Fivestar destinations where Aussies get luxury for less

first_img$180 Christchurch, New Zealand Average prices paid per night for five-star accommodation by travellers from Australia in 2016, in AUD Pattaya, Thailand Manila, Philippines Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam $198 $174 $163 $143 $192 Rotorua, New Zealand $198 $197 Hanoi, Vietnam World Class Qualia Luxury Resort in Hamilton Island AustraliaFive-star destinations where Aussies get luxury for lessFor Aussies who dream of living the millionaire lifestyle – but on an affordable budget – the latest Hotel Price Index™ (HPI™) from Hotels.com™ has revealed eighteen destinations globally where Aussie travellers nabbed five-star hotel luxury for $200 or less per night in 2016, with Southeast Asian favourites leading the pack.For the second year running, top-of-the-range luxury was enjoyed for far less in Siem Reap, Cambodia, the gateway to the ruins of Angkor Wat, which came out on top as the best-value destination among those analysed for five-star accommodation under $200 per night. The average price paid* for a five-star hotel room in Siem Reap in 2016 was $140 per night.The vibrant streets of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia came in as the second-most affordable destination for five-star accommodation where the average price paid for a luxury hotel room was only $143 per night. A five-star room in the beachside town of Pattaya in Thailand ($163) and in Istanbul, Turkey ($170) also topped the list of destinations where Aussies nabbed lavish accommodation for under $200 per night.The HPI is a regular report on accommodation prices in major destinations across the world, tracking the movement in prices that people actually paid for their accommodation and providing valuable insight into the reasons behind these changes. The data is drawn from bookings made on the hundreds of thousands of accommodations on the Hotels.com websites worldwide.Backyard bargainsBack home, popular Australian destinations offered premier accommodation on a shoestring budget, with Brisbane, Adelaide, Cairns, Canberra and Perth all coming in under $200 per night in the average price paid for a five-star hotel room. Across the ditch, Aussies will be saying ‘Kia Ora’ to the affordable hotel prices Rotorua and Christchurch offered in 2016, at just $170 and $176 per night respectively for a five-star room.David Spasovic, marketing manager Australia and New Zealand for the Hotels.com brand, said: “Luxury hotels can be extremely pricey— but they don’t have to be if you’re a smart traveller. The Hotels.com Hotel Price Index showcases exotic and culturally-rich destinations around the world where Aussies are spoilt for choice when it comes to luxury accommodation on a lemonade budget.“With the widest range of hotel choices, competitive deals and user-friendly technology, Hotels.com is the ideal place to find a luxury escape that won’t break the bank.“For access to even better savings on hotel rooms and the bonus of booking while you’re on the go, download the Hotels.com mobile app,” he said.Destinations where Aussies splashed their cashThe latest Hotels.com HPI revealed that Anaheim in the United States took out the top city in the world among those analysed where Australians paid the most for five-star accommodation, at an eye-watering $870 per night. Mykonos in the Greece ($622), Cancun in Mexico ($598), Florence in Italy ($570) and Hawaii’s Honolulu ($558) came in second, third, fourth and fifth place respectively.Destinations where Australians paid $200 or less per night for five-star accommodation in 2016: $179 Canberra, Australia Perth, Australia $192 Berlin, Germanycenter_img $140 Brisbane, Australia Penang, Malaysia $173 $197 $170 Cairns, Australia $170 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia $176 $194 Phnom Penh, Cambodia Adelaide, Australia Bangkok, Thailand Siem Reap, Cambodia Istanbul, Turkey Destination $186 Source = Hotels.comlast_img read more

Dear Anna Put dance holidays into a search engin

first_imgDear AnnaPut ‘dance holidays’ into a search engine and you will be overwhelmed with results, including companies that do nothing else but sell holidays for the twinkle-toed, but here’s my suggestions for a few holidays that should fit the bill.AndaluciaThe La Fuente flamenco school in Andalucia, southern Spain, offers courses in the country’s most passionate dance. There are three levels of classes according to experience, and each focuses on technique and choreography, with lessons lasting half a day, leaving the rest of the day free.There’s an option to visit a flamenco club to watch a performance and a final evening for all students to show off their new-found skills to the accompaniment of a flamenco guitarist. It’s in a stunning location in the village of La Alpujarra on the edge of the Sierra Nevada National Park.In addition to the dancing, there’s also the chance to do Spanish language classes, hiking, horse riding and painting. Accommodation is in the Mesón-Hostal Poqueira, which is seconds from the school, and has a restaurant and swimming pool. A week-long course costs from E295 plus accommodation from E180 a week B&B.ViennaThe Vienna ball season may be over but you can still dance the waltz in the Austrian capital. At Tanzschule Hernals Grossman there are a number of courses including the 12-night waltz course, which costs E144 per person. There’s also hip pop, children’s workshops and foxtrot. Alternatively you can take private lessons for E49 an hour, which includes coffee and cake afterwards, the other thing Vienna is famous for.As for where to stay in Vienna, the Levante Parliament hotel is a modern, 67-bedroom hotel in the centre of town, only a few hundred metres from the Vienna City Hall. It has a gym, sauna and massage room and costs from E130 a night.BerlinIf Buenos Aires is a little too far to learn Argentina’s fieriest dance, you could try the Club Dance Holidays break in Germany. It costs £349 for the three-night break, which includes two hours of tuition each day, nights out dancing the tango, B&B accommodation in a three-star hotel, Hotel Berlin Mark, and there’s a tour rep to guide you through the holiday. The company also offers tango in Granada for seven nights – a perfect opportunity to combine dancing with sightseeing.ColombiaThat other famous Latino dance is the salsa, and one of the most inspiring places to master it is Santiago de Cali, a city in the west of the country that boasts over 200 salsa schools. Sondeluz Academy, near San Antonio, is one of them and trains champs as well as beginners. Private classes start at around £60 for up to 12 hours of tuition, which leaves plenty of money to spend in the city’s many wonderful salsa clubs, whether you’re just there to watch and learn or try some steps. A couple of clubs that come highly recommended are the small but lively Zaperoco on Thursday nights, and Changó, on the edge of town in the Juanchito district.As for where to stay, try the Hotel Posada de San Antonio, a pretty yellow building on Carrera 5 that was a family mansion built in 1902. It costs from £20 a night and has many of its original features including a pretty garden.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedWhere to go in 2018 with TUIWondering where to travel in 2018? Check out our guide to the best places to go in 2018 with TUI – we’ve got it all, from short sweet city breaks and ventures off the beaten track in Montenegro, to long, lavish escapes to the Caribbean.Art holidays and painting vacationsArt holidays and painting vacations8 must-visit events in Europe this autumnExperience the best of what Europe has to offer this autumn, from duck racing to beer drinking! Dear Skyscanner,As a keen (though not particularly proficient!) dancer, I’d love to spend a holiday learning a some new steps, as well as enjoying the food and weather. Where are the best places to learn to boogie?Anna, Brightonlast_img read more