Lux for less! 6 Tips for Enjoying Luxury Travel on a Budget

Let’s let you in on a little secret…Luxury travel can be affordable! It may sound too good to be true, but there are plenty of ways to experience luxury without paying an exorbitant price.

From epic resorts to extravagant activities, IHG Hotels & Resorts shares six tips on the best way to have fun “luxury life” for less.

1. Stay in Less “tourist” City areas

Holiday Inn Quito Airport - Photo by IHGHoliday Inn Quito Airport - Photo by IHG
Holiday Inn Quito Airport – Photo by IHG

If you’re looking for a luxury vacation but don’t want to break the budget, explore a stay off the beaten track (which is still close to all the major attractions, of course). Take Quito, Ecuador, for example, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you can visit the equator and be in both hemispheres at once! The Holiday Inn Quito Airport puts you just 45 minutes from the equator and after a long day exploring the city, head back to the hotel, which offers unparalleled panoramic views of the surrounding Andes while relaxing in the outdoor heated pool with hydromassage.

For a Canadian getaway full of 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 near Alberta’s beautiful Rocky Mountains where you can go hiking and biking. Upon returning to the hotel, take advantage of the swimming pool with a waterslide and the award-winning restaurant on the property, Boulevard Restaurant & Lounge, which features contemporary Asian cuisine through “Canada chopped” Winner, Chef Pete Sock.

2. Become your own tour guide and explore local points of interest

Bicycles for rent from the Hotel Indigo Sarasota - Photo by IHGBicycles for rent from the Hotel Indigo Sarasota - Photo by IHG
Bicycles for rent from the Hotel Indigo Sarasota – Photo by IHG

Spending time exploring local hotspots on your own is a great way to make the most of your weekend budget. Many IHG hotels, such as Hotel Indigo Sarasota offers free bike rentals so you can easily discover and immerse yourself in the different neighborhoods. The Rosemary District of Sarasota is just steps away from one of the world’s most beautiful beaches on Siesta Key, where you can get local fare at the farmers’ market downtown, or sail across the Ringling Bridge to St. Armand’s Circle. After a day filled with exploration, enjoy a moment of research and development with a dip in the hotel’s spa-inspired hot and cold pools surrounded by lush greenery or check out the hotel’s stunning murals that tell more of the neighborhood’s story.

3. Traveling with a group

Wooten's Everglades Airboat Tour (Source: Paradise Coast) - Photo by IHGWooten's Everglades Airboat Tour (Source: Paradise Coast) - Photo by IHG
Wooten’s Everglades Airboat Tour (Source: Paradise Coast) – Photo by IHG

Traveling with family or a group of friends can increase your savings. Look for lodgings that can accommodate large groups, like our Holiday Inn Club Vacations resorts. For our beach lovers, we recommend Holiday Inn Club Vacations Sunset Cove Resort in Marco Island, Florida. This luxurious retreat features spacious villas for up to eight people with premium amenities complete with fully equipped kitchens, luxurious furnishings, and personalized concierge services. Plus, with a no-entry pool, a free shuttle to the beach, an activity center for kids, and proximity to several restaurants, there’s plenty of activities on Marco Island for the whole group to experience. With its unique location between Naples and the Everglades, Marco Island offers the ultimate holiday adventure with beautiful white sandy beaches and an abundance of outdoor activities from airboat tours in the Everglades to kayaking or fishing in Collier Seminole State Park.

4. Take advantage of the built-in utilities

Japanese Onsen, Staybridge Suites Bangkok Thonglor - Photo by IHGJapanese Onsen, Staybridge Suites Bangkok Thonglor - Photo by IHG
Japanese Onsen, Staybridge Suites Bangkok Thonglor – Photo by IHG

The amenities are at the highest level, anyone? From relaxing spas to fine dining, don’t miss the amenities or experiences included on the property to easily enjoy affordable luxury. Our favorite amenities at Staybridge Suites Bangkok Thonglor onsen includes its Japanese onsen (a natural hot spring bath), sky pool with jacuzzi overlooking Thonglar Road (known as Bangkok’s liveliest area), sauna and gym. For experiences geared toward family fun, we recommend the Holiday Inn Ho Tram Beach Resort, located in one of Vietnam’s top beach destinations, the Grand Ho Tram Strip. Be sure to check out the range of facilities, including entertainment venues with restaurants and specialty bars, a gourmet food court, on-site spa, and a pool. The property also features Holiday Inn’s signature Holiday Inn suites, which feature an extra welcome gift for children, themed décor and bunk beds.

For travelers looking for the best of the essentials at a great value, you can’t go wrong with choosing craving hotels. The brand focuses on providing a great night’s sleep complete with dark roller shades and sound-cutting features, modern design, and friendly service, plus a high-quality breakfast including fresh bean-to-cup coffee. A sparkling water machine. If you’re in South Florida, check out the thirsty Ft Lauderdale Airport – a cruise just minutes from Fort Lauderdale International Airport, Port Everglades Cruise Terminal, and I-95.

5. Off-season travel

Views from the Holiday Inn Vancouver Center - Photo by IHGViews from the Holiday Inn Vancouver Center - Photo by IHG
Views from the Holiday Inn Vancouver Center – Photo by IHG

One of the easiest ways to take a luxury vacation on a budget is to travel during the off season. You will not only save money, but also avoid large crowds of tourists – win, win! One of the popular getaways that you can have a lot during a recession is Holiday inn waikiki beachcomber resort. Located near Waikki Beach, this Polynesian-style resort features guest rooms with furnished balconies and ocean views, plus kids stay and eat free. Things are also heating up in the hotel in the evening with “Polynesian night magic” Dinner show featuring dancers and con artists at an on-site art theatre. The Holiday Inn Express Waikiki is a budget-friendly option near Waikki Beach. The hotel offers panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, the Kolawe Mountains, and the Waikiki skyline, as well as a pool with private cabanas. Make sure to check out 5y Ground floor from the sky featuring a 9-hole mini golf course, shuffleboard, giant chess, ping-pong and foosball.

If the beach isn’t for you, why not go to the mountain instead? The Holiday Inn Vancouver Center is a great choice for those looking for a luxury hotel that still fits the budget and offers stunning views of the mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Its central location brings you close to all that Vancouver has to offer from Rogers Arena – home of the Vancouver Canucks hockey team – to the popular shopping district, Granville Island.

6. Redeem IHG One Rewards points

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Holiday Inn Cartagena Morro – Photo by IHG

Join a hotel loyalty program like The IHG One Rewards program is a great way to book the trip of a lifetime and make huge savings. With the IHG One Rewards program, members can earn more points faster and earn rewards sooner. With rich benefits from complimentary breakfast for Diamond members to more opportunities for elite members to receive early check-in, late check-out and room upgrades, IHG One Rewards offers more choice, value and related benefits than ever before. Plus, this summer, IHG One Rewards members can earn up to 4 times the reward points on stays through August. To take advantage of this offer, members can register here. So, whether you’re looking for a beachfront vacation at Holiday Inn Cartagena Morros or you’d like to relax by the rooftop pool overlooking the ocean at Holiday Inn Bali Sanur, with the IHG One Rewards program, you can book that dream vacation when You want a price that suits your needs.

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