LUXURY SEEKERS: SAY HOLA TO SPAIN, KONICHIWA TO KYOTO AND REMEMBER TO RETURN TO RIO

When in need of a dollop of luxury without the #pricetag,
Hotels.com Luxe for Less finds will have all the answers

 

DALLAS, MARCH 20, 2018 — Each year, the Hotels.com® Hotel Price Index™ (HPI®) reveals tons of interesting facts and trends about the cost of overnight stays around the world. This year, Hotels.com is giving away the secrets of where to go for the most luxurious holiday stays on the planet for a seriously good price. Whether you want to nibble on caviar by your own private pool or relax on your 1,000 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets, Hotels.com has the key to the best affordable luxury holidays out there. All hail, the Luxe for Less hot list.

Hotels.com® Hotel Price Index™ (HPI®) 5-Star Destinations (Hotels.com)

“One of the top themes we see in social media #travelbrags is luxury. Travel really is the new social currency, as people love to share more and more of the great things and places they experience, whether it’s through a selfie or an Instagram story,” said Johan Svanstrom, president of Hotels.com. “And who doesn’t love living the life of luxury – especially when it’s a great value!”

 

Sit back, sip some Champagne and get your planner out as Hotels.com guides you through the top tips for luxury travel in 2018.

 

Luxe for Less Top 5: Where to go for the best value luxury holiday that money can buy

The HPI has uncovered the Top 5 most popular destinations for low cost 5-star accommodation – from resorts and high-end chains to villas and luxury boutiques – for travelers around the world in 2017, and they were[1]:

  1. Kathu, Thailand

Best for: Beach chic, infinity pools and mouth-watering food located just west of Phuket Island    

  1. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Best for: High-flying city glam in the heart of Southeast Asia

  1. Istanbul, Turkey

Best for: Where East meets West and history unfolds before you

  1. Riga, Latvia

Best for: Discovering it before your friends do. A striking city rich in Eastern European culture

  1. Bogota, Colombia

Best for: One of the best music and night life scenes in Latin America

 

Top Destinations for U.S. Travelers to get the best bang for their buck

The HPI revealed top destinations from Canada to Japan where luxe accommodations for low prices were not in short supply for American travelers.

  1. Melbourne, Australia

The price paid* per night at a 5-star property averaged less than $185

  1. Berlin, Germany

The cost per night at a 5-star property averaged less than $190

  1. Mexico City, Mexico

The cost per night at a 5-star property averaged less than $250

  1. Rio de Janerio, Brazil

The cost per night at a 5-star property averaged less than $250

  1. Chicago, Illinois

The cost per night at a 5-star property averaged less than $270

  1. Montreal, Canada

The cost per night at a 5-star property averaged less than $275

  1. Barcelona, Spain

The cost per night at a 5-star property averaged less than $290

  1. Osaka, Japan

The cost per night at a 5-star property averaged less than $300

 

Viva España

The World Tourism Organization revealed in 2017 that Spain officially overtook the U.S. to become the second most-visited country in the world (after France), welcoming an estimated 82 million visitors, up from 75 million the previous year[2]. When there are tapas at every corner, beaches galore and an accent that makes you weak at the knees, it isn’t surprising Spain has seen such a growth in popularity. As increased demand is likely to push up prices, it’s important to know where to go for affordable luxury while still being on trend of course.

  1. Ibiza: U.S. travelers saw an 8% decrease when booking 5-star properties in Ibiza.

Best for: Its picturesque beaches and bustling nightlife

  1. Granada: Offered Spanish travelers 5-star rooms for less than $140 a night.

Best for: The popular Alhambra Palace restaurant and equally delicious churros with chocolate sauce (divine!)

  1. Menorca: UK travelers enjoyed a 22% decrease in prices at 5-star properties on Menorca.

Best for: Its burgeoning wine industry and it’s the rumored birthplace of mayonnaise!

 

Have your sushi and eat it too

If you just want to eat sushi for breakfast, ramen for lunch and a mixture of both for dinner, Japan is the place for you- and spoiler alert, it’s affordable! Thanks to the rising strength of various global currencies including the Euro and the Australian Dollar against the Yen, Japan is currently a top luxury destination for travelers from Australia, Spain, France, Finland, Mexico, Canada and the U.S. – but where to go for the best of the best?

  1. Kyoto: The average price paid per night of luxury accommodation was down 3% for U.S. travelers in 2017, compared to 2016.

Best for: Kyo-wagashi (scrumptious local sweets) and tofu

  1. Tokyo: Average price decrease of 18% for travelers from Spain3.

Best for: Mindboggling skyscrapers and stunning views from the Tokyo Skytree

  1. Okinawa: Average price decrease of 10% for travelers from the U.S.

Best for: Cuisine you can’t get anywhere else in the world – not even the rest of Japan!

 

America is still (one of) the greatest

Whether it is The Golden Gate Bridge, Mickey Mouse, or the White House you want to visit, the U.S. has seen some incredible price drops across the country in notoriously expensive cities, making them more accessible for everyone.

Top destinations where prices paid for stays in 4 and 5-star properties dropped, include:

  1. Boston: Average price decrease of 16% for travelers from Australia and Brazil[3], while U.S. travelers enjoyed a 2% decrease when booking 5-star properties.

Best for: Clam chowder and fresh lobster

  1. Orlando: Average price decrease of 19% for travelers from Australia, Spain, Finland, France, Sweden, Mexico and Canada4, and a 4% decrease for Americans.

Best for: Unleashing your inner kid and drinking Butter Beer

  1. San Diego: Average price decrease of 18% for travelers from France and Brazil4.

Best for: Surfing and being a laid-back beach bum

  1. Washington DC: Average price decrease of 18% for travelers from Brazil and Canada4, while U.S. travelers saw a 5% decrease.

Best for: The spectacular blossom in spring, a bustling food scene

 

 

For further information, imagery or interview requests, please contact Alex Lee at Alex.lee@hkstrategies.com.

 
 
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*This press release utilizes data from the latest Hotel Price Index (HPI), which shows what people actually paid per room, per night based on double occupancy, including taxes & fees in 2017 as compared to 2016.

**Free night is subject to taxes & fees.

 

  • 1 Based on destinations that regularly featured in the top 10 lowest averages paid for by travellers from Australia, Japan, Spain, Finland, France, Sweden, UK, Brazil, Mexico, Canada and the USA.

  • 2 United Nations World Tourism Organization rankings, as reported in BBC News, 15 January 2018: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42692641.

  • 3 Travelers from France, UK, Mexico and the USA all experienced price decreases for 4 and 5-star accommodation in various Japanese destinations in 2017, when compared to 2016. The decreases mentioned in this press release are averages from this data set.

  • 4 Travelers from Australia, Japan, Spain, Finland, France, Sweden, UK, Brazil, Mexico, Canada and the USA all experienced price decreases for 4 and 5-star accommodation in various USA destinations in 2017, when compared to 2016. The decreases mentioned in this press release are averages from this data set.