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5 Must-Haves for Luxury Travel Accommodation

5 Must-Haves for Luxury Travel Accommodation


You’d think that luxury travel has been around for so long that its definition has pretty much been settled. Far from it, people’s perception of what defines luxury travel accommodation varies widely. This is why we’ve found it important to list some of the elements that we believe must be present for accommodation to qualify for this elite characterization.

Of course, these are not established or universally agreed upon standards but it’s going to be difficult to sell a hotel room or villa rental (such as as luxurious if it doesn’t have them.

#1 Uniquely Stylish Bar

There are thousands of bars around the world but have you ever walked into a bar and the tasteful architecture and elaborate styling made it unforgettable? A luxury hotel or villa rental should not only have a bar but one with an opulent ambience that sets it apart from the ordinary. It should be inviting and a place you wouldn’t mind spending an entire day in.

Comfortable seating, curated cocktail menus and knowledgeable bartenders are essential. If you’ll be staying a week or two at the hotel or villa, chances are you won’t be in the bar every day. However, a classy bar means even the few times you’ll be there will be memorable.

#2 Extensively Equipped Gym

If you are going to spend a lot of time sipping the finest cocktails and feasting on calorie-rich exotic cuisine, you’ll want to be certain that there’s a treadmill within the vicinity whenever you want to burn that extra fat.

Gyms aren’t created equal so not just any will do. To distinguish itself from the average gym, it must be fitted with nothing less than state-of-the-art equipment. It’s certainly a plus if the hotel has a pool and a spa too. Luxury villa rentals may not have a gym within the premises but having one within a few minutes’ drive or walk from where you’ll be staying should suffice.

#3 Knowledgeable Concierge

We often rate travel destinations based on their aesthetic appeal and available facilities. But your experience is likely to be far more dependent on the people you interact with during your stay than the beauty that surrounds you. The presence of a knowledgeable concierge is vital.

You are already paying top dollar to stay there so it’s only natural that you have access to all the local insider tips. As you stroll through the neighborhood or check out local attractions and sights, someone who knows the best places to go would certainly come in handy. When you ask which are the best luxury bars in the city, the concierge should not only tell you which ones these are but should be happy to facilitate a reservation for you.

#4 Fine Dining

After you’ve spent the day exploring the city or have burned dozens of calories at the gym, you’ll be looking forward to a delicious meal. Of course, you can always get that out there. Still, it’s reassuring to know that the place you are staying in has an impressive menu for the times you don’t want to leave the comfort of the premises.

Luxury dining is all about delicious, enticing, refined and exotic cuisine with a classy but unpretentious atmosphere that perfectly complements the meals.

#5 Exquisite Linen

No matter how much fun you’ll be having out there during your vacation, you’ll inevitably spend several hours of each day in bed sleeping or just resting. While the quality of the bed itself is important, even average hotels usually have that figured out. What distinguishes the beds of luxury accommodation from that of run-of-the-mill locations is often the quality of the bedding.

The linen and sheets must be top-notch. Some of the best hotels and luxury villa rentals go as far as giving guests the opportunity to choose the type of pillow and linen they prefer. Whether you want the hypoallergenic or choose the super-soft, it should provide an environment that makes your sleeping times heavenly bliss.

These features are critical for luxury accommodation but there’s so much more. If there’s anything else that you consider a must have for your vacation, talk to your travel agent and there’s a good chance they’ll be able to find you a place that has exactly what you need.

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Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Our travels allows her the opportunity to pursuit her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.


  1. Travel Belitung Murah
    March 22, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    Great inspirations from this posts, i love it your tips
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    • Carmen Edelson
      March 23, 2019 at 11:37 pm

      Thank you so much for reading!

  2. Jeremy
    March 24, 2019 at 1:21 am

    Totally agree on the knowledgable concierge part ! A good concierge makes my stay so much more relaxed, not having to worry about logistics ! The linen part is also an important factor to me ! =)
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    • Carmen Edelson
      March 26, 2019 at 2:21 pm

      Yes, me too! We’re definitely on the same page.

  3. Joanne
    March 24, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    All points are so true! It’s so nice to have a choice of pillows and for us, there’s absolutely nothing more important than a concierge that knows their stuff.

    • Carmen Edelson
      March 26, 2019 at 2:22 pm

      Yes, I hear you!

  4. The.Holidaymaker
    March 24, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    I agree, everyone’s perspective varies greatly as to what luxury accommodations is. I would also add amenities to your list, for example, fresh flowers in the room, quality of toiletries, quality of towels/robes, etc. Some of the best hotels we have stayed in let you know where you can order the mattress/bedding, it is that good! Thanks for the list, it is definitely food for thought!

    • Carmen Edelson
      March 26, 2019 at 2:22 pm

      Those little touches are so important. I love fresh flowers in the room!

  5. Marvi
    March 24, 2019 at 11:33 pm

    I always find the beddings and linens of luxury hotels very nice and great for a good night sleep. Plus the dining experience is amazing too. Great points to consider when choosing to stay at luxury hotels 🙂

    • Carmen Edelson
      March 26, 2019 at 2:22 pm

      You’re absolutely right, Marvi!

  6. Jerry and Fiona
    March 26, 2019 at 9:03 am

    I am partial to a steam room over a sauna, but these seem to be hard to come by. A sauna will do in a pinch!
    So, what is a luxurious thread count for linen? That seems to be a very important factor for some. Is there a certain number you look for?

    • Carmen Edelson
      March 26, 2019 at 2:23 pm

      I would say anything over a 500 thread count! Especially if they’re Egyptian cotton 🙂

  7. Natalie Ann Redman
    April 20, 2019 at 8:48 am

    Agree with all of these points! Thanks for sharing!

  8. hotel home
    September 23, 2020 at 12:30 pm

    Excellent blog!!!

    Thanks for share this.

    • Carmen Edelson
      September 28, 2020 at 7:35 am

      Happy to share!

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