There are many ways to redeem points for hotel stays. I usually redeem for good-value properties that I can book for relatively few points. Having hotel points opens up a whole world of possibilities and has allowed me to stay at some spectacular properties that I wouldn’t have – or at least wouldn’t have – booked if I wasn’t redeeming points for my stays.
Many major hotel loyalty programs allow travelers to book amazing luxury properties with points. Unfortunately, standard award space is virtually non-existent for reasonable-length stays at some properties like Kalala Island (bookable with Hyatt Points through partnerships with the world’s smaller luxury hotels) and the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ethafushi. If you set alerts or search frequently, you can have rewards at these hotels. But to set reasonable expectations, I’ve left features off this list that didn’t have at least decent reward availability.
Here’s a look at some of the amazing luxury hotels you can book with points, including some that I’ve been lucky enough to visit and others that are still on my wish list.
Book Alila Ventana Big Sur with points
Expenditure in cash: From $1,793 per night
Cost in Points: 35,000 per night from Hyatt points
You go to Ventana Big Sur to get away and relax. This rustic forest resort near Monterey, California has 54 rooms and suites. Every resort booking includes all meals and select activities such as yoga, meditation, tai chi and daily hikes. As such, Ventana Big Sur is definitely one resort where your points can provide significant value.
TPG’s Zach Griff loved its location, as evidenced in his review of Hyatt’s Ventana Big Sur. But, as I found when researching availability — and as Zach noted in his review — award space is limited for rooms priced at off-peak award rates. However, I found several nights with off-peak Category 8 prices for standard rooms and many nights with off-peak standard and premium suite availability.
The resort is adults only, so no guests under the age of 18 can accompany you. And keep in mind that the glamping side of Ventana Big Sur is separate from the resort and doesn’t have access to many of the resort’s amenities.
Overall, this is a resort for those with lots of cash, plenty of World of Hyatt points, or celebrating a special occasion. I would probably try to book a short stay with the off-peak standard room award price and use my points for a longer Pacific Coast Highway trip to get the most value.
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Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa
Expenditure in cash: From $910 per night for single-occupancy (from $1,639 per night for double-occupancy)
Cost in Points: From 40,000 Hyatt Points per night for single-occupancy (from 57,500 points per night for double-occupancy)
Hyatt’s most luxurious wellness-focused brand is Miraval, which has full-scale resorts and spas in Texas, Arizona and Massachusetts. TPG staff reviewed all three, each with glowing reviews:
So, it’s no surprise that at least one Miraval resort would make my list of amazing luxury hotels around the world that you can book with points. I am most excited to visit Miraval Arizona because of its desert location and status as the original Miraval Resort.
There is a special World of Hyatt award chart for Miraval resorts, but redeeming Hyatt points still provides good value on most dates. All meals, snacks, coffee, smoothies and alcoholic beverages are included in the stay. In addition, guests receive shared shuttle transportation from Tucson International Airport (TUS) and a $175 per person credit toward spa services, fee-based activities or private sessions.
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The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Faroe Islands
Expenditure in cash: From $2,488 per night
Cost in Points: 92,000 per night from Marriott points
If you have a lot of Marriott Bonvoy points and want a spectacular stay in the Maldives, the Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Faroe Islands is a great option. It is only a 45-minute speedboat ride from Male Airport, where most international flights arrive in the Maldives. Standard points redemption books into a one-bedroom ocean pool villa with an ocean view – although you can redeem more points upon booking for an upgraded room type.
Former TPG reporter Chris Dong summed up his stay perfectly when he wrote: “I enjoyed my time at the Ritz, not because of how glamorous it was but because I felt cared for in a way I’ve never felt at any other hotel on earth.”
Honestly, I doubt I’d be willing to redeem the points required to stay at the Ritz-Carlton Maldives. But, especially considering the paid rate, you’re getting a steal on most dates — especially if you redeem points for at least five nights of your stay and get the fifth night free.
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The six senses are lamu
Expenditure in cash: From $952 per night
Cost in Points: From 190,000 IHG points per night
My Six Senses Lamu review indicates how much I loved the resort, and it remains my favorite place to stay years later. As such, I had to include it in the list of amazing luxury hotels around the world that you can book with points.
Six Senses Lamu is a rustic luxury resort focused on environmental sustainability. It employs an entire team of marine biologists, offers amazing on-site snorkeling, includes some memorable experiential activities, has a great kids club, and has multilevel overwater villas as its base room type.
However, if I were to go back to Six Senses Lamu I would probably book a paying rate (which I hope). Redeeming IHG points doesn’t make sense for most Six Senses for two reasons: You’ll get a lower redemption rate than most IHG hotels, and Six Senses often offers excellent half-board paid rates if you stay at least four nights.
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Al Maha, a luxury collection of desert resorts and spas, Dubai
Expenditure in cash: From $1,182 per night
Cost in Points: From 88,000 Marriott points per night
I debated whether Al Maha was worth the splurge a few years ago. After visiting in the summer of 2022, I’m glad I decided to try this ambitious, essentially all-inclusive resort in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. Our two-night stay was certainly memorable, from meals on our villa’s patio to activities that included hours spent in our private pool overlooking the desert.
The resort has 42 private villas with swimming pools, and guests can enjoy three meals and two activities per day by redeeming points for their stay. Activities include archery, desert nature walks, desert drives, wildlife safaris, falconry shows, horse riding, camel tracking and sunset in the dunes. We learned a lot during our desert nature walk and enjoyed light dune bashing during our wildlife safari.
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JW Marriott Masai Mara
Expenditure in cash: From $1,554 per night for single occupancy ($2,576 per night for double occupancy)
Cost in Points: From 106,000 Marriott points per night
I had my eye on the JW Marriott Maasai Mara in Kenya, especially since TPG Senior Reporter Jack Griff just returned from his trip, writing, “Stunning, tent-like, all-suite property with great food, impeccable service and impressive amenities even my high Exceeded expectations.”
This JW Marriott Safari Lodge includes meals, game drives, transfers from the airstrip and select beverages throughout the stay, so you can focus all your attention on enjoying the experience.
With points, you can book a deluxe river view suite with one king bed or two queen beds. The suite has a patio with a private whirlpool, which sounds great But award availability is spotty, so if you want to redeem points for stays of five nights or more, you’ll need to plan a trip around this resort’s availability (which I’d recommend to get a fifth night free during your award stay).
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Conrad Bora Bora
Expenditure in cash: From $1,029 per night
Cost in Points: From 120,000 Hilton points per night
I loved my trip to French Polynesia, during which time I visited Bora Bora and a few other islands. But TPG’s Summer Hal fell in love with the Conrad Bora Bora, writing, “Our four-night stay at the Conrad Bora Bora Nui was my best Hilton point redemption — no question. So far. We’ll soon forget.”
At Conrad Bora Bora you can enjoy four different beaches. Complimentary snorkeling equipment, kayaks and paddleboards are available to view the marine life around the resort. Daily activities also await, including demonstrations of how to open a coconut and lei making workshop.
Standard award nights at Conrad Bora Bora typically cost 120,000 points per night. In some seasons it is easy to find five or more Standard Award nights in a row, in other seasons it is difficult to find Standard Award availability. And unless you have more Hilton points than you’ll ever be able to redeem, you’ll probably want to avoid the outrageous premium award night prices. Finally, note that Hilton Honors elite members can benefit from a free fifth night for standard award night stays.
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Expenditure in cash: From $5,650 per night
Cost in Points: 2,000,000 Virgin Points for every 7 night stay
Necker Island is one of the most epic hotels you can book with points. Calling this private island a hotel is a stretch. But if you book an award stay on Necker Island, your stay includes your lodging, breakfast, round-trip transportation from Terrence B. Letsom International Airport (EIS), and access to water sports equipment.
Necker Island is also home to a variety of animals including lemurs, giant tortoises and flamingos. You usually have to book a stay of four nights or more, and as the island is usually reserved for private groups, individual guests can only book to stay on “festival” dates. Children may stay for a surcharge on some “holiday” dates, but the above prices are for double occupancy only.
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This is far from a comprehensive list of luxury hotels you can book with points, and you’ll likely include a variety of hotels on your own list. While many travelers will include the Park Hyatt Sydney on their list, I personally think the best hotels are remote and isolated from urban life. Even if your idea of an amazing hotel differs from mine, I hope this list has helped you dream and aspire to stacking up your points and miles in 2024.