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Chapter 2: Hotel Prices Around the World
Forget Frugal, Go Lavish with Luxury Locales
Jetsetters looking to indulge in true royal treatment need to look no further than the magnificent archipelago country of Seychelles which was also the honeymoon destination of choice for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. This island paradise, situated in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa, has always been a favorite amongst the rich and famous and the visit from the royal newlyweds has managed to bump prices up from $333 in 2010 to $372 in 2011 (12% YoY).
Seychelles is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to global hotspots where vacationers spent top dollar in 2011. The neighboring oasis of Maldives claimed first place for the most expensive country in 2011 with average rates of $541 a night. Surprisingly, this is actually 9% less than high rollers were paying for the same rooms in 2010. French Polynesia came in second with prices 2% higher in 2011 than in 2010, but took first place for most expensive city with Bora Bora’s $699 per night price tag.
Other high-ranking cities among the well-to-do included those amid the sandy white beaches of St. Lucia, Bermuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, and Puerto Rico. Newcomers to the list included Anacapri, Italy (located at a slightly higher altitude than its sister city Capri, which made the top 5 list a few years ago) and Jimbaran, Indonesia, where Julia Roberts and her family stayed during the filming of “Eat, Pray, Love.”
The World's Most Expensive Cities (by greatest price)