One Mile at a Time flagged the incredible redemption opportunity at Calala Island which is an SLH Hotel property in Nicaragua. Through Hyatt’s alliance with SLH you can redeem 40,000 Hyatt points per night there. That’s a lot of points, however:
- It goes from $2300 and up per night with cash
- It’s all-inclusive, including flight and boat to and from the Managua airport and not just meals but alcoholic beverages too
- There are just 4 rooms on the private island, 3 of which are redeemable with points
Credit: Calala Island Resort
The place looks amazing and special and a great deal using points. The property is 11 acres off the Nicaraguan coast and there are 25 employees taking care of guests in those four rooms.
Since the property is so small availability can go quickly in peak season. You can search the hotel’s own website for junior suite availability (there are 3 junior suites and a master suite) and when a junior suite is available go to Hyatt’s website to redeem. There are often 3 night minimum stays and sometimes more required, though given the remoteness of the location and what it takes to get there it’s not a place most people would do for just a night to two anyway (and they need to amortize the inclusive transportation over multiple nights).
I’ve said in the past that most SLH properties don’t offer outsized value with Hyatt points, though there are some special places. Overall it seems like Hyatt is paying properties more than comparable Hyatt hotels, and they need to charge higher points prices to compensate. However since the cost of a redemption maxes out at 40,000 points per night a hotel that retails for over $2000 per night represents a great deal.
It wouldn’t surprise me to see Hyatt impose a 10,000 point surcharge here, which is what they did with the Sailrock Resort back in March when that property added local transportation into the rate.