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The green list travel destinations with the most five-star hotel availability

Research by hotel booking platform, Hoo, has revealed which green list travel locations provide the most five-star affordability, for those looking to break their lockdown holiday duck in style.


On Friday, Boris Johnson announced which nations had made the coveted holiday green list, meaning holidaymakers would not be required to quarantine on their return to the UK should they head there this summer.

With many of us keen to get away after more than a year, Hoo analysed which green list destinations offer the best chance of some luxury based on their five-star hotel availability in each capital city.

The research shows that in terms of the sheer volume of five-star hotels, Australia ranks top with as many as 56 available for would-be holiday makers.

Singapore also ranks high with 54, while Portugal offers the most five-star hotel availability closer to home with 34.

Israel was home to the next highest level of five-star accommodation with 13, with New Zealand (6), Brunei (2), Iceland (2) and Gibraltar (1) offering slimmer pickings.

But what about price?

Based on a seven-day stay in mid-August, Hoo also analysed the average hotel room rate per night.

New Zealand came out on top for five-star affordability at just £138 per night, while Iceland was also one of the more affordable at £162 per night.

Gibraltar came in third at a cost of £168 per night, followed by Portugal (£184), Brunei (£184), Australia (£193) and Singapore (£261). At £300 per night, Israel is by far the most expensive destination for a five-star hotel stay and the only green list destination to breach the £300 per night threshold.

Hoo Co-founder, Adrian Murdock, commented:

“UK holidaymakers can be forgiven for feeling a tad anticlimactic about last week’s green list announcement, with just a handful of destinations making the green list that don’t require a long haul flight to reach them.

As a result, it looks as though Portugal is likely to be a very popular destination for summer sun-seekers unless we see more nations transition from the amber to green list over the coming months.

For those who have been saving in order to hit the holiday season in style, the good news is that not only is Portugal home to some of the highest number of five-star hotels, but it also sits mid-table in terms of five-star affordability.”

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