Planning a vacation is never an easy task, especially when it’s time to talk about the 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. By Isis Briones
1. Stay in a French castle for USD 88 (INR6,751)
While some Airbnb listings — like Kylie Jenner’s USD 50-million (INR 3,83,49,25,000) rental in Turks and Caicos — are only for the very wealthy, the hospitality service also has hidden gems for the more budget-conscious traveller. Jet off to France and live out your royal dreams by staying in a three-bedroom castle with a pool for as little as USD 88 (INR 6,749)/night.
2. Go glamping for under USD 50 (INR 3,834) a night
Stylish glamping stays from tents to private chalets are available at a range of price points, with several options under USD 100 (INR 7,669) per night — there’s even eco-bungalows in Mexico’s Akumal from USD 47 (INR 3,604) per night.
3. Find your Joie De Vivre in Paris for under USD 200 (INR 15,339) 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 under USD 200 (INR 15,339) a night. You can even filter by apartments with Eiffel Tower view, which start at USD 335 (INR 25,694) a night. Plus, since you’ll have a kitchen, you can even save more by cooking some meals at home.
4. Fly private at economy prices
A ticket through JSX, a “hop-on jet service” that offers the private-flight experience at (almost) commercial airline prices, 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 a few cities, including many on the West Coast and in Texas as well as Miami, Florida, and Westchester County, New York.
5. 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 luxury vacation a reality with an affordable booking at Oz Hotel, a chic spot with nightly rates starting at USD 39 (INR 2,991) a night. It’s located near the beach and also has a rooftop terrace with city views.
6. Dar es Salaam instead of Zanzibar resorts
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 USD 147 (INR 11,274) 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 centre. The hotel also offers airport shuttles and late checkout.
7. 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 neighbourhoods — here’s looking at you, Bushwick and Williamsburg — for much more affordable rates.
8. A taste of Thailand
Opt for a stress-free yet unforgettable luxury vacation to Southeast Asia on this Friendly Planet vacation across Thailand, a 10-day trip that will only set you back USD 1949 (INR 1,49,485) per person. With roundtrip airfare, hotel accommodations, and visits to some of the country’s most historic attractions (such as Ayutthaya, an ancient city and UNESCO World Heritage Site) included, this deal is hard to pass up.
9. Stay at a five-star resort on the Amalfi Coast for less than USD 300 (INR 23,009) a night
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. Almost all of the rooms look out to sea, and even though it’s perched high up a cliff, it’s only a five-minute walk to the harbour and city centre. There’s also a majestic Catholic church at the hotel for those looking to tie the knot. Rates start at USD 274 (INR 21,015) per night if you book direct, though you may be able to score an even lower deal on sites like Expedia.
10. Book a standalone casita in Mexico with private pool views
A stay at one of the oceanside suites at Hotel Las Brisas in Acapulco, Mexico, is your chance to truly treat yourself without breaking the bank. Starting at USD 157 (INR 12,041) a night, you can book a casita with a private pool overlooking incredible views.
11. Stay in a cabana on the beach in Tulum for USD 200 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 one of the charming Bali Huts starting at USD 200 (INR 15,377) a night.
12. Relax on the Siem Reap River 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 River Park have either balcony views or direct garden or pool access, and it’s just a short ride to Angkor Wat. Nightly room rates start around USD 109 (INR 8,380) a night, depending on the season.
13. Fall in love with Franschhoek
The sunny vineyards of Franschhoek in South Africa are a wine lover’s paradise, and planning a trip during the low season will score you hotels at unbelievably low prices. As an example, check out the Franschhoek Boutique Hotel, which starts at USD 100 (INR 7,688) a night and is situated a few steps from one of the trolley stops that conveniently connects you to various wineries in the area.
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