We all deserve the chance to get away and truly feel like we’re being pampered. Daily life can be a real grind, and it’s hard to find a moment to relax, much less a full few days. Sure, staycations are cheap, but they aren’t really that rewarding unless you just really want to do nothing more than not work with your paid time off. If you have the time and money to really take a look at your luxury travel options, you’ll find that there’s no one-size-fits all model for taking an elegant, relaxing vacation that you’ll remember forever. There are levels of luxury, and you should feel comfortable picking the one that works best for you.
What matters most
We all have deal breakers when we’re going on vacation. Some people won’t go camping without indoor plumbing or even a fancy RV. These people are known as “glampers.” Other people won’t take a plane anywhere unless they can get seating that’s better than basic coach. Some travelers want a certain type of pillow at their hotel. The list of deal breakers can be endless, and some demands are harder to meet than others.
Do you want a room that looks out upon the beach? Then be prepared to pay for the view. But if you don’t want that view, maybe you should spend that money on a room with a hot tub instead. Consider how much you’re going to use each available amenity. Sure, hotels with room service are nice, but if you’re on a special diet and can’t eat most of the food on the menu, then it’s not worth paying extra for a place with 24-hour room service.
One possible dealbreaker you should look out for? Resort fees. Hotels of almost every star rating charge them. They may not show up in your initial bill, but you have to pay the resort fees before you leave the hotel. “Resort fees” are a catch-all term for services like free drinks or use of the hotel’s fitness facility. You’re going to pay the resort fees even if you don’t use all the amenities, which is one reason some people really dislike them and will do anything they can to avoid them. Other people consider them just a part of travel, and that’s a good mindset to adapt when you’re headed to places where resort fees are almost impossible to avoid.
If you’re staying on the strip in Vegas, go ahead and budget an extra $20, $30, or even $40 a day for services you might not even use. They’re a really common way to get extra money from tourists visiting hotspots, so you’ll also see resort fees pop up in places like Mexico or the Caribbean. To avoid surprises, make sure to do plenty of research before you give out your credit card number. Let’s say you’re looking for luxury resorts Cabo, but the language on some of the websites is unclear. By all means, feel free to call and ask if the property charges resort fees. If you want luxury, you’re going to have to pay at least a little extra for it, but that doesn’t mean you should let resort fees sneak up on you.