Top destinations to make your money go further
Luxury travel needn’t break the bank. Because of favourable exchange rates, some of the greatest countries in the world are also where your money goes further. Upgrade to the best room in the house, splash out on a better bottle or book a few more nights in luxury: these destinations make living the good life a little kinder to your wallet.
Example: a mid-range three-course meal for two costs around £26
South Africa is renowned for its wildlife – the Big Five are even emblazoned on its money. Yet this country offers much more than a fantastic safari, and at a reasonable price. The land of the rand is excellent for a city break, honeymoon or family holiday, thanks to a dizzying array of activities available. Spend a romantic night under the stars in a luxury treehouse; enjoy a family-friendly escape to the winelands; or hike up the iconic Table Mountain before bedding down in luxury at One&Only Cape Town. You’ll never want for something to do in South Africa.
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Example: a bottle of wine costs around £4
In Argentina, natural wonders, a warm welcome and wonderful wine await. We recommend getting acquainted with the latter by visiting Mendoza, where you’ll find the best Argentine malbec money can buy, and luxurious accommodation such as Cavas Wine Lodge affording you easy access.
For the adventurous, Patagonia is heaven, with vast plains, Andean peaks and glacial lakes to explore. Alternatively, ride in the hoof-steps of the gauchos through the Iberá Wetlands – Argentina’s answer to Brazil’s Pantanal and Botswana’s Okavango Delta.
Then there are the cultural charms of the capital, Buenos Aires, the perfect place to practise your tango steps, sip artisanal coffee and admire architecture steeped in history.
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Example: a pint of beer costs around £2.50
Chile astonishes from head to foot; from the arid drama of the Atacama to the glacial delights of the southern coast. Santiago, the capital of this long, narrow nation, is a sophisticated city full of must-sees. Spend time strolling around its historic neighbourhoods; flitting between stellar bars and restaurants; and visiting the numerous museums and galleries. Afterwards, retire to one of the city’s many five-star hotels, such as The Singular Santiago.
If it’s remote wilderness you’re after, the Atacama’s lunar-like landscape and star-filled nights should tick the box. We recommend staying at the Alto Atacama Desert Lodge for easy excursions into the heart of the desert. Alternatively, visit the Chilean side of Patagonia, where the mountains and icebergs of the Torres del Paine National Park will astound you. Sleep surrounded by these wonders at explora Patagonia.
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Example: one mile in a taxi costs around £0.80
Discover a unique blend of African, Arabian and European influences in mesmerising Morocco. This country’s major cities each tempt with their palatial landmarks, bustling markets and historic quarters. In Marrakech, soak up the atmosphere by staying in a traditional riad such as Les Jardins de la Medina. From this base, take a day trip to the nearby Atlas Mountains, where we can arrange an authentic Berber breakfast with spectacular views. Or head further into Morocco’s wilderness to the captivating dunes of Erg Chebbi. This sea of sand offers the quintessential Sahara experience, and is best enjoyed whilst staying in a camp such as Merzouga Luxury Desert Camp.
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Example: a meal from a street-food vendor will cost around £2
There is more to smile about in ‘the land of a thousand smiles’ than the menu prices. In Thailand you’ll find the most gorgeous sun-soaked beaches, flavourful cuisine sure to tantalise and jungles brimming with wildlife. You’ll also find the hustle and bustle of urban life exemplified by megacity Bangkok.
Whilst the tourist trail offers plenty to see, we recommend taking an off-the-beaten-track adventure, whether it be a visit to the hill tribes of Northern Thailand, an art-themed cycle tour of Chiang Mai or a cruise on the capital’s lively waterways.
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Example: a mid-range three-course meal for two costs around £8.60
As a country of more than 17,000 islands, Indonesia promises endless coastal delights, from palm-fringed beaches and world-class waves to marine wildlife havens. On land, villages and temples nestle serenely on hills and in jungles, whilst life speeds along in urban areas such as the vast capital, Jakarta.
Each island in this archipelago has a distinct character. In Java, the country’s most populous island, you’ll find everything from colonial-era architecture and UNESCO-listed temples to mountain passes and active volcanoes. Bali to the east is renowned for its coastal beauty and arts scene, and is home to luxurious retreats such as Capella Ubud. Then there are the idyllic islets such as the Gili Islands, where you can unplug and unwind on white-sand shores.
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