Luxury Experiences At Rosewood Hotels

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I’ve written in the past about how to maximize value at hotel groups like Aman, Four Seasons, etc. In this post I wanted to talk about the best way to go about booking Rosewood hotels, given that they’re an excellent hotel group with several top notch new properties.

Rosewood Hotels basics

For those of you not familiar with Rosewood, they currently have just over two dozen luxury properties. The group was founded in 1979, though they have a lot of new hotels on the horizon.

I’d say Rosewood is probably most comparable to Four Seasons in terms of quality, though like every other hotel group, there’s variance when it comes to the quality of hotels. I’ve only ever stayed at one Rosewood (the property in Abu Dhabi), but there are several that are on my list.

Rosewood has both city hotels and gorgeous resorts. Just to give some examples of the hotels that most interest me:

  • I’ve been wanting to visit Bermuda, and the Rosewood Bermuda is a popular option
  • The Rosewood Mayakoba and Las Ventanas al Paraíso are two of Mexico’s best regarded resorts (Ford stayed at Las Ventanas al Paraíso last year, and said it was like an Aman)
  • The Rosewood Hong Kong just recently opened, and I’ve heard it’s spectacular

Rosewood Hotels locations

Here’s a rundown of the current Rosewood locations, though there are many more in the pipeline, opening in the next few years:

Rosewood Hotels in the United States

  • The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel (New York, New York)
  • Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek (Dallas, Texas)
  • Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi (Santa Fe, New Mexico)
  • Rosewood CordeValle (San Martin, California)
  • Rosewood Sand Hill (Menlo Park, California)
  • Rosewood Washington, D.C.
  • Rosewood Miramar Beach (Montecito, California)


Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi

Rosewood Hotels in Canada

  • Rosewood Hotel Georgia (Vancouver, BC)


Rosewood Hotel Georgia

Rosewood Hotels in Mexico

  • Las Ventanas al Paraíso, A Rosewood Resort (Los Cabo)
  • Rosewood Mayakoba (Riviera Maya)
  • Rosewood Puebla
  • Rosewood San Miguel de Allende


Las Ventanas al Paraíso

Rosewood Hotels in the Caribbean/Atlantic

  • Rosewood Bermuda
  • Rosewood Baha Mar (Nassau, Bahamas)
  • Rosewood Little Dix Bay (Virgin Gorda, BVI)

Rosewood Bermuda

Rosewood Hotels in Europe

  • Rosewood London
  • Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco (Tuscany, Italy)
  • Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel (Paris, France)

Rosewood London

Rosewood Hotels in Asia

  • Rosewood Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Rosewood Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Rosewood Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Rosewood Beijing, China
  • Rosewood Sanya, China
  • Rosewood Hong Kong
  • Rosewood Luang Prabang, Laos
  • Rosewood Bangkok, Thailand
  • Rosewood Phuket, Thailand
  • Rosewood Yangon, Myanmar

Rosewood Hong Kong

Rosewood Elite: extra perks for booking at Rosewood

Unfortunately Rosewood doesn’t have a loyalty program, so there’s no way to collect points directly with them for hotel stays (other than what you’d earn through your credit card). The good news is that much like Four Seasons, there’s a program that select travel agents have access to, which can get you extra benefits for Rosewood stays.

The program is called Rosewood Elite, and for booking through a Rosewood Elite agent you get the following benefits:

  • Daily breakfast for up to two people per bedroom
  • Complimentary one-category upgrade upon arrival (based on availability)
  • A welcome amenity and note
  • Additional property specific elite enhanced amenities, which vary by property; these can include a $100 credit per stay, though not all hotels offer that (you’ll have to go through a Rosewood Elite agent to determine what the property specific amenity is)

These benefits are only available when booking published rates and featured Elite Exclusive Offers. This includes many of the rates available directly through Rosewood, including a fourth night free offer, for example.

Ford is a Rosewood Elite agent and can be reached at [email protected] He doesn’t charge any service fees for Rosewood reservations. In some cases he might even be able to help with existing Rosewood bookings that don’t have these benefits added.

Other advisors are also welcome to leave their contact info below.

Virtuoso perks at Rosewood Hotels

We’ve also written extensively about Virtuoso, which is a network of luxury travel agencies that can offer extra perks at 1,300+ luxury hotels around the world.

Typically for booking through a Virtuoso agent you get the following additional benefits:

  • Daily breakfast for two
  • Room upgrade subject to availability
  • Early check-in and late check-out, subject to availability
  • A special Virtuoso amenity (usually a $100 property credit, free massage, car transfer, etc.)

Most Rosewood properties belong to Virtuoso, so what’s the difference between booking through Rosewood Elite and Virtuoso?

  • All Rosewood hotels belong to Rosewood Elite, but not all Rosewood hotels belong to Virtuoso, so there are some hotels where you’d only get added benefits through Rosewood Elite
  • Some Rosewood hotels offer a $100 credit (or equivalent) when booking through Virtuoso, but don’t through Rosewood Elite

It’s an odd system, but basically there are some stays where you’ll get more value through Virtuoso, and others where you’ll get more value through Rosewood Elite. The two aren’t combinable, so you can choose one or the other.

The good news is that most travel advisors who have access to Rosewood Elite also have access to Virtuoso (and vice versa). Since you need to book through a travel advisor to take advantage of either of these programs, your best bet is to just contact the travel advisor and they can look into what the best option is for your particular stay.

Other ways to get value with Rosewood

There are a couple of other perks worth being aware of.

The Citi Prestige Card offers a fourth night free benefit, though note that this is greatly being scaled back as of September 2019. You’ll not only be limited in terms of how many bookings you can make per year, but you’ll also be limited to the properties you can book, as you’ll only be able to book through Citi’s website. My guess is that many Rosewood properties won’t show up there anymore.

In the meantime this could represent a very good option. There are a couple of things to be aware of, though:

  • You can only use the fourth night free benefit when booking the most basic rate, and not when booking one of the Rosewood packages
  • You can’t combine Citi Prestige fourth night free with Virtuoso or Rosewood Elite

One other option is that select Rosewood properties are available through Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts, which offers similar perks to Virtuoso. The benefit is that you get guaranteed 4PM check-out through Amex, while it’s only subject to availability through Virtuoso.

Bottom line

Rosewood has some gorgeous hotels, and their portfolio keeps growing. They have some well regarded resorts (especially those in Mexico), and some of their new city hotels are setting a new standard for city luxury.

While Rosewood doesn’t have a loyalty program, you can get perks that rival typical elite benefits by booking through a Rosewood Elite or Virtuoso agent. This will get you free breakfast, a room upgrade subject to availability, and some additional perks.

Your best bet is to contact an affiliated travel advisor, and they can help you figure out whether a Rosewood Elite or Virtuoso booking makes the most sense for your Rosewood hotel stay.

Like I said above, Ford is happy to help with any Rosewood bookings, and doesn’t charge service fees for such reservations (as is the standard in the travel industry, he gets a commission when you make a booking through him, and that doesn’t cost you anything extra). Other travel advisors are also welcome to leave their contact info below.

If you’ve stayed at a Rosewood hotel before, what was your experience like?

Comments
  1. Le Crillon is now my favorite hotel in Paris after Le Bristol. I can’t wait to go back. Also, it didn’t even dawn on me until now that the Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi and Le Crillon are part of the same hotel family. I was thinking about going back to the Rancho Encantardo but may have to think about the Rosewood. Thanks!

  2. Lucky, thanks for this.

    I’ve got an upcoming reservation at the Rosewood Miramar Beach (free due to the opening being pushed) and the Rosewood Baha Mar (Nassau) in August. I’ve found that Ritz and Four Season brands are more hit and miss than they used to be. I’ll definitely reach out to Ford moving forward about Rosewood Bookings.

  3. Slightly off topic, but I’m considering an upcoming stay at a Sofitel property in Asia. It doesn’t appear to be listed through Virtuoso or FHR. Are there any luxury programs available through travel advisors that offer perks at Accor/Sofitel?

  4. I had my wedding at Rosewood Bermuda last year and it’s an amazing property that we have been going to for years, even during the bankruptcy. Also, my sister was married at Las Ventanas and I have been to most of the other Rosewood’s in Mexico and the properties and service are unbeatable.

  5. The Mayakoba property is nice but not worth going to. It’s in a luxury hotel “mall” between Cancun and Playa with 3-4 other hotels, the property is basically on a giant freshwater swamp. I went with 4 people, we had a nice time but there was no beach, you feel “trapped”, and pay $50 for pad thai when there is insanely good cheap Mexican food in Playa, Tulum, Cancun, etc. I’d pass on that one. Ventanas is nice but frankly we thought the Hilton and Westin adjacent and nearby were great and 10% of the cost. Ventanas is worth trying if you have the cash. I’ve never seen so many celebrities as I did at Ventanas, if that’s your thing.

  6. I’ve stayed at The Mansion at Turtle Creek and The Carlyle. Both were great hotels with the Mansion showing signs of age and The Carlyle was next level! The rooms are really more like pied a terres. Rosewood built “The Mansion Buckhead Hotel and Residences” in Atlanta that delivered during the GFC and it flopped on both counts. It was a Mandarin for a number of years and now just re-flagged as a Waldorf Astoria.

  7. @Lucky how do you know the hotel list will change dramatically through the thankyou.com website. This perk has already been very much reduced and I can now really use it only on FS or Rosewood stays which are bookable on thankyou.com. If they disappear then its def. finished

  8. Rosewood is fine, but it’s not like it used to be when it was Dallas-owned.

    They’re expanding fast. I’m at the new Bangkok property at the end of June. Love the look of their suites and it’s nice to have a brand-new hotel in the mix.

    Love the London location. It’s like its own little quiet city.

    The Carlyle is about their people and Bemelmans, but the rooms need a serious refurb.

    Anasazi is lovely. It’s just the right size for being smack dab in the middle of SF.

    Mansion on Turtle Creek is the grand dame (or was, if you consider the history). Their rooms are a little dated, but the people and their bar is just tops.

    Rosewood Baha Mar is more theme park than hotel: Great rooms, but staff need another year to get things rolling smoothly. That whole property embodies the ‘just because it’s big doesn’t mean it’s the best’ ideology.

  9. I’m a Rosewood Elite and Virtuoso advisor so would be happy to help any of you book your stay at any Rosewood and/or Virtuoso properties. Feel free to send me an email to [email protected] and I’ll get back to you shortly.

  10. The best Rosewood — the best city hotel period — was The Dharmawangsa in Jakarta, sadly no longer in the group.

  11. I have been to a handful of their props, but the RW I am most excited about is being built now on the Big Island. Hoping the new property can withstand future hurricanes better than its predecessors.

  12. Hi Lucky,
    Just out of curiosity- do rosewood reservations booked through a travel advisor follow the standard hotel cancellation policy? We travel with two young kids so always try to avoid non-refundable rates when we can. Also, sending my best wishes to your mom.

  13. @Ace, they do follow the same exact hotel standard cancellation policies. Feel free to reach out if you have any other questions and would be happy to quote any Rosewood property.

  14. A bit (ok, more than a bit) off-topic, but Niki Lauda passed away. He was definitely an interesting guy, I mean, how many F1 drivers do you know of who started their own airlines?

  15. Rosewood Georgia in Vancouver is a great hotel. Luxury boutique. Not stuffy and fuzzy like a 4 season.

  16. Rosewood beats most Four Seasons/Ritz/Peninsula/St Regis hands down. The club lounge of Beijing Rosewood is easily one of the best in the world. (free pouring of legit champagne) and only serves freshly squeezed juice.

  17. I happened to be on my way to the Andaz Mayakoba. I’ve been there before and visited the Rosewood property which is on the same lagoon. Just for the record, from what I experienced, I disagree with cahbf’s comments. The lagoon is beautiful and filled with over 30 species of birds. For those that would like a very exotic and natural experience, in a luxury setting, I highly recommend either resort. I do agree that the restaurants are expensive but I don’t think people visit a Rosewood property to save money.

  18. I completely agree with David and completely disagree with cahbf’s comments. We have visited the RW Mayakoba about 7-8 times now and despite being probably their lowest revenue clients (we stay in the cheapest lagoon suite, which is still pricey but very large and luxurious, with indoor/outdoor shower and plunge pool), they treat us like royalty and like family at the same time. Even more importantly, the staff is incredibly friendly and down to earth (far from stuffy) and they don’t change; you see many of the same staff year after year, changing roles, and all are friendly, helpful and go above and beyond. You don’t go to the Mayakoba for cheap eats – the food by Chef Juan Pablo Ortiz is amazing throughout the resort and worth every penny. You go to Mayakoba to relax and be pampered. While I would love take our young daughter, it is our go-to for an annual couple’s long weekend away. The Mayakoba is constantly making upgrades and improvements to the grounds and their services/amenities. Although its not overrun with kids, the resort just added an adults-only section of the beach with 3 small pools. I think a new bar and gym might be in the works. The spa is already incredible. And even when its 95% full, you never feel it. I think they have more than 2x the number of beach/pool chairs needed and you are never fighting for space. You have complimentary bikes waiting for you at your room when you arrive so you can get yourself around the incredible grounds. Clearly, we are big fans and can’t say enough. The only other resort we’ve visited is in Italy (Castiglion del Bosco), which I would also recommend – but nowhere near the level of service as the Mayakoba. Look forward to visiting some of their other properties.

  19. Can’t say enough about the London location. A conference put me up there for 3 nights; it was awesome. Every time I look at it on my own dime I am scared off and use Hilton points for the Tower Doubletree. But the Rosewood was absolutely amazing.

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