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How to live the high life on holiday for less

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Don’t we all deserve to treat ourselves now and again? Going on holiday is a great excuse to indulge in the finer things in life - but not all first class experiences come with a first class price tag. Savvy travellers know how to live the high life for less, with just a few smart tricks.

How can you dine on gourmet cuisine, sail the Mediterranean, or sleep in a castle like royalty, without breaking the bank? We’ve rounded up some of the world’s most affordable luxury experiences, to make sure you get the holiday pampering you deserve.

When and where

If you’re savvy about where and when you go on holiday, you’ll bag luxury deals for far less. Travel out of season whenever possible. By visiting Europe in spring or autumn when the crowds have dispersed, you’ll find the prices will be slightly lower. Why not venture off the beaten track to some lesser-frequented European countries? Try Bulgaria for beaches, skiing or a cultural city break. Dreaming of something further afield? Visit Vietnam for inexpensive delicious food and beautiful hotels.

Sleep like royalty

From only €22 a night, you can be king of the castle in the beautiful Rhine Valley. This 12th century turreted castle, nestled in the rugged hills of western Germany, offers fairytale accommodation that won’t damage your purse. Wake up in the splendour of medieval chambers, surrounded by romantic courtyards and majestic scenery.

Other handy tricks for avoiding being overcharged on accommodation is to use apps or sites offering luxury hotels for less. Try the HotelTonight app for last-minute, reduced price deals on five star lodgings.

Glorious food

Glorious food

Synonymous with art, love and sophisticated food, you might not think you can dine well for pocket change in Paris... but you’d be wrong. This website collates great value eateries with prices ranging from 10 euros up. Grab delicious meals or enjoy a four course feast for 23 euros!

If only Michelin-starred dining gets your belly rumbling, then head towards Hong Kong's Tim Ho Wan. Perhaps the world’s lowest-priced Michelin restaurant, here pennies can be exchanged for fragrant pork buns or golden turnip cakes. Now a global hit, the original restaurant in China is still considered the tastiest and best value.


Great perfume is a luxury that doesn’t usually come cheap. However, if you want a scent for a price that doesn’t stink, you may be able to find it in the French Riviera. The cobbled streets and peach-coloured houses of Grasse are a perfume paradise. Buying perfume from the source means lower prices without compromising on quality. If you want to go a step further, for 49 euros you can learn the art of making perfume. You’ll be taught the finesse of scent creation and develop your own perfume to take home.

Me time

Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa in Iceland

Indulging in a thermal bath is a classic Icelandic experience, but a visit to more popular spas can weigh heavy on your wallet. For less Krona head to Nauthólsvík - a strip of white sand with a pool of shimmering salt water and plenty of hot tubs. During summer it’s free, and at winter it’s just 600 Krona compared to 5,400 standard entry at Blue Lagoon. All the pampering of a silky hot mineral bath, without the cost!

The yacht experience

The yacht experience

Nothing says the good life like sailing around the Mediterranean in a private yacht - and it may be more affordable than you think. Sites like Airbnb and Antlos mean the luxury of a boating holiday is never out of reach. We found a sailing cruise from Italy to Croatia with your own skipper for just £38 per person a day!

Stress-free airport parking

Why not kick your holiday off in style and treat yourself to a little luxury for less at the airport with our Meet & Greet parking service? We offer ease and simplicity at great value prices. If you’ve got lots of luggage, travelling with children, in a rush or just want a stress-free start to your holiday Meet & Greet is for you!

Simply drop your car off at the terminal, and take a short walk to departures while we park it safely for you at the airport. Your car will remain secure on airport grounds while you're away. When you return, our friendly staff will be waiting at the reception desk with your keys and car to hand.

Why wait? Book your Meet & Greet parking now.

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