In 2018, Hyatt formed a partnership with Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH). It’s an interesting partnership, but one of the biggest benefits to Hyatt as well as Hyatt customers, is that it added approximately 350 of the 520 SLH Hotels in the Hyatt portfolio, significantly expanding the Hyatt footprint worldwide. Historically, one of Hyatt’s biggest achilles heels has been its lack of properties around the world, and this partnership, along with many subsequent partnerships, aimed to solve that.

What’s unique about SLH is that SLH doesn’t own or manage the hotels in its group, rather they’re all independent boutique properties that operate as a consortium (SLH). And through the Hyatt/SLH partnership, you can earn and redeem Hyatt points at SLH properties around the world, giving you some truly unique redemption opportunities at some truly one of a kind properties.

With the above in mind, let’s take a look at some great SLH properties around the world that you can book with World of Hyatt points.

Calala Island – Nicaragua

This has to be hands down the most absurd redemption you can make using Hyatt points in the entire Hyatt & SLH Partnership.

Calala Island is a private island off the coast of Nicaragua with just four suites. Yes, you’re reading that correctly. There are only 4 suites on this island, meaning it’s as close to a private island as you will likely ever stay.

Calala Island Nicaragua

Photo Courtesy of Calala Island

Calala Island is a Category 8 property in the World of Hyatt program, meaning it’s bookable for 40,000 Hyatt points per night. It also has a three night minimum stay requirement, which if you research how tricky it is to get to, you wouldn’t want to stay any less anyways.

Cash rates here are very expensive. Very expensive. Low season rates can be found for as low as $1,650 per night, with peak season dates pushing $3,400 per night. Translation: 40,000 Hyatt points per night here is a phenomenal deal.

Calala Island markets itself as an “ultra all inclusive” resort. This means that everything is included, such as transfers to and from the mainland, accommodations, food and drinks including alcohol, and almost all activities. The only things not included are some premium drinks as well as massages.

It’s really tricky to find award availability, so if you can find it, you’d do well to snag a stay here.

Calala Island Nicaragua

Photo Courtesy of Calala Island

Wentworth Mansion – Charleston, SC

Charleston, South Carolina is one of the most history-packed destinations in the United States. And if you’re visiting, especially for the first time, how cool would it be to stay right in the heart of all of the history in an old 1800s mansion. Thanks to SLH, you can stay at this top property and book it with Hyatt points.

In fact, US News and World Report pegs the Wentworth Mansion as their #1 SLH property in the entire world.

Cash rates here regularly average $500 per night and up, and you can book it with 30,000 Hyatt points per night.

Wentworth Mansion

Photo Courtesy of Wentworth Mansion

Included in your stay is a full breakfast for all guests, complimentary afternoon wine and hors d’oeuvres, and evening port, sherry & brandy service. These are included whether you pay cash or use points, providing additional value for your stay.

Wentworth Mansion bedroom

Photo Courtesy of Wentworth Mansion

There’s even a rooftop cupola providing spectacular views of downtown Charleston, and looks to be a pretty amazing place to take in the sunset while enjoying your complimentary afternoon wine and hors d’oeuvres.

Canaves Oia Hotel – Santorini, Greece

Using points to stay in Santorini used to be just about impossible due to the lack of participating programs. However, now with SLH, there are 7 properties around the island of Santorini that you can book with Hyatt points. The two most expensive ones are in some of the most prime locations, those being the Canaves Oia Hotel properties.

Canaves Oia owns a number of properties around Santorini. Two of them are on the Oia side of Santorini, and are a part of SLH, and therefore bookable with Hyatt Points: Canaves Oia Epitome and Canaves Oia Boutique Hotel.

Canaves Oia

Photo Courtesy of Canaves Oia

Both have great locations in the heart of Oia, and sit right on the edge of the caldera, giving you excellent cliffside views of the Aegean Sea.

Both of these are Category 8 properties in the World of Hyatt program that are bookable for 40,000 Hyatt points per night. With cash rates regularly €900 and up, and well over €1,000 during peak summer dates, this can make for a great redemption to stay in a destination that historically has had few mainstream loyalty program redemption options.

Point Grace Resort and Spa – Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands

Similar to Santorini, using mainstream loyalty program points to stay in Turks and Caicos used to be just about impossible due to the lack of participating programs.

Thanks to its participation in SLH, you can now use Hyatt points to stay at Point Grace Resort and Spa, and stay right in the heart of Grace Bay, one of the best beaches in the world.

Point Grace Resort and Spa

Photo Courtesy of Point Grace Resort & Spa

This small boutique hotel with only 28 suites will give you a very intimate and relaxing experience as you soak up the pristine white sand beaches and crystal clear blue tranquil water that Turks & Caicos is known for.

As a Category 8 property in the World of Hyatt program, you can book a stay here for 40,000 Hyatt points per night. With cash rates regularly $500 per night and up, and well over $700 during peak winter dates, this can make for a great redemption to stay at a nice and small boutique resort.

Hotel Le Strato – Courchevel, France

Fancy a ski-in/ski-out resort slopeside in the French Alps that you can book with Hyatt points? Look no further than the Hotel Le Strato, located in the famed Courchevel resort.

Hotel Le Strato - Courchevel, France

Photo Courtesy of Le Strato

Boasting incredible views, this 25 room resort is the perfect mix of Alpine comfort and contemporary elegance. Large fireplaces and comfortable seating in the lobby make it the perfect location for après-ski relaxation. Plus, you’re right in the heart of the mountain.

Photo Courtesy of Le Strato

As a Category 8 property in the World of Hyatt program, you can book a stay at Hotel Le Strato for 40,000 Hyatt points per night. Given the fact that cash rates regularly eclipse $1,000 per night during peak winter days, using 40,000 Hyatt points per night here represents a terrific redemption!

The Liming Bequia – St. Vincent & The Grenadines

Bequia (pronounced Bek-way) might not be a very discussed island in the Caribbean, but you shouldn’t overlook it. This beautiful Caribbean island is hard to get to, with no direct flights from the US or other countries. But it might just be one of the Caribbean’s best kept secrets.

The Liming Bequia is where you would stay using World of Hyatt points, and it’s definitely up there on the list of unique SLH properties. The hotel consists of just nine villas and suites, and booking with World of Hyatt points will book you into a one bedroom suite, which includes a private infinity pool.

Rates can easily eclipse $1,200 per night during peak travel dates, so redeeming 40,000 World of Hyatt points per night for this Category 8 property translates into an excellent value.

Bequia, the Grenadines

Bequia, the Grenadines | Photo Courtesy of SLH

Vista Palazzo Lago di Como – Lake Como, Italy

Is there anything more luxurious than a 5-star resort on the lakeside of the infamous Lake Como, Italy? One of the newcomers to this famed locale is Vista Palazzo Lago di Como, a Category 8 SLH property.

This four-story Venetian style lakeside palace boasts just 18 rooms with all of the classic Italian touches like marble bathrooms, along with updated and modern conveniences. Think classic and traditional Lake Como meets modern amenities.

It offers absolutely breathtaking views of the lake, and you can take in the sights and sounds from the first rooftop restaurant on Lake Como, or any of the many terraces that the property boasts.

Cash rates here regularly top $1,000 per night, so spending 40,000 per night for a stay here translates into an excellent redemption. You’ll feel like a celebrity or movie star as soon as you walk onto the grounds of this sophisticated shoreside retreat.

SLH - Vista Palazzo Lago di Como

Photo Courtesy of Vista Palazzo Lago di Como

Topping Rose House – The Hamptons

When anyone mentions “The Hamptons”, it’s hard not to think of the playground of the rich and famous in the greater New York area. But visiting this famed destination often has a price tag to go with it.

Fortunately the newcomer on the block in terms of points and miles is the Topping Rose House, a 22 room boutique SLH hotel. It even boasts a Jean Georges restaurant, so if that doesn’t scream Hamptons luxury then I don’t know what will.

It’s located in Bridgehampton and cash prices often eclipse $2,000 per night after taxes and fees during the peak summer months. But the Topping Rose House is a Category 8 property, meaning you can book it with just 40,000 World of Hyatt points per night. Be prepared though, during peak summer dates, there is often a minimum stay of 2, sometimes 3 nights, so be prepared to spend some points!

Topping Rose House - The Hamptons

Photo Courtesy of Topping Rose House - The Hamptons

Monkey Island Estate – Bray, England

When you think of private islands that you can book with points, I bet your first thoughts include luxurious tropical islands featuring white sand beaches and clear blue water. While you’re usually not wrong, in the case of Monkey Island Estate in Bray, England, you would be.

 

Monkey Island Estate - Bray, England

Photo Courtesy of Monkey Island Estate - Bray, England

Located just 16 miles from London’s Heathrow Airport, this absolutely luxurious estate is located on an island in the River Thames in the village of Bray, Berkshire. Originally serving as a monastery, the property was built in 1723. Today, it’s been tastefully preserved and includes all of the modern comforts, complete with beautiful grounds and a fascinating view of the River Thames.

 

Monkey Island Estate - Bray, England river

Monkey Island Estate - Bray, England | Photo Courtesy of SLH

The Monkey Island Estate is a Category 6 property in the World of Hyatt program, meaning you can book a stay for 25,000 Hyatt points per night. Cash rates fluctuate, but can run more than $500 per night during peak summer dates, so using 25,000 Hyatt points per night here can offer a great way to save money and have a unique redemption experience.

Monkey Island Estate - Bray, England | Photo Courtesy of SLH

Best Ways to Earn World of Hyatt Points

If you’re inspired by some of the above properties to start planning a future stay, you’re going to want to earn some Hyatt points. You have a few options to earn Hyatt points pretty easily.

Hyatt offers one cobranded credit card, the World of Hyatt Credit Card. You’ll earn 4 points per $1 spent on the card at Hyatt hotels, 2 points per $1 spent on the card at restaurants, local transit, fitness club and gym memberships, and airfare purchased directly from airlines, and 1 point per $1 on all other spend.

Your better option will likely be to transfer Hyatt points from Chase Ultimate Rewards. Chase offers a slew of cards that earn Ultimate Rewards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, the Chase Ink Business Cash Credit Card, and many more. Best of all, a number of these cards come with great welcome offers that allow you to earn a nice stash of Ultimate Rewards points quickly after meeting the minimum spending requirements. Ultimate Rewards points transfer 1:1 to World of Hyatt, and the transfer time is instant.

Bottom Line

Through their partnership with SLH, Hyatt has added some truly spectacular properties to their portfolio that are bookable with World of Hyatt points. While not all SLH hotels participate in this Hyatt partnership, enough do that you have a very good chance of being able to redeem Hyatt points in the destination of your choosing.

With so many incredible boutique hotels now under the Hyatt umbrella, you’ve got some great options for redeeming your Hyatt points on a future stay.