisingly Affordable
Planning a vacation is never an easy task, especially when it's time to talk about budget. But hey, luxury doesn't always mean 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 20 vacation ideas that will leave you in awe of the trip and the price.
1. Stay at a Castle in France for $77
While some Airbnb listings — like Kylie Jenner’s $50-million rental in the Turks and Caicos — are only for the very wealthy, the hospitality service also has hidden gems for the more budget-conscious traveler. Jet set to France and live out your royal dreams by staying in a three-bedroom castle with a pool for as little as $77/night.
2. Dance All Night in Fiji
All-inclusive tickets to Your Paradise start at $1,999 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 $150 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 $150 a night. Since you’ll have a kitchen, you could even save more by picking up groceries nearby and cooking.
4. Coast in Costa Rica
Whether you’re looking for some major self-care or to reconnect with nature, the W Hotel in Guanacaste, Costa Rica was made for you. Get pampered at the hotel’s spa with locally inspired treatments or soak up the sun down by the resort’s private beach access. Plus, don’t forget about the W’s Whatever/Whenever premium service experience, in which you can ask the front desk for whatever you need, whenever you need it and they’ll do everything they can to meet your needs. All in all, it’s not a bad deal for around $250 a night.
5. Go Glamping for $80 a Night
Stylish glamping stays to private chalets are available anywhere between $80 to $350/person a night.
6. Fly Private Starting at $129
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.
7. 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. Nightly room prices are as low as $131 per person 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.
8. 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 — at only around $148 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 complimentary airport shuttles and late checkout.
9. 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.
10. Go Sailing for $225 a Night
Sail out on a yacht for around $225 a person a night for a minimum eight-day long stay, or $1,799 in total, through Windstar Cruises.
11. A Taste of Thailand
Opt for a stress-free, grand getaway to Southeast Asia this summer for a total of 10 days and pay no more than $178 per person, per night. Forego any planning and follow along this Friendly Planet vacation package across Thailand. With roundtrip airfare to inclusive visits to some of the country’s most historic attractions such as the the UNESCO World Heritage Site Ayutthaya and superior hotel accommodations, don’t pass up this deal.
12. Float Peacefully in the Philippines
Relax for a few days right in the middle of a scenic lake two hours from Metro Manila. Aquascape, with rates of under $200/night, can house a group of six. Each motorized cabin is suspended out on the water, but is equipped with all your modern needs a mini bar, dining area, and kitchen.
13. 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 one 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.
14. 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 as little as $200 a night, you can get the Brisas spa package, which includes daily breakfast, a private balcony with a swimming pool (yes, your own pool) and a relaxing massage for you and a guest. If you stay longer, the nightly rate also lowers by up to 30% — need we say more?
15. Go All-inclusive in Tulum for $100 a Night
All-inclusives at the popular Mexican destination can be steep, so opt for a hut at the jungle, beachside getaway of Ahau Tulum. Their Bali Huts run for less than $100/night during winter season, so now is the perfect time to go. Aside from wanting to Instagram everything, they offer daily yoga and water sport classes for an extra fee in case you’re interested.
16. Travel Like the 1%
You can trust the affordable properties on the Plum Guide. It’s Airbnb on another level because the site has an incredibly rigorous process for selecting hosts. The company only considers the top one percent of rentals from the top booking sites and as a result, their customers are left with the best homes to choose from, like this glamorous Hollywood rental for $127 a night in Los Angeles.
17. 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 the Jaya House Riverpark have either balcony views or direct garden or pool access, and it’s just a short six-minute ride into town. Rooms start at around $200 a night depending on the season, but in addition to a tranquil ambiance, all guests receive complimentary spa services daily. Now that’s something we can all get used to.
18. Paradise in Punta Cana
For under $200 a night be one of the first to enjoy the Hilton La Romana’s all-inclusive, adult-only resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The new space opens next month on June 2 and 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. Feel free to book your next vacation now as the hotel is taking reservations ahead of its grand opening.
19. Fall in Love With Franschhoek
Once the summer winds die down, escape to the sunny winelands of Franschhoek in South Africa. Planning a trip during the low season of fall and winter allows for lower rates at around $180 a night. The place to be is 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. Each room also has its own unique bold design make the hotel the ultimate home away from home.
20. Enjoy the Catskills for $180 a Night This Summer
Scribner’s Catskills Lodge is a grand weekend getaway at $180 a night this summer. A deal that can’t be beat.