Iberostar Horizons: loyalty program for sunny climes

by Neil McPherson 14 October 2021

This guide is based upon Iberostar Horizons Terms & Conditions


Summary of Horizons byIberostar Hotels & resorts logo

Horizons is the loyalty program of Iberostar Hotels and Resorts - a Spanish hotel chain originally established in 2004. Travel Trade Gazette, a UK-based travel industry publication, named the company "Best Hotel Chain of the Year" in 2009.

This program replaced the previous program My Iberostar in February 2021.

Iberostar Horizons offers:

Its weaknesses are:

Iberostar is is best for:



Contents - Iberostar Horizons

Iberostar Brands and their Market Positioning
Geographic spread of Iberostar Hotel locations
How the Horizons program works
Horizons Elite Tiers & Benefits
Retaining your Elite Tier status
Popular Iberostar destinations *
Conclusions
Applying for Horizons membership

* Source: Wikipedia


Introduction

Together with the larger chain hotel programs, I like looking into some of the smaller programs to see if we could uncover some gems for you. They may be sufficient for your needs, or they may provide a useful supplement to another program to give you the combination of coverage and features that you seek.

This guide to the Iberostar Horizons program does exactly that. We go through the key features of the program and then show you how to best use them, with specific tips and strategies.

The Horizons program differs from most of the other programs we watch, as it is more of a loyalty program than a rewards program.  By this I mean that you are rewarded for your loyalty (multiple bookings) with discounts and special services rather than having points that you can use to book a free night's accommodation.

Let's take a closer look. ¡disfrutar!


Brands & their positioning

Iberostar Hotels and Resorts has a range of 4 brands, covering the range from 4-star to 5-star.  Coral Level is the most prestigious level and is a "hotel within a hotel" of the first three brands.

Coral Level hotels are directly on the beachfront and boast elevated private and shared areas, including amenities like private oceanfront lounge areas with chairside drink services and beachside infinity pools. Coral Level also includes top of the line all-inclusive offerings, including 13 pouring wines from renowned, international and domestic wine regions, an array of top shelf liquors and spirits available in the 24 hr bar.

  1. Iberostar
  2. Iberostar Selection
  3. Iberostar Grand


The range includes both city hotels and a collection of resorts.  These can be broken down into the following segments:


Star Prestige are exclusive areas which are reserved for the clients of The Club, at the hotels in America. Access to these areas is possible on demand and with an extra charge during your stay. 

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Geographic spread

Varadero Beach seen from Melia Varadero resortIberostar Selection Cancun Beach and Golf Resort


The Iberostar Group is a 100% family-owned Spanish multinational company based in Palma de Mallorca (Spain) that has been operating in the tourist sector since 1956 and whose business activity dates back to 1877.

There are 105 Iberostar properties, making it a smaller sized program. All properties are either 4-star or 5-star across the categories of: 

Alternatively, there are destinations themed for different types of stays at Iberostar properties:

There are regular Iberostar promotions like the one below that are open to everyone, not only Horizons members.  At times, these have provided discounts of up to 55%, so are well worth checking.

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Perhaps not surprisingly given its Spanish roots, Iberostar properties are mainly located in Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America, with little presence elsewhere (and none in Oceania).  

Table 1 - Iberostar locations as at October 2021

Europe Spain 36

Portugal 2

Montenegro 7

Greece 2

Hungary 1
Latin America Cuba 18

Mexico 11

Brazil 3

Peru 3
Caribbean Dominican Republic 7

Jamaica 3
Africa 10
USA
2

Source: iberostar.com

So for folk seeking to stay in only a Continental European, Caribbean or Latin American locations, Iberostar Horizons may be a very attractive proposition.  

Popular Iberostar destinations

Wikipedia says that "notable" Iberostar hotels include:

Europe

  • Iberostar Paseo de Gracia, Barcelona
  • Iberostar Fuerteventura Palace, Playa de Canarias
  • Iberostar Santa Eulalia, Ibiza
  • Iberostar Marbella Coral Beach, Málaga
  • Iberostar Malaga Playa, Málaga
  • Iberostar Grand Perast, Bay of Kotor, Montenegro
  • Iberostar Portals Nous Grand, Majorca, Spain

Americas

  • Iberostar Colonial, Cayo Coco
  • Iberostar Daiquiri, Cayo Coco
  • Iberostar Varadero, Varadero
  • Iberostar Grand Bávaro, Punta Cana
  • Iberostar Cancún Star Prestige, Cancún
  • Iberostar 70 Park Avenue, New York
  • Iberostar Berkeley, Miami
  • Iberostar Bahia, Praia do Forte
  • Iberostar Selection, Praia do Forte


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How the Iberostar Horizons program works

Your membership tier is solely determined by your number of nights of eligible stays at qualifying properties. You can book directly with Iberostar, or with your favourite online agency/search - both are eligible stays.

As you stay more nights, you progress through the membership tiers and qualify for additional benefits.

Should you not make any stay during any 3 year period, you lose your tier status and go back to the basic ("Sand") level and start again.

All of these make Horizons a very simple program and one focussed on benefits for loyalty, rather than earning points for rewards.

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Elite tiers & benefits

Sand - Base membership


Upon joining the program, you become a base level (Sand) member.

All members receive:

As well as the Sand (base) level membership, there are three elite levels - Ocean, Sky and Infinity.

Moving to a higher Elite tier

To move up to the next membership tier, you are promoted as soon as you satisfy the criteria for that level, which are based entirely on the number of nights stayed.

As your number of nights accrue, you move through the elite membership levels, qualifying for additional benefits and discounts.

Iberostar Horizons benefits by tier

Iberostar Horizons benefit/discount


Sand Ocean Sky Infinity
Number of qualifying nights stayed 0 16 23 36
Priority Check-in

Digital access to magazines & newspapers

Free Premium Wifi

Welcome Gift for children

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Welcome Gift - -
Complimentary Minibar or minibar vouchers - -
Room Category Upgrade 25% 25%
Upgrade to Star Prestige 10% 10% 15% 20%
Parking 25% 25% 50%
SPA Treatments - 10% 15% 20%
Access to water area of SPA - 25% 50%
Golf Green Fees - 25% 25%
Themed Restaurants - 25% 50%
Room Service - - 25% 25%

T&C's apply    Source: Iberostr.com

Maintaining Your Elite Tier

Your tier level is calculated based on the number of nights you have stayed at any Iberostar hotel, regardless of the hotel type, point of purchase, booking price or country.

So, you retain your membership tier, as long as you complete a stay within any period of 3 years. If you do not complete a stay within a 3 year period, you return to Sand (base) level and start again.

points N places logo for travel tips TIP: Tier status is based on aggregate nights stayed and is not reset annually. Once you attain elite tier membership all you need to do to retain it is stay once every 3 years.  This is very different to most programs where your tier status is re-assessed each calendar year. With Horizons. you could climb the tier levels with family stays and then once you've reached 36 nights, utilise your top tier benefits for an annual getaway and remain an Infinite tier member "forever".


Complimentary room upgrades

Available at the top 2 (Sky & Infinity) tiers.  The lower levels can purchase upgrades at a 25% discount.  (subject to availability in all cases)

Status-matching

Status-matching from another program is not offered. 

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Observations - Iberostar Horizons

  1. Complimentary breakfast for isn’t available as a benefit at any tier. Other programs offer this to their upper-tier members. However, it is often included at Iberostar properties - check when you book,
  2. Points are not earned and so cannot be transferred to other programs (eg airlines)
  3. The cash prices themselves are quite reasonable compared to other larger chains.

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Conclusions - Iberostar Horizons

This is not a program with a large range of properties all around the world.

It is however a program that provides inexpensive access to very attractive properties in its key markets of Europe and the Americas.  

Overall. I see this as a program offering very good value for families and leisure travellers targeting beachside holidays, but with some city locations also available.  Quality properties in attractive locations are available at reasonable prices and you won't be disappointed.

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How to Join Iberostar Horizons

It is easy to open an account and it's free - Horizons sign up.  

You can only apply online.  You currently cannot apply at any participating property.

Unfortunately, Iberostar does not status-match from any other programs.


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FAQ - Iberostar Horizons