Alila Hinu Bay, Oman: Opening May 2021

Filed Under: Hotels, Hyatt

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

My two favorite Hyatt brands are Park Hyatt and Alila, with the latter being a fairly new addition to Hyatt’s portfolio, thanks to its acquisition of Two Roads Hospitality a couple of years back.

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

Bottom line

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?

Comments
  1. Driving in Oman is super easy (and it is the wrong side of the road for me). I drove to/from the UAE. Just don’t speed. Lots of cameras and the fines do make there way to you.
    Shame the Hyatt isn’t investing in Muscat. The GH in Muscat was very ordinary.

  2. Does Hinu bay include dinner and breakfast? I stayed at Jabal Akhdar in Dec 2019 on points and got dinner and breakfast without any sort of Hyatt status.

  3. @mojo: Festive Season is typically Christmas-NY.

    And I would hate to be staying in a villa with a view of the back of the other villas.

  4. What in the heck is festive season? Didn’t you grow up in Florida? Did an international ghost write this?

    Secondly, I’m curious is a German national could, at this very moment, fly from Germany to Oman for leisure travel. Maybe this dream is not as far out as you might think.

  5. @ stvr — I’m not sure what the confusion is with festive season? This is a commonly used term in the hotel industry, often referring to the weeks of Christmas and New Years, which are among the busiest weeks for many resorts.

  6. Also Khareef season in Salalah. Rain, mist, waterfalls in late summer, in the Middle East. Amazing times

  7. @Ben, any word on whether this property will accept Globalist suite upgrades? A call to Hyatt this weekend came up short: “doesn’t look like it but we’ll know after it opens.” Would be a shame if they don’t – I already confirmed suite upgrades at Jabal Akhdar for a planned dec visit to try out both properties.

  8. @Ben – might be worth noting that festive season in India and southeast asia are different than here in the west. That’s a lot more people celebrating at a different time, and I think there’s a decent Indian population in Oman… Now I’m curious if pricing at places like this reflect multiple ‘festive seasons’?

    Quick question – would it be better for a Globalist to book this normally, or through Prive as you recommend? I guess I thought Alila properties recognize WoH benefits, though now I’m not so sure…?

  9. Festive season here in South Asia is in October so context matters.

    The Alila doesn’t actually look very inviting – at least not the environment.

  10. The whole “festive season” lost me and everyone else who doesn’t work in the hotel industry. I thought it had to do with some local regionally specific holidays.

  11. @stvr: Re: Visiting Oman NOW. No, you cannot. At present only people with work visa’s or residence can enter and there is the obligatory 7 day HOTEL quarantine at your own expense. Hopefully it won’t be too long before travel to Oman will once again be possibile. When it is, the Omani government recently announced that visitors from 110 countries (including all European ones) can now enter Oman as a tourist, visa free for 10 days.

  12. Bear in mind Salalah area gets monsoon rain July-October which is actually the busy tourist season especially to escape heat from those across the Arabian peninsula, also known as khareef season (max temperature around 25C).

    Not suited for beach holiday during this time as sea is really rough, but the area is covered in green which is quite an unusual scenary for the region.

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