Whether you are travelling for business or pleasure, there are tips and tricks for scoring a good deal. ONYX Hospitality Group, the company behind Amari, OZO and Oriental Residence Bangkok, has the inside scoop on how to get the best out of your next trip.
Be Flexible with Timing
Reap the rewards of travelling during the off-peak season or mid-week. The not-so-secret secret is many hotels offer deals during this time in hopes of attracting guests. You can often get a complimentary room upgrade during lower occupancy periods – OZO is extending free room upgrades across all properties in May, a lovely time to visit Kandy, Sri Lanka. Also, keep a look out for extra perks like complimentary breakfasts or car services – these little things add up. Amari Koh Samui for example, is offering free round airport transfer for their low season.
Go off the Beaten Track
After you have ticked off the annual shopping trip to Bangkok, book a getaway to lesser-known destinations within Laos, Sri Lanka and Thailand instead. These spots will afford you Insta-bragging rights for discovering roads less travelled and usually have beautiful scenery minus the droves of tourists as well as tend to be more affordable! We highly recommend an adventurous trip with friends to Vang Vieng, Laos where you can stay at Amari Vang Vieng, a new property in the riverside town. With rooms starting from
SGD$80 per night, you can enjoy plenty of fun activities like abseiling through waterfalls to exploring the majestic Tham Phu Kham cave.
Track the Apps
For those who are one step ahead in their planning and already have a destination in mind, subscribe to a few flight websites and download travel apps like Expedia or Kayak so you are receiving updates and can compare and monitor deals on the go. Don’t forget that choosing one-way flights instead of roundtrips can sometimes be better value for money, so don’t rule this out.
Be Points Driven
Pay for your hotel rooms with credit cards instead of using cash. Many credit cards like Citibank’s PremierMiles Card offer huge bonus points just for signing up or spending a certain amount overseas, so it’s worth checking with your card company. Charging for a hotel stay on your card can help you very quickly drive up points which you can then translate into flights or cashback so you have yet another reason to go for a second getaway.
Know All the Public Holidays
Travellers tend to only consider their local public holidays; our hot tip is to make sure to also check for public holidays at the destination you are visiting. This is so you are aware of peak local travel periods and avoid having to pay more for your hotel stay given the influx of domestic travellers. For instance, in Thailand, it is important to remember that the annual Songkran festivities are in April. Pop over to our luxury serviced apartments, Oriental Residence Bangkok, in May instead after the celebrations are over. Not only will Bangkok be less crowded, you will be able to enjoy your trip without having to worry about paying a premium for flights and accommodation.
Don’t Forget About Taking the Train
Who says you have to fly for your holiday? If you’re looking to satisfy your craving for delicious street food or getting a relaxing massage for half the price, why not take a trip across the Causeway? To avoid the jams at the checkpoints, travel by train instead. All you have to do is head to Easybook.com, book your tickets for SGD$1.80, and board the train for a quick ride to Malaysia. Once you arrive, check into Amari Johor Bahru where the Breeze Spa team can pamper you with their selection of blissful ‘Mood Massages’.
Go Old School
It might be old school but trust us when we say travel fairs are still the way to go when it comes to doing your research. Mark your calendars for the likes of NATAS and Chan Brothers Online Travel Fair. You can speak to experts about tours, special offers and promotions, package deals, destinations and hotels that will fit your bill.
Amari, OZO and Oriental Residences have a network of properties in Asia including in Thailand and Malaysia and are currently offering several hotel packages. Here are some great deals you can’t miss:
- Bounce Back Spa Package at Amari Johor Bahru – Includes a one-hour Signature mood massage, MYR50 dining credit, a complimentary room upgrade and 10% discount for any additional night stayed. The package is available for a minimum two-night stay in a Superior King room starting at MYR 490++
- All Together Family Package at Amari Phuket – Includes round-trip airport transfer, dinner for four at Rim Talay Restaurant, Free Kids Club Activities, complimentary accommodation and daily breakfast buffet for a child under 12 and late check-out at 1600 hours. The package is available for a minimum three-night stay in an Ocean Wing: Two-bedroom Suite starting from THB 35,657++
- Escape Package at OZO Chaweng Samui – Includes a chef’s recommended set menu, round-trip airport transfer, THB 1,000 credit for Stacked and EAT Restaurant, a stocked-up minibar and daily breakfast at EAT Restaurant. The package is available for a minimum three-night stay in a Sleep King room starting from THB 10,800++
- Family Escape Package at Oriental Residence Bangkok – Includes complimentary daily breakfast, one-way airport transfer, complimentary welcome gift for two children, 35% discount for SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World and 5D Cinema and 25% discount on Madame Tussauds Bangkok. The package is available for a minimum two-night stay in a two –bedroom Suite King & Queen Bed room starting from THB 22,988++