Ahhh, to live a life of luxury!
That’s what we all aspire to do, right? That’s what we’re working towards, every day of our lives.
But what exactly is this concept of ‘luxury’ that we are desperately striving for?
For your Uncle Richard, it may be an all-inclusive holiday to Majorca, where he can leave work behind, eat and drink what he likes, and truly let his hair down (although, if he’s anything like my Uncle Richard, there isn’t much hair left). For your best friend and new Mum Rachel, a 9 am lie-in on a Saturday morning might be most yearned-for form of luxury.
Although the standard definition of ‘luxury’ is
A state of great comfort or elegance, especially when involving great expense or
An inessential, desirable item which is expensive or difficult to obtain
It would appear that what is difficult to obtain for me (a long, uninterrupted bath without the phone ringing) may not necessarily be difficult to obtain for you.
What I’m trying to get at is that luxury is relative and might mean different things to different people.
Luxurious = Relaxation
So maybe you are planning a special weekend away in London. After a day of shopping and sightseeing, a luxurious experience in the Covent Garden area might be just the right treat for you. For that, I recommend checking out the wonderful selection of day spas - A great indulgence for a luxurious weekend away.
Luxury = Being looked after
Even if it’s not a weekend away but normal everyday life, luxury is still attainable. Particularly for those of us who have busy schedules filled with meetings and are often forced to be away from home, a feeling of luxury becomes ever more important. This might be achieved by letting others look after us. This isn’t always easy. Everyone is so fiercely independent these days and it can be difficult to hand over the reins.
But you know what, if you don’t tell other people what you’re after, what possible chance do they have of delivering it?
Most business men and women need a helping hand to ensure that they reach their full potential: A calm space in which to work, a good night’s sleep, a decent breakfast, a prompt wake-up call and people around who appreciate how important these elements are, particularly when he or she is to shine in that all-important meeting tomorrow.
In contrast, the romance-seeking couple need privacy and an excuse to forget their usual responsibilities.Is a wake-up call important to them? Nope. But that bottle of champagne on arrival can get that precious weekend off to the perfect start.
After such a kick-off, the luxury could go on for them with for example savouring the views from The Babylon Roof Gardens or losing themselves in the hustle and bustle of the local area, followed by dinner at the local Italian. We recommend Jamie’s Italian – bliss! If you go, make sure you arrive early or be prepared to wait for an hour (yes, that is the average waiting time!) at the bar.
For further daydreaming on your perfect luxury scenario, visit www.luxurylifestyle.com
If you’re staying at one of our hotels, tell us what would make your stay feel more luxurious and we’ll do our best to make it happen.