Luxury For Less: Travel And Luxury At Discounted Prices

Traveling the world is an expensive proposition for the luxury traveler. However, numerous travel agencies and tour providers make special offers from time to time. Tourists who want to combine travel and luxury on their next vacation have much to choose from by way of exclusive travel deals. Traveling abroad need not blow a hole in your pocket any longer. Luxury for less is no longer a distant dream thanks to exclusive travel packages offered by travel providers from around the world.

1. Where: Barbados
Price: Starting from £3,815 per person
Savings: Up to £3,760 per couple
Validity: Book by 29 August for a September holiday
Provider: Carrier
This seven-night luxury beach vacation from Carrier provides accommodations in Barabodos hotel Sandy Lane. The luxury hotel made it to the Gold List this year. With this bargain vacation package, travelers get seven nights at the price of five. The package includes several luxurious touches, including Upper Class flights on Virgin Atlantic, a room upgrade, a candlelit dinner and a catamaran cruise. Each guest also receives a US$100 spa voucher or a round of golf.

2. Where: Thailand
Price: Starting from £1,680 per person
Savings: Up to £407 per person
Validity: Book by 31 Augusts; packages are available until 19 December
Provider: Health and Fitness Travel
Set off on a yoga holiday to The Absolute Sanctuary Yoga & Spa in Thailand. You will get seven nights for the cost of five. The deal includes several freebies. Guests enjoy a room upgrade, return flights and airport transfers. But the selling point of the deal is unlimited yoga classes – guests can choose from hot flow, ashtanga, hatha and pilates – as well as daily spa treatments.

3. Where: St. Lucia
Price: Starting from £9,220 per family
Savings: Up to £4,245
Validity: Book by 23 August 2011 for holidays between 12-30 September
Provider: ITC Classics
Take a seven-night luxury vacation for the price of five to The Jalousie Plantation in the Caribbean destination of St. Lucia. Families can enjoy lodging in the Superior Luxury Villa on a half board basis. Moreover, this luxury vacation deal includes return Club World flights from Gatwick airport.

4. Where: Zambia
Price: Starting from £3,150 per person
Savings: Up to £1,696 per person
Validity: Only valid for 22 August departures
Provider: Africa Odyssey
Treat yourself to a seven-night African safari in Zambia. The luxury vacation package offers game drives, night driving and walking safaris. The package deal includes a two-night stay at Luwi Bush Camp, another two nights at Nsolo and a further three nights at Kakuli. All three sites are in the South Luangwa region. Flights from Heathrow and internal flights are included in this Africa Odyssey deal.

5. Where: Maldives
Price: Starting from £2,585 per person
Savings: Up to £1,195 per person
Validity: Book before 31 August for a vacation in September
Provider: Scott Dunn
Get your fill of sun, sand, sea and wildlife while staying at the Park Hyatt Hadahaa in the Maldives. Guests availing of the seven-night offer this September get complimentary half boarding rates and a 10 percent booking discount.

6. Where: Ras Al Khaimah
Price: Starting from Dh1,535 per night for two sharing at Al Rimal or the beachfront villas
Validity: Valid for vacations in August
The Ramadan holiday package at Banyan Tree Al Wadi offers a half-board villa stay, a 60-minute Rainforest Experience spa session for two, complimentary breakfast and either lunch or dinner at Al Waha restaurant or Sands restaurant. Additionally, the package offers complimentary access to the Kids Club, making it ideal for families with children. Spa fanatics can make the most of the 30 percent discount on spa treatments.

7. Where: New Zealand
Price: NZ$8,000
Provider: Elite Resorts of Asia Pacific
The nine-night Ultimate New Zealand package offers three night stays at three luxury resorts. Each resort offers an activity for couples. The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs provides either a 50-minute massage or a guided fishing trip. Guests at the Farm at Cape Kidnappers can enjoy a special Kiwi Discovery Walk with wildlife experts or a guided quad-bike tour of the estate. Finally, guests at Matakauri Lodge can either take a jet boat ride through the exciting Shotover River or enjoy a century-year-old steamer experience on Lake Wakatipu. The deal includes breakfast and either lunch or dinner along with pre-dinner beverages plus tax. Airfare and transport not included.

8. Where: Croatia
Price: Starting from £789 per person
Provider: Exodus
This eight-day cycling tour of Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast is ideal for the keen explorer. The tour starts in Split, goes through the Hvar and Korcula islands, passing through oceanfront villages, walled towns of the middle ages, pine forests and mountains. The tour ends in Dubrovnik. Flight fares are not included, but the package deal takes care of accommodation, some meals and transport.

9. Where: Austria
Price: Starting from Dh7,500 per person
Validity: Offer valid until 30 September
Provider: Emirates Holidays
Emirates Holidays is offering special Ramadan and Eid travel packages at big discounts. Their Austria package involves a four-night stay at the Grand Spa Resort A-Rosa Kitzbuhel in the Tyrolean Mountains. But you pay for only three nights on half-board basis for two sharing. The deal includes return economy class flights and transfers.

10. Where: The Netherlands
Price: Starting from Dh6,440 per person
Validity: Offer valid until 30 September
Provider: Emirates Holidays
Also on offer from Emirates Holidays is a three-night Netherlands package deal, where you pay for only two nights. Guests are accommodated in the Sofitel Legend in Amsterdam on a two sharing basis. The package includes return flights, breakfast and transfers.

11. Where: Crystal Cruises to various destinations around the world
Provider: Best Cruises and Travel Now
The Crystal Cruises fleet comprises two luxury cruise ships – the 922-passenger Symphony and the 1,080-passenger Serenity. Crystal Cruises arranges for tours around the world, offering guests the opportunity to explore ports and even volunteer through their educational “You Care. We Care” program. The ships feature several dining options and feature large wine cellars. Plus, there is music, dance, movies and even special activities for children. Here is a closer look at exclusive luxury for less travel deals onboard Crystal Cruises.

Special Deals For Winter 2012:
(1) 19-day cruise from Los Angeles to Sydney
Regular price: $19,520
Special price: $9760
(2) 19-day trip from Sydney to Singapore
Regular Price: $23,820
Special price: $11,910
(3) 16-day trip from Singapore to Hong Kong
Regular Price: $24,120
Special price: $12,060

Winter 2012 packages include first class flights, a chauffer-driven limo in port cities, $800 shipboard credits per couple and a complimentary overnight stay at a Los Angeles luxury hotel. Crystal Society Members can avail of discounts of up to $14,900 per couple. New to Crystal Guests enjoy savings of as much as $13,000 per couple.
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