I think it’s an outrage when hotels charge exorbitantly high prices for a glass of milk. Shruti (you know the one who’s always off on a luxury holiday) is currently staying in Dubai and was charged GBP 30 for two glasses of milk! Whilst I adore staying in five-star establishments, I’m always on the lookout for money-saving options whilst I’m there. Here are my top tips!
- Pack snacks for the kids in your suitcase. Dried fruit, crackers, cereal bars etc are all good to have on hand. For parents, you might want to think about bringing a bottle of wine or spirits with you for in-room cocktails.
- If you’re lucky enough to get access to an airport lounge before you depart, steal all you can! Mini boxes of cereal and bottles of water go a long way.
- I love this tip from a friend – pack tupperware and ziplock bags. Then when you’re at the breakfast buffet you can squirrel away snacks for later. When my husband and I were staying the Maldives, the food was outrageously expensive. We were on bed & breakfast so would make sandwiches from the breakfast buffet and quickly stuff them into our beach bag when the waiters weren’t looking.
- Which brings me to my next point – if you are staying somewhere remote like the Maldives, look into upgrading to a half board or full board option. This might well save you a few bob.
- Always bring your baby’s bottle down to breakfast to fill up with fresh milk to take back to the room and store in the fridge.
- If you’re feeling peckish and looking for a healthy snack, hit the hotel’s gym! They often have fresh fruit and bottles of water out for the taking. A gym’s water cooler is also a great way to fill up your bottles!
- Always remove the complimentary bottles of water each day so that housekeeping will replace them for you.
- Check out the hotel library/games room/reception for bowls of fruit, cookies etc. The Inn at Cannon Beach had the best reception cookies I’ve ever tasted!
- It goes without saying, always help yourself to whatever you legally can on departing the hotel! My favourites are hotel slippers and toiletries.