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Kimpton Secret Password - use before it self-destructs September 4
Kimpton Hotels have a funky boutique hotel brand image. One of many aspects of its charm is the Kimpton secret password that guests
can mention at check-in to get a perk, benefit, or bonus. These include items like free parking, a free breakfast, a free upgrade,
What's the latest Kimpton Hotel Secret Password?
It's been several months since the last secret password, which expired on February 20, 2023. Now, there's a new password running May
26–September 3, 2023.
When checking into a Kimpton hotel between those dates, you can use the secret password “no shade” to (hopefully) receive a
special perk or privilege.
Kimpton Hotels have provided seasonal or monthly secret passwords to guests for years. The tradition started before IHG acquired the brand
in 2014. Some of the secret passwords have been phrases such as “stay cool,” “flip flops,” “baby, it's cold outside,” “chilled to
perfection,” and even “marshmallow.”
This summer, Kimpton Hotel is using the secret password “no shade.” It is valid at all participating locations May
26–September 3, 2023.
Kimpton Hotels have stated that every hotel honors the secret password differently, so it's a surprise what you'll get.
Secret Password Perks You May Receive
Historically, guests have reported a wide range of bonuses when using the Kimpton Hotels' secret password. Here are some examples:
Free parking (regular or valet)
Complimentary bottle of wine
A whisky-tasting tour
A movie night in your room
Free drinks at the bar
Surprise gift-wrapped presents
Drink kits (like Bailey's hot chocolate)
The bonuses aren't always at the hotel, as some hotels have partnered with other companies. For example, such as another restaurant or
perhaps a whisky distillery. It's been three months since the last password “expired,” so it's nice to see the Kimpton secret password
is back. It's just a little thing, but adds to the vibe of the Kimpton brand, which I like.
If you do have a stay booked this summer, make sure to check Kimpton's social media to see if there's a new password.
Points or Cash? Special deal for this new tool which finds best value - in real time
The new tool
A new tool has been launched to help members of major loyalty programs decide which method of payment provides best value - cash or your
After trialling it myself, I found it easy to use and quickly found good deals which I was able to independently verify.
I liked it so much that I approached them to see if there was a way readers could readily access their tool. I am pleased to say that I
have been able to obtain a special deal for our readers. Details are below.
Currently applicable for loyalty program members of IHG, Hilton, Hyatt and Marriott (the big 4), I have my fingers crossed
that there are also more waiting in the wings..
Subscribers to Awayz
By Odynn (advertiser)
are able to:
see when awards nights are available at a property on a 12-month outlook and
see when to take advantage of fourth/ fifth-night free offers for IHG, Marriott, and Hilton hotels
compare cash and points pricing side-by-side to determine the optimal way to pay for their next stay - LIVE !
Not with points valuations that are updated monthly and are out-of date during seasonal peaks and troughs - exactly the times you need
see when to use Free Night Certificates
receive tailored redemption recommendations based on their (stored) existing hotel points and (US) bank rewards balances - a
great feature is that active bank transfer bonus promotions are taken into consideration as well.
redeem their points as cash through transfer award programs like Bilt, Citi, Chase, and Capital One.
Lastly, Premium subscribers are always kept up-to-date on the latest points deals thanks to the weekly hotel deal
alerts newsletter that uses the live cash vs. points pricing.
As you can imagine, there must be some sophisticated number-crunching in the tool to be able to do all this.
Most importantly you now don't need to do it!
Standard Pricing There are 3 tiers available from Awayz:
Premium, which includes all the above valuable features with a generous limit of 150 monthly searches.
The pricing for this tier is usually US$11.99 monthly, or an annual rate of US$99.99 (a discount of 30%). Ideal
for regular travellers and points enthusiasts who are tired of juggling multiple websites when planning their stays.
Trip Pass: provides Premium Tier access (without the weekly deal alerts newsletter) and 50 searches for
US$4.99 per 72 hour pass.
Free: provides Premium Tier access (without the weekly deal alerts newsletter) for 5 searches per month -
enough to get used to the tool and see how valuable it is.
Special Offer for pointsNplaces readers
For our readers, Awayz is offering a promotional offer of free 72-hour trial of Premium plus a US$10
discount off the annual subscription
and you will keep that rate forever, as long as you renew the subscription each year.
That's an annual subscription for US$89.99 (excludes tax) for as long as you maintain this special subscription.
Just imagine how much this could save you over a year! Just one stay could pay for the entire year's subscription - and save
you a heap of your time as well as money..
Subscribe now and start seeing the value Awayzcan
add for your next summer break.
The best value is in the Annual Premium tier - at a discount to the already discounted annual rate (an overall discount of 37.5%).
To take advantage of the offer either use the link above, or enter the code pointsnplaces on the Packages page on
their website awayz.com.
Happy bargain hunting !
Link your Qatar Airlines and Accor ALL accounts before June 10 - receive bonus points for both
In September 2022, Accor Hotels improved its partnership with Qatar Airways. Since then, members have been able to double dip on Accor hotel
stays and Qatar Airways flights. To do this, you need to link your ALL account with your Qatar Airways Privilege Club account.
You can do that with Accor Hotels or Qatar
Even better, if you haven't already done this, members now can earn a bonus through June 10, 2023 just for linking their accounts.
If you already took advantage of the ALL and Flying Blue
the ALL and Qantas partnership, you'll need to choose
which airline you want to double dip with. You can link your ALL account to just one airline at a time. If you linked your ALL account to
Flying Blue or Qantas in the past 12 months, you need to wait until the end of 12 months before you can link to Qatar Airways.
This promotion is available to members who have not linked their ALL and Qatar accounts before May 10, 2023. If that is
you, link your ALL and Qatar Airways accounts before June 10, 2023. After doing so, complete an eligible stay
and/or flight before August 31, 2023 to earn bonus points and Avios. Members will receive 500
bonus ALL Reward points on
the stay and 1,000 bonus Avios on the flight.
Terms & Conditions
Members must link accounts for the first time between May 10 and June 10, 2023 (at 11:59pm Arabia Standard Time, GMT+3) before booking a
stay or flight.
Book the stay or flight before June 10 and complete it before August 31, 2023.
Accor stays must be booked directly with Accor.
Qatar Airways flights can be booked through any channel.
Members can only claim this promotion once.
Make sure to provide the applicable membership number at the time of booking.
After completing an eligible stay, bonus points will credit to the member's account within six weeks. Regular points from the stay will
credit within seven days, and Avios will credit within 10 days.
After completing an eligible flight, bonus Avios will credit to the member's account within six weeks. Regular Avios will credit within 24
hours, and ALL Reward points will credit within 10 days.
This promotion stacks with other Accor or Qatar Airways promotions.
Stays at onefinestay are not eligible for this offer.
Stays and flights that are partially or wholly purchased with loyalty points are ineligible.
The Accor and Qatar partnership includes a fast track to elite status in both rewards programs. Accor elite status members will earn
Qatar Airways Privilege Club elite status after their first qualifying flight:
ALL Gold status members will receive Privilege Club Silver status.
ALL Platinum status members will receive Privilege Club Gold status.
ALL Diamond status members will receive Privilege Club Platinum status.
Conversely, those with Privilege Club elite status can earn ALL elite status after the first qualifying hotel stay:
Privilege Club Gold status members will receive ALL Silver status.
Privilege Club Platinum status members will receive ALL Gold status.
The Fast Track offers are available only once per person. Your complimentary ALL elite status will last until the end of
the following calendar year. To maximize this, try to get your status as close to the beginning of the year as
possible. Complimentary Privilege Club elite status will last for 12 months from the date it's received.
This is a great partnership, especially for Australians, offering better value than the Accor-Qantas partnership,
combining the same access to OneWorld partners with the wide range of Accor properties and perks available in APAC..
Marriott first to "prominently display" Resort Fees - effective from May 15
In response to a court settlement in 2021, by mid-May Marriott will be the first to respond to consumer pressure with upfront full rates on
its website and app.
Marriott International in mid-May is going to prominently display on its website and mobile app rates inclusive of resort or
destination fees, according to multiple reports. Marriott is making this required moved based on a 2021 settlement in a Pennsylvania court regarding resort
fees as a deceptive practice.
Now the question becomes how quickly other hotels, hotel companies and online travel agents will follow suit before similarly pursued by
As of now, online travel agencies such as Expedia can show Marriott rates with resort fees displayed much less
Marriott issued a statement on the afternoon of Monday May 1st (local time): “Marriott International is committed to providing
customers with clear and transparent pricing. We have long been focused on ensuring that any resort/destination fees charged by hotels are
separately and clearly stated. We have been working diligently over the last several months on the technology required to update our room
rate display and further enhance the way these fees are disclosed, in accordance with our agreement with the State of Pennsylvania. In fact,
when we deploy our changes by May 15, 2023, we expect to be the first hospitality company to change its display, leading the industry on
this important issue."
Other hotel chain have also had resort fees associated with some properties that were not fully disclosed until payment. Some resort
fees were applied to properties that were clearly not "resorts".
Further, even though the members of some loyalty progrms may have had resort fees waived, not all programs did so.
This added price transparency is a win for consumers. We hope the online travel agencies join the party soon.
Marriott expands its affordable/midrange presence in Caribbean and Latin America region
Marriott announced today that it has completed its acquisition of the City Express brand portfolio from Hoteles City Express, S.A.B. de C.V.
(BMV: HCITY). With this acquisition, Marriott International has entered the affordable midscale segment and is launching its 31st brand,
City Express by Marriott.
With this brand acquisition, Marriott has significantly grown its presence in the Caribbean and Latin America, making it the
largest hotel company in the region,
The existing City Express hotel portfolio, consisting of approximately 150 properties, is now part of Marriott’s franchise system. These properties include urban, suburban, and extended stay offerings in Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, and Chile.. The transaction has increased Marriott’s presence in the CALA (Caribbean and Latin America) region by approximately 45 percent.
The City Express brand portfolio consists of five sub-brands: City Express, City Express Plus, City Express Suites, City Express Junior, and
In the coming months, the City Premios loyalty program is expected to be retired during 2023, as it is integrated into the Marriott Bonvoy
Hyatt further expands its luxury footprint with Mr & Mrs Smith
Mr & Mrs Smith has announced an agreement for a Hyatt affiliate to acquire London-based Mr & Mrs Smith, a platform offering direct booking access to a carefully curated collection of over 1,500 boutique and luxury properties in some of the world’s most desirable
locations. The transaction is anticipated to close in the second quarter of this year, subject to the usual closing conditions.
The move is the latest in a string of acquisitions and partnerships fuelling Hyatt’s expansion into luxury and lifestyle hotels as well as
deepening its portfolio of European properties.
What it means for Hyatt
The planned acquisition of Mr & Mrs Smith is expected to build on Hyatt’s leadership position in luxury and further strengthen Hyatt’s
distribution capabilities, especially across Europe - a region where Hyatt has historically been under-represented.
This acquisition builds on a transformative growth period for Hyatt in the last 12 months, which included the recently completed acquisition
of Dream Hotel Group’s lifestyle brand and management portfolio and the conversion of a portfolio of over 30 franchise agreements with
Lindner Hotels & Resorts and me and all hotels, as well as substantial organic growth of Hyatt’s global portfolio.
As a result of Hyatt’s expanded brand portfolio and ever-growing offering for every stay occasion, membership in the World of Hyatt loyalty
program has more than tripled during the past five years.
Adding Mr and Mrs Smith could make 36-million-member Hyatt’s loyalty program more valuable to it users, complementing Hyatt’s offerings (eg
expanding into Villas). Initially, Hyatt will seek to leverage Mr & Mrs Smith’s one-million-strong membership base.
It aims to launch direct booking access to properties within the luxury specialist’s platform and also attract its members to the World of
Benefits for World of Hyatt members
World of Hyatt members will gain access to even more global luxury of offerings across hundreds of geographies – including over 20 countries
where there are currently no Hyatt hotels such as Fiji, Croatia, Iceland and Anguilla (though World of Hyatt members can find points-earning
and redemption options in some of those places thanks to the program's affiliation with Small Luxury Hotels of the World).
Hyatt plans to unveil direct booking access to properties within the Mr & Mrs Smith platform through Hyatt’s distribution channels,
including Hyatt.com and the World of Hyatt app. Hyatt is exploring ways to enable World of Hyatt members to earn and redeem
points across eligible hotels in the Mr & Mrs Smith collection.
IHG loses out
The deal comes at the expense of IHG Hotels & Resorts, which for a few years had a marketing partnership with Mr & Mrs Smith where
IHG selectively offered to its loyalty members access to a
few hundred of
its 1,500 hotels in markets where IHG didn’t already have a strong presence of similar upscale properties like InterContinental, Kimpton or
Unfortunately, that partnership never really got onto solid ground from a loyalty program perspective.
* When staying at Mr & Mrs Smith hotels as an IHG One Rewards member, many travellers noted it was a clunky endeavour to book
the hotels via IHG, and you often had to manually remove any other brand option but the Mr & Mrs Smith partnership in the search.
* Disjointed loyalty recognition was another sticking point amid the IHG partnership, as IHG One Rewards members earned one set of
benefits while those in IHG's separate InterContinental Ambassador and Kimpton Inner Circle members enjoyed elevated benefits at Mr &
Mrs Smith properties
That deal presumably will end by the time this transaction closes.We expect that Hyatt’s experience with its SLH partnership will mean
that many of these types of issues will not be faced by World of Hyatt members.
The fact that these hotels and others in the Mr & Mrs Smith ecosystem will now be part of Hyatt puts significant pressure on IHG to find
a new partner with unique luxury properties to entice its members to remain loyal. This comes on the heels of several other challenges IHG
has faced recently, including a planned Six Senses property in New York City that switched brand affiliation to Accor’s Faena label.
Parting thoughts This acquisition will strengthen Hyatt’s position in the luxury traveller market, broadening the range of properties available and
further addresses Hyatt’s historically small footprint in Europe relative to its main competitors. What we like most is Hyatt’s focus on
quality and strategic acquisitions, rather than being drawn towards being bigger just for its own sake.
About Mr & Mrs Smith
Founded in 2003, Mr & Mrs Smith is the travel club for hotel lovers: an award-winning boutique and luxury hotel booking service
specialising in the world’s most seductive stays. There are now more than 1,800 hotels and villas in the collection, all hand-picked and anonymously reviewed.
In its attempt to own more of the traveller experience from start to finish, AccorHotels is enabling guests to book hotel and flight
packages, who can choose from more than 200 AccorHotels properties in 30 destinations worldwide. The feature caters mostly to leisure
Flights choices come from multiple airlines, both network carriers and low-cost, and the booking engine
Key points are:
Save up to 20% off your booking - The best Flight + Hotel deals, negotiated by our ALL experts, all year round. Customise your perfect package - Choose from our range of quality hotels worldwide and from any airline at your preferred
flight time. Earn points on every stay - Members of ALL earn Status points & Reward points on every package
booked. Save up to 20% off - Whenever, wherever you want, you will save 20% off all year round with a Flight+Hotel package. Your holiday, your way - Choose from Accor's wide range of hotel, resort, and apartment brands worldwide, then select
your preferred airline and you're ready to take-off. Boost your points balance - Earn 1 Status point and 1 Reward point for every 2 euros you spend on a Flight+Hotel
package. Note that ALL points are also earned on additional purchases during your stay.
Our thoughts - this is an attractive and convenient package for ALL members. We like that you
can select any airline, not only ALL's alliance partners Air France/KLM or Qantas.
Flights choices come from multiple airlines, both network carriers and low-cost, and the booking engine will automatically suggest the best
flight schedule for the consumer. However, travelers can also change the flight options, and choose exactly which flights or airlines they
wish to book, with the package cost adjusting automatically.
2) earn both reward points and status points on the flight portion 3) receive a significant discount to publicly available pricing.
On the downside,
1} The ALL Members' Rate and Accor Plus members' rate does not apply. 2) Member benefits during stay (welcome drink, complimentary breakfast, upgrades etc ) and bonus offers do not
apply. 3) Payment with points does not apply to bookings online or at the hotel.
Overall, we like this development from Accor and ALL. It is definitely worth checking out when planning your next (especially
overseas) trip. Read More…
Shangri-La Melbourne slated to open in 1Q2024 - not long to wait
60-storey luxury Shangri-La Melbourne arriving in less than 12 months
Part of the Sapphire by the Gardens development in the Melbourne CBD, Shangri-La
Hotel Melbourne CBD will
take up residence in one of two 60-storey-plus skyscrapers when it opens in Q1 2024.
The five star hotel will occupy the taller 62-floor tower, spread across approximately 57,114 sq m gross floor area. The other tower will
house 325 luxury apartments. The two towers overlook Melbourne’s World Heritage-listed Carlton Gardens and will be connected by a Sky
Lounge two-thirds of the way up.
Upon completion, Shangri-La Melbourne will incorporate an impressive range of luxury accommodation choices, including approximately 500
spacious guestrooms which will have a 50sq m average size and a couple of the bigger penthouses being about “six bays”
– equating to about six guestrooms in size each. Some of the well-appointed guestrooms, will have exquisite family rooms – the first
of its kind in Australia – with Horizon Club guestrooms, Premier and Presidential Suites on the upper levels.
Shangri-La Hotel Melbourne will feature a striking façade embellished with champagne gold fins. The facility will also deliver the largest
ballroom space in the city’s CBD with elegant six-metre-high ceilings. Other amenities will include restaurants, a lounge and bar, spa,
fitness centre with gym and yoga space, as well as both a roof garden pool and indoor heated swimming pool.
Shangri-La is one of my favourite brands for city stays. Shangri-La's newest Australian property is eagerly awaited.
JW Marriott enters the Luxury Safari market
Marriott today announced the opening of JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge, marking the company's highly anticipated debut in the luxury safari
Sitting within the Masai Mara National Reserve in Southwestern Kenya, one of Africa’s most renowned wildlife and wilderness conservation
regions, the lodge is a sophisticated sanctuary from which to discover animals and breathtaking vistas in harmony. Exhilarating guided game
drives offer guests the opportunity to observe the “Big Five” that Masai Mara is home to, including lions, leopards, buffalos, rhinoceros,
and elephants. Between June and September, the reserve is host to the annual great wildebeest migration, which sees more than 10 million
animals travel a distance of 1,800 miles from the Serengeti in neighboring Tanzania.
JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge is a 30-minute drive from Keekorok Airstrip and a 25-minute drive from Sekenani Main Gate.
Bookings for JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge are now open with prices from US$1,450 per person, per night (all-inclusive board basis). For more
contact Neil at Rewarding Travel, our associated agency which is an affiliate of Fora Travel
Singita is the historical leader in this market, so it will be interesting to see how Marriott's new entrant will measure up.
COMO Hotels & Resorts expects to add an address in Sydney’s CBD to its global collection within the next two
years.. The hospitality and wellness specialist has 16 properties around the world in Bali, Thailand, Bhutan, Maldives, Tuscany, London, Turks & Caicos, Australia (COMO The Treasury in Perth) and the group’s most recent addition, Fiji’s Laucala Island, which joined the luxury stable 14 months ago.
Representatives from COMO Hotels & Resorts have been travelling the country this week and last. Joining the delegation in Sydney from
COMO’s HQ in Singapore was COMO’s Doris Goh, Vice President – Commercial. Goh offered insight on the brand to media, saying the Australian
market was very important given its location to the bulk of COMO’s collection in Southeast Asia (three properties in Bali and two in both
Thailand and Bhutan), the Maldives (two) and Fiji. She confirmed that Australian travellers were generating a significant share of business
for COMO Laucala Island in Fiji.
Sydney on the radar for Como
Domestically, COMO The Treasury has been part of the portfolio since its opening eight years ago in 2015. But when quizzed about further
expansion in Australia and the potential of an asset on the east coast, Goh confirmed, “We’re looking at Sydney.” She said the NSW capital
has been on the luxury hospitality company’s radar for some time.
“It’s always been the vision of COMO’s Founder, Christina Ong, to be in key gateway locations,” Goh said during her whirlwind visit. Pressed for a potential timeline for a Sydney debut of either 12 or 24 months, she flagged the latter duration.
Goh was tight-lipped on specific sites in Sydney, or if COMO had its eye on a take-over, restoration project or potential new build, or even
a site inspection while she was in the country.
She did however state that Ong, is “very hands-on when it comes to food, wellness and aesthetics” at the brand’s hotels, and any new choice of property would be “personally curated by herself along with her choice of designers.” Paola Navone of OTTO studio is one interior
designer Ong has used on existing COMO projects, including COMO Castello del Nero in Tuscany, Italy; COMO Point Yamu in Phuket, Thailand;
and her latest work at COMO Le Montrachet in Burgundy, France.
The name COMO itself is an acronym of the Founder’s initials and that of her daughter, Melissa Ong.
Growth and expansion
Announced in late 2021, COMO Le Montrachet will officially debut in June 2023 after a soft opening next month.
The property, which dates back to 1842, is centered around a famous restaurant and an inn and will feature 30 rooms and suites. Nestled
around the village square of Puligny-Montrachet (a village in the renowned wine region of Burgundy), the COMO Le Montrachet is spread across
four heritage buildings that have been converted into chic sanctuaries. A COMO Shambhala Retreat is planned for the property in the future.
Also in June, Podere San Filippo will debut near the 740-acre COMO Castello Del Nero’s estate. The historic
farmhouse has been converted into a modern family residence with 12 large and contemporary apartments – a mix of one- to three-bedrooms,
some of which offer outdoor patios.
From 1 September 2023, COMO Hotels & Resorts will also “come home” to Singapore when COMO Metropolitan Singapore opens.
Thirty years since the brand was last in the Lion City, the 150-room and suite property will feature Michelin Star restaurants, retail and
fashion brands and a COMO Shambhala wellness facility. “At COMO Metropolitan Singapore, we are able to implement the entire ‘COMO Lifestyle’
– food and beverage, wellness, retail. It’ll be the first time we can bring it all together in one location,” she commented.
Additionally, COMO is set to welcome a second property in Italy in the northern alps – complementing its Tuscan retreat – and building on
the brand’s existing presence in the Dolomites where it operates the COMO Shambhala Spa. Set within the five-star Alpina Dolomites Lodge
for the past year, the ski resort will reposition as COMO Alpina Dolomites from December 2023. Not just a winter
playground, Goh said the 30-room and suite Italian mountain resort is just as popular during summer months when the property commands
higher rates than winter. It also has a very strong repeat business of 50%. Alpina Dolomites is currently a member of Leading Hotels of
It will close for enhancements to bring it in line with COMO standards. Goh did emphaise that the upgrade will “ensure that we do not take
away the nuances that guests are familiar with and love.”
Further, Goh said the loyalty program of COMO Hotels & Resorts, COMOCLUB, is nearing the 1 million member mark. Now in
it’s 29th year, COMOCLUB has over 800,000 members and has a “very engaged audience”, she said.
Gabi Vincent, Director of Sales and Marketing for COMO The Treasury said the Perth address is focused on immersive
experiences guests can engulf themselves in while on-site within the heritage building. Home to six restaurants, four bars and ten
retailers, COMO The Treasury offers a number of activations and curated experiences annually, such as Artists in Residence and ‘COMO
Conversations’, alongside spring and festive campaigns to name a few.
To encourage more east-coasters to travel to the west for short breaks, COMO The Treasury partners with Ampersand Estates
in Pemberton to coordinate five-night curated itineraries (two nights in Perth, three nights in the Margaret River region), to showcase the city and rural destinations.
Vincent also revealed that Singapore is driving the return of international visitors to the property, and that events at COMO
have now kicked into another gear after the COVID drought.
Bonvoy had a unique feature that allowed members to make an unlimited number of award reservations that were not backed up points in
the accounts. Instead, you needed to have them 14 days before the intended stay. Under
Bonvoy, the Points Advance has been devalued several times; the number of active award reservations without backed points was reduced to
three, you needed to have the points within 60 days of making such a reservation or 14 days before the stay, and these reservations no
longer locked in the points rates.
Now, Marriott Bonvoy is ending them altogether on March 28, 2023, citing low demand as a reason. You
can access Marriott Bonvoy here.
Important points to note:
Rest assured, Reservations booked using Points Advance prior to March 28, 2023 will be honored.
Remember, you must have the Points in your Account 60 days from the time of booking, or 14 days prior to arrival, whichever comes
Member may only have three (3) Points Advance Reservations at one time.
What happens if I need to modify or cancel my Points Advance Reservation between now and March 28, 2023?
Prior to March 28, 2023, you may cancel or modify your Points Advance Reservations (e.g. change the dates or location, if available). You
can modify or cancel your Points Advance Reservation in your Account profile on Marriott.com or
the Marriott Bonvoy® Mobile App.
What happens if I need to modify or cancel my Points Advance reservation after March 28, 2023?
Cancellation of the Points Advance Reservation is allowed, but always subject to the cancellation policy tied to the Reservation. If
you are modifying the Reservation dates after March 28, 2023, it cannot rebooked as a Points Advance Reservation, only as a paid Stay.
Many Marriott Rewards members loved this program feature, because you could lock in the points reservations year in advance while planning
your trips and firm them up or cancel closer to the intended stay while earning the required points.
Some members abused the feature, locking out other members from booking unti the last minute then cancelling unwanted trips. This led to
changes limiting the number of active Points Advance reservations you can have at any one time. The death knell though was more likely
the move to dynamic pricing. Reserving a room without knowing how many points you will need to redeem until using the booking was
always going to lead to low demand among program members. All it did was signal demand to Marriott which would encourage a rise in rates
(without the benfit of having locked in your own rate - better to delay the booking until certain.
I'm not surprised to see this option canned by Marriott. Far more useful is the cash + points feature which remains
available - read more in our Guide to Marriott Bonvoy.
Capella Sydney Opening Date Confirmed - book while you still can!
Further to our post of 30 October 2022, Capella
the first Australian property in the Capella Hotels and Resorts portfolio, is now accepting reservations for arrivals beginning 15
It is the newest 5-star hotel in the Sydney CBD and includes 192 guestrooms (such as the one pictured) and suites, anchored by
three ground-level food and beverage outlets: Aperture, Brasserie 1930 and McRae Bar. .
For travellers unfamiliar with this luxury brand, “The Capella brand is synonymous with luxury, excellence in the craft of hospitality and
cultural immersion. Capella Sydney takes this to the next level through unparalleled experiences that go above and beyond the expected,
underscored by world-class accommodation and dining,” said Marc von Arnim, Capella Sydney’s General Manager.
The beautifully appointed guestrooms and suites are replete with deluxe textiles, standalone tubs, custom Italian Frette linen and exclusive
Haeckels amenities. Guestrooms at Capella Sydney offer an abundance of space, volume and natural light. Starting at 46 square metres,
each room features curated artwork, sumptuous furnishings and intriguing objet d’art complete with luxurious pillow-top beds fitted with
custom Italian Frette linen and exclusive Haeckel’s amenities
The guestrooms start from AU$530 per night (Superior rooms - 46 square metres), while the uppermost jewel, the
235-square-metre Capella Suite on the ninth floor, boasts the largest offering in the portfolio, starting from AU$6,430 per
Marriott recently announced some bad news to Bonvoy members planning to stay in Africa.
As of March 1, 2023, Marriott Bonvoy members will only earn 5X points at Protea Hotels (joining the other
brands of Homes & Villas, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, and Element) and 1 Elite Night Credit for every 2 nights stayed. Here are
the details of this change.
Protea Hotels by Marriott
Marriott acquired Protea Hotels in 2013. As of 2023, Protea operates 64 properties spread across 9 countries in Africa —
primarily South Africa, but also in Algeria, Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. Marriott advertises
Protea Hotels as mid-range, 4 to 5-star properties.
Marriott's Reduction of the Earning Rate of Protea Hotels
Until now, Marriott Bonvoy members earned the usual 10 points per dollar spent and 1 Elite Night Credit per night at Protea
Hotels. As of March 1, 2023, those earnings will be cut in half.
Bonvoy members will only earn 5 points per dollar spent. Elite Night Credits will only be given for every two nights
stayed. In other words, half an Elite Night Credit per night.
These changes go into effect on March 1, 2023. The change will be based on the checkout date, not
on the booking date.
In other words, every stay with a checkout date on or after March 1 will receive half rewards — regardless of when you booked Conclusion
This certainly isn't good news for Marriott Bonvoy members looking to stay at Protea properties in Africa after March 1, 2023.
Hopefully t his is not the beginning of a devaluation for Marriott Bonvoy points across several brands (again).
Meliá Hotels International has had another successful year in the Booking.com Traveller Review Awards.
More than 200 of the company’s hotels have been rewarded this year for their exceptional performance and for having achieved a satisfaction rating above 8 in the reviews made by thousands of customers on Booking.com The award winners include hotels from all over the world and
from all of the different company brands.
Among the more than 200 hotels, some of the company’s most luxurious properties achieved the highest scores, along with some of the most outstanding of the recently opened hotels: ME Barcelona, a new icon for luxury hotels in one of the most popular cities in Spain, and Villa Le Blanc, a Gran Meliá Hotel, which has revolutionised the luxury resort segment in Menorca by becoming the first carbon-neutral hotel in the destination.
Other luxury hotels operated by the company performed well, including the Meliá Serengeti Lodge, Member of Meliá Collection
(Tanzania), located in one of the most stunning natural environments in the world and with an approach to sustainability which has helped it
earn the highest score among all the company’s hotels.
Other strong performers include the Gran Meliá Iguazu (Argentina), which offers a luxurious experience with views of one of the most famous waterfalls in the world, and the Gran Meliá Xi’an, one of the luxury hotels the company operates in China.
The Meliá Hotels & Resorts brand achieved high scores with both its city and resort hotels in Asia: Meliá Ho Tram Beach Resort
(Vietnam), Meliá Vinpearl Hue (Vietnam) and Meliá Chiang Mai (Thailand).
Among other hotels operated under other brands that have achieved outstanding scores are: INNSIDE Liverpool (UK) and INNSIDE
(Peru), Paradisus Los Cabos and Paradisus Playa del Carmen (Mexico), Sol Beach House Ibiza
(Spain) and Sol Oasis Marrakech (Morocco).
Jumeirah Expands Presence in Europe with Key Acquisition in Geneva
Jumeirah Group, the global luxury hospitality company, today announced the acquisition of its first property in Switzerland as it continues its growth trajectory and international expansion.
The flagship property - Le Richemond - was founded in 1875 and is located on the banks of Lake Geneva in a prime location at the
heart of the city’s business district and a short walk from the city’s luxury designer boutiques.
Jumeirah’s new property in Geneva is its fifth in Europe, joining The Carlton Tower Jumeirah, and Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in London, UK; Capri Palace Jumeirah on the island of Capri, Italy; and Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa in Mallorca, Spain. Jumeirah Group, which originated in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, has a portfolio of 26 hotels and resorts across Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
The art deco property with its charm and grandeur has been a popular destination for well-known personalities throughout the years. The
hotel features 87 rooms and 22 suites, boasting stunning views across Lac Léman and the mountain peaks of Mont Blanc.
The property will undergo extensive renovations, which will commence as soon as possible, to reposition and elevate the guest experience to a
level consistent with Jumeirah’s brand expectations. Jumeirah plans to introduce its signature wellness and fitness concepts and will also
focus on bringing its culinary expertise to the banks of Lake Geneva.
The move signals Jumeirah’s appetite for investment in key cities that support the diversification of its portfolio and build brand equity
as a globally recognised luxury hotel operator. Geneva, as a thriving city, synonymous with luxury living, a strong international business
community and a robust high-end tourism sector, will support Jumeirah’s vision to become one of the world’s top five luxury hotel brands.
Meliá Hotels ranked as the most sustainable company in the world in the category of Hotels, Resorts and Cruises.
After the recent assessment by S&P Global ESG – the most comprehensive and prestigious international sustainability performance
analysis, which evaluates more than 10,000 companies from all over the world – Meliá Hotels International, has once again been ranked
as the most sustainable company in the world in the category of Hotels, Resorts and Cruises.
Meliá has achieved the top position in both the Social and the Economic and Governance dimensions, and particularly high scores in such
important areas as climate strategy, human rights, human capital development and customer relations.
As Meliá says."our passion inspires us to respond to the global challenges faced by our planet and continue to move forward to offer
you an increasingly more sustainable experience in our hotels".
2023 hotel openings - our "can't wait to stay" list
Exciting New Properties Opening in 2023
There are many brands opening new properties globally this year, as the worst of the global pandemic may be behind us. This is our ” bakers dozen” list of properties opening in 2023 that we are super excited about and can barely wait to book, listed in geographic regions. With most of these, booking through Rewarding Travel can provide you with luxury perks (eg daily breakfast, room upgrade st availability...) at no additional cost.
It’s going to be a busy year…
1. Raffles London at The OWO (2Q 2023)
An architectural masterpiece, the Old War Office on Whitehall (OWO) is undergoing a meticulous restoration to create the Raffles’s first UK
hotel. OWO dates back to 1906 and is famed for housing influential leaders. These include Winston Churchill, David Lloyd George and
John Profumo. It also inspired Ian Fleming to write the James Bond series after working here as a key liaison. The
landmark building has undergone a monumental transformation and now features 120 lavish guestrooms and suites, 85 spectacular private
residences, 9 ultra-stylish restaurants and 3 bars, bars including one gracing the rooftop with views across The Mall on to Buckingham
An exclusive Guerlain spa and member’s health club (a 20-metre indoor swimming pool, saunas and steam rooms ) by movement and nutrition experts Pillar will offer private memberships for locals in the know.
2. The Peninsula, London (May 2023)
Swish Hong Kong hotel group Peninsula – famed for its Rolls-Royce fleets, crisp-suited bellboys and want-for-nothing service – is finally
landing in London. Located at one of the most prestigious addresses in the British capital, overlooking Hyde Park Corner and the Wellington
Arch, The Peninsula London is bringing the best of British – culture, art, and
cuisine – to this new build in Belgravia.
Expect Peninsua’s usual sleek and understated elegance in each of its 190 rooms, while several destination restaurants, a Peninsula Spa
(including a 25m indoor pool ) and a grand ballroom are also on-site. The Peninsula London also features a one-storey shopping arcade, with nine retail shops housing international luxury brands keeping luxury style very close at this new central London location.
3. Mandarin Oriental. Mayfair (2Q 2023)
The luxury hotel chain is expanding its presence in London with the opening of Mandarin
Oriental Mayfair, London providing
a smaller, more intimate sister property to the award-winning Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in nearby Knightsbridge. Situated on Hanover
Square, Mayfair’s oldest square, the hotel will provide a calming, discreet sanctuary for hotel guests.
The property comprises 50 guestrooms and 78 private residences in the heart of Mayfair, one of London's most stylish
neighbourhoods. Taking advantage of its world-class location within walking distance of London's admired fashion houses on Bond Street and the boutiques of Saville Row, as well as art galleries, the new hotel will offer guests and Fans of MO ( its loyalty program ) exclusive access and experiences from high fashion to art, culture, and dining. It will also house the first namesake
Akira Back restaurant in the UK from Michelin Star award winning Chef Akira Back, as well as his 'ABar Lounge' concept. There will also be
an urban spa, focussed on renewal and recalibration, featuring an indoor 25-metre swimming pool, sauna, vitality pool, relaxation room
and a myriad of bespoke wellness treatments.
4. Adagio London Whitechapel (Late 2023)
For guests who desire the helpful services of a hotel and the freedom to live like a local in a neighbourhood apartment, Adagio offers an
easy balance of both. Designed for longer stays, the 147 serviced apartments conveniently located on Whitechapel Road in East
provide one or two-bedroom apartments, complete with kitchens.
5. 100 Princes Street Edinburgh (August 2023)
Red Carnation Hotels’ group first Scottish property is to be 100 Princes Street, whose name is a nod to their illustrious address on one of
Edinburgh’s most famous streets. The interiors – designed by the team behind Ashford Castle in Ireland – will be full-blown Scottish chic
with custom-made tartan by Araminta Campbell, roaring fires and a central staircase with a hand-painted mural of Scottish explorers by
Croxford and Saunders restoring the former Overseas League building to its former glory. There’ll be just 30 guest rooms, some looking to
Edinburgh castle, and a staff ratio of 2:1, so you know service will be a priority.
6. Six Senses Rome (March 2023)
For their new Rome hotel, Six Senses painstakingly restored parts of a Roman
15th-century compound, including the exterior Renaissance facade and interior staircase. Architect Patricia Urquiola is masterminding the
interiors - guest rooms feature traditional cocciopesto plasterwork, locally-sourced travertine limestones, and
sun-drenched terraces. Located steps from the Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain, overlooking via del Corso, it is a great place to rest after
a long day exploring the city. They currently have an opening offer, valid until 30th of April:- 15% off best flexible rate.-
Includes: breakfast, upgrade upon availability, a welcome drink, use of Roman Baths, Sleep questionnaire, bedding and sleep tracker and
access to their Earth Lab.
From Deluxe Suite onwards receive a one-way Airport transfer as well and a 20-minute skin instant lab. Contact RewardingTravel
for more details.
7. Bulgari, Rome
The eternal city’s hotel scene is seeing an injection of fresh style with new branches of Nobu
Hotels and Six Senses, plus the boutique ROMEO, in a 16th century palazzo. But top of our must-visit list for OTT luxury is Bulgari Rome. This Italian brand owns hotels as far afield as Shanghai and Bali, but finally opens its
flagship on home city turf this coming spring or summer. Set in a 1930s modernist building dripping in travertine marble and red brick, it’s
sure to be the epitome of more-is-more Bulgari style with warm jewel tones, fabulous artwork and unashamedly luxurious suites.
8. Anantara Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi. (April 2023) Following extensive restoration and renovation works, the heritage hotel – occupying a 13th-century monastery and former Cappuccini Friars Convent – will be restored to its original glory. The historic 52 guest room and suite property will reveal new-look accommodation, refreshed dining concepts and a completely redesigned
spa, all perched on a clifftop 80 metres above sea level with spectacular views of the Mediterranean Coast.
9. Maison Delano Paris (Early 2023)
Located in the heart of the ultra-chic 8th Arrondissement, Maison Delano Paris is an oasis within the bustling city. Occupying an 18th
century courtyard building at 4 Rue d’Anjou, this is a place to experience exceptional and exclusive culinary concepts by three-star
Michelin Chef Dani García, a fresh perspective on wellness and hyper-exclusive curated moments.
10. COMO Le Montrachet (2Q 2023)
Fine wine plus a fine spa – what else do you need? Launching in picturesque Burgundian village Puligny-Montrachet , COMO
is the latest (and first French) property in the wellness-focused COMO resort group is a celebration of life’s good things. Spread across
four 18th century stone buildings, serene contemporary suites will channel pure Gallic serenity; meanwhile the Shambala
Retreat spa will turn out deep tissue massages and hydrating facials. The restaurant will come with a superb Burgundian wine list, of
course. Prefer spirits? Look instead to another exciting French opening: La Nauve, a former
cognac distillery turned hotel near the Charente river. Teasingly Olivier Jolivet, CEO of the COMO Group has said that “
Besides Europe, we will also add a new luxury resort in the South Pacific to the portfolio next year.” (ie
The COMO Group is an international privately-owned company with long-term investments in the world of fashion, wellness, high-level sports
and luxury hotels. The group also supports its philanthropic mission through the COMO Foundation. Its subsidiary, COMO Hotels and Resorts,
includes 14 international properties. Destinations in APAC include Bali, the Maldives, Bhutan, Thailand and Australia. In the Americas, the
group own and operate a private island in the Turks and Caicos. In Europe, The COMO Group operates two city hotels in London and a resort in
11. The Standard, Singapore (late 2023)
Opening right off Singapore’s famed Orchard Road is the Standard Singapore, which aims to enhance the city’s already vibrant cultural scene
with its buzzy, night-life-focused brand. In addition to their 143 rooms will be a signature restaurant, an infinity pool, and a bar set
within a botanical courtyard. The Standard prides itself on shaking up the establishment and defying convention to deliver a unique
experience. The company says its careful consideration of design, detail and service has allowed it to "cultivate a reputation for
irreverent and playful sensibility".
12. Capella Sydney (March 2023)
The first property for Capella Hotels and Resorts to open in Australia will be housed in a magnificent heritage-listed sandstone building,
centrally located just a short walk from the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge Capella
all about contemporary luxury balanced with the historical Edwardian-Baroque features – grand soaring ceilings, marble-clad foyer –
with contemporary design, international art and 70 species of local floral on a seven-metre-tall ‘green wall’ of this 100-year-old
building. Guests will also be granted access to the private Living Room – a signature of Capella properties across the world. Here,
local pros or Capella Culturists will be on hand to organise guest activities both in and outside the hotel.
Over eight levels, 192 guest rooms and suites feature walnut wood, natural stones and deluxe textiles with standalone tubs, custom Italian
Frette linen and Haeckel’s amenities in the bathroom. Three ground-level bars and restaurants include Brasserie 1930 and McRae Bar is a
modern rendition of a Victorian-era drinking den. On level six is an Aruga spa, fitness centre, yoga platform and 20-metre heated indoor
swimming pool. While the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge are all within walking distance.
13. The Ritz-Carlton, Melbourne (March 2023)
At the Ritz-Carlton Melbourne, which promises to be
Australia’s tallest hotel, check-in happens at the Sky Lobby, 80 floors above the city. All of the hotel’s high-rise rooms,
spread across levels 63 to 79, will have stunning views of the city and Port Phillip Bay.
A sharp eye for design, and two highly respected chefs are set to be the calling cards of Australia's latest Ritz-Carlton,
delivering local, seasonal and cutting-edge cuisine across the luxury hotel's culinary offering. The restaurant will sit a cool 80 floors
above the CBD alongside the lobby, and below it will lie a holistic wellness spa that includes a heated indoor infinity pool, spa, sauna and
yoga studio. The 257 carefully appointed rooms will feature interiors with custom leather and velvet furniture,
handmade glass panels and marble bathrooms with art works by local artists gracing the walls.
Exciting Renovated Properties that will Re-Open in 2023
Not quite "new" but having had significant renovations or refurbishments, these half-dozen properties are also on our list.
1. The Dorchester: London The Dorchester has been a London icon for the last 90 years, and now
it's slated to debut its largest renovation since the '80s next year. French designer Pierre-Yves Rochon is redesigning the
hotel's entrance, promenade, guest rooms and suites, along with a new Cake & Flower boutique. The legendary Martin Brudnizki Design Studio is
redesigning the famous cocktail bar, which is now dubbed Vesper Bar.
2. The Royce Hotel, Melbourne (4Q 2023)
What do you want from your next trip to Melbourne: a culture hit or a dose of nature? At The
sitting on the border of the CBD and South Yarra’s parklands, you can enjoy both. This 1920s gem is being restored to its art deco glory,
complete with a 14-metre high marble fireplace in the lobby lounge and a two-metre wide chandelier. The name pays tribute to its former
roles as Rolls Royce (Australia) HQ and major showroom.
The latest refurbishment, which aims to immerse guests in glamour with its 94 guest rooms, a marble staircase and
fireplace, 24-hour concierge, and a swanky bar. In the rooms, freestanding baths, Molton Brown amenities and botanical wallpaper will round
out this trendy South Yarra spot.
3. Le Meridien Melbourne (early 2023)
From its Bourke Street perch, Le Meridien Melbourne will bring a touch of French flair to the theatre district. Expect plenty of surprises
behind the art deco façade including an immersive arts program, house-made gelato and a dazzling rooftop pool deck with views looking over
Parliament House towards Fitzroy Gardens. The Parliament end of Bourke Street will welcome back Le Méridien to Australian shores.
Originally built as a hotel in the 1850s before going through lives as a cinema, nightclub and theatre, the building will return to its
origins as a hotel for the first time in decades. The 235-room hotel is set to have expansive views over the Royal Botanic
Gardens along with a rooftop pool deck.
4. Fairmont Port Douglas
Port Douglas is where the rainforest meets the reef and luxury brand Fairmont promises that its new Port Douglas resort will immerse guests
in the area’s spectacular nature.enabling them to connect with nature amidst eco-friendly luxury. Expect organic
architecture, a treetop walk, and butterfly nets above the children’s swimming pool, as well as an operating philosophy focused on
5. Manly Pacific, Sydney
A seaside favourite gets a new lease of life courtesy of the MGallery Hotel Collection and designers Coco Republic, who have given Manly’s
best-located hotel (right on the foreshore) a five-star makeover. Apart from the spa and the rooftop pool, highlights include a French
bistro and Tokyo Joe restaurant, featuring sushi, sashimi and more courtesy of an ex-Nobu chef..
6. W Sydney (October 2023)
Darling Harbour’s distinctive new development has already attracted plenty of attention for its eye-catching architecture. It will become
even more of a landmark once W Sydney opens with all the modern pizzazz of the W brand . With 585 stylish guest rooms and suites
occupying 25 floors with spectacular Darling Harbour views and interiors inspired by the waterfront location (think powder blue tiles and
deep circular tubs and stunning Sydney views) we expect this will be one of the city’s buzziest hotels.
Forming part of the development that includes an IMAX theatre and a retail wing. W
a two-storey rooftop bar, Level 29 WET® Deck with a heated 30m infinity pool, AWAY® Spa, FIT gym, all-day restaurant, Living Room bar,
1300sqm of event space and direct access to Darling Harbour waterfront precinct, and links across Cockle Bay and Sydney’s International
Convention Centre (ICC).). .
The Standard Melbourne confirmed on track for June 2023 opening
Speaking recently with Rowan Hand VP Global Sales for Standard International, he confirmed that the timing for the opening of The Standard
Melbourne in Fitzroy's hip Rose Street remains on track for June 2023.
The Standard, Fitzroy will come to life as a 127-room hotel built over seven levels (including a rooftop bar), with design cues inspired
heavily by the local area and its long-standing industrial heritage.
The Standard prides itself on shaking up the establishment and defying convention to deliver a unique experience. The company says its careful consideration of design, detail and service has allowed it to "cultivate a reputation for irreverent and playful
The Standard is also a pet-friendly group of hotels. So depending on your preferred vibe, you can choose to
book your stays with either Kimpton or The Standard properties and know that you pet will be made very welcome (read
See also our post of 4 August 2022, when we first brought this news to our readers.
The first Hyatt hotel to open its doors in Scotland announced on Burns Night 2023
Fittingly on Burns Night,Hyatt has announced the opening of SCHLOSS Roxburghe (pictured), marking the debut of the Destination by Hyatt
brand in the United Kingdom.
“As the first Hyatt hotel to open its doors in Scotland and the 14th property in the UK, this immersive country retreat
reflects the growing demand from World of Hyatt members and guests for discovery-filled experiences in some of Britain’s most sought-after
locations,” said Arnaud de Saint-Exupery, area vice president of Hyatt in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Just a few miles from the scenic market town of Kelso, and an hour from Edinburgh and Newcastle, SCHLOSS Roxburghe raises the bar on luxury
for travellers seeking a tranquil, rural escape in Scotland. In keeping with the brand’s ambition to build a distinct portfolio of luxury
properties that connect guests with people, cultures and places, the property capitalizes on the growing demand from travelers seeking to
escape their daily routine in style. The extensive range of amenities across SCHLOSS Roxburghe’s 300 acres of scenic countryside gives
guests a true sense of place.
Formerly owned by the Duke of Roxburghe, the elegant countryside retreat offers a total of 78 guestrooms and suites, all within or nearby
the historic manor house and The Estate House. Looking ahead, the property is set to introduce 50 additional cottages, planned to be
available to guests early in 2023.
Located in the beautiful woodlands on the SCHLOSS Roxburghe estate, surrounded by wildlife and right next to the golf course, each of the
12 cottages benefits from having additional living space, fitted kitchens and furnished garden terraces. These additional amenities allow
guests the added flexibility to appreciate and take advantage of the hotel’s services while having the option enjoy to an intimate dining
experience provided by the property or themselves in the privacy within their own home-away-from-home.
Featuring striking high ceilings and decorated with a combination of Scottish tartans, the 20 guestrooms and suites located inside and
adjacent to the historic main house feature oak wood, natural stone, and sumptuous textiles. These beautifully furnished rooms are each
unique in character and highlight the eternal beauty and history of the time-honored building.
Extravagant fittings and fixtures such as four-poster beds and private balconies can be found within The Estate House. Offering some of the
finest views of the estate, these 58 additional guestrooms are spacious and flooded with light, providing stylish, yet modern comfort in the
most enchanting of settings.
Guests in all accommodation categories are able to take full advantage of the wealth of facilities across the stately grounds.
An oasis of calm
The 12,000 square foot (1,100 square meter) SCHLOSS Spa is a first-class wellbeing facility which includes an outdoor heated infinity
swimming pool, complete with an underwater sound system. It is accompanied by a plunge pool and hot tub, allowing guests to truly soak up
the hotel’s serene atmosphere.
To further set the stage for guests to dive into the estate’s natural beauty while pampering their soul, the large, 6,400 square foot (600
square meter) relaxation area features floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the landscaped grounds and rolling views toward the Scottish
For the ultimate indulgence, three treatment rooms ensure guests can take full advantage of the soothing range of natural treatments
available. The luxury spa also offers a fully equipped fitness suite plus a rustic Finnish dry sauna and a glass-fronted aromatic sauna,
both with pool views.
The great outdoors
In addition to a myriad of scenic walking trails, the dog-friendly facilities also include extensive outdoor pursuits, ensuring anyone
staying at SCHLOSS Roxburghe is perfectly placed to take full advantage of the unspoiled countryside.
Capitalizing on its enviable surroundings, the property boasts its own Country Sports Centre, ideal for those interested in tapping into the
wealth of more adventurous activities on their doorstep. From salmon fishing along the River Teviot to field sports such as archery and clay
pigeon shooting, the venue’s expert team will help unleash guests’ competitive sides in one of Scotland’s most spectacular settings.
The hotel also offers an 18-hole championship golf course that maximizes the landscape’s natural topography, embedded amongst glorious
rivers and mature woodlands, providing an enjoyable and challenging game for golfers of every level.
Upscale Food and Beverage Experiences
Guests and local residents alike have two on-site gastronomic experiences alongside a tearoom and various lounges to choose from, each
serving up a modern twist on traditional Scottish cuisine. These include Charlie’s restaurant, with its curated
‘Scottish bistronomy’ themed menu and terrace, and the cosmopolitan, fine cuisine of Sunlaws. The Drawing
meanwhile, provides the perfect spot for a sumptuous afternoon tea.
Under the guidance of Executive Head Chef Olivier Borja and the vision of the hotel’s culinary director Mark Drummond, the gourmet menus
prioritize fresh, local produce to help elevate the hotel’s culinary experience. Having studied catering in the Scottish Borders before
working his way up the ranks in prestigious London establishments, Drummond is perfectly placed to provide guests with a truly memorable
dining experience. Key to showcasing the local area and delivering a modern twist on traditional Scottish fare will be SCHLOSS Roxburghe’s
‘Estate to plate’ philosophy, with many ingredients grown within the hotel’s own grounds
Guests also have a wide choice of places to enjoy a relaxing beverage while taking in the spectacular views across the grounds. Whether
pulling up a stool at Bar 1745 – the sophisticated and cozy library bar with a roaring open fire – or enjoying a
fine wine in the fire-lit State Room Lounge, there are plenty of opportunities to relax in style.
The property’s purpose-built banqueting suite and extensive meetings facilities also make the hotel an unforgettable choice for weddings and
What is Destination by Hyatt ?
Hyatt says that "the Destination by Hyatt brand is a diverse collection of independent hotels, resorts and residences that are
individual at heart yet connected by a commitment to embody the true spirit of each location. Ranging from upper-upscale to luxury, each
property is purposefully crafted to be a place of immersive discoveries, authentic design, and warm and welcoming service. As an honored
host, each Destination by Hyatt location connects guests to both people and place—offering a sense of belonging that invites all to make
our destination yours"
Bonvoy adds ability to convert Krisflyer Miles to Bonvoy Points
KrisFlyer have announced that you can now convert points and miles between both programs. While you have been able to convert your Marriott
points to Singapore miles for a long time, the ability to transfer your Singapore miles to Marriott points is new.
The new two-way conversion ability is a new trend from Marriott and seems to be aimed at enhancing the value of their points and program. However,
the conversion rates leave a lot to be desired.
You can currently convert points and miles between both programs as follows:
from Singapore KrisFlyer Miles to Marriott Bonvoy points at a ratio of 2:1.
from Marriott Bonvoy points to Singapore KrisFlyer miles at a ratio of 3:1.
This news is the second one in a short period of time after Marriott just recently announced new two-way transfers between its
program and Korean Air SkyPass.
Perhaps this will be a Marriott trend for 2023, but we will have to wait and see if more programs will follow.
Marriott Two-way Conversion Partners
The following programs now offer two-way conversion between themselves and Marriott Bonvoy.
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
Korean Air SkyPass
United Mileage Plus (Premier status members only)
Is Transferring Marriott Points to Singapore KrisFlyer Miles Good Value?
In short No.
Our redemption value for Singapore KrisFlyer miles is USD 24.90 per 1,000 miles. On the other hand, we value Marriott Bonvoy
points at USD 10 per 1,000 points.
At a transfer ratio of 2:1, you would exchange around USD 49.80 worth of Singapore miles for USD 10 worth of Marriott Bonvoy points. This is
a clearly not a good idea!
On the other hand, transfers from Marriott to Singapore at a ratio of 3:1can make more sense. In effect, you would exchange around
USD 30 worth of Marriott points value for USD 24.90 worth of Singapore miles value. Although this seems like a bit of a loss, Singapore
Airlines KrisFlyer offers some excellent award options that could make it worthwhile, especially for aspirational awards on Singapore Airlines' own planes.
When Should You Convert Singapore KrisFlyer Miles to Marriott Bonvoy Points ?
There are a couple of instances when converting your KrisFlyer miles to Marriott Bonvoy points can make sense.
* Singapore miles expire after 36 months, and you cannot extend their validity without paying a hefty fee.
Therefore if you have a bunch of miles that are about to expire and don’t want to use them or hand over the cash,
transferring them can be an excellent get-out.
* Another option is if you are a few Marriott points short of a redemption and need to boost your balance. Although transferring a
few thousand Singapore miles works out as a loss, it is still valuable if it lets you hit an aspirational award. Just make sure you exhaust
your other options first, as you also transfer Amex Membership Rewards points to Marriott Bonvoy at a ratio of 1:1.
There have been transfer bonus offers in the past, so you might be able to get an even better transfer rate during one of these
The news that you can convert Singapore KrisFlyer miles to Marriott Bonvoy points is a welcome. if minor enhancement. as it gives members
more options to use their points. It's always nice to gain the flexibility to ytsmsfer your points from one program to another —
even in circumstances mainly limited to the need to top up an account or avoid point expiration.
Small Luxury hotels of the World (SLH) is holding a fantastic sale for its SLH Invited members -save 30% on stays at over 160 luxurious
properties, including locations such as:
Pictured is a seafront villa of Elounda Gulf Villas, one of the properties in Greece that is participating in the sale.
Stays must be completed by 31 December 2023. Other T&C's also apply..
Best be quick. The sale closes 4 January 2023 !Read More…
SLH's Considerate Collection Celebrates its First Birthday
Environmentally-minded travel agents (like Rewarding Travel) can browse and book from a biodiversity-promoting
portfolio of boutique stays around the world, which have been hand-picked to help you find your perfect eco-escape.
These properties still need to pass the SLH Quality Assurance standards required by all SLH properties, so you can be assured that the
sustainability does not sacrifice luxe. You can read more about how these standards are measured and maintained in our Complete
Guide To SLH Invited.
As of this month, the collection celebrates 43 hotels (almost doubling in size) along with almost 40,000 trees
in collaboration with TreeSisters.
The SLH Considerate Collection has also introduced a first-of-its-kind partnership with new sustainability platform Weeva,
and a collaboration with luxury amenities brand VANITY
Luxury hotel brand Capella comes to Sydney - opening March 2023
Luxury hotel group Capella Hotels and Resorts will open Capella Sydney (pictured) in March 2023.
The luxury hotel will be located at the heart of Sydney’s newest retail and hospitality precinct, Quay Quarter - a short walk to Circular Quay ferries, Sydney Opera House, the historic Rocks precinct and a wide range of dining options.
The historic Department of Education building is being transformed into a space like no other. Inspired by the stories of the sandstone building’s past, the restored hotel is a balance between old and new.
Capella Sydney celebrates its magnificent surroundings and respects the traditions of the building, mingled with contemporary design flair.
Paying homage to Sydney’s local culture, guests can find touches of the Harbour City throughout the hotel – from the signature restaurant,
Brasserie 1930’s modern art décor, McRae Bar, a reinterpretation of Australia in the 1920s, to a 20-metre swimming pool positioned under a
large heritage lantern skylight. and an award-winning Auriga Spa.
Being a low-rise building, views of the Opera House and Harbour aren't available, but the 192 spacious rooms and suites are gorgeous and
will suit anyone with an eye for design.
Select Capella properties (Bangkok, Ubud in Bali, Shanghai, Singapore and Maldives) participate in the Virtuoso program, of which our
associated travel agency is a member.
We are hoping that Capella Sydney will join this prestigious list so that we will then be able to add complimentary perks
to stays booked through Rewarding Travel.
Six Senses wins award for Best Luxury Hotel Brand from LTI - 3rd year in a row
Luxury Travel Intelligence (LTI) has taken the past 12 months to apply a rigorously defined algorithm that measures the
performance and values of luxury hotel brands.
Six Senses has taken the top spot for the 3rd consecutive year for its ability to deliver, “passion, commitment, ethos and
values, as well as the quality of its management and staff.”
The algorithm has 128 touch points relevant to the luxury hotel sector. Each has its own weighted score value with a total maximum
accumulative score of 4628. They relate to overall brand performance, not the performance of individual properties.
Continuing investment and how it’s used is also a major factor – particularly for new properties and the refurbishment of existing ones.
To make its decision, LTI researchers engage with everyone from the CEO to the management, hosts, and guests. Every year, the process starts
again so the results from previous years have no bearing on the following year and therefore reflect what is happening within the dynamic
hospitality sector. This is all part of the process for creating destination-led reports for the organization’s members, who wish to make
informed travel decisions based on its honest and detailed intelligence.
On awarding Six Senses World’s Best Luxury Hotel Brand, LTI noted, “We continue to be very impressed with Six Senses. It delivers an
authentic blend of wellness, sustainability, warm hospitality and crafted guest experiences.
Also, with Six Senses London and Rome due in 2023 this is an exciting time for the brand and its loyal followers.”
Responding to the award, Six Senses CEO Neil Jacobs credited the whole team, “Six Senses hosts take a bow! To win this award three times
in a row reflects everyone’s unwavering commitment over three bumpy years and across our entire group. We take a proactive role in
sustainable well-being, whether that means for our guests, hosts, or the land and communities around us. But for it to work, it has to be
honest and championed with care. Perhaps this authenticity is what guests appreciate the most.”
Six Senses is one our preferred resorts and spa/wellness brands. It has long had a focus on bare-foot luxury with sustainability, so this success comes as no surprise to us. It is well-deserved.
Some properties participate in the IHG One Rewards loyalty program - that alone may be sufficient reason to sign-up as a member.
USA Today Names Wyndham Rewards "Best Hotel Loyalty Program" for 5th Consecutive Year
Wyndham Rewards®, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts' guest rewards program spanning more than 50,000 hotels, vacation club resorts and
vacation rentals globally, has once again been named best hotel loyalty program in the USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice Awards.
The accolades mark the fifth consecutive year Wyndham Rewards has taken the top spot in the Best Hotel Loyalty Program category. Nominees in
the USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice Awards are compiled by a panel of industry experts, and winners are chosen based on daily
voting from USA TODAY readers over a four-week period.
"Designed to be both simple and generous, Wyndham Rewards celebrates and champions the everyday traveler, offering more value, more
flexibility and more redemption opportunities than virtually any other hotel program in the world," said Lisa Checchio, chief marketing
officer, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. "To once again see both the program and our credit card recognized in this way is a testament to the
power of the program, dedication of our franchisees and partners, and the loyalty of our more than 95 million enrolled members who, year-in
and year-out, continue to make our program number one."
Wyndham Rewards is the only hotel loyalty program to offer members a guaranteed 1,000 points with every qualified stay. Free nights start at
just 7,500 points per night, while discounted nights start at 1,500 points plus some cash. The program's Member Levels (tier status), which
are among the most attainable, allow members to unlock great benefits like a preferred room, late checkout, accelerated earning and more.
For more information about the USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice Awards, visit www.10best.com.
Accor Hotels just launched another partnership, this time with Qatar Airways.
Similar to the Miles + Points partnership with KLM/Air France Flying Blue , Accor
and other crossover programs (eg Marriott and Emirates; Shangri-La and Singapore Airlines; Hyatt and American Airlines), you can now
double dip on Accor hotel stays and Qatar Airways flights. Here are the details of the partnership and now to earn both
Reward points and Avios.
Accor and Qatar Crossover partnership
Accor Hotels and Qatar Airways have already had a partnership, but now this partnership is being improved. Now, members of either loyalty
program can earn both ALL Reward points and Qatar Avios on either flight and hotel bookings.
First, you need to link your ALL account with your Qatar Airways Privilege Club account. You can link your accounts either via Accor
Hotels or Qatar
If you already took advantage of the ALL
and Flying Blue partnership,
you'll need to choose which airline you want to double dip with. You can only linked your ALL account to one airline at a time. If you
linked your ALL account to Flying Blue in the past 12 months, you will need to wait until the end of 12 months before you can link to Qatar
Double-dipping between Accor Hotels and Qatar Airways
After you link your Accor Live Limitless and Qatar Airways Privilege Club accounts, you will start earning both ALL Reward points and Avios
on your stays and flights:
For every US$2 spent on Qatar Airways flights, you will earn 1 ALL Reward point, in addition to the Avios you earn on
For every €1 spent at Accor properties, you will earn 1 Avios in your Qatar Airways Privilege Club account, in addition to the
regular ALL Reward points
earned for your stay.
Make sure to provide your applicable account membership number at booking or check-in to receive points and Avios.
Once you have accrued your Avios and Reward points, you can transfer from one program to the other:
Members who do not have a Privilege Club membership account before linking accounts will need to take an extra step. You will only earn
Avios on hotel activities after performing an international activity. That can be your first stay outside of the country
of residence in your ALL loyalty program account or after your first flight on Qatar Airways (all of which are international).
All domestic stays within 12 months before the first international activity and after the account linkage will be retroactively rewarded
with Avios. Avios earned retroactively on stays in a given year will be credited no later than December 31 of that same year.
To remain eligible for the accrual of Avios on eligible stays, the members will have to perform an international activity at least every 12
Fast-track to Elite Status
The Accor and Qatar partnership includes a fast track to elite status in both rewards programs. Accor elite status members will earn Qatar
Airways Privilege Club elite status after their first qualifying flight:
ALL Gold status members will receive Privilege Club Silver status;
ALL Platinum status members will receive Privilege Club Gold status.; and
ALL Diamond status members will receive Privilege Club Platinum status.
Conversely, Privilege Club elite status members will earn ALL elite status after your first qualifying hotel stay:
Privilege Club Gold status members will receive ALL Silver status.
Privilege Club Platinum status members will receive ALL Gold status.
These Fast Track offers are only available once. Your complimentary ALL elite status will be good until the end of the
following calendar year. So, you have the incentive to try to get your status as close to the beginning of the year as you can.
Complimentary Privilege Club elite statuses will be good 12 months after being received.
What does this mean for you?
This is another great partnership from Accor. Double-dipping on points is always a nice benefit and reciprocal elite status levels are also
great, especially when you can earn Oneworld Emerald status with your ALL Diamond status.
Avios earned can also be transferred/used for other Avios programs (BA, Iberia etc.), which may suit for say short-haul rewards
But the ability to accrue rewards with Qatar, consistently rated as one of the world's best airlines, is an
outstanding attraction of this new double-dipping program. Depending upon your flying patterns and the alliance program your preferred
airline belongs to (Qatar and Qantas are both OneWorld, Air France/KLM is SkyTeam), this may very well be the best double-dipping
To learn more about the Accor Live Limitless rewards program...
Accor marks its 400th hotel in Australia and the Pacific
This milestone for Accor is part of its dynamic Pacific expansion, with 11 new hotels set to open in next two years in Australia
and New Zealand.
Just three decades after entering the Australia/Pacific hotel market, Accor has
recently added its 400th hotel, with the launch of The Porter House Hotel - MGallery in Sydney.
Accor's first hotel in the region - Novotel Sydney Darling Harbour (1991) - was a catalyst for the redevelopment of Darling Harbour into
Sydney's premier tourism, entertainment and events precinct, and the transformation of the iconic Porter House building into a luxury hotel
is set to boost Sydney's CBD revival.
The opening of The Porter House Hotel is part of a large-scale expansion of Accor in the Pacific region, with 11 new hotels and 1,569
rooms scheduled to open before the end of 2023. They include the debut of the 25hours brand in Australia, new airport hotels at
Melbourne Airport and Auckland Airport, and another heritage restoration in Sydney, Hotel Morris, which is being created out of the
1929-built former West End Hotel in Pitt Street.
Announcing the 400th hotel milestone, Accor Pacific CEO, Sarah Derry, said it was fitting to celebrate such a major landmark as the hotel
industry accelerated towards a full post-pandemic recovery.
Choice Hotels Commences Integration Of Radisson Americas
Choice Hotels yesterday announced that it has completed the acquisition of Radisson Hotels Americas.
The acquisition has added approximately 67,000 rooms, expanding its presence in the higher revenue upper upscale and upscale
full-service segments, and bolstering its core upper-midscale hospitality segment, particularly in the West Coast and Midwest of the
Radisson Hotels Americas comprises the Radisson franchise agreements, operations and intellectual property in the United
States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. The transaction adds nine brands, including Radisson Blu, Radisson,
Radisson Individuals, Park Plaza, Radisson RED, Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Park Inn by Radisson, Radisson Inn & Suites
and Radisson Collection. Choice Hotels will independently own and control the brands in the Americas.
Choice Hotels has started the process of bringing Radisson hotels in the Americas into the Choice Hotels family. In the future, you’ll be able to find rooms at more than 600 Radisson hotels across the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America on ChoiceHotels.com and the
Choice Hotels mobile app.
I expect the Radisson Americas properties will also be integrated into the loyalty program Choice Privileges around the same time.
The Standard - Iconic Hotel Chain Coming To Melbourne
Melbourne’s edgy, inner-city suburb of Fitzroy will soon play host to the Australian debut of global boutique brand, The Standard Hotels.
One of the world’s fastest growing boutique brands, The Standard prides itself on shaking up the establishment and defying convention to
deliver a unique experience. The company says its careful consideration of design, detail and service has allowed it to cultivate a
reputation or irreverent and playful sensibility.
To be located on Rose Street, The Standard Fitzroy will come to life as a 127-room hotel built over seven levels, with design cues
inspired heavily by the local area and its long-standing industrial heritage.
The Standard, Fitzroy will be positioned right in the heart of Fitzroy’s bustling creative community, with a plethora of quirky and niche galleries, boutiques, markets, bars and cafes surrounding the new development. A location that suit well The Standard's youthful, energetic,
Fitzroy’s history of corner pubs, workers cottages, grand housing and industry inspired the approach to the building’s façades. The
weathered steel and concrete are robust, timeless materials that sit comfortably straight away and, over time, will add charm as they
The Standard, Fitzroy is on track to open to guests in June 2023.
Similar timing also applies to The Standard, Singapore.
Both will supplement the existing portfolio of properties in NYC, Ibiza, Maldives, Hua Hin, Bangkok, Miami Beach and London.