Luxury on a budget

When it comes to experiencing the finer things in life whilst on holiday, you might think it's super expensive however there are some real gems when it comes to affordable luxury travel.
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If you are looking for affordable luxury holidays, you may be surprised to see that not all destinations cost quite so much when it comes to enjoying the lux lifestyle.

Here’s a look at where will cost you the least when it comes to affordable luxury travel in some of the world’s most popular cities.

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Most affordable luxury travel destinations

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1. Bangkok, Thailand

The city which has the most affordable luxury travel is Thailand’s capital, Bangkok. Bangkok was the cheapest city for luxury car hire, as well as amongst the cheapest for the other three factors!

2. Brussels, Belgium

In second place for luxury on a budget is Brussels, Belgium. Brussels was affordable across the board, particularly when it comes to the cost of a five-star hotel (£291) and luxury car hire (£121).

Brussels is the most affordable European destination among these cities and is known for its chocolate, beer, and museums.

3. Verona, Italy

We found that Verona, Italy is the third cheapest-destination for taking a luxury holiday.

Verona has the second cheapest luxury holidays, with an average cost for booking a spa hotel, at just £164 a night. The city is perhaps best known as the setting of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”, as well as its mediaeval old town and the huge Verona Arena.

RankCityMichelin star mealFive-star hotel (one night)Luxury car hire (per day)Spa hotel (one night)Budget score /10
1Bangkok, Thailand£121£238£48£1959.49
2Brussels, Belgium£126£291£121£2218.8
3Verona, Italy£145£365£144£1647.68
4Osaka, Japan£167£242£143£1437.59
5Berlin, Germany£154£402£130£2707.42
6Frankfurt, Germany£143575£124£2537.33
7Rio de Janeiro, Brazil91502£64£5026.9
8Tokyo, Japan174330£143£2596.73
9Lisbon, Portugal139492£143£4066.47
10Dublin, Republic of Ireland102500£185£2646.04
11Athens, Greece83439£168£4345.95
11Hong Kong, Hong Kong187234£165£2075.95
13Munich, Germany185494£124£3475.78
14Stockholm, Sweden253413£100£3925.6
15Madrid Spain160589£133£3855.52
16Amsterdam, Netherland159617£144£3415.35
17Barcelona, Spain164841£129£3825.09
18Vienna, Austria156474£209£4324.48
18Florence, Italy157767£168£2914.48
20Nice, France129627£193£7013.71
20San Francisco, United States201739£143£5453.71
22Venice, Italy158910£153£7243.19
22Milan, Italy180765£160£4593.19
24Rome, Italy174968£144£6793.02
25Copenhagen, Denmark315491£187£5002.85
26London, United Kingdom155780£214£5642.84
27New York City, United States2191,057£151£1,6621.64
28Los Angeles, United States2321,205£153£9001.47
29Zürich, Switzerland1741,013£207£9921.46
30Paris, France2291,395£158£8461.38

The most affordable city for Michelin star dining

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Athens, Greece - Average cost: £83

Looking at the average cost of a set menu meal for dinner at each two and three-starred Michelin restaurant, it’s Athens that comes out as the cheapest. 

Athens is only home to one two-starred restaurant, however, this establishment, Spondi, charges just €100 (£83) for a two-course meal, giving you a great option if you are looking for an affordable luxury experience.

On top of this, there are a further five one-star restaurants and three awarded the Bib Gourmand award.

The most affordable city for five-star accommodation

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Hong Kong, Hong Kong - Average nightly cost: £234

Perhaps something of a surprise, Hong Kong offers the most affordable luxury experience for hotel stays, with the cheapest rate for a nightly five-star hotel at properties listed on at £234.

While the cost of living is generally high for those living in Hong Kong, it seems that for luxury travellers, the opposite is true!

The most affordable city for luxury car hire

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Bangkok, Thailand - Average daily cost: £48

If you’re going to be hiring a car to get around throughout your visit, why not do it in style?

If you want to upgrade your hire car to a more luxurious model, you’ll usually have to pay a hefty premium. However, that’s not the case in Bangkok, where you are able to experience luxury on a budget with a model such as a Mercedes-Benz, costing you just £48 a day.

The most affordable city for a spa break

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Osaka, Japan - Average nightly cost: £143

A spa break is the ultimate luxury activity, allowing you to relax and forget about the worries of life back home.

The most affordable luxury destination when it comes to booking a spa hotel is Osaka, with an average nightly rate of just £143 per hour.


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