LIFESTYLE

Flee Winter without breaking the bank

Break out the bikini with one of these luxurious – but affordable! – resort getaways

Winter is here and if bitter chilly days have left you dreaming of warm, tropical holidays we’ve found three luxury locations that won’t the break the bank.

The Laguna Resort & Spa, Bali

WHY FLY AND FLOP THERE – Located at the southern peninsular of Nusa Dua, the Laguna has a private beach and seven lagoon pools set in lush tropical gardens. Enjoy daily activities such as snorkelling, windsurfing or yoga.

THINGS TO DO – Go cycling in Ubud, surf the breaks at Uluwatu
or try some babi guling – suckling pig – at Ibu Oka.

PRICES FROM – Offers start from $177 per night for a Deluxe Garden View room. Visit indonesia.travel and thelagunabali.com.

The Laguna Resort & Spa, Bali (Credit: Supplied)

Sofitel Luang Prabang, Laos

WHY FLY AND FLOP THERE – This UNESCO heritage-listed former governor’s residence offers a luxurious stay in a French colonial setting. Lounge by the pool, and enjoy the excellent modern Laos cuisine at the in-house restaurant.

THINGS TO DO – Laos is still South-East Asia’s hidden gem, but not for long. Explore the temples or take a trek or a river cruise.

PRICES FROM – $178 a night.  Visit  tourismlaos.org and accorhotels.com/9669.

Mai Temple Chanting Hall near the Sofitel Luang Prabang (Credit: Supplied)

Outrigger, Fiji

WHY FLY AND FLOP THERE – On the Coral Coast, the Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort offers family-friendly luxury as well as adults-only designated areas including a pool with a swim-up bar. Dine on fresh kokoda – raw fish in coconut milk – at the award-winning Ivi.

THINGS TO DO – Take the highly recommended Sikatoka River Safari. Next door to the resort is the Kula Eco Park, an 11-hectare property set in three valleys showcasing flora and fauna.

PRICES FROM – Rooms start from $250 per night, including signature Talai (butler) service. Visit outrigger.com/specials/outrigger-fiji/best-rates and www.fiji.travel.

Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort Beachfront Bure (Credit: Supplied)

3 ways to save on your resort escape

1. Look for package deals.

Travel operators that put together holiday packages buy them in bulk at lower prices so they can pass on the savings to you.

2. Read the fine print.

Before you book that super-cheap fare, find out what’s included. If luggage and meals are extra, it could add up to a hefty sum.

3. Loyalty pays off.

If the hotel offers a loyalty program, join up. It’s free and you can often receive benefits right away.

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