Spoilt for choice as deluxe hotels and resorts offer special deals
AS global economies fluctuate, cashed-up Aussies are making the most of fresh opportunities to holiday in the lap of luxury. Keen travellers with an eye for value are enjoying better deals at 4.5 and five-star hotels and resorts, particularly since the global financial crisis.
Glamorous escapes or specialoccasion city breaks are more affordable than ever.
Some of the best properties in Australia list their rooms on travel and auction sites, including lastminute.com.au, expedia.com, roomauction.com and wotif.com. These online businesses also offer an array of discounted flights and packages, as well as hotels and apartments in the five-star category.
‘‘We’re seeing Australians taking advantage of the current heavily discounted hotel rates and up-starring their accommodation,’’ says Amee Evans of Expedia.com, who also believes that a little bit of research goes a long way towards finding the best deal.
These sites also offer five-star ‘‘surprise’’ accommodation such as lastminute.com.au’s Secret Hotels and wotif.com’s Wot Hotel, whereby hotels sell rooms with extra savings if travellers are happy to book ‘‘blind’’, not knowing until the booking is confirmed where they will be staying in their selected city.
Ideal for holiday-makers with a sense of adventure, such a lucky dip can be an entree into luxury hotels for the expected cost of a 3.5-star room.
This week, four Sydney fivestar hotels have Secret Hotels deals on lastminute.com.au ranging from $165 to $235 a night.
Regular travellers to Asia, notably Bali and southern Thailand, have also been able to upgrade to quality resorts with great seasonal deals. Luxuryseeking holiday-makers are being swamped by a series of further enticements such as free-night packages and room upgrades, plus extras including selected meals, wine, gifts and spa treatments.
It’s a win-win situation for those of us looking to indulge.