To many, the idea of a luxury vacation can provoke a mixture of awe and fear: after all, until recently, "luxury" was an idea that only the rich and famous were allowed to enjoy. However, as the travel industry explodes and more people are keen to take vacations to exotic and exciting destinations, the "luxury hotel break" has gained new meaning and revived momentum among travelers for the finer things in life.
In fact, treating yourself to a luxury break is no longer considered an extravagance but rather a welcome antidote to backpacking - especially among older travelers who have spent one too many nights in grubby hostels with just the basic essentials, and who can now afford to splash out a bit when booking travel accommodation.
Many people comment on return from their travels that they may need a "vacation to recover from their vacation". That's because traveling, despite all its pleasures, can be a hairy business - what with communication issues (if you're in a non-English speaking country), making sure your belongings are safe and trying to make the most of the time you have left to sightsee. Luxury hotels can really take the stressful edge off your vacation as you'll have everything you need right on your doorstep. Laundry services and daily housekeeping will take care of the basics, while the opportunity to be served three-course meals in the comfort of your hotel suite means you won't have to trawl the streets to look for somewhere to eat.
What's more, luxury hotels are infamous for offering their guests a variety of ways with which to unwind. Most luxury hotels today come with their own spa for which outsiders have to pay, while guests often receive complimentary treatments. A soothing massage, for instance, could be the ideal way to relax after a hectic day's activities.
What's more, many luxury hotels are situated near or host their own first-class golf courses; so if you're hoping to enjoy a peaceful golf vacation, staying at a luxury hotel could be your best possible choice if you want to play on the finest greens.
It's true that luxury hotels can cost a lot of money, but enjoying the comforts of a luxury hotel break doesn't have to follow suit. Planning to go backpacking in Europe for a few months this summer? Scrimp and save by staying in youth hostels during your trip so that at the end of your vacation, you'll be able to afford a few nights at a sumptuous luxury hotel in a cosmopolitan city like London or Paris.
Alternatively, if you simply want to experience the tranquility that staying in a luxury hotel offers, you don't have to travel far. Just book a weekend in a luxury hotel near you and indulge in the pure pleasure it will bestow.