I am so excited about this development!
One of Hyatt’s disadvantages is that they don’t have nearly the global footprint of Hilton, Marriott, or IHG. However, I’ve been impressed by the ways in which they’ve creatively tried to expand their portfolio, both through partnerships and through acquisitions.
For example, Hyatt has a great partnership with Small Luxury Hotels of the World, where World of Hyatt members can earn and redeem points at SLH properties.
Hyatt’s acquisition of Two Roads Hospitality
Last October, Hyatt announced their acquisition of Two Roads Hospitality, which is an international lifestyle hotel management company with a collection of luxury hotels. With this, Hyatt is taking over the management contracts for a majority of their roughly 85 hotels.
Two Roads Hospitality includes Alila, Destination, Joie de Vivre, Thompson, tommie, and more. The integration of this started in March, when Thompson joined World of Hyatt. Then in May Joie De Vivre joined World of Hyatt.
We knew that the remaining brands would be joining World of Hyatt soon, and it looks like the next step of this happening is soon. This is the addition I’m most excited about.
Alila joining World of Hyatt
Alila properties will be joining World of Hyatt between June 25 and July 16, 2019. Below I’ll list the joining dates for these properties, as well as what World of Hyatt categories they’ll be in.
The following Alila hotels will join World of Hyatt as of June 25, 2019:
- Alila Seminyak (Category 5)
- Studios at Alila Seminyak (Category 1)
- Alila Solo (Category 1)
- Alila Ubud (Category 3)
- Alila Villas Uluwatu (Category 7)
- Ventana Big Sur (Category 7)
The following Alila hotels will join World of Hyatt as of June 26, 2019:
- Alila Bangsar (Category 1)
- Alila Koh Russey (Category 6)
- Alila SCBD Jakarta (Category 3)
- Alila Manggis (Category 2)
The following Alila hotels will join World of Hyatt as of July 15, 2019:
- Alila Diwa Goa (Category 2)
- The Diwa Club by Alila (Category 3)
- Alila Jabal Akhdar (Category 6)
The following Alila hotels will join World of Hyatt as of July 16, 2019:
- Alila Anji (Category 5)
- Alila Fort Bishanarh (Category 4)
- Alila Wuzhen (Category 5)
Those are some really awesome redemption rates, if you ask me. As a reminder:
- A Category 1 free night redemption costs 5,000 points
- A Category 2 free night redemption costs 8,000 points
- A Category 3 free night redemption costs 12,000 points
- A Category 4 free night redemption costs 15,000 points
- A Category 5 free night redemption costs 20,000 points per night
- A Category 6 free night redemption costs 25,000 points per night
- A Category 7 free night redemption costs 30,000 points per night
- Category 4 is a bit of a sweet spot, given Category 1-4 free night certificates
What’s awesome is that these hotels are fully joining World of Hyatt — this isn’t just a partnership — so you can earn and redeem points, and receive full elite benefits, at these properties.
Alila Hotels I’m most excited about
For those of you not familiar with Alila, they operate some fantastic luxury hotels. These are no doubt the highest end properties that Hyatt is acquiring through the Two Roads purchase. There are so many hotels here to be excited about, though if I had to pick just a few…
I can’t wait to stay at Ventana Big Sur, located in Northern California. I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about this hotel, and paid rates are regularly $1,000+ per night.
Alila Jabal Akhdar is also near the top of my list of Alila properties to try. The property is located in Oman, and looks stunning.
All of Alila’s Bali properties interest me, and in particular the one in Ubud.
Heck, as I look at these properties I realize I’d actually like to visit all of them, as they all look really cool. This is such a great addition to World of Hyatt.
Earn bonus points & a free night
To celebrate the addition of these new properties to Hyatt’s portfolio, World of Hyatt members can earn 2,000 bonus points for their first qualifying stay at each of the new brands, plus a free night when they experience all four brands.
Eligible stays at participating hotels will begin once each brand participates in World of Hyatt, and is valid through December 31, 2019. No registration is required for this.
Earning World of Hyatt points
Obviously these properties are great for anyone looking to redeem World of Hyatt points. But there are also lots of ways to earn World of Hyatt points through credit cards.
In addition to being able to earn World of Hyatt points with The World of Hyatt Credit Card, you can also transfer over points from Ultimate Rewards.
See this post for everything you need to know about earning Hyatt points with credit cards.
I’m so excited about Hyatt’s acquisition of Two Roads Hospitality, given the new resorts that this adds to the Hyatt portfolio. Alila is the acquisition I’ve been most excited about.
They have some spectacular properties, and properties like Ventana Big Sur, Alila Jabal Akhdar, and Alila Uluwatu Ubud have long been on my bucket list. Staying there while being able to earn and redeem World of Hyatt points will be awesome. The redemption rates are even quite attractive.
Alila’s addition to World of Hyatt might just be my favorite thing Hyatt has done in a very long time.
Which Alila property are you most excited to visit?