World of Hyatt Adds 49 SLH Properties (Spoiler: I’m Hooked)

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In metropolitan cites, big chain hotels run the yard. They are “safe bets” for most people because you know what to expect. Additionally, you can use your points and obtain benefits for your loyalty to that hotel chain. But what happens when you want to travel off the beaten path, and explore areas that aren’t flooded with tourists?

BIGGER IS NOT ALWAYS BETTER

Hyatt recognized that people are searching for unique experiences and have made a concentrated effort to expand from the ‘cookie cutter’ accommodations.

Late last year, Hyatt answered by adding hotels from the Small Luxury Hotels (SLH) portfolio. SLH is a collection of boutique properties around the world where you can earn and redeem World of Hyatt Points (in some instances for a $1000+/ night suite in Greece).

Gold Suites (Greece)

THE BACKGROUND

As I mentioned before, one of Hyatt’s biggest weaknesses compared to their competitors is that they have a much smaller global footprint. For example, you can find a Hilton, IHG, or Marriott (the largest hotel chain) on every corner of a big city. Thus, with Hyatt adding capacity and redemption opportunities for World of Hyatt members at SLH properties, it has opened some great opportunities.

The rollout has been slow and steady (in a good way). First, Hyatt added approximately 50 SLH properties with the intent to add more properties later. Then they added a second…and third batch. Now, they just added another batch bringing the total to more than 250+ properties and as you would expect with boutique luxury hotels, most of them are great, and some are AMAZING!

THE PROPERTIES

I won’t highlight every hotel that has been added but if you’re interested, you can see a map of all the properties HERE. However, the newest batch of SLH hotels include quite a few unique properties including:

Inverlochy Castle, an 19th century Scottish retreat in Fort William, United Kingdom

Inverlochy Castle (United Kingdom)

Ka’ana Resort in San Ignaci, Belize, featuring ultra-luxurious private pool villas surrounded by the mountains.

Ka’ana Resort (Belize)

Point Grace Resort and Spa, a tropical hideaway on 12-mile Grace Bay in Turks & Caicos.

Point Grace Resort and Spa (Turks and Caicos)

Last but not least, the Canaves Oia Hotel in Santorini has been chosen for numerous awards including “Hotel of The Year” so you should already know what you expect with this hotel.

Canaves Ois Hotel (Greece)

THE DETAILS

SLH properties provide the following on-property benefits for all World of Hyatt members who book through Hyatt:

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Daily complimentary continental breakfast for two guests
  • Room upgrade (one category at check-in if available)
  • Early check-in (12:00PM, based upon availability at check-in)
  • Late check-out (2:00PM, based upon availability at check-in)

How To Earn Hyatt Points

There are 3 ways that you can bolster the amount of points in your Hyatt account.

First, World of Hyatt members earn points at SLH properties at the same rate they would at Hyatt properties, though only when they book through Hyatt channels:

  • Members earn 5 base points / $ spent on eligible room revenue with SLH
  • World of Hyatt members receive their standard elite tier bonuses (10% for Discoverist, 20% for Explorist, and 30% for Globalist)
  • World of Hyatt members will receive elite nights for SLH stay
  • World of Hyatt members paying with the World of Hyatt Credit Card receive 4x points

Second, you can also rack up World of Hyatt points by obtaining The World of Hyatt Credit Card.

Finally, you can transfer Chase Ultimate Reward points to Hyatt from the the Chase Sapphire Reserve, Chase Sapphire Preferred, or Chase Ink Business Preferred.

REDEEMING POINTS

When it comes to redeeming points, all SLH properties fall within one of eight hotel categories:

  • Category 1: 5,000 points
  • Category 2: 8,000 points
  • Category 3: 12,000 points
  • Category 4: 15,000 points
  • Category 5: 20,000 points
  • Category 6: 25,000 points
  • Category 7: 30,000 points
  • Category 8: 40,000 points

FINAL STAMP

I don’t think I need to say this but if you’re searching for some unique accommodations, you don’t have to look any further than the Hyatt/SLH partnership.

There are great options for anyone looking to redeem World of Hyatt points. And yes, this presents a very compelling reason to pick up The World of Hyatt Credit Card.

It’s no secret that Hyatt is becoming new favorite hotel chain and it’s great to see them blazing their own path of what exploration. Personally, I’m more inclined to earn Hyatt Points, knowing that I can enjoy these unique experiences.

Anyone planning to stay at any of the SLH properties? If so, which one?

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