While it’s likely a ways off from when I’ll be able to visit, that doesn’t mean I can’t dream, right?
In this post I wanted to talk about one Hyatt hotel opening that I’m particularly excited about. I’d go so far as to say that this is the Hyatt hotel opening in the next 12 months that I’m most excited about.
While I’ve written about it before, the hotel now has an opening date and is accepting points reservations, so I wanted to share an update, for anyone who may want to make a speculative booking (while acknowledging that border restrictions are constantly changing).
Alila Hinu Bay opening May 2021
There are a few Alilas nearing their opening dates, including the Alila Marea Beach and the Alila Napa Valley, which are both in California, and both scheduled to open in March 2021. However, there’s another property I’m even more excited about.
Alila Marea Beach
Specifically, the Alila Hinu Bay in Oman is now accepting reservations for stays as of May 1, 2021, including for free night awards. While the hotel was initially supposed to open at the end of 2020, it’s not a surprise to see the opening of this hotel delayed a bit given the pandemic, and Oman’s extended border closure.
Alila Hinu Bay pool area
This beach property is located on the southwest coast of Oman. It’s about 90 kilometers from Salalah International Airport, or you can drive there from Muscat, but it’s over 1,000 kilometers.
Here’s what we know so far about the Alila Hinu Bay:
- There will be 112 accommodations, including 96 guest rooms and 16 pool villas; the five accommodation types will range from 645 square feet to 1,883 square feet
- Alila Hinu Bay will have a couple of restaurants, in addition to the lobby lounge — The Orchard will be the all day dining restaurant serving international cuisine, and Seasalt will be the dinner restaurant serving Asian and Western cuisine
- Spa Alila will be the name of the hotel’s spa
Alila Hinu Bay layout
Alila Hinu Bay guest room
Alila Hinu Bay guest room
Alila Hinu Bay The Orchard Restaurant
Alila Hinu Bay Seasalt Restaurant
Alila Hinu Bay lobby lounge
Alila Hinu Bay spa
While I’m not sure what exactly to expect from this property, what I do know from experience is that Oman is a gorgeous country, and the coastline is beautiful.
What is pricing like at Alila Hinu Bay?
As you’d expect, pricing at Alila Hinu Bay varies significantly based on the season. For example, when the hotel opens in May, I see rates of under $300 per night.
Meanwhile over festive season I see rates of over $700 per night.
I’d imagine that pricing will only increase over time, given that the hotel will have to work hard to generate business at first, given the pandemic. If you do book a revenue stay here, I’d recommend doing so through the Hyatt Privé program, so you can receive extra perks, like free breakfast, a property credit, and more.
Redeeming points at Alila Hinu Bay
Alila Hinu Bay will be a Category 5 World of Hyatt property, meaning you can expect to pay the following amounts for free night redemptions here:
- 20,000 World of Hyatt points for a free night in a standard room
- 32,000 World of Hyatt points for a free night in a standard suite
- 40,000 World of Hyatt points for a free night in a premium suite
Personally I value World of Hyatt points at 1.5 cents each, so to me that means a night in a standard room will “cost” somewhere around $300 in terms of the value of points. That’s not an amazing deal compared to the paid rates when the hotel first opens, while it is an amazing deal compared to the festive pricing.
This pairs well with Alila Jabal Akhdar
Independently I’m excited about Alila Hinu Bay. However, what makes this the most anticipated Hyatt opening for me is how nicely this pairs with Alila Jabal Akhdar, also in Oman.
Alila Jabal Akhdar
Alila Jabal Akhdar is located in the Al Hajar mountain range, over 2,000 meters above sea level, and it’s a property that I’ve been wanting to visit for years. I’ve specifically been holding off until Alila Hinu Bay opens, so I can make a trip of the whole thing. I’ve heard great things about this property, and the views really do look breathtaking.
Alila Jabal Akhdar view
The two hotels seem to complement one another perfectly — one lets you enjoy the mountains, while the other lets you enjoy the beach and coast.
Alila Jabal Akhdar room
Alila Jabal Akhdar pool
Alila Hinu Bay will be opening in May 2021, and you can now book both paid and award stays here. Of course I’d imagine this timeline is subject to change, given the impact the pandemic is having on tourism and borders.
Once it’s practical again, being able to visit these two Alila properties in Oman will be a real treat. And it can be a great value as well, between being able to earn and redeem World of Hyatt points, and also being able to take advantage of Globalist elite benefits, like getting a confirmed suite upgrade.
Anyone else excited about checking out the two Alilas in Oman?