While the media is full of doom and gloom over the finance crisis it does provide an opportunity for those still earning good money to experience luxury travel at a knock down price. As the rest of the world starts cutting back, it is now possible to book luxury holiday accommodation in some traditionally hard to get locations. If you can still afford it then this year is perfect to enjoy a destination with less crowds and better value. Short of ideas? Below are five well known luxury destinations around the world:
Australia’s Gold Coast:
More than 10 million people visit the Gold Coast every year, and 90% of them are domestic tourists. The beaches are part of a surfer’s paradise that stretches down the coast, and the high rise luxury hotels don’t detract from the tropical surroundings. Join in the fun, don’t let the locals be the only ones to enjoy all this? Try your hand at surfing, pamper yourself silly on the favorable exchange rate, and relax into the famous Aussie hospitality with stylish Gold Coast accommodation such as Q1 apartments.
Turkey’s Turquoise Coast:
You can find the Turquoise Coast where the Mediterranean Sea meets the Aegean. It’s often called the Turkish Riviera and it can seem hard to believe that all inclusive luxury can be had for under $100 per night. With the good exchange rates at the moment and close to year long season you can pick up great rates for beachfront accommodation. And the spas . . .you must pamper yourself with a Turkish bath trip after parasailing and snorkeling all day!
Fortaleza in Brazil:
Fortaleza, on the North Coast of Brazil, has been a fiercely guarded local luxury destination for years. Furnished condos are the place to stay, and the best are right on the beach. Surfing, sunbathing, deep sea fishing and water sports are all waiting. Flights via LAN are finally going direct from Miami starting this year so you don’t have to make the annoying transfer in Rio. Last year saw the end of a huge amount of refurbishments which means now is a perfect time to visit.
Hainan Island in China:
Known as the Hawaii of China, the Miss Universe contest is held here at the posh Sanya Resort. Private beaches, clear water, and stunningly delicious fresh seafood are just a few of the luxuries to be had here. Traditional Eastern reflexology and indulgent 4-hands massages make it easy to sink into the hammocks next to the reflecting pools in Hainan—just be mindful that you don’t stay forever!
Mayan Riviera in Mexico
The Yucatan peninsula is the place the head if you want to avoid the overdeveloped resorts of other areas. You’ll find all the trimmings you might expect for luxury five start resorts such as stunning gardens, pools and beaches with watersports. Tulum, Akumal, and Playa del Carmen are all home to fine hotels, while the cruise ships put in at Cancun and Cozumel. Mind the timing and you can swim with the dolphins without the cruise crowds, and enjoy all the luxury they leave behind when they get back on their boats.