The ‘rogue’ Starwood resorts in Dubai finally join Starwood Preferred Guest

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On paper, Dubai should have been the ideal place to redeem Starwood Preferred Guest points for a beach holiday.  The group has four beach resorts in the Emirate:

plus another 12 non-beach properties!

For reasons never quite understood, however, many of these hotels refused to participate in Starwood Preferred Guest.  You couldn’t earn points and you couldn’t redeem points – it wasn’t quite clear why they were even carrying Starwood brands!

The last two hold-outs – the Westin (photo below) and Le Meriden at the Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina – have now joined up as full members.

Westin Dubai

Both are 20,000 SPG points per night compared with 25,000 per night at Le Royal Meridien and 12,000 per night at Sheraton Jumeirah Beach.

Whilst these redemptions are not the cheapest, they are good value at peak periods.  Starwood has ‘last room availability’ which means that if the hotel has a standard room for sale it must be offered as a reward.

On Easter Monday, Le Royal Meriden is £475 per night, so you are getting almost 2p per SPG point.  Sheraton Jumeirah is £355 so you receive almost 3p per point!  The other two are already showing as sold out but I would expect a similar result.  These prices are totally normal for beach resorts in Dubai over Easter or October half term, by the way.

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  1. Has anyone stayed at the Ajman Sarah in Ajamn? We are bored there for fide nights in November but considering changing for the sheraton in Dubai… All points bookings

  2. Anyone ever been to Dubai in February / March? Is it warm enough for the beach?

    • I was on the beach in Abu Dhabi 10 minutes ago (now having lunch). 26 degrees, cloudless. This is norm for Jan / Feb IME. It drops off later so you plan on 10 to 3 on the beach and then head off. It was 21 when I arrived at 8pm last night.

      Avoid Feb half term of course!

      • Update: 4.15pm and it is still very pleasant down by the pool although no risk of sunburn now.

        • czechoslovakia says:

          Pah. I was there last week and got a lot of wind, rain and hail. Plus a lot of lightning. According to the news, they`re were nearly 1000 car crashes in 8 hours, due to the rain. Make the most of it Rob, snowing here.

        • Now you’re just being unkind 😉

          Seriously though, hope the sun keeps shining – I was last in Dubai 33 years ago, believe it has changed somewhat since then!

    • Think Square says:

      We went in March. It was pleasantly warm on the beach, but the sea was “bracing”. Having just come from the Maldives, it was a bit of a shock.

  3. Great stuff, cheers Raffles – enjoy!

  4. Weather is fine feb and especially March, just be aware that if you choose the palm in feb it could be a tad too breezy or cool to be around the pool as was the case last feb, we now go March and weather is perfect.

  5. AndyGWP says:

    I’m going to be bold here, but the SPG have probably been the easiest points we have ever earned and redeemed, and in some ways for me – some of the best value! (taking into account the minimal time to accumulate them, and the ease of spending them)

    It is a shame that it’s only worthwhile (for us) collecting them when you get a bonus offer on the credit card… but when it is there it has been a quick win! 🙂

  6. We are way way overdue a 20000 SPG Point bonus for new cardholders who spend £2000 in 3 months.

  7. I should add SPG AMEX

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