5-Star Hotels: Where It’s Worth the Money

When you’re backpacking, it’s all too common to save money by staying in budget hostels. Most of your time is spent traveling, so staying in a fancy hotel can seem like a waste of money.

Now and then, however, splurging out on a 5-Star hotel can be the cure to feeling sluggish and run down, something which happens too easily when you’re spending your days eating rich food and drinking one too many beers.

Why You Should Stay in 5 Star Hotels

Spending a week or two in a luxurious resort is the perfect way to reset your body and mind and prepare you for the next part of your travels.

Unfortunately, not all hotel resorts are created equally, and star ratings can vary from country to country, meaning the quality you get in one will not necessarily reflect that of another.

Knowing what countries to splurge in can mean you’re not disappointed by a sub-par experience.

5-Star Hotels in Costa RicaCosta Rica

If you don’t mind spending the money, Costa Rica 5-Star resorts are comparable to paradise. Usually set within stunning landscapes, with rooms offering either ocean or tropical views.

The hotels themselves are large, spacious and grandiose while keeping to a modern, tasteful décor, and most resorts will offer several pools and fitness centres, as well as multiple bar and restaurant facilities, meaning you could easily spend two or more weeks trying somewhere new each day.

Costa Rica itself is a beautiful country in itself, so while you can spend your stay without stepping foot out of the resort, it would be a shame not to get out and explore what the country has to offer.

There is huge diversity in the Costa Rica landscape, from volcanoes to beaches, tropical forests to canals, and valleys to mountains.

5-Star Hotels in ThailandThailand

Thailand is a traveler’s hotspot, and one which is easy to do on a budget and still have an incredible time. However, opting for a 5-Star resort will open you to a whole new world of luxury.

These mega hotels are in prime locations, giving you unprecedented access to the best beaches and attractions in Thailand without compromising on panoramic views.

Thailand 5-Star hotels offer an incredible range of amenities, from world-class restaurants offering traditional Thai food to incredible pools which can keep you busy from morning until night.

Five-star resorts in Thailand offer excellent bars and clubs, but for a real taste of culture, it’s worth getting out and checking the nightlife, whether that is a Full Moon Party or simply partying on the strips until 5am.

Turkey

The 5-Star resorts in Turkey are incredibly outsized and swanky, and it could easily take weeks to explore all that is on offer.

These deluxe hotels are stylish and modern, and the facilities are second to none, with multiple complexes meaning you will find restaurants, pools and health centres to suit your every need.

Each hotel has extensive entertainment programs, so those who find sunbathing for hours on end boring have constant access to tours, games and recreational activities.

Although Turkey is often chosen as a sun holiday destination, it has plenty on offer for those wanting to explore.

Cities such as Ankara and Istanbul are brimming with culture, and Ephesus’s archaeological site is home to the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

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