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Chapter 2: Price Changes in Global Destinations

It's no surprise that islands have dominated The World's Most Expensive Countries list for the fifth consecutive year. Maldives, French Polynesia, Seychelles, Anguilla and Turks and Caicos have long been top destinations for honeymooners and couples. Once again Maldives, located in the Indian Ocean, remains at the top of the list of Most Expensive Countries for travel in 2013. The country is made up of 1,200 islands and is home to two-thirds of the world's overwater bungalows, offering the ultimate secluded island getaway. Bora Bora, the most expensive city worldwide, is the most famous of French Polynesia's Leeward Islands and is one of the most exotic and romantic places on earth. Matira Beach in Bora Bora recently won best overall beach and best romantic beach on Travel Channel's 2013 list of world's best beaches. This year, average hotel room rates in Bora Bora rose to $799, over $300 higher than the average daily rate of French Polynesia as a whole in 2013.

Seychelles, a 115-island country northeast of Madagascar, remained third on The Most Expensive Countries list. Mahé, home to the Seychelles International Airport and 90% of the country's total population, landed sixth on The WorldŐs Most Expensive Cities list. While the Seychelles' main attraction is its dazzling coastline and topaz waters, the island offers a variety of options for nature enthusiasts, such as the Morne Seychellois National Park or Vallée de Mai Natural Reserve, a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage site with the largest population of giant tortoises in the world.

Known as the "Pacific Riviera," the prestigious Newport Coast of California made its debut on The World's Most Expensive Cities list. Situated between Corona Del Mar and Laguna Beach on the eastern edge of the city of Newport Beach, Newport Coast offers beautiful landscapes, nature trails and coastal splendor making it a top destination for families, golfers and beach goers. The Resort at Pelican Hill, a five-star Newport Coast resort overlooking the Pacific Ocean, is a perfect place for travelers to spoil themselves. One Hotels.com guest review raved, "Éthe atmosphere is of relaxed elegance, everything in its place, and always beautiful. Impeccable cleanliness, beautiful grounds and supremely comfortable in every regard."

The World's Most Expensive Countries

Country 2013 ADR 2012 ADR YoY ADR
1 Maldives $593 $552 7%
2 French Polynesia $458 $407 13%
3 Seychelles $435 $351 24%
4 Anguilla $421 $372 13%
5 Turks and Caicos $402 $412 -2%

The World's Most Expensive Cities

City 2013 ADR 2012 ADR YoY ADR
1 Bora Bora, French Polynesia $799 $736 9%
2 Tremezzo, Italy $503 $495 2%
3 Newport Coast, California, U.S.A $501 $402 25%
4 West End, Anguilla $499 $404 23%
5 Wailea (Maui), Hawaii, U.S.A $470 $404 23%
6 Mahe, Seychelles $448 $335 34%
7 Soufriere, St. Lucia $448 $477 -6%
8 Manalapan, Florida, U.S.A $448 $447 0%
9 St. John, U.S Virgin Islands $444 $353 25%
10 Oahu, Hawaii, U.S.A $440 $353 25%