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A luxury hotel experience is all about pampering yourself. From soft, comfortable bedding that will leave you happily lounging the day away in bed, to delicious room service or even a relaxing spa treatment or two, a five star hotel stay should be a decadent exercise in self-indulgence. Perhaps part of the fun is leaving your home and trusting yourself to experts to pamper you. But when a tight budget is holding you back, why not recreate the luxury hotel experience at home? While it won’t be free, you will be able to experience the highlights of a luxury hotel experience for a fraction of the cost and some of these ideas will keep you happy for months to come.

High thread count sheets

One of the best things about a night in a luxury hotel is the amazingly comfortable bed. While getting a mattress comparable to those at high end hotels may be out of your price range (the Westin Heavenly Bed, for example, starts at almost $2,000), you can start by treating yourself to luxuriously soft and smooth high thread count sheets. These may be expensive, but they are a good investment you are unlikely to regret. Find cheaper bedsheets at discount chains like Century 21 in New York City or at factory outlets nationwide.

Downy soft pillows

Why stop at the bedsheets when you can get some new pillows as well? Like luxuriously high thread count sheets, comfortable pillows will last you a long time, and will contribute immensely to the luxury hotel staycation experience.

Decadent toiletries

Our sense of smell plays an instrumental part in bringing back memories. Using the little bottles of toiletries snagged from a previous trip to a luxury hotel will help to trigger fond memories and enhance your luxury hotel staycation. Alternatively, treat yourself to some indulgent soaps, shampoos, or even bubble bath. These products don’t have to be expensive. Simply buy something that is different from, and slightly superior to your everyday toiletries and use it exclusively for your luxury staycation. Remember, it’s all about the pampering.

Food, glorious food

The point of a luxury hotel staycation is to indulge yourself. You may have to spend your holiday at home, but that doesn’t mean you have to burden yourself with the usual chores. Instead of slaving at the stove, treat yourself to a candlelit meal at a nice restaurant. Alternatively, prepare some treats for yourself beforehand. Whether it is a tub of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream or tiramisu with extra shots of Baileys or simply strawberries dipped in chocolate sauce, make sure you have your fridge stocked with some of your favorite foods.

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