You reach a certain point in your life when you say I’ve had enough of roughing it as a backpacker and instead want to enjoy some of the finer things in life. It’s my 30th birthday at the the end of November, so for this guest post I have chosen 5 hotels in Europe that I would love to go and visit for for a night.
I have worked out what it would it would cost to stay in each of them and including travel expenses. So let’s see if my budget will fit. PS – prices were correct at time of writing this article – they may have changed since so I would take them with a pinch of salt
A) Hotel Splendido in Portofino, Italy
Voted as the best European hotel in the 2010 Conde Nast Traveller Readers’ Awards, Hotel Splendido in Portofino, Italy attracts a loyal clientele of the internationally rich and famous. Pictures of the star-studded cast of those that make up the hotel’s celebrity guestbook adorn the walls of this sixty-four roomed hotel. Perched on the hillside above the picturesque natural harbour of Portofino, the hotel commands a grand view over the bay.
From the hotel, a winding pathway leads down to the village and the hotel’s sister hotel, Splendido Mare. This intimate retreat has sixteen rooms and suites and shares facilities with the larger hotel up the hill. Genoa is the nearest airport for visiting this luxurious hotel on a dramatically scenic part of the Italian Rivieria.
Budget Damage – £583 per night
B) Hotel Arlberg in Lech, Austria
Moving from Mediterranean glamour to traditional Alpine charm, the Hotel Arlberg in the quaint Austrian village of Lech, is a quintessentially Alpine retreat offering some of Austria’s best skiing. In the centre of the village, the family-run hotel offers traditional alpine comfort and is renowned for a superlative level of service. The hotel boasts all the comfort of a modern luxury hotel, with a wood-beamed bar, a choice of two restaurants, and the acclaimed ‘Senses Spa’.
The spa facility includes an outdoor whirlpool, two saunas, steam room, solarium, relaxation lounge and suites offering a range of massage and beauty treatments. The two gastronomic restaurants are ‘La Fenice’; the hotel’s signature fine dining Italian restaurant, and ‘Die Stube’; offering Austrian specialities in a traditional setting. For skiing, the hotel is perfectly situated by the slopes for a choice of lifts, and is also popular in summer when the picture-postcard village of is Lech is surrounded by a panorama of Alpine meadows.
Damage – £215 per night
In the countryside of southern France, Four Seasons Provence, Terre Blanche is a resort of self-contained suites and villas surrounded by rolling valleys and mountains. The style and architecture of the resort takes its inspiration from the local landscape, built from natural wood and stone, and decorated with a palette inspired by the bright sunshine and flowers of the region.
The secluded individual accommodation each has separate living rooms, bedrooms and terraces looking out over the tranquil countryside. The resort has a large pool, tennis courts, a range of fitness facilities including a large spa extending over two levels; the nearby Terre Blanche golf club has two excellent golf courses. In the surrounding area are mountains, pretty Provencal villages, vineyards, and the spectacular Gorges du Verdon. Just inland from the Côte d’Azur, the resort is less than an hour from Nice airport.
Damage – £329 per night
Swapping countryside and ‘rivierias’ from the French to the English, Chewton Glen – Hotel, Health & Country Club, is situated in green and rolling Hampshire countryside not far from the beaches of the South coast and the New Forest National Park. Just two hours from central London, Chewton Glen is a historic country house dating back to the early 18th century, with decor of antique furniture and fabrics to retain the traditional style in a sophisticated manner. Traditional English activities such as croquet, shooting and archery are on offer to guests, as are traditional breakfasts such as a gourmet incarnation of ‘the full English’, and Kedgeree or Kippers. Fine dining for other times of the day are served in the Marryat Restaurant. The resort spa offers something for everyone, including exclusive beauty and body treatments, fitness, pool, and sauna and steam room facilities and the estate grounds have a golf course, tennis courts, and an outdoor swimming pool.
Damage – £303 per night
E) The Augustine Hotel in Prague
Similarly, The Augustine Hotel in Prague gives new purpose to an ancient building. This new hotel is located in the heart of the city, close to Prague Castle, and has been created from a complex of seven buildings including an ancient monastery. The hotel is carefully designed to preserve the features of the old buildings, including cloistered terraces, vaults and stone arches, and incorporates courtyards and elegant garden squares.
The hotel has 101 elegantly-designed bedrooms including 16 suites with views over the courtyards, monastery or castle. All rooms feature decor inspired by early 20th century Czech cubism, with designer chairs and chaise-lounges. For relaxation, the hotel’s spa has four treatment rooms, and a special hammam for heat treatments.
Damage – £234 per night
OK – so the grand total for my 5 nights is £1,664 but of course I need to factor in travel costs as well. Doing a *very rough* calculation I have worked this out as 1468km (912miles) for the whole trip. Obviously my preferred mode of transport must reflect the calibre of my hotel selection therefore I’ll travel by helicopter 😉 I’m not up 100% familiar with the cost of hiring a helicopter however from my research it seems £15 per mile is a realistic cost. Taking this into account my travel costs come in at £13,680 – oh what a birthday! 🙂
Ok so the outcome of this is that the total cost for this luxury trip will cost me £15,344 or £3068.80 per night – I think I’m worth it.
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