As promised, I have been looking at hotels to see if there are any amazing bargains, and so far I have not found many. This is probably because I am looking a long way ahead, so hotels have not felt the need to reduce the prices yet. However, there are a couple of very clever deals to entice you back but without having to commit to a specific date.
Banyan Tree hotels up to 78% off
Banyan Tree are offering a clever promotion which means that you don’t need to book for a specific date as long as you stay by 21 December 2021. Banyan Tree hotels are now part of Accor and are a luxury, one of kind type of hotels with a focus on wellness.
There is a great selection of beautiful hotels such as the Bangkok Banyan Tree with its stunning rooftop bar and restaurant or the Banyan Tree Bintan with villas perched on the edge of cliffs.
You in effect buy a gift certificate for a package for a specific hotel, which is for two nights and includes various extras depending on the hotel. This can include breakfast and transfers.
Once you have bought your gift certificate, you can redeem it online by making a booking through the link received in your Gift Certificate. Then input your Gift Certificate code into the Additional Details and Preferences field.
There are a couple of notes of caution, the gift certificates can not be refunded or extended beyond 21 December 2021.
The offer ends on 6 May 2020.
There are a number of very similar businesses that sell discounted hotels including Secret Escapes and Voyage Prive. Luxury Escapes works along the same lines and you simply join as a free member to see their latest offers. Luxury Escapes are a bit annoying as they only do longer stays with a minimum or 3 or more nights depending on the location. They are, however, handling the crisis well by allowing people to book now, but decide about when to travel at a later date within a travel window.
For example, the Mercure hotel above can be booked for £2000 for 5 nights all-inclusive. It’s valid for travel from 1 May 2020 until 30 September 2021 (bookings must be made before 31 August 2021). If you want to secure this offer and don’t know when you want to travel you select ‘Buy Now & Book Later’. This will secure your package and give you the flexibility to choose your travel dates – within the book by and validity period and subject to availability. To select dates post purchase, simply select ‘My Escapes’ under the ‘My Account’ tab and follow the prompts.
This offer allows you to lock in a good price but gives a huge amount of flexibility on when you can travel. It is always worth comparing the dates you have in mind with other providers as, despite the claimed savings, they are not always the cheapest option.
You can find this offer and many others when you sign up for Luxury Escapes for free here.