Sometimes we all want to splash out a little, kick back and relax in idyllic surroundings, and be pampered more than little bit. Of course, this kind of break is not cheap, and requires saving up and working hard to make the dream a reality. The question is however, can you do luxury on the cheap?
There are many ways this is possible, and one particular destination you might not even have on your radar, but gives you one of the most castaway experiences possible, whilst being more affordable than you realise.
Lord Howe Island is located around 600km off the New South Wales Coast, with the impossible blue of the Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea surrounding it. If you want to be totally cut off from the world, this is the ideal place to head, as the nearest islands are New Zealand, Norfolk Island, and New Caledonia, situated in a completely private area of water. Getting there couldn’t be easier, as you can fly from Sydney or Brisbane for a relatively cheap price, and very quickly too.
Pinetrees Lodge is located on the island, and offers one of the most bespoke, personalised, and luxury services you’re likely to find anywhere on earth, whilst also having been voted as the Best Affordable Resort in Australia, back in November 2014. See, luxury can be affordable!
The island is known for its breath-taking scenery, with huge towering mountains the backdrop, before rolling down quickly to the blue of the ocean, taking in the white sand beaches, ideal for total R&R. The island is also made for outdoor activities, with hiking, walking, cycling, and golf very popular pastimes to enjoy. Of course, this is an island, and that means it is surrounded by water – surfing, kayaking, fishing, snorkelling, diving, and swimming are hugely popular here, and the rich and abundant marine-life is as breath-taking as the scenery on dry land.
You can expect a subtropical climate all year around, so that means getting out and filling your lungs with fresh air is a must do. The subtropical forests are accessible for walking, and wildlife spotting is a must do – remember your camera for this one! The island was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list back in 1982, which should tell you a lot about the standard of scenery you’re going to be taking in, as well as its environmental and natural importance overall.
So, in answer to the question, can luxury be affordable?
Yes, it certainly can. Pinetrees Lodge offers the kind of service and surroundings that you would expect to come with a much higher price tag and that means it is more accessible to everyone.
Everyone deserves a little pampering from time to time, don’t you agree?