I have officially died and gone to resort heaven. Last week we checked into the Intercontinental Da Nang Sun Peninsula Resort, considered by many to be one of the best resorts in the world, for two nights. I woke up the first morning feeling more refreshed than I have in months, walked out onto a balcony that’s larger than most of the rooms I’ve slept in in the last year and stared out at one of the most beautiful views in the entire world. One night here costs as much as two months rent at the homestay we were living at in Hoi An.
Somebody recently asked me “How do you afford to travel this much!?”
If you read our blog you’ll know that we travel on both ends of the spectrum. Most of our travels are backpacking / nomadic, not luxurious resorts like this one. A week ago I was bartending for free food and drinks and then there are times like this where I’m feeling like a big shot at the Intercontinental. Things like this we have to get using other means besides cash, because let’s face it: We can’t afford this place!
**Side Note** We’re definitely the first guests in IC Da Nang history to ask if we could park a motorbike there. We got a pretty firm no. I guess most guests just use private drivers. Snobs!
Back to the story! Luckily we each have the IHG credit card, which gives us one free night each year at any of their hotels and resorts worldwide. The card cost $49 a year, but even if the only benefit you ever used was the free night certificate, you’re coming out way ahead.
Since Da Nang is next to Hoi An and we already had enough points for our trip to Europe (more on that in a future post), we decided to use our free nights here. We couldn’t have made a better decision. The place is absolutely amazing, and definitely worth the hype. I don’t want to get into the specifics of that, because Breada is a much better writer than I am and she’ll be posting about it soon, but just take a quick Google search of the place and you’ll see exactly what I mean.
For someone who enjoys fancy schmancy hotels, the IHG card is absolutely a no brainer. Better yet, for anyone who stays at least one night a year in a hotel the card is a no brainer. It’s even better if you’re traveling with someone else and you both have it (like Breada and I) so you can combine your free nights and have a two night stay.
Had we booked our two nights with cash it would have been $966, or $483 per night. Instead, we used our free night certificates and it cost us a whopping $0. I think it’s safe to say we got a good deal 🙂
Which IHG property would you use your free night certificate at? Let us know in the comments!