A reader pointed out that a former Belmond hotel had moved over to Small Luxury Hotels of the World and partnered with Hyatt, though the property hasn’t yet re-opened. Hyatt had once appeared in the running to acquire the former Orient Express hotel chain rebranded as Belmond.
Hyatt has a partnership with SLH Hotels that lets you earn points and status at those properties (when booking paid rates through Hyatt) and redeem points at these same properties, though not all of the hotels are part of this arrangement.
Shortly before the pandemic the partnership had grown to include about half of the SLH hotels. We hadn’t seen any additions since then, which isn’t surprising since many hotels would have wanted to pause investment in integration during the pandemic.
However back on April 1, 2021, 12 additional SLH properties were added to the World of Hyatt program. No announcement was made at the time. Here’s the new additions:
|Amani Boutique Hotel Zanzibar in Zanzibar, Tanzania||Category 5|
|Canaves Oia Suites in Santorini, Greece||Category 8|
|Culloden Estate and Spa in Belfast, United Kingdom||Category 4|
|Donna Carmela Resort and Lodges in Carruba di Riposto, Italy||Category 6|
|Grove of Narberth in Narberth, United Kingdom||Category 5|
|Homewood in Bath, United Kingdom||Category 5|
|Hotel des Gouverneurs in Bastia, France||Category 5|
|Hotel Excelsior in Dubrovnik, Croatia||Category 7|
|Keswick Hall in Virginia, United States||Category 6|
|The Cellars-Hohenort in Capetown, South Africa||Category 4|
|The Marine in Hermanus, South Africa||Category 4|
|The Plettenberg in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa||Category 5|
Keswick Hall, Credit: Hyatt
In October 2019 Hyatt added Canaves Oia Hotel and Canaves Oia Epitmoe both SLH properties on Santorini to their SLH partnership. Now they’re adding Santorini’s Canaves Oia Suites. All 3 are category 8 redemptions.
Arguably the addition of Canaves Oia Suites gives them the best location on Santorini (and it has two pools), while Epitome may be more luxurious.
There are three properties in South Africa and one in Tanzania as part of this batch of additions. There are three in the U.K., one in France and one in Italy. There’s a lot to like here, not least of which is the addition of an option in Dubrovnik as well. It’s just 12 more hotels, but a lot of nice options for World of Hyatt members to redeem.
Mechanics of the Hyatt-SLH Partnership
With Hyatt’s MGM partnership, elite members of each program are able to status match. That way they get extra recognition when staying at the partner’s properties. There’s no similar mechanism with SLH hotels. So a Globalist in the Hyatt program can redeen points at an SLH hotel that’s part of the relationship, but won’t get breakfast (unless offered to all guests) or an upgrade by virtue of their status.
While the most expensive redemption for a legacy Hyatt property is category 7 (30,000 points per night) new additions to the program including SLH Hotels can be priced at category 8 (40,000 points per night). Check rates, because many seasonal properties justify that redemption cost at their peak but very much not so at other times of the year, so you’ll prefer to pay cash and check to see whether booking through a luxury travel advisor throws in additional value-added amenities.
Booking paid stays through Hyatt at participating SLH hotels includes
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Daily Complimentary Continental Breakfast
- Room Upgrade (one category at check-in if available)
- Early check-in (noon, based upon availability at check-in)
- Late check-out (2:00pm, based upon availability at check-in)
Hyatt’s best rate guarantee doesn’t apply, and SLH’s own best rate guarantee doesn’t apply. Booking independent properties direct may yield lower rates than going through a central channel, and in this case you’ll want to even check pricing that SLH.com is offering versus what Hyatt may be offering. There’s no promise Hyatt rates qualifying for points and status credit will be the best rates. Often I’ve found that they aren’t.