Worry-free staycations are still possible

Safe staycation at The Bellevue Resort. (Photographs courtesy of Agoda)

Beyond the charms of a destination, travelers these days look into its hygiene and safety measures.

The online travel app Agoda was useful before the pandemic changed travel priorities.

Now it strives to remain relevant by working closely with its hotel partners to highlight properties offering strict adherence to local health and safety protocols for guests and staff alike, while providing flexible options for any unforeseen trip changes.

Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa.

Agoda ensures the safety of Filipinos looking for a much-needed change in scenery to enjoy a full staycation experience.

Here’s what the Singapore-based company did:

Transparent safety and sanitation measures

To make it easier for travelers to know the hygiene and sanitation policies being implemented by hotels to adhere to Covid-19 health and safety standards, Agoda developed the HygienePlus badge.

Through this feature, one can check which hotels conduct daily disinfection measures in all rooms and common areas with necessary sterilizing equipment. This feature allows guests to also learn about hotels offering contactless check-in and check-out, and those that have a doctor or nurse on call at all times to attend to guests.

Flexible cancellation policies

With ever-changing travel protocols, having the option to make last-minute booking cancellations is a must for staycationers. Agoda’s EasyCancel feature allows guests to cancel bookings up to 24 hours before arrival at no charge, taking the stress away from cancellations.

Escala Tagaytay.

With this feature, guests can continue to make staycation plans without having to worry about possible changes in local travel restrictions. Just look for the Agoda EasyCancel badge when making reservations.

Same-day booking

More than just being able to cancel reservations, guests may look to book. According to Agoda search data, the Philippines is the eighth market in the Asia Pacific region with the most people searching same-day travel.

Agoda’s GoLocal Tonight lets travelers have that extra flexibility when they need last-minute accommodations — and with great deals of up to 30 percent off, to boot.

Extended stay options

Enjoying your staycation? Or maybe just stuck away from home due to revised quarantine restrictions? Agoda has long-term stays, so travelers can make bookings for up to 90 days and make their new room a home away from home.

“With special features like Hygiene Plus, EasyCancel, GoLocal Tonight, and long-term stays, Agoda lets you have your pick from its vast network of properties across the country so you can enjoy the perfect staycation with the best deals,” says Enric Casals, regional director, Southeast Asia and Oceania.

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