Yesterday I wrote that Starwood’s 35% discount on several of their most expensive resorts is back. They haven’t yet updated the promotion web page but the discount is live.
And I now have confirmation of which hotels are bookable. The hotels are the same as last year, except that the St Regis Maldives replace Mystique in Greece.
Here are the 8 hotels where you can book redemptions at 35% off:
- W Retreat & Spa – Maldives
- The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
- Le Méridien Bora Bora
- Vana Belle, a Luxury Collection Resort, Koh Samui
- W Retreat Koh Samui
- Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai
- The Naka Island, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Phuket
- The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort
35% off redemptions have to be booked by phone, and are available for stays through February 2018. And of course even with this discount fifth night on your award remains free.
I still wish that Starwood’s category 6 and 7 ‘all suite’ hotels didn’t start off at double the points. But 35% off the regular redemption price makes them accessible, and often still a very good value. For instance when I stayed at the Al Maha Desert Resort that property was running $1400++ per night, and cost me 39,000 points per night. I spent 3 nights there so didn’t get the further discount of 5th night free.
It was well worth it as an experience as well. All rooms are standalone Bedouin villas with their own pools.
The redemption includes meals (including room service) and two activities per day such as falconry, dune driving, and camel riding. In the evening you ride a camel out to a spot in the dunes where they have champagne and strawberries set up. Then you ride the camel back into the sunset towards the resort. You Ride. The Camel. Into. The Sunset.