Holiday 1: Grand Tower Inn Bangkok, Thailand
Example Booking: 35,000 eXpectations points, 7-nights, April 2018, 1-bed sleeps 2
eXpectations members could have the fantastic opportunity to experience 13 magical nights in two fantastic destinations in Thailand. Start your adventures by checking into a one-bedroom apartment, sleeping 2 people in privacy, on 31st March until 7th April 2018, at the Grand Tower Inn in Bangkok.
This great holiday offer was available on RCI.com on 07/09/17, for just 35,000 points, and eXpectations Plus members could follow that up with a luxurious stay in Phuket at the Patong Bay Hill Resort and Spa during 6th – 13th April 2018.
Discover the beauty of Southeast Asia with 13-nights in Thailand. Renowned for its spectacular beaches, ancient temples and sacred Buddha figures, Thailand is viewed as a paradise by many. The friendly Thai people are immensely proud of their country’s incredible history, natural beauty and exotic cuisine.
Bangkok has a monsoon climate, with three seasons. March to June is generally the driest and hottest months but still pleasant to enjoy sightseeing around the city.
RCI Silver Crown Grand Tower Inn
The RCI Silver Crown Grand Tower Inn is situated in a quieter district of Bangkok but is in close proximity to a wealth of popular attractions including the famous Chatuchak Weekend Market. Don Mueang International Airport is only 10-miles from Grand Tower Inn, a journey that takes approximately 25-minutes. Guests wishing to catch a taxi from the airport are advised to use taxis displaying “taxi meter” signs to avoid over-charging.
The 24-storey Grand Tower Inn offers spectacular views of this bustling city with excellent facilities for relaxation and pleasure. Guests can unwind in elegantly designed rooms decorated in warm tones to evoke a relaxing atmosphere. The air-conditioned accommodation provides a touch of luxury with cable TV and Wi-Fi access for your entertainment. Relax in the seating area with a drink from the room’s minibar and enjoy the city’s sparkling lights from the floor-to-ceiling windows. Pamper yourself in the bathtub and shower with the complimentary toiletries.
Spend time recharging your batteries from the exciting, dynamic city by relaxing around the top floor swimming pool, workout in the fitness centre and unwind in the sauna. Whatever time of the day or evening enjoy International cuisine in the Tonnam restaurant, serving mouth-watering Chinese, Japanese, Thai and European dishes from the buffet bar. Alternatively, order a-la-carte meals and enjoy a light snack with drinks from the lobby bar.
City of Angels
Bangkok, also known as Krung Thep meaning the “City of Angels”, was named by King Rama I in 1782. Thailand’s largest city lies along the Chao Phraya River and attracts over 15 million visitors every year to indulge in the cosmopolitan city’s culture, arts, vibrant nightlife and is also a haven for shoppers with bustling floating markets and high-rise malls.
Grand Tower Inn is ideally located, enabling visitors to experience the excitements of Bangkok. The Central Ladprao Shopping centre is just 15-minutes drive away and magical temples and palaces are close by too!
Things to do in Bangkok
The Temple of the reclining golden Buddha (Wat Pho) was voted the No.1 Travellers Choice by TripAdvisor visitors in 2017. It features at one of the country’s oldest temples and is the largest Buddha monument in Thailand, measuring 150 feet.
Browse around Chatuchak Weekend Market, one of the largest shopping markets in the world, with over 15,000 stalls selling everything imaginable. Peruse the handmade wooden Buddha sculptures, silk clothing, jewellery whilst the scent of every variety of fruit and spice fills the air. You will be entranced by the atmosphere of the market with it’s stalls displaying brightly coloured products, aromatic smells and bustling sounds from market bartering. This enchanting market is an experience not to be missed.
Visit the unique floating markets of Damnoen Saduak to experience the true heartbeat of Bangkok. Take a boat trip through the canals to see large numbers of canoes filled with fresh, locally grown produce, souvenirs and boats brimming with vibrant coloured flowers.
Checking out a day early from the Grand Tower Inn Bangkok guests would then be travelling south to the island of Phuket for a luxurious 7-night stay at the Patong Bay Hill Resort.
Holiday 2: Patong Bay Hill Resort & Spa, Thailand
Example Booking: 27,000 eXpectations points, 7-nights, April 2018, Studio sleeps 2
Following the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, head south to the Patong Bay Hill Resort & Spa in Phuket. Direct flights from Bangkok to Phuket take approximately 1hr 40 minutes with the Patong Bay Hill Resort & Spa approximately 35km south of the airport.
eXpectations members could experience a taste of paradise by checking into a spacious, modern studio suite (sleeping 2) at Patong Bay Hill Resort during 6th – 13th April 2018 for just 27,000 points.
Party Paradise Patong
The popular holiday resort of Patong lies on the west coast of Phuket, attracting visitors to enjoy stunning white sand beaches throughout the day and energetic nightlife after dawn. The town also boasts excellent shopping, fine dining in ocean front restaurants and bars. April is a lovely time of the year to visit Phuket as visitors can enjoy sunbathing and swimming with daytime and sea temperatures reaching 30 degrees Celsius.
Luxury at Patong Bay Hill Resort & Spa
Sitting on the slopes of Nanai Hill the Patong Bay Hill Resort & Spa welcome guests to indulge in the luxurious accommodation and amenities. Nestled amongst lush green gardens and offering panoramic views of the Andaman sea the resort provides a tranquil and relaxing atmosphere. The picturesque beaches, city centre and bustling nightlife on Bangla Road are approximately 2km away.
Guests at Patong Bay Hill Resort, Phuket, Thailand, can sit back and relax in the modern designed suites that offer a fresh and airy atmosphere. The apartments feature a kitchenette with cooking facilities, free Wi-Fi, cable and satellite TV for your entertainment. Admire the natural beauty of the surrounding hillside from the furnished balcony/terrace.
Soak up the warm sun around the large outdoor pool, order an exotic drink from the bar and enjoy total relaxation. The resort offers 16 shopping facilities, a cafe bar and restaurant to savour delightful dishes or light snacks. There is a 24-hour reception to assist you with any requirements or book excursions and car hire.
Things to do in Phuket
Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and is surrounded by 32 smaller islands, offering outstanding beauty from its green mountain regions and stunning white sand beaches along the west coast. The town of Patong lies central along the west coast of Phuket and is a haven for tourists because of its wide beaches and extravagant facilities. The name Patong means “the forest filled with banana leaves” and probably was named after the areas lush vegetation.
Patong boasts 3-kilometres of beautiful beaches, being a place of paradise for those who love to sunbathe, swim in turquoise waters and explore the depths on a diving and snorkelling excursion. The holiday resort is the perfect destination for partygoers with eye-opening bars, clubs and cabarets lining Banga Road.
For those looking for something more tranquil, treat yourselves to an aromatic spa and massage at So Thai Spa Phuket. Revitalize the mind and body in the elegantly decorated rooms with gentle lighting and music.
Visiting Phuket would not be complete without seeing the famous islands and beaches, including Phi Phi Island, considered as one of the most beautiful islands in the world. 007 fan? Take the James Bond Tour of Phang Nga Bay, located 25km north-east of Phuket. Canoe around the incredible rock formations where the famous James Bond movie, Man with the Golden Gun was filmed in 1974.
Firstly, 7-nights at Grand Tower Inn Bangkok were available on Booking.com during 31st March – 7th April 2018 within an Executive Suite (sleeping 2) for £404 (based on 2 people sharing when we looked on 7/9/2017). In comparison, we found this 7-night booking at the Grand Tower Inn Bangkok during the same dates within a 1-bedroom apartment (sleeping 4) for 35,000 points on RCI.com (when we looked on: 7/9/2017).
Secondly, 7-nights at Patong Bay Hill Resort & Spa were available on Agoda.com during 6th – 13th April 2018 within a 1-bedroom suite (sleeping 2) for £1,266 (based on 2 people sharing when we looked on 7/9/2017). In comparison, we found this 7-night booking at the Patong Bay Hill Resort & Spa during the same dates within a Studio apartment (sleeping 2) for 27,000 points on RCI.com (when we looked on: 7/9/2017).
For eXpectations Plus members, the total price for this accommodation (excluding the initial purchase price of your membership / points) would come to £751 (at the time of writing: 14/9/2017). To calculate this we have included: the associated maintenance fees for both 35,000 and 27,000 points, 1x annual membership and 2x online RCI exchange fees.
So, by taking these eXpectations exchange holidays you could have made a combined potential saving of over £900 based on the comparison above.