My Top 10 Travel Luxuries

What does luxury mean? I consulted the Oxford Dictionary and here are their definitions:

A state of great comfort or elegance, especially when involving great expense.
‘he lived a life of luxury’

1.1  An inessential, desirable item which is expensive or difficult to obtain.

‘luxuries like chocolate, scent, and fizzy wine’

1.2  A pleasure obtained only rarely.
‘they actually had the luxury of a whole day together’

When it comes to travel, here are my top 10 luxuries.

1. Having a balcony

Recently this has been an increasingly important aspect, and I always search out rooms that have balconies. Those with jetted hot tubs are even better 😉

One of my favourites has been my balcony when I was on a Mediterranean cruise with P&O Cruises, as there was no greater luxury than having expanses of ocean to gaze at whilst enjoying a quiet moment, or even a delicious breakfast. It was so peaceful! It was also such a lovely experience waking up somewhere new every morning and being able to excitedly peer out from the balcony!

I was also absolutely smitten with my balcony in Santorini at Pegasus Suites and Spa,which not only had the most spectacular views, it had its own jetted hot tub, which I made full use of every single day!

2. Amazing uninterrupted views

I am a sucker for great uninterrupted views and seeking them out is one of my personal luxuries when travelling. I can stare out at them for ages!

3. Early morning strolls

I love waking up early and having a walk around the city as it is so much nicer when not crowded with tourists, and there is just something so special about experiencing a place with less distractions around – I feel like I notice so much more of what’s around me, which I may miss when it is bustling with people.

4. A pool

I love swimming and when my hotel comes with a pool I am always making use of it! Growing up we had a pool at home, and it is one of those things I so greatly miss and wish I had made more use of when we had it right in our own backyard!

Private pools are even more of a luxury for me and my two favourites to date have been our pool at The Laguna Bali, a hotel which I definitely left a piece of my heart at, and Olare Mara Kempinski, where our pool looked out to the African savannah.

5. Being close to nature

I love being as close to nature as possible, and I love just spending time listening to the sounds of birds chirping in the trees, animals grazing in the distance and just having general peace and quiet.

6. Hotel breakfasts

I adore hotel breakfasts, and where possible always try and enjoy them al fresco! I find this such a big personal luxury when travelling, and seeing what is in the hotel breakfast buffet spread is one of my most exciting moments. Plus it is the only time you can justify eating cake and cheese for breakfast!

7. Being out at sea

I was born on an island and being by the sea is something that has always brought me so much comfort and for me a luxury is being out on a catamaran in the middle of the sea, preferably with a rum punch in hand, and just hearing the sound of the ocean.

8. Having extraordinary/once in a lifetime experiences

Once in a lifetime, unique, extraordinary and exclusive experiences are what I also consider a luxury, and one of my top ones have been having breakfast on a helipad at the Shangri-La Doha whilst in Doha.

Going to Mexico and attending the Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards in 2016 has been another.

9. Being by the beach

Being by the beach is a sure way of ensuring happiness for me. Sandy toes, cool tropical breezes and cooling off in the sea are my favourite things.

10. Spa time

I love going to the Spa – it forces me to switch my phone off and just enjoy me time. I always feel so incredibly relaxed, full of zen and so much happier after spending time at the Spa. It is always a great way to ensure some self-love and self-care goes into your lifestyle.

If my hotel has a Spa I always make time to book myself in for a massage and to make use of the Spa facilities.

What are some of your travel luxuries? I would love to know in the comments below xx

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About Binny

Hi, I'm Binny - a writer, dreamer and serial wanderluster with a love for Wildlife Conservation. I am originally from Kenya but I now live in London. 'Karibu' to Binny's Food and Travel! I regularly share my experiences eating out, cooking and travelling, both in the UK and globally, as well as educate on the plight of Wildlife. I am an ambassador for World Animal Protection and regularly support the work of The Born Free Foundation, Four Paws and Dreams Come True Charity. I love packing my bags and going off on adventures as one of the best things about travelling is the ability to just get lost in it. To set aside the maps and itineraries and just see where the road takes you, learning and evolving and living in the moment along the way. It's my goal to get swept off my feet as often as possible!

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  1. Great list Binny. You have been to some lovely places. The spa is my favourite- a bit of pampering always goes a long way right? The Doha shot .

    Posted 6.2.18 Reply
  2. Angie wrote:

    A balcony and a view are two on my favourite luxuries too!

    Posted 6.2.18 Reply
  3. Totally agree – most of these are essential whether we are staying hotel or self-catering. A room with a view in the middle of nowhere is my favourite!

    Posted 6.2.18 Reply
  4. Bejal wrote:

    What a fantastic list Binny! I recently have started to seek out balconies and pools too but am a sucker for getting up early and exploring before breakfast and the large tour groups arrive!

    Posted 6.2.18 Reply
  5. All of these, please! Your Santorini photos make me want to go back again soon! Gorgeous photos and what a great list of experiences, memories and unforgettable moments!

    Posted 6.3.18 Reply
  6. Sarah wrote:

    What a great list Binny. You’ve made me think of a whole host of different luxuries!

    Posted 6.4.18 Reply
  7. I’m a sucker for a view and a balcony too – can’t beat a cocktail on there at sundown for perfect relaxation!

    Posted 6.5.18 Reply
  8. Harpreet wrote:

    Amazing list! I love private pools and oh the spa….has to be the ultimate luxury on a holiday!

    Posted 6.5.18 Reply
  9. Laura wrote:

    What a fantastic list! I love every single one of those!

    Posted 6.8.18 Reply
  10. I agree with every single one of these! Especially those balconies – you just can’t beat them!

    Posted 6.13.18 Reply
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