We all work hard for our leisure time, so when it comes to booking a break, it’s worth investing a few extra pounds for a memorable five-star experience. If you want more from your money than a basic hotel in Benidorm, then it’s worth considering a five-star break. Five-star luxury isn’t just for the rich and famous – you can get great deals online, and once you’re there, you’ll be glad you invested a little extra. So, what’s so great about going five-star? What you get will obviously vary from hotel to hotel, but here’s why I think going for a luxury break is more than worth it.
Great Five-Star Locations
Most five-star hotels offer great locations. Whether it’s a beachfront spot in Greece or the cityscapes of New York, the position will have been chosen to attract your custom. Holiday companies know that you’ll expect more from a five-star break, so they want to give it to you, from the stunning ocean views down to the thread count on the bedding. Repeat custom is the lifeblood of the holiday industry.
Five-star properties have interiors that are a cut above the rest. A lot of thought and money has been invested in the design of these elegant hotels and they want their guests to feel special – so you can expect spacious lobbies, sumptuous sofas, sleek bars and beautifully finished guest rooms. Guest rooms will usually have boutique-style en-suite bathrooms with large showers or shower/bath combinations. You’ll often find high-end toiletries, as well as fluffy robes and towels, to make your stay an indulgent, fabulous experience.
Pools at luxury hotels are usually dotted elegantly around the grounds, with well-thought-out interconnecting walkways with bridges, grassy verges and great views. The pools will be lined by sun loungers, day beds, and if you’re lucky will incorporate swim-up pool bars – the ultimate in holiday indulgence. Some may offer infinity pools, which gives the illusion the pool merges into the landscape or sea beyond – perfect for all those selfies…
High Levels of Service
When you stay at a five-star hotel, the standards of service should be impeccable. They are trained to ensure you have a fantastic stay and will usually offer high levels of friendly, personal care. Expect attention to detail, too, such as a daily bed turndown service, towels replenished daily…sometimes even shaped into impressive swans or other decorative designs. You may even find little welcome gifts, tea, coffee, chocolates on your pillow, and much more, depending on which hotel you stay at.
You don’t have to leave luxury behind once you have kids, either. Many five-star hotels welcome children and have excellent facilities for kids’ clubs, babysitting services and entertainment. Some hotels offer family-friendly pools as well as child-free pools, so everyone staying in the resort can experience the type of holiday they want. The family suites at luxury hotels are often more spacious and welcoming, too, with ample room for everyone, interconnecting doors and other features that will make your stay a pleasant one.
After a day of pampering, sunbathing and fine dining you can retire to your room or enjoy plenty of in-hour entertainment. For example, five-star Sensatori hotels offer a full and varied programme of evening entertainment including live acts, professional shows and more, so you’ll never be bored. You may also find there are daytime activities to take part in such as quizzes, aqua aerobics or cooking classes.
If you want to make the most of your holiday and really take time for yourself, go for a hotel with an on-site spa. Hotel spas usually offer a range of indulgent treatments from massage and aromatherapy to hot-stone treatments and facials. You can pay for these services locally and it’s often advisable to book the day you arrive as they can be very popular in high-season. You may even find you can take part in yoga and fitness classes during your stay.
When you go five-star you should expect five-star dining, too. Depending on your location you’ll be able to indulge in sumptuous buffets, a-la-carte options and take your pick of mouthwatering national and international cuisine. Many hotels offer themed or specialty restaurants offering Italian, Asian fusion and Mexican cuisine.
Many five-star hotels also offer All Inclusive options that can be a great way to save money, because virtually everything is paid for in the upfront price of your holiday. It may seem like you’re paying more initially, but when you consider most all-inclusive packages include all your locally produced drinks, main meals and lots of entertainment it’s definitely a cost-effective way to enjoy luxury for less.