Let us have a little secret… luxury travel can be cheap! It may be too good to be true, but there are many ways to experience luxury without a high price tag.
From epic resorts to luxurious activities, IHG Hotels & Resorts shares six tips on how to best enjoy the “luxe life” a little.
1. Stay in less “touristy” areas of town
If you’re looking for a luxurious vacation but you don’t want to ruin the bank, check out a stay on the beaten path (which is still close to all the main attractions, of course). Consider Quito, Ecuador, for example, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where you can visit the equator and be in two hemispheres at once! Holiday Inn Quito Airport puts you just 45 minutes from the equator line and after a long day of exploring the city, you can return to the hotel offering unparalleled, panoramic views of the surrounding Andean mountains while relaxing in the heated outdoor pool complete with hydromassage.
For a Canadian getaway filled with nature, the Holiday Inn & Suites Red Deer South is located between Edmonton and Calgary, making it easy to travel throughout Red Deer and surrounding cities. This convenient location puts you close to the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Alberta where you can hike and bike. Back at the hotel, enjoy the pool with waterslide and the property’s award-winning restaurant, Boulevard Restaurant & Lounge, featuring contemporary Asian fusion cuisine by “Chopped Canada” winner, Chef Pete Sok.
2. Be your own tour guide and check out local hotspots
Taking the time to explore local hotspots on your own is a great way to take advantage of your budget for a weekend getaway. Many IHG hotels, such as the Hotel Indigo Sarasota, offer free bike rentals so you can easily discover and immerse yourself in a variety of neighborhoods. Sarasota’s Rosemary district is steps from one of the world’s most beautiful beaches at Siesta Key, where you can pick up a local fare at the Downtown Farmer’s Market, or cruise the Ringling Bridge to St. Louis. Armand’s Circle. After a day full of exploration, enjoy a moment of R&R with a dip in the hotel’s hot and cool spa-inspired wading pool surrounded by lush greenery or view the hotel’s stunning murals. tells more of the neighborhood story.
3. Travel with a group
Traveling with family or a group of friends can increase your savings. Find accommodations that can accommodate large groups, such as our Holiday Inn Club Vacations Resorts. For our beach lovers, we recommend the Holiday Inn Club Vacations Sunset Cove Resort on Marco Island, Florida. This luxurious getaway features spacious villas for up to eight people with excellent facilities complete with fully equipped kitchens, premium furnishings, and personal concierge services. In addition, with a zero-entry pool, free beach shuttle, kid’s activity center, and close proximity to many restaurants, there are plenty of Marco Island activities for the whole group to experience. With its unique location between Naples and the Everglades, Marco Island offers the ultimate vacation adventure with beautiful white sand beaches and many outdoor activities from airboat tours in the Everglades to canoeing or fishing in the Collier Seminole State Park.
4. Take advantage of the included entertainment
Over-the-top entertainments, anyone? From relaxing spas to fine dining, don’t forget the included facilities or experiences at a property to easily enjoy affordable luxury. Our favorite amenities at Staybridge Suites Bangkok Thonglor include its own Japanese onsen (a natural hot spring bath), sky pool with Jacuzzi overlooking Thonglar Road (known as Bangkok’s most lively area), sauna, and gym. For experiences aimed at family fun, we recommend the Holiday Inn Resort Ho Tram Beach, located in one of Vietnam’s top coastal destinations, the Grand Ho Tram Strip. Be sure to check out the many facilities, including recreation areas with specialty restaurants and bars, gourmet food court, onsite spa and pool. The property also features Holiday Inn’s signature KidSuites with an extra kid-friendly welcome gift, themed decor, and bunk beds.
For travelers looking for the most basic necessities for great value, you can’t go wrong with avid hotels. The brand is focused on offering a great night’s sleep complete with black-out roller shades and sound-reducing features, modern design, friendly service, as well as a quality grab and go breakfast that includes fresh bean-to-cup coffee and a still. and sparkling water machine. If you’re in South Florida, check out the avid hotel Ft Lauderdale Airport-Sailing just minutes from Fort Lauderdale International Airport, Port Everglades Cruise Terminal, and I-95.
5. Travel in the off season
One of the easiest ways to get a luxurious vacation on a budget is to travel in the off season. Not only will you save money, but you’ll also avoid a lot of tourists – a win, a win! A popular vacation that you can get at a great deal during the off season is the Holiday Inn Resort Waikiki Beachcomber. Located near Waikki Beach, this Polynesian-themed resort features guestrooms with balconies, ocean views, plus children to stay and eat for free. Things also heat up at the hotel in the evenings with a dinner performance of the “Magic of Polynesia Night Show” featuring dancers and illusionists at the onsite art theater. Another budget-friendly option near Waikki beach is the Holiday Inn Express Waikiki. The hotel offers panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, Koolau mountains and Waikiki skyline, including a pool with private cabanas. Make sure you check 5th floor sky deck with 9-hole mini-golf course, shuffleboard, giant chess game, ping pong and foosball.
If the beach isn’t for you, why not take a mountain vacation? The Holiday Inn Vancouver-Center is a great option for those looking for a high-feel hotel that is budget friendly and offers beautiful views of the mountains and Pacific Ocean. Its central location brings you close to everything Vancouver has to offer from Roger’s Arena – home to Vancouver’s Canucks hockey team – to the famous shopping district, Granville Island.
6. Redeem IHG One Rewards Points
Joining a hotel loyalty program like IHG One Rewards is a great way to book a trip of a lifetime and score huge savings. With IHG One Rewards, members can earn multiple points faster and earn rewards faster. With many benefits from free breakfast for Diamond members to multiple opportunities for Elite members to receive early check-in, late check-out and upgrade to room, IHG One Rewards offers more options, costs and related benefits than ever before. In addition, this summer, IHG One Rewards members can earn up to 4X bonus points by staying through August. To take advantage of this offer, members can register here. So whether you are looking for a beach vacation at Holiday Inn Cartagena Morros or want to relax by a rooftop pool overlooking the sea at Holiday Inn Bali Sanur, with IHG One Rewards you can book that dream vacation if you want a price point that suits your needs.
To start booking your next “luxe for less” trip, visit ihg.com.