Affordable luxury – Five-star hotels without the price tag

02 October 2018

We all deserve a little bit of luxury in our lives, especially when it comes to a holiday. Luckily, now many resorts around the world offer high-end suites and services for a fraction of the price. We’ve put together a handy list of some of our favourite five-star abodes for three-star prices, so that you can holiday in style without a hefty bill at the end.

Majestic Malacca Hotel, Malaysia

What makes it 5*? Stunning Colonial architecture with a regal feel, and stunning views of the river from each and every room. The beds are wonderfully comfortable, rooms are designed with an open plan concept, and the service is attentive and personal. Every guest is also welcome to enjoy a 50-minute massage during their stay, too.

Where is it? Malaka, Malaysia – a colourful and historical city with plenty to do and see. Make sure you visit the night market where you can try delicious street food, shop in the bazaars and maybe even catch some Chinese karaoke.

How much? You can book a room here from just £98 per night.

Akyra Thonglor, Bangkok, Thailand

What makes it five-star? This gorgeous ex-apartment block was voted as one of The Independents Top 10 Hotels in Bangkok. With an envious location right in the centre of the action, you can expect plush interiors, spacious rooms and impeccable service to boot. Make sure you pay a visit to the pool bar to take in the spectacular views over the city.  

Where is it? Right in the middle of bustling Bangkok, a city with an electrifying atmosphere where you can combine a visit to vibrant Khoa San Road with trips to tranquil temples.

How much? One night’s stay can be booked from £84.

Grand Hotel Palazzo Livorno, Tuscany, Italy

What makes it five-star? This palatial abode oozes luxury and style, with contemporary rooms and sumptuous furnishings throughout. Make the most of the spa with its saunas and Turkish baths or take a cooling dip in the shimmering rooftop swimming pool.

Where is it? Gorgeous Tuscany – with its plentiful vineyards, rolling hills and lots of history and culture, there’s so much to explore in this picture-perfect region of Italy. 

How much? Rooms are available from £108 per night.

Hotel Villa Real, Madrid

What makes it five-star? This stunning hotel boasts traditional Spanish style rooms with marble bathrooms and luxurious large beds, and you also receive a champagne voucher on arrival to use at the bar. Make sure you try the hotel’s stylish restaurant East 47, for a taste of delicious modern Mediterranean cuisine.

Where is it? The Spanish capital city of Madrid. You’ll never be at a loose end here, with art galleries, tapas restaurants and incredible architecture galore, this 24/7 city is beguiling and inspiring in equal measures.

How much? A stay starts from £98 per night.

Majestic Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

What makes it five-star? This glamorous colonial structure offers timelessly elegant suites, and an extensive spa to while the days away. There are extensive men’s services available too, including a decadent whisky lounge, gentlemen’s grooming and a tailoring and shoe shine service.

Where is it? Central Kuala Lumpur with excellent access to transport links and just 30 minutes from the airport. Make sure you pay a visit to Starhill Gallery and Mid Valley Megamall during your stay.

How much? Expect to pay from £79 per night.

The Sarai resort and Spa, Cambodia

What makes it five-star? The elegantly-appointed rooms and Moroccan-style swimming pool are second to none, while the healing spa is perfect for when you want to unwind. Make sure you try the cooking experience with the hotel’s chef to create your own Cambodian cuisine. 

Where is it? Siem Reap, Cambodia – home to the incredible Angkor Wat temples along with plenty of other historical and cultural sights.

How much? Rates begin at just £79 per night. 

Ready for your five-star escape without the price tag? Get in touch with your Travel Counsellor to book your luxury getaway.

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