5-star for less: the list of cheapest travel destinations for Aussies revealed

Hotels.com has revealed the top destinations for Aussie travellers who want to experience the champagne lifestyle on a beer budget - and Southeast Asia remains a top contender for cheap luxury getaways.

The website's latest Hotel Price Index revealed a list of 18 cities around the world where Aussie tourists paid $200 or less per night for five-star accommodation last year.

Of those 18 holiday spots, 9 were Southeast Asian destinations, with Siem Reap in Cambodia topping the list for the second year running. Visitors to this city paid an average of just $140 per night for a five-star hotel room.

Cheapest destinations for five-star accommodation in 2016*

Travellers heading to Southeast Asian destinations can also expect to pick up a travel insurance policy without breaking the bank, as Mozo’s travel insurance comparison tool shows that comprehensive cover for a week long trip can start as cheap as $42.70.

David Spasovic, Australia and New Zealand marketing manager at Hotels.com, 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.”

Domestic getaways and trips to nearby New Zealand also offered Aussie travellers good value for money, with a luxury hotel in Rotorua coming in at just $170 per night.

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Travellers hoping to enjoy a little slice of luxury in other holiday hot spots like Greece, Cancun, or Hawaii, however, may be stretching their budgets a little further. These destination were among the most expensive spots to book a five star hotel for the night, with a room in Anaheim, California pricing in at just over 6 times the cost of one in Siem Reap.

Most expensive destinations for five-star accommodation in 2016*

*All prices given in AUD

Heading off for a luxury trip this year? Once you’ve picked out a budget-friendly destination, remember to also pick out a travel insurance plan to cover any unexpected problems that might pop up on your trip. You can find the best value policy for your holiday using Mozo’s travel insurance search tool.