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Redeeming your hotel points for accommodations in Southeast Asia may not always be the best choice because the cash price to book rooms, at even luxury properties, can be quite affordable on their own. Even so, we managed to find some IHG® hotels in the region that are bargains when it comes to points redemptions.
We categorized the best redemptions for couples, luxury and budget. Our picks were based on the same date — Oct. 8-9, 2019 (unless otherwise noted) — at all IHG properties in Southeast Asia to get the best value range for each hotel. We considered factors including location, amenities and local activities.
Southeast Asia is generally a cheap place to visit, once you’ve paid for airfare. It’s important to check the cash and point rates for stays before you book your room. Here are our picks for the best value IHG properties in Southeast Asia.
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Best for luxury
These five-star InterContinental hotels offer guests the ultimate in location, amenities and service.
InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort
If you’re looking for luxury in Southeast Asia, the five-star InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort is an ideal choice. Condé Nast Traveler included the property in two of its 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards lists: Best Resorts in the World and Top Resorts in Asia.
The resort is located on one of the most beautiful stretches of beach in the region in the heart of Son Tra Peninsula Nature Reserve in Danang City. Take time to visit cultural and natural sites including the UNESCO World Heritage sites, Hoi An Ancient Town and Hue Imperial City.
A king room with an ocean view costs 70,000 points or $388.08 a night. Or pay 50,000 points and $124 a night.
InterContinental Koh Samui Resort, Thailand
This five-star beachfront resort, located in an exclusive sanctuary, has only 79 rooms, suites and villas that all overlook the Gulf of Thailand. Swim in the main beachfront infinity pool or four other pools and enjoy the lush gardens during your stay. If you want to leave the resort, consider a visit to the Big Buddha Temple, the Samui Elephant Sanctuary, or ziplining in the Samui rainforest. The resort can also arrange a private speedboat ride to see the famous pink dolphins that live off the coast of Khanom.
A king room with Gulf of Thailand views costs 50,000 points or $348 a night. The same room is 45,000 points plus $42 a night.
Best for budget
Hotels that cost 25,000 points per night or less were considered to be in the budget category.
Holiday Inn Phuket Mai Khao Beach Resort
This resort hotel, located inside Sirinat National Park, is known for its well-preserved onsite white sand beaches. You get the biggest bang for your buck at this hotel, which features landscaped gardens, a large infinity swimming pool, a Kid’s Club with daily activities and a spa. Activities in the area include Splash Jungle Waterpark, Phuket Elephant Park and the Wat Phra Thong temple.
Considering how low the nightly rate is at this property, you may be better off paying for your room in cash. A king room with a garden view runs 25,000 points or only $67.95 a night; the cash-and-points option at 20,000 points and $54 a night.
Holiday Inn Express Krabi Ao Nang Beach
This property, a five-minute walk from Nopparat Thara Beach, has amenities including a free breakfast, an outdoor pool and interconnecting rooms for families. Restaurants, bars and shopping are close to the hotel. It’s 10-minute walk to Ao Nang Centre, home to dining, shopping and entertainment. Local attractions include Fossil Shell Beach, Tiger Cave Temple, Khao Phanom Bencha National Park and Nosey Parkers Elephant Camp.
Again, at a room rate of $45.44 or 20,000 points a night, you may be better off shelling out cash to pay for your stay. The cash-and-points option costs 15,000 points plus $30 a night.
Best for beaches and couples
Holiday Inn Resort Phi Phi Island
This resort, located on Phi Phi Island off the Andaman Sea, has three outdoor pools, a spa, a diving center and access to non-motorized water sport activities. Go on a longtail boat excursion to Bamboo Island and Mosquito Island, which are both part of Noppharat Thara Beach National Park. Or take a day trip to Had Noppharat Thara-Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park, home to coral reefs, limestone mountains with several levels of cliffs, caves and a long white beach with fossil shells.
A king room with a garden view costs 35,000 points or $104.54 a night. The cash-and-points rate is 15,000 points and $125 a night.
InterContinental Hua Hin Resort
This five-star hotel is located on one of the premier beach resort towns on the Gulf of Thailand. Amenities include an infinity pool and a spa and fitness center. The area is home to seven of the country’s most renowned golf courses. It’s known for powdery sand beaches and seaside seafood restaurants. Visit sites such as the Rama VI Summer Palace, the Wat Huaymongkol Buddhist temple, Hua Hin Hills Vineyard and the Chatchai Night Market.
A king superior room is 35,000 points or $143.89 a night. The cash-and-points option isn’t available.
The bottom line
These hotels are just a start. It’s always worth spending time to research off the beaten path hotels and specifics for your travel dates. IHG gives customers the option to search for hotels by city, address, zip code, airport or point of interest.
Considering how inexpensive hotels are in the region — from budget to luxury — there are times that you’re better off spending cash rather than redeeming points for rooms. For more information, read our guide to getting the most out of your IHG points.