SAINT LUKE - Approved

Right - you've got the bag - now where do you go?  

Whichever way you look at it, going on holiday can be an expensive business.   Here's where we have your back: we've selected 10 awesome luxury hotels that are surprisingly affordable.  From Bali all the way to Budapest, all of these hotels are SAINT LUKE approved - so you can relax in style and comfort knowing you've got some spare bucks for those late night rums...


L Hotel (Bali, Indonesia) from £69 a night

Located in the trendy enclave of Seminyak, Bali’s upscale play paradise, L Hotel is the quintessential luxury resort and only minutes away from the beach. From its chic decor and personal butler service, you’ll be spoiled silly from the moment you step off the plane.


Hotel Campo De'Fiori (Rome, Italy) from £58 a night

This handsome, ivy-draped hotel is a romantic refuge located right in the heart of Campo de' Fiori. The hotel's colorful, elegant furnishings, frescoes, and exposed brick make it unique, as do the riveting views from the rooftop terrace. In addition to the guest rooms, the hotel also offers apartments in the area that can accommodate two to five guests.


Anantara Mui Ne Resort & Spa (Mui Ne, Vietnam) from £130 a night

Join the kite surfers and koi fish at Anantara Mui Ne Resort & Spa, which spawls across three heavenly hectares in beachy, off-the-radar Mui Ne. Villas are spacious and well designed, the area is untouched, and the hotel’s food and cocktails exploit the local vanilla and dragon fruit plantations to delicious effect.


Brody House (Budapest, Hungary) from £51 a night

More than just a boutique bolthole, Brody House – a sometime film and fashion-shoot set – also has a members’ club with a stylish bar, a block of shabby-chic apartments, and gallery and printing studio Brody ArtYard, in four city-centre locales. The club and ArtYard have calendars crammed full of exhibitions, live music and book readings, and rooms at the hotel are an extension of this creative streak: like our bags, each is named after the artist whose work hangs on its walls. The communal spaces have high ceilings, lots of natural light and original parquet floors; yet somehow the townhouse still has the air of a (very cool) private home, and the apartments even more so.


The Burrard (Vancouver, Canada) from £58 a night

Retro and full of attitude, The Burrard is one of Vancouver’s most character-filled hotels —and it's affordable. The Burrard's décor channels ‘70s L.A. and the downtown hotel is touted as “like Melrose Place, only there’s no pool to drown in.” It offers free movie channels in the guest rooms, free super-fast WiFi, free Electra Cruiser bike rentals, and even free umbrellas for rainy days.


The Library Hotel (New York, US) from £126

A quirky 60-room hotel just a tome's throw from the New York Public Library, this lovingly book-themed tower is a bibliophile's dream stay. It's also within walking distance to many Midtown tourist attractions, several transportation hubs, and enough bars and restaurants to keep one's non-lettered hours plenty busy.  Fashioned from a landmark 1900 brick and terra cotta structure this building has been beautifully restored into a mansion-style hotel of the highest caliber.


La Purificadora (Puebla, Mexico) from £94 a night

If another architect had had their way with the former water-purifying factory of La Purificadora, the end result might be a slap in the face for the baroque buildings of Puebla, but Ricardo Legorreta’s sensitive reinvention is more a pat on the back. Combining the weathered woods, peeling paintwork and other original elements of industry with vast black-granite staircases, glass panels, and rich purple couches arranged around open coal fires, this boutique hotel in Mexico is an inspiring shrine to industrial chic.


Finca Valentina (Salta, Argentina) from £100 a night

Valentina has brought light and space to traditional Salteño style, combining white walls and lofty ceilings with classical modernist hallmarks: a whole wall of paned glass in the dining room, a soaring minimalist fireplace and a stunning swimming pool. Mid-century modern classics are everywhere, but so are antique chairs, and the hall is hung with ancient woven ponchos. The result is delightfully crisp and airy, but you know you’re in Salta. All bedrooms mix high-end comfort with vintage finds, and the bathrooms are perfect little havens. The food is superb. It’s like staying with relaxed, very welcoming friends.


Hotel Muse (Bangkok, Thailand) from £108 a night

Despite its high-rise size, Hotel Muse in Bangkok feels refreshingly intimate, thanks to its seductive Euro-inspired decor and lofty layout. The ambience is playful yet elegant and its sensual city-view bedrooms are offset by super-styled interiors, including some of the most hedonistic wining and dining spots in town.


Riad Anyssates (Marrakech, Morocco) from £80 a night

Simple and spacious, with white walls and brightly coloured fabrics, Riad Anyssates’ suites are named after the owners’ children and friends.  Staff radiate the impression that working here is barely a chore. Everyone seems totally delighted to be at the hotel, and, after a leisurely afternoon supping mint tea on the rooftop terrace and watching the Marrakech medina bustle away below, you will be too.

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