OVERSEAS holiday destinations such as Bali, Thailand and Vietnam, which were hugely popular with Australians before COVID, are back on the radar as travelers are lured by hotel deals in luxury.
And according to Adam Schwab, CEO and co-founder of travel company Luxury Escapes, top hotels in Asian hotspots offer extras like restaurant dining, spa treatments, longer validity periods on deals and greater flexibility with reservations.
Luxury Escapes was established in 2010 to provide luxury accommodation that is easily accessible online and over the phone. It partners with four- and five-star hotels and resorts around the world that offer exclusive, limited-time Luxury Escapes offers at “insider” prices.
“Today we have some of the best value packages we’ve ever had at some of the best known hotels in the world,” Schwab said. The AJN.
“Luxury Escapes curates packages with as many inclusions as possible to provide members with the best vacation experience.
“While COVID has been incredibly challenging for the industry, it’s also forced us to adapt very quickly, and we’ve created a lot of automation tools that make it easier for our customers. If you want a credit or refund , you can do it in a minute with just a few clicks and without having to talk to anyone.
When COVID hit the world in 2020, international travel came to a halt due to government restrictions, but Luxury Escapes continued to offer many packages to Australia.
“During the pandemic Australians still wanted to holiday in the country – we actually sold more packages than ever before,” Schwab said. “When the borders reopened last October there was an initial surge to destinations such as Fiji, but then Omicron hit and things slowed down. It seemed like people were much more concerned about the reaction of governments than about COVID itself. »
Schwab said that in recent months, as restrictions have been lifted almost everywhere, many more people are traveling and taking advantage of the great value deals on offer.
“At one time people would book their holidays at least six months or 12 months in advance, but we are seeing people now booking for September school holidays and summer holidays in places like Bali, Fiji and the Maldives. They are much more confident to travel,” he said.
“Almost all countries have now removed COVID testing requirements for travellers.”
Schwab said there are currently attractive offers for luxury hotels in countries such as Bali and Thailand.
Some of Luxury Escapes’ most popular packages include the Apurva Kempinski Bali resort in Nusa Dua, a small-group tour in Canada, and the newly renovated Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger hotel in Hawaii.
According to Schwab, the key is to lock in your vacation now, especially for the September and December holidays.
The luxury Apurva Kempinski Bali resort has a 60-metre outdoor pool with sun loungers under palm trees, health and beauty treatments at the Apurva Spa and a choice of restaurants, including the Koral restaurant which is set in an aquarium with stunning underwater views of marine life. .
The Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger is located on Kalakaua Avenue in the heart of Honolulu’s shopping and entertainment district, just steps from Waikiki Beach.
“Smart travelers are now booking two, three or even four trips, locking in those incredible prices and having next year to plan and look forward to their well-deserved vacation,” Schwab said.
For Luxury Escapes offers, go to escapadesdeluxe.com
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