We’ve all longed for that luxury getaway to escape from the hustle and bustle – the need to be pampered. But luxury often comes at a high price – or does it? New research from travel search engine, KAYAK.sg, has identified some of the most luxurious getaways in Asia that won’t break your wallet.
The secret? It’s all about location, location, location. KAYAK.sg has taken the a look at the cost of 5 star hotel stays in different countries across Asia; finding that 5 star digs come on a shoestring in Sri Lanka, while luxury in Hong Kong will break the bank. 5 star hotels in Sri Lanka start at just S$241 per night, compared to Hong Kong, where indulgence seekers will need to splash out an average of S$461 per night.
Here are the countries in Asia offering luxury hotel stays, ranked from the cheapest to the most expensive (average nightly rate in SGD):
Sri Lanka ($241)
South Korea ($349)
Hong Kong ($461)
Sri Lanka’s 5 star hotels offer the best value for money with average rates starting from just S$241 per night. This is closely followed by India (S$243), Malaysia (S$244), China (S$266) and Thailand (S$300) – leaving leftover cash to enjoy spa treatments and retail therapy.
Well if you do decide to take a trip down to one of these countries, here are a a few luxury hotels you might want to check out in 2015:
Earl’s Regency, Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Average prices at this stunning, hilltop retreat in beautiful Kandy start from just S$208 per night.
Trident Cochin, India Escape to Kerala and explore the tropical Malabar Coast, using this plush hotel as your base. Average prices start from just S$75 per night.
The Royale Chulan, Malaysia This grand hotel is an ideal, relaxing retreat to escape the bustling streets of Kuala Lumpur. Centrally located near the Petronas Towers, average prices start from S$117.
Yangtze Boutique Hotel, China This art deco dream has fantastic spa and sauna facilities. Average prices start from S$207 per night.
“When it comes to booking hotel accommodation, we know cost is a big factor for our customers in Singapore, however, as our research has revealed, travelling on a budget doesn’t mean shying away from booking high-end hotels. To find a less expensive, but still amazing, 5 star resort, look for destinations that are outside mega-popular tourist areas. Hotels in less-frequented destinations like Kuala Lumpur and Cochin provide the same amount of luxury for less. What’s more, by using KAYAK.sg or our mobile app, travellers are given full control of their trip and can easily find the best deals,” said Debby Soo, KAYAK Vice President APAC.