posted on October 17, 2013 15:08 by
I am not one to complain having been extremely rich and lived the high life, 5 star all the way and been extremely poor, homeless in the gutter but in this current economy as someone who is no longer aspirational but still likes a good deal it is hard to know what you are getting for your money.
We are living in a world where big companies and big brands are using all their clout and huge budgets to sell us the dream most of us could never afford and could quite honestly live without.
Getting good value for money is all about being savvy, doing serious research and listening to people's experiences before you book or buy.
I have just booked my break to Marbella, via Expedia and after reading reviews on Trip Advisor of various hotels. I know Marbella very well but since the economy in Spain has fallen to bits so have most of the luxury hotels including two of my favourite spots the Byblos and Incosol Medical Spa, once paradise but now no more.
I had a small budget this trip and saw a deal that looked too good to be true. I was not expecting much because at the price I paid it was never going to be paradise but the marketing and reviews led me to believe it would be good enough for the price. Do not be fooled. Anything that seems too good to be true likely is too good to be true as in this particular instance.
The truth is you get what you pay for and I would rather save up and spend my leisure time in luxury than be conned into believing the basics will suffice. The brochures and marketing always make things look amazing but a metal sun lounger, an uncomfortable bed, buffet style food for hundreds and cheap all inclusive booze can only lead to complaints unless you are leg less your whole holiday.
My advice, if you find yourself in this situation and you are unable to do anything about it is to use the hotel you have booked as a base to sleep and visit luxury hotels around you to have lunch. By doing this the hotels you lunch at are likely to allow you, if you are spending money, to use the pool facilities, fluffy towels and comfy sun beds.