Expensive tastes, tight budget? No worries. Using the ‘Price’ and ‘Star Rating’ filters on a Skyscanner search makes it easy to track down hotels where you can treat yourself to a slice of high-end living without breaking the bank. For starters, check out these nine luxe-for-less options around the world. No, we can’t find you five-star rooms for under £100 in London, Paris or New York (we’re only human) – but there are plenty of other destinations that can deliver the goods…
Amari Watergate, Bangkok
Rooms from £85 per night
There’s a reason Bangkok is such a favourite backpacker destination – it’s such flipping good value that even the most budget-minded can afford to splash out on a little luxury while they’re there. Bang in the middle of the central Pratunam district, surrounded by markets and malls, the five-star Amari Watergate Bangkok has good-sized rooms that come with marble bathrooms, 40-inch LCD TVs and climate control. It also provides plenty of ways to restore serenity levels after a day out on the chaotic streets, with a spa, fitness centre and outdoor pool.Search flights to Bangkok
10 Karaköy, Istanbul
Rooms from £81 per night.
Istanbul is awash with five-star hotels and even with an upper price limit of £100 a night you get plenty to choose from, including many big-name international brands. Among them is 10 Karaköy, a Turkish outpost of the Morgans Hotel Group. This former fish market turned sleek designer hotel has elegant, high-ceilinged bedrooms; a mix of period features and cool contemporary furnishings; and a buzzy location in Karaköy, an area that’s gentrified rapidly in recent years.Search flights to Istanbul
The Capital Mirage, Cape Town
Rooms from £82 per night
South Africa is always good value for British tourists but if ever there were a time to book a long-awaited trip there, it’s now, with the rand looking decidedly weak against the pound. That means that even in ever-popular Cape Town, there are five-star bargains to be bagged. At The Capital Mirage you get slickly furnished studios and apartments (complete with kitchen areas) and a convenient location within easy reach of the city centre attractions and V&A Waterfront – plus a gym, snooker lounge, three restaurants and a rooftop pool with a rather fine view.Search flights to Cape Town
Inava Putri, Bali
Rooms from £74 per night.
The beach at Nusa Dua is just what a tropical beach should be, all white sand, palm trees and clear turquoise sea. It’s hardly surprising, then, that this bit of Bali’s coast is lined with five-star hotels. What is more surprising is how affordable some of them are. Take the Inaya Putri Bali, where you can chill out in style in a resort that takes architectural inspiration from a traditional village. The rooms are elegant affairs, kitted out in modern Balinese design, and there’s a fabulous tiered infinity pool with a view across lawns to the Indian Ocean.Search flights to Bali
Stikliai Hotel & Apartments, Vilnius
Rooms from £81
The Lithuanian capital is one of the cheapest city break destinations in Europe, so your holiday spend stretches a bit further here than it does elsewhere. That goes for accommodation as well as everything else – the Stikliai Hotel may be one of the top hotels in town, and a member of Relais & Chateaux to boot, but you can still stay there without breaking the bank. Right in the heart of the Unesco-listed Old Town, it’s big on old-world charm, with traditionally furnished rooms and grand public areas adorned with antiques, artworks and luxuriant potted plants.Search flights to Vilnius
Hotel Caribe by Faranda, Cartagena
Rooms from £80
Even just a decade ago, Cartagena wouldn’t have been on most people’s holiday radar. Now travellers can’t get enough of it, lured by one of Latin America’s most beautiful old walled cities, awash with pretty plazas and flower-filled streets where colourful colonial buildings house trendy little galleries, boutiques and restaurants. In the nearby seaside district of Bocagrande there’s a cluster of five-star hotels competing in the good-value stakes, including the characterful Caribe by Faranda Hotel, where you get historic Spanish architecture, a large pool and deer wandering round the shady gardens.Search flights to Cartagena
The Majestic Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
Rooms from £67 per night.
Anyone heading for the Malaysian capital and harbouring a love of heritage hotels should make a beeline for The Majestic. Now part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection (made up of one-of-a-kind hotels around the world), it’s a colonial-era icon that was thoroughly spruced up and reopened in 2012, with a new tower wing added to the original 1932 building. Expect stylish, spacious rooms, plenty of character, and – given its popularity with legions of loyal fans – surprisingly reasonable rates.Search flights to Kuala Lumpur
Dar L’Oussia, Essaouira
Rooms from £76
If you view a trip to Morocco as a chance to stuff your suitcase full of half the handicrafts in the souk, you’ll find you get more for your money in Essaouira than in Marrakech. You also get a more laidback location, in a breezy coastal town that’s become positively hip in recent years, and a choice of five-star bargains. Eeny, meeny, miny… how about Dar L’Oussia? In the medina but close to the beach, this 24-bedroom riad is converted from an old caravanserai and comes with a good dollop of character, from the carved stone arches to the courtyard palms.Search flights to Essaouira
Arrecife Gran Hotel & Spa, Lanzarote
Rooms from £98
Just sneaking in under the £100 limit is the Arrecife Gran Hotel & Spa in the capital of Lanzarote, less than 10 minutes’ drive from the airport. You can’t get much closer to the coast than this: it’s right there on the seafront, next to the town beach, Playa del Reducto. Banish any thoughts of a rustic Canarian finca or sprawling resort complex. This is a slick urban hotel in the island’s only skyscraper, so think big picture windows, bright contemporary styling and belting sea-and-city views from the 17th-floor restaurant.Search flights to Lanzarote
All prices are as of date of publication on 25 September 2018 and are subject to change and availability.