|Phuket old town: one of the few attractions besides water and "entertainment" on Phuket|
The Accor Le Club points program gives 37 points per 10 euro spent (if you have gold status), which translates into a value of approximately 30 euro for this stay. You can spend that (a minimum of 40 euro per 2,000 points) on hotel stays and food&beverage. Together with the cashback that amounts to a discount of approximately 22,5% on your stay in an MGallery hotel. If there is a good rate on offer on the accorhotels.com website, and if it also looks good in comparison with the competition, 22,5% obviously is a good discount, effectively reducing the rate to 310 euro for 3 nights.
Worried about the opportunities to spend the points? If you visit Accor chain hotels quite regularly, you need not be. We spent our latest 40 euro voucher on a single night in a Mercure hotel in Riga early next year, which cost exactly that: 40 euro. To give you an idea, Accor hotels cover the complete spectre from very basic to very luxurious, where my wife and I regularly use the Novotel and Mercure chains (efficient 4 star) and more luxurious MGallery and Sofitel chains (luxurious 4 and 5 star).
|"Did he just say: jacuzzi suite?"|
How about that specific MGallery on Phuket? You'd have to consider if you really want to visit Phuket, being a concentration of beach and land side resorts and the kind of entertainment in Patong that you'd better leave aside. But if you like a quiet retreat on a mountain overlooking the sea, this hotel had an spectacular lobby, several pools and impeccable service. The restaurant was fantastic with amazing food presentation.
Finally, please note that the Accor hotels website has the very nasty (and in the Netherlands I think it's actually illegal) habit of not including taxes (VAT) until you have almost completed your booking. So the first rates you will see won't be the final price. Also note that hotel prices in Phuket are highly season-dependent. You will get much better deals during the rainy season - for obvious reasons.