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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