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Where Should You Go For The Most Affordable Luxury?

April 4, 2018 OTA News No Comments Email Email

Each year, the Hotel Price Index™ (HPI™) from™ reveals tons of interesting facts and trends about the cost of overnight stays around the world. This year, is giving away the secrets of where to go for the most luxe 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, has the key to the best affordable luxury holidays out there. All hail, the Luxe for Less hot list.

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

Land of the sushi and samurais

Craving luxury with a difference? Get Japan on your list in 2018. Despite the incredible staying power of Korean pop culture in Hong Kong, Japan was still the top destination for Hongkongers to visit and it is still a great value for Hongkongers to have a getaway to Japan. But where should one go for the best affordable luxury in Japan? HPI reveals the following:


Our favourite neighbours – price drop in Taiwan and Macau!

Just shy of two hours away from Hong Kong, Taiwan is another one of Hongkongers’ long-time favourite destinations. In 2017, the biggest price drop for 5-star stays among Hongkongers’ favourites goes to New Taipei City, where Hongkongers paid 37% less for a premium stay last year. Been to Taipei City too many times? Consider going to the new one next time – and booking a nice hotel at that!

Across the pond, hotels in Taipa, Macau also saw 20% drop in prices paid for 5-star accommodation last year. You need not worry about its distance from downtown – just take a shuttle and you’ll be back in the Macau Peninsula in no time. The best part? They’re free!

Comforts come cheap in China

While it’s no secret that things up in China are getting more expensive by the year, five-star hotels in select cities in the mainland were still quite affordable in 2017. Hong Kong travellers paid less than HK$1,000 for a night in a five-star hotel in 28 cities, of which 22 are located in China.

Lijiang: five-star accommodation prices saw the biggest yearly percentage drop with a decrease of 14%. Prices remained relatively high compared to most luxury stays in other Chinese cities, as travellers paid HK$1,493 on average last year.
Notable choices: A luxury sleepover in Zhuhai, Xiamen and Wuhan all cost less than HK$1,000.

Johan Svanstrom, President for the brand, said: “One of the top themes we see in social media travel brags 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. And who doesn’t love living the life of luxury – especially when it’s a great value!”

Here’s a small travel hack for your consideration: If you’re genuinely excited about where you’re staying, share it on your socials and tag the place you’re staying. At a time when social reviews are worth their weight in gold to businesses – if you have a decent following, the owner or manager might just offer you a nice little treat to say thanks.

Speaking of nice little treats – Rewards™! Book 10 nights with and you can redeem a free night at the hotel of your choice*. Nothing beats free – so head on to to sign up and start racking up nights if you haven’t already!

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