Five-Star Breaks are Worth the Cost

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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.

Stylish Interiors

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.

Spectacular Pools

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.

Family Facilities

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.

Five-Star Entertainment

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.

Pampering

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.

Sophisticated Dining

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.

A Spa Break to Recharge You

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I have never been on a spa break. I know friends who have however I’ve always been put off by the idea of needing to look good in a bathing suit. I don’t. As it turns out spa breaks are less about being a supermodel and more about self-care. This is an area of my life that I need to concentrate on more.

I have been a freelance copywriter and blogger for over twelve years. The freelance lifestyle works for me, particularly from a family flexibility point of view. There are downsides to self-employment, namely no employer-paid annual leave. Of course, I set out every year to put pennies aside (you don’t work, you don’t get paid) and take “proper” breaks from work, let alone a spa break. I’m not great at following through. I always take a good break at Christmas however last week I looked at my diary and realised that Christmas 2017 was the last proper switched-off break I took.

Summer freelancing is always something of a juggle, however, I usually manage it ok by getting up at 4 am. I’m a natural early riser so this isn’t as terrible as it sounds. I usually work until 9am-ish (deep work) then have the day with the boys, finishing admin, emails and planning later in the day. In theory, this works brilliantly and affords me more downtime than I’m used to. It always has in the past.

My youngest broke his risk in spectacular fashion on the last day of term. This required a hospital sleepover, a surgery and a pin being put in. This has had a significant knock-on effect on our summer for various reasons. If I had prioritised my self-care, my holidays and my dedicated off-work time before now, I doubt this summer would have been so tiring! I have eye strain, backache, had my first vision-altering migraine a few weeks ago followed by ten days of mild but tiring headaches. This isn’t a result of just a difficult summer though, this is down to poor self-maintenance.

The Husband has convinced me that I need to prioritise self-care. I know this. I completed a diploma in spa breakmindfulness at the beginning of the year, however, have let things slip. I’m considering a short break at a spa (some of the treatments look and sounds wonderful), we’re going to arrange more date nights/days out, I’m going to switch off the phone and laptop more. I’m already spending more time painting miniatures with the husband. Next summer we are going away on a PROPER break to my favourite Scottish coastal hideaway. I am going to spend time on recharging me for a change. I’m looking forward to it.

Do you forget your own wellbeing when it comes to self-care and taking breaks? How do you recharge? Do you run, book a spa break, fall into a good book or book a night away? I’d love to hear!