Redeem IHG Points At Six Senses Resorts

Filed Under: Hotels, IHG Rewards

In early 2019 it was announced that InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) would acquire Six Senses, a luxury hotel brand. Up until now Six Senses hasn’t really been integrated into the IHG Rewards Club program, but that has finally changed, as it’s now possible to redeem IHG Rewards Club points at select Six Senses properties.

Six Senses hotels can now be booked with points

IHG will be progressively rolling out award redemptions at Six Senses properties. It’s now possible to redeem IHG Rewards Club points at the following six properties for stays as of April 27, 2021:

  • Six Senses Botanique (Brazil)
  • Six Senses Fiji (Fiji)
  • Six Senses Laamu (Maldives)
  • Six Senses Ninh Van Bay (Vietnam)
  • Six Senses Uluwatu Bali (Indonesia)
  • Six Senses Yao Noi (Thailand)

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam

When it comes to redeeming points at Six Senses properties, there are a couple of things to note:

  • As is the case at all IHG properties, there will be blackout dates and capacity restrictions
  • Award pricing will be dynamic, meaning the number of points required for a stay can change in the same way that it would on a cash stay

How many IHG points do you need for Six Senses stays?

IHG Rewards Club claims that award pricing is dynamic. As of now I’m finding award pricing at each particular property to be consistent across dates, though I imagine that will change over time.

It appears that award pricing currently ranges from 60,000 points per night to 237,500 points per night, and there’s not much rhyme or reason to the pricing.

For example, the Six Senses Bali is bookable for 60,000 points per night, and paid rates are often $500+ per night.

The Six Senses Fiji is bookable for 100,000 points per night, and paid rates are often $1,000+.

The Six Senses Maldives is bookable for 100,000 points per night, and paid rates are often $1,000+.

The Six Senses Brazil is bookable for 237,500 points per night, even though paid rates are often cheaper than at the other properties that cost fewer points.

I value IHG Rewards Club points at ~0.5 cents each, so there are some potentially great redemption opportunities here.

Does the IHG Premier Card fourth night free perk apply?

The IHG Premier Card has an awesome fourth night free perk on award stays, which can essentially save you 25% on stays of four nights. It does indeed appear that the fourth night free perk works on Six Senses stays as well, so that’s awesome.

Six Senses Yao Noi, Thailand

IHG elite benefits at Six Senses properties

What kind of elite benefits should be expected at Six Senses properties? Well, for one, elite benefits will primarily apply for InterContinental Ambassador, Royal Ambassador, and Kimpton Inner Circle members. Those benefits will be as follows (and even reward nights booked directly with IHG are eligible for these perks):

  • Complimentary breakfast for two in the main restaurant per day
  • Signature Amenity of either a complimentary 50 minute Six Senses Spa massage for two or local experience once per stay; the Signature Amenity varies by resort, is subject to availability and confirmed on arrival
  • Complimentary one category room upgrade (subject to availability, excluding residences and two bedroom or greater suites/villas)
  • Extended check-out of 4PM subject to availability, guaranteed for Royal Ambassador & Kimpton Inner Circle members
  • Early check-in of 10AM subject to availability, guaranteed for Royal Ambassador & Kimpton Inner Circle members and in circumstances where the room is not available at 10AM, the member may be checked into another available room until the original booked room becomes available
  • Complimentary internet access
  • Wellness Platter welcome amenity on day of arrival

If you’re going to redeem points for a stay at a Six Senses property, then it’s totally worth signing up for InterContinental Ambassador, which costs $200 per year, and gets you all of the above perks.

Six Senses Laamu, Maldives

I’m cautiously excited about this

Being able to redeem IHG Rewards Club points at Six Senses properties is no doubt an awesome development. I want to be excited, though I always struggle to get too enthusiastic about the IHG Rewards Club program in general, at least for luxury stays:

  • I love IHG Rewards Club for the annual free night certificate I get with the IHG Premier Card, which comes in handy, given IHG’s portfolio
  • However, IHG’s elite perks typically aren’t competitive, and IHG is also among the most restrictive hotel programs when it comes to award availability; not only isn’t there last room availability for standard rooms, but there are blackout dates

If these Six Senses redemptions are rolled out in an attractive way, this could be a game-changer for the value of IHG points:

  • Here’s to hoping that it’s eventually possible to redeem IHG Rewards Club points at all Six Senses properties, because there are some I’d really like to stay at
  • The award pricing is highly irrational as of now, though there are already some sweet spots where there’s great value to be had
  • With IHG promising dynamic award pricing, I fear we might just see each IHG point be worth a certain amount towards a Six Senses redemption
  • I’m thrilled to see the InterContinental Ambassador perks being offered at Six Senses properties, and also that these will even apply when redeeming points
  • It’s cool that you’ll be able to use the fourth night free perk on award stays at Six Senses properties, which will reduce the cost of redemptions by 25% on four night stays

Six Senses Botanique, Brazil

Bottom line

IHG has started allowing points redemptions at Six Senses properties, which is an exciting development. Initially you can redeem points at six different properties, though the redemption opportunities should be expanded over time.

As of now there are some good award redemption values, so here’s to hoping that continues to be the case. If you do redeem points at a Six Senses, it’s totally worth signing up for InterContinental Ambassador for the extra perks.

What do you make of the new opportunity to redeem IHG points at Six Senses properties?

Comments
  1. It was possible to redeem points at the two Six Senses hotels in Singapore until they closed in May 2020. This isn’t the first time redemptions have been allowed at Six Senses

  2. One thing to note is that pricing at Six Senses can wildly vary depending on the location and time. That is an obvious statement that applies to any property, but I’ve noticed the fluctuations with Six Senses are much greater than others. Just to give an example, we stayed in a Jr. Suite at Kocatas Mansions (Istanbul) in the fall and a paid rate was under $300/night. Looking ahead to June, the same room is over $1,900-$2,300. If you are visiting during an “off-season” then I would absolutely look into just paying cash.

  3. I can get Vietnam for 65000 + 60 usd per night or 70000 no cost. I wonder if you get an upgrade for being platinum?

  4. My favorite Fine Print (shown above) is where cash reservations are *charged immediately* and, in the event of a cancellation, *refunded only in points*.

  5. According to The Points Guy:

    “An IHG spokesperson confirmed that IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card and IHG® Rewards Club Traveler Credit Cardholders won’t currently get a fourth night reward at Six Senses properties when redeeming IHG points for stays of four nights or longer.”

  6. The Six Senses properties in Singapore haven‘t closed down – they’re now part of Marriott’s Autograph collection.

  7. Currently, the IHG Premier Card fourth night free perk apply but the IHG website (priced at 110K IHG points per night) transfers you to sixsenses.com to complete the bookings:

    Six Senses Yao Noi
    Arrival: January 16, 2022
    Departure: January 20, 2022
    Number of nights 4
    Room 1: Hideaway Pool Villa (1,658 SQFT / 154 SQM – Jungle View – max 3 guests)
    Rate: Reward Nights Info
    Guests: 2 Adults
    Total 4 nights (taxes incl.):
    POINTS 330,000
    Price Breakdown
    Price breakdown – Room 1
    January 16, 2022 Points 110,000
    January 17, 2022 Points 110,000
    January 18, 2022 Points 110,000
    January 19, 2022 Points 0

    Room total Points 330,000

    Pricing the same period for cash would be $1,297 per room per night all in. Or, Total 4 nights (taxes incl.) $5,186.47 or ~1.572 CPP redemption value. If you have the older version of the IHG Chase card, you’d also get 10% back as a rebate bringing the redemption value to 1.746 CPP. And that’s around $3,700 savings – not bad!

  8. Ben, for some reason I was under the impression that Reward stays weren’t likely for InterContinental Ambassador upgrades. Did I misread these terms:

    “On IHG Rewards Reward Nights and Free Nights, the guaranteed upgrade benefit is not applicable and is subject to availability. Refer to IHG Rewards terms & conditions.”

    But with many hotels still empty in a lot of places, I guess they will try to honor upgrades?

  9. i will be staying at the new Six opening in Israel in July using their 20% discount coupon and upgrading using premier- very excited about this

  10. Isaac, are you sure you are staying in July? On their website the Six Senses Israel is opening in August

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