TRAVELLERS searching for the most value-for-money stay in a five-star hotel need look no further than Sri Lanka, according to Kayak's recent analysis based on searches for five-star hotels in countries across Asia.
Sri Lanka offers the cheapest five-star luxury hotels with average rates starting from just S$241 (US$178.80) per night. For instance, Earl’s Regency, a hilltop retreat located in the town of Kandy boasts average prices that start at just S$208.
India and Malaysia follow closely behind with average rates at S$243 and S$244 respectively. Hong Kong has the most expensive five-star hotels with average rates at S$461.
Debby Soo, Kayak’s vice president APAC, believes that travelling on a budget does not mean completely ignoring luxurious hotels.
“To find a less expensive, but still amazing, five-star resort, look for destinations that are outside mega-popular tourist areas. Hotels in less-frequented destinations like Kuala Lumpur and Kochi provide the same amount of luxury for less,” said Soo in a press release announcing the findings.
Kayak’s full list of countries and their corresponding average nightly rate is as seen below:
Sri Lanka – S$241
India – S$243
Malaysia – S$244
China – S$266
Thailand – S$300
Philippines – S$311
Vietnam – S$319
Macau – S$321
Taiwan – S$341
South Korea – S$349
Cambodia – S$373
Singapore – S$420
Indonesia – S$435
Hong Kong – S$461
Kayak launched its Singapore website and mobile app in April.