Hyatt adds another 20 properties to its growing SLH portfolio

Jul 16, 2021

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Good news for World of Hyatt fans: The programme recently welcomed several new Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) properties into its portfolio.

Ever since Hyatt and SLH announced a partnership several years ago, properties around the world have been added to the group at a consistent clip. Earlier this year, 12 SLH properties were added as Hyatt partner hotels.

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Now, as of Thursday, there are an additional 20 SLH hotels joining the World of Hyatt portfolio, which means World of Hyatt members can book paid and award rates at SLH properties. While elite members don’t receive standard World of Hyatt benefits, they are able to take advantage of other perks, including daily complimentary breakfast for two, free Wi-Fi, 12 p.m. check in (if available), 2 p.m. late checkout (if available) and a one-category room upgrade, if space allows.

L'Escale Marina Resort and Spa, SLH
L’Escale Marina Resort and Spa in Mahé, Seychelles. (Photo courtesy of Hyatt)

The additions span several countries around the globe and include some very interesting places, including Belize, where there aren’t a ton of options for points travellers currently, the Seychelles and Louisville, Kentucky. There’s even a luxury yacht that sails off the coast of Ecuador included in this addition, though you’ll only be able to earn points for journeys, not redeem for them.

Let’s take a look at all the new places at which you’ll be able to earn and redeem Hyatt points:

Hotel Location Award category
The Grady Louisville, Kentucky 5
Gaia Riverlodge Cayo District, Belize 6
Itzana Resort and Residences Placencia, Belize 5
Matachica Resort and Spa Ambergris Caye, Belize 6
M/Y Kontiki Wayra – Kontiki Expeditions* Manta, Ecuador 8
Hotel Raphael Paris, France 6
Hotel La Roya Saint-Florent, France 6
Le Domaine d’Ablon Ablon, France 8
Auberge de Cassagne Spa Le Potent Avignon, France 6
Les Bories Gordes en Provence, France 6
Breidenbacher Hof Dusseldorf, Germany 6
White Coast Pool Suites Milos, Greece 6
Ca’ di Dio Venice, Italy 6; opens Aug. 1
Villa Soligo Farra di Soligo, Treviso, Italy 3
La Torre del Canonigo Ibiza, Spain 6
Bergwelt Grindelwald – Alpine Design Resort Grindelwald,  Switzerland 6
The Dunstane Houses Edinburgh, U.K. 5
Wilder Townhouse Dublin, Ireland 4
L’Escale Resort Marina and Spa Mahé, Seychelles 8
The American Colony Hotel Jerusalem, Israel 6

* You can book expeditions on the M/Y Kontiki Wayra beginning 8 August. You will not be able to redeem World of Hyatt points for expeditions, though you can earn them.

New options for redeeming Hyatt points

The addition of yet even more SLH hotels into the World of Hyatt portfolio presents new options for travellers looking for boutique hotel experiences in some of the world’s top destinations.

Without a doubt, one of the most exciting additions to the World of Hyatt/SLH portfolio is not even a hotel. The M/Y Kontiki Wayra is a “sustainable luxury motor yacht,” according to Hyatt’s website, that sails off the coast of Ecuador. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to book a trip on this yacht with your points, but you are able to earn if you decide to go on the journey.

M/Y Kontiki Wayra, SLH
M/Y Contiki Wayra. (Photo courtesy of Hyatt)

Located in Belize’s Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, Gaia Riverlodge is the perfect place to disconnect from the modern world. Rooms have thatched roofs and are set right within the jungle, guaranteeing a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The resort provides private access to the Five Sisters Waterfall, and you can go for a swim in any one of the nearby freshwater pools.

Gaia Riverlodge, SLH
Gaia Riverlodge, Belize. (Photo courtesy of Hyatt)

L’Escale Marina Resort and Spa is a high-end retreat in the capital city of the Seychelles, Mahé. Enjoy an afternoon sitting on one of the thickly padded pool loungers, get a treatment at the resort’s full-service spa or go for a sail around the island and take in the stunning coastline.

L'Escale Marina Resort and Spa, SLH
L’Escale Marina Resort and Spa. (Photo courtesy of Hyatt)

Last but certainly not least, The Grady represents another great option for travellers looking to use hotel points in Kentucky’s largest city. It’s the perfect place to set the scene for a weekend in the city, with its close proximity to Louisville’s so-called Museum Row and Distiller’s Row.

The Grady, SLH
The Grady in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo courtesy of Hyatt)

Bottom line

It’s great to see Hyatt and SLH continue to add to their shared portfolio of properties. These hotels give World of Hyatt members fantastic options at which to use their points. And, considering some of the locations in which these hotels are found, they give members access to travel experiences they may otherwise never get to have, drastically increasing the value of your hard-earned points.

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