- Look around the marketplace for special deals and offers on the top luxury accommodation. They do exist and for various reasons. They can sometimes save you a huge amount of money over paying the standard prices.
- Where possible, try to look at moving your holiday dates to periods where the schools are not on holiday. Although it might be a little distasteful, it’s a commercial reality that many hotels will put their prices up by huge amounts at times in the year when they know the kids are on holiday and families will be looking for their holidays. If you don’t have children, you may be able to take advantage of this because at other times of the year their rates may be much more reasonable.
- Don’t always believe the asking price on the Internet. Contact the accommodation agent, explain your budget position and ask them if they have any options. You may find that they have some special ‘under the radar’ deals they may be able to offer you because they are trying to fill unexpected gaps in their bookings due to cancellations etc. Don’t feel inhibited – you lose nothing by asking.
- 4. Be prepared to sacrifice sea views. Some hotels may offer a standard room charge and ask for a supplement for a sea view. Some may not and in the case of the latter, you may be able to ask for their price for a room looking inland.
- Ask questions about ‘all-inclusive’ deals. These sometimes include everything you can eat and drink in the initial price but if you only consume in moderation it might not always be the apparently stunningly good deal it appears. Ask instead for a room-only or B&B price, if they do them. You may see a substantial reduction.
- Question the number of bedrooms you need in an apartment. Sometimes paying the extra for one of your children to have their own bedroom might be an unnecessary cost if they could instead sleep on the couch. Of course, you may need to take into account their age and any occupancy rules and regulations that come with the apartment.
- Consider whether you really need to be directly on the beach. Luxury accommodation is luxury accommodation, even if it is say 800 metres away from the sand. The walk to the beach might be good for you and it might also result in you saving a lot of money on ‘first line’ locations.
In other words, don’t give up on that dream too easily!