It’s every traveler’s dream: high-class luxury, for low-cost prices. As currencies are continuously fluctuating and the top tourist destinations keep changing, it’s hard to choose where to spend your dollar. Here are the top 10 cheapest luxury holiday destinations in the world which promise an ideally lush getaway without breaking the bank.
10. Taipai, Taiwan
Chinese culture meets Japanese beauty in the Taiwanese capital of Taipai. Its multicultural diversity creates a kaleidoscope of colours, sights and sounds throughout the metropolis. A lesser-known travel destination, the appeal of Taipai reveals itself once you’re there – and you can’t wait to go back! The cost of living in Taipai is on average 50% lower than the cost of living in San Francisco, and with 30 New Taiwan dollars to $1, Taipai is ultimate luxury on a budget.
Travellers to Taipai visit for the history, architectural marvels, and night markets. Attractions such as the National Palace Museum and Museum of World Religions are popular cultural experiences where as the Taipai 101 tower and various temples across the city offer awe-inspiring sights. Staying in the Wanhua District of Taiwan is central to all the tourist needs such as shops, restaurants and transports. Inhouse Hotel and Hotel Papa Whale are centrally located, affordable, and also include breakfast to save on travel costs. If you’re looking for something even cheaper but still effortlessly luxurious, Taipei H Imperial is the way to go.
9. Crete, Greece
Crete is Greece’s largest island, and its humongous size is only matched by its renowned reputation. A truly picturesque oceanic paradise, the island’s surrounding beauty and historical appeal make it perfect for a summer in the Mediterranean.
With the Euro and Dollar on roughly equal standings, prices may look the same but standards are higher. You can expect to roughly spend between $50 and $60 a day on holiday in Crete. Splurging on accommodation will come naturally though, as sightseeing won’t break the bank when the island is best explored on foot! Ancient ruins, unbeatable sandy shores and excellent hikes are all guaranteed at little to no cost.
Affordable luxury in Crete comes in the form of a wide range of accommodation options. Castello City Hotel comprises of elegant rooms that are just a short walk from the beach. For an authentic Greek holiday a bit further afield from central Crete (but is still close to the budget), Christina Luxury Villas and Lithari make for memorable villa and holiday home stays respectively.
8. Istanbul, Turkey
With a population of around 15 million people, Istanbul invites nearly double that in tourists every year. The cultural and economic hub of Turkey’s capital is unlike any other city in the world as it is split between two continents – Europe and Asia.
Travelers to Istanbul enjoy the overflow of culture that the city has to offer. Unique Eastern European architecture, busy streets, and bustling markets make this destination like no other. If you’re looking at being comfortable on your holiday but not over the top, you can expect to spend roughly $30 a day in Istanbul on food, souvenirs and attractions. This means that luxurious accommodations come at very affordable prices. Agora Life Hotel overlooks the majestic Hagia Sophia – making it an incredibly popular stay in the capital. Centrally located, Taximtown Hotel is hard to miss and also hard to pass up with free wifi and breakfast included.
7. Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town is one of those destinations that offer the best of everything: city, beach, mountain and winelands. The South African Rand is one of the best currencies for foreigners to travel with as it is usually between 10 and 15 Rand to $1. This means you can enjoy the best of this popular holiday destination in high luxury for low prices.
Usually the top reason to travel to South Africa is for the safaris. While Cape Town itself is a buzzing metropolis, wildlife is not far away. Staying in the city itself, however, will offer you close proximity to historical landmarks, amazing restaurants and unbeatable shopping experiences; not to mention skydiving off nearby mountains for those adrenaline junkies!
There are some great Protea Hotel options in the city, and the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice is ideally situated a few minutes’ walk from the CBD and a short drive from the popular Atlantic Seaboard. On the other side of Table Mountain, Vetho Villa is perfect for a summer holiday because of its close proximity to the beach. If you’re looking to stay a little bit further out of the city but still close enough to reach by car, staying at the popular Century City in the likes of Matrix Luxury Apartments is an idyllic choice.
6. San José, Costa Rica
San José, situated in the Central Valley region of Costa Rica, is hailed as an all-year round tourist hub thanks to its temperate weather. Chepe (as it’s more commonly known) is a truly buzzing metropolis complete with skyscrapers and rush hour traffic, but it’s also one of those historical gems that get better the more you explore it.
Costa Rica is quickly growing as a popular place to visit, and a lot of this is thanks to cost. Airfare is one of the cheaper options for those traveling from nearby countries and continents, and a budget between $30 and $50 a day will get you a decent island holiday. Accommodation options in San José can range from a beach backpackers to a swanky city suite. Quality Hotel Real San Jose and Country Inn & Suites by Radisson strike the ideal 4-star balance between high-end and budget, and are top picks for a Costa Rican getaway.