If you’re looking to go on a luxurious getaway where you can recharge during school holidays, then my top five affordable luxurious destination is for you.
The content has been subdivided into easy to read sections of where to go and stay, when to go, how much and why you should go. The why offers an insight based on my experience of the destination when I visited and what activities I did.
Stay at: Burj Al Arab, Jumeriah.
When: December school holidays
How much: AED 6,500 or £1400 per 2 people.
Why: Dubai is great for everyone. From enjoying the breathtaking architecture and changing landscapes to massive shopping mall and impressive souks. I thoroughly enjoyed Dubai because I visited every tourist attraction Dubai had to offer.
My highlights are:
Dubai Miracle Garden – A massive park of plants and flowers.
Burj Kalifa and dancing fountains: It was definitely captivating.
Global village – particularly for the variety of food on offer.
Gold Souks – if you like all that glitters, then you should visit too.
Dubai parks – consisting of three large parks and a waterpark – Legoland, Bollywood and Motiongate. This was a treat for the children but it remains one of the best theme parks I have ever visited.
Where: Athens, Greece.
Hotel: King George, a Luxury Collection Hotel
When: May half- term school holidays
How much: £350 per person
Why: What’s not to love about the historic capital of Europe? Every corner you look at, breathe some sort of history due to the various conquerors and occupants of the country.
My highlights are:
1. Acropolis – There are various things to see around Acropolis including the temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian Arch, the sacred rock of Acropolis, Parthenon temple and Athena temple. I mean, get ready to be overwhelmed with the reality of walking in history.
2. Downtown – one of my favourite attractions here are the Panathenaikon stadium (which birth the history of the Olympic games); presidential mansion and the national garden.
3. Greek Islands
Although it’s best to visit the Greek islands as an independent travel destination mainly because of the time you might want to dedicate to exploring each of them. Through a ferry, you can easily visit beautiful islands that are close by. Aegean was one of such island. It was a refreshing small island for me to explore and ride my rented quad bike around the beach while gazing endlessly into the amazing scenery it offered.
Where: Limassol Cyprus
Hotel: Amathus Beach Hotel, Limassol
When: October half-term school holidays
How much: £195 per person
Why: Limassol is a charming and cosmopolitan city in Cyprus, popularly know for its cosmetic and fertility clinics. Limassol had seen lots of recent development recently especially the breathtaking waterfront development – Limassol Marine. Limassol Marine has a calm and lovely atmosphere designed with tourists in mind . You can enjoy an evening meal with a variety of local and international cuisines; walk through stylish shops which oozes of luxury; engage in water sports activities or just lazed around on super rich yachts on display. You could also visit the old port which is full of history if that’s your thing.
Where: Antalya, Turkey
Hotel: Concorde de Lux Resort, Lara, Antalya
When: February half term school holiday
How much: £175 per person
Why: Antalya is filled with fascinating history such as the ruins of Apollo’s temple which once sat 15,000 people and Hadrian’s gate. The influence of the Roman Empire on this part of Turkey is worth exploring. It is also the Eastern gateway to the Turquoise coast. The modern residential buildings in Antalya are extraordinary and eco- friendly. I discovered that most of the houses have solar panels. There are a lot of things to do in Antalya but my favourites were riding the cable car, quad biking on the mountains, watching the waterfalls and having a Turkish bath. You must have a Turkish bath in Turkey right?
Read my comprehensive post on Turkey here.
Where: Algarve, Portugal
Hotel: Conrad Algarve.
When: April Easter school holidays
How much: £105 per person
Why: The words that come to mind when I think of Algarve is stunning, beautiful, calm and laidback.
The kindness shown to us by the locals, when you ask questions was just amazing.
My highlight was visiting Zoomarina. Zoomarina is an educational and aquatic theme park. It offers adrenaline-pumping amusement park rides for the adventurous fun seekers. A Sand beach which was calm with low traffic when we visited in April. A beautiful presentation with dolphins and sea lions which made me cry. An educational presentation on tropical birds and a 3D display of the importance of an recycling. I will encourage you to book the 2 days deal for Zoomarina. It is nearly impossible to see everything between 10am and 5pm.
Here you have it, my top 5 luxurious destination you can afford to visit during the school holidays.
Do you have more affordable luxurious destinations you’ll love to add? Please leave your ideas in the comment section. I’ll love to read them all.