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Great value Six Senses redemptions now bookable with IHG Rewards points

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Back in February 2019, IHG paid $300 million to acquire Six Senses Hotels

Six Senses is, at its best, a true luxury hotel group in a way that none of IHG’s other brands are (sorry InterContinental, sorry Regent).  It instantly became the top brand in the portfolio.

If $300 million seems cheap, it is because Six Senses did not own any of its properties.  IHG was simply buying the brand, 16 management contracts plus a further 18 signed deals and a ‘work in progress’ pipeline of 50 projects.

Six Senses Maldives

Where can I find Six Senses?

Here is the current Six Senses property list, including 2021 openings:

  • Bhutan – Six Senses Bhutan
  • Brazil – Six Senses Botanique
  • Cambodia – Six Senses Krabey Island 
  • China – Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain
  • Fiji – Six Senses Fiji
  • India – Six Senses Fort Barwara (opens September)
  • Indonesia – Six Senses Uluwatu, Bali
  • Israel – Six Senses Shaharut (opens August)
  • Maldives – Six Senses Laamu (pictured above)
  • Oman – Six Senses Zighy Bay
  • Portugal – Six Senses Douro Valley
  • Seychelles – Six Senses Zil Payson  (pictured below)
  • Spain – Six Senses Ibiza (opens Summer 2021)
  • Thailand – Six Senses Samui
  • Thailand – Six Senses Yao Noi
  • Turkey – Six Senses Kaplankaya
  • Turkey – Six Senses Istanbul
  • Vietnam – Six Senses Con Dao
  • Vietnam – Six Senses Ninh Van Bay
Six Senses Seychelles

The jewel in the crown, perhaps surprisingly, was not a beach resort.  The property in Portugal, Douro Valley, is widely regarded as the most luxurious resort in Europe (photo below).   It is set outside Porto and has an exceptional reputation for its rooms, food and spa.

What is happening with IHG Rewards?

IHG has historically been very slow to integrate new acquisitions into IHG Rewards, and Six Senses is no different. It has taken over two years to get to this stage.

As of today, SIX of the resort properties are now part of IHG Rewards. These are:

  • Six Senses Yao Noi, Thailand
  • Six Senses Laamu, Maldives
  • Six Senses Botanique, Brazil
  • Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam
  • Six Senses Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia
  • Six Senses Fiji, Fiji

You can earn and spend IHG Rewards points at these hotels. Redemptions are possible for stays from 27th April.

You can’t book on ihg.com

Six Senses hotels show up on the IHG website but you cannot book there, even for a points night.

You need to go to the Six Senses website here.

Free nights seem to offer real value

In theory, IHG Rewards redemptions at these hotels are revenue-based. This usually means that you get around 0.4p per IHG Rewards point.

There does appear to be a cap in place, however, which means that outsize value is possible on peak dates.

Here is an example in Bali:

Six Senses rewards pricing

You are looking at either 60,000 points per night or, after rounding, either £250 per night for a non-refundable room or £500 for a fully flexible one.

At £250, you are getting my target valuation of 0.4p per IHG Rewards point. If you need flexibility, however, you need to compare it with the £500 rate and you are getting 0.8p. 0.8p per IHG Rewards point is excellent value.

Here is the Maldives:

You are looking at 100,000 IHG Rewards points or £800 – £900 per night for cash. This means that you are getting 0.8p to 0.9p per point.

Note that IHG is imposing 7-14 days cancellation penalties on points booking at these hotels. You will not have the flexibility to cancel at the last minute in most cases.

Good news if you are Ambassador, Royal Ambassador or Kimpton Inner Circle

If you have InterContinental Ambassador (we explain what IHG’s Ambassador status is in this article), Royal Ambassador or Kimpton Inner Circle, you are in a good place with these hotels.

This is what you will get:

  • Complimentary breakfast for two in the main restaurant each day.
  • Signature Amenity of either a complimentary 50-minute Six Senses Spa massage for two or local experience once per stay
  • Complimentary one category room upgrade (subject to availability, excluding residences and two bedroom or greater suites/villas) – so not guaranteed, even for Royal Ambassador members
  • Extended check-out of 4pm for Ambassador members subject to availability. Guaranteed for Royal Ambassador & Kimpton Inner Circle members. 
  • Early check-in of 10am subject to availability for Ambassador members.  Guaranteed for Royal Ambassador and Kimpton Inner Circle members and in circumstances where the room is not available at 10am, the member may be checked into another available room until the original booked room becomes available.
  • All benefits are also applicable on reward nights when booked directly through IHG channels 

Given that you can buy Ambassador membership for $200, it will be worth it purely to get free breakfast on a stay at any of the six hotels above.

Bad new for IHG Rewards elite members

Virtually all elite member benefits are suspended at Six Senses. You will receive a ‘welcome platter’ in your room but that is about it.

You will not even receive a ‘Member Rate’ if you book a room for cash.

Conclusion

This is only the first step in integrating Six Senses into IHG Rewards, with many more resorts to come.

Based on the pricing I saw yesterday, I am quite excited about the potential to get outsize value on Six Senses redemptions. Buying IHG Rewards points in a sale, when they go for around 0.4p, may makes sense at these hotels.

I think there will be some grumbling about the lack of elite recognition, especially from Royal Ambassador members who do not get a guaranteed upgrade. On the other hand, buying Ambassador for $200 looks good value as you will get free breakfast – and a Six Senses breakfast won’t come cheap.

I look forward to seeing Six Senses redemptions roll out, and potentially finally get to try out the Portugal property.


IHG Rewards update – September 2021:

Get bonus points: IHG Rewards is not currently running a global promotion.

New to IHG Rewards?  Read our overview of IHG Rewards here and our article on points expiry rules here. Our article on ‘What are IHG Rewards points worth?’ is here.

Buy points: If you need additional IHG Rewards points, you can buy them here.

You will receive a mystery bonus, usually 100%, when you buy IHG Rewards points by 8th October 2021.

Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from IHG and the other major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.

Comments (83)

  • Benilyn says:

    Anyone know the Maldives transfer costs?

    • Patrick Cold says:

      I`ve made a booking; if they write with transfer details I`ll update here.

    • Lee says:

      450 US dollars 3 years ago with domestic flight + boat transfer

    • bsuije says:

      I think it’s USD 750pp return.

    • Heathrow Flyer says:

      In Dec 2020 Male – IC Maldives was 740 USD per person return.

    • Lee says:

      Round-trip transfers between Male’s International Airport and the resort are by domestic commercial flight followed by a speed boat transfer to Six Senses Laamu. The rate is USD 590 + 23.2% tax and service charge per person. This will be arranged and booked by the resort upon making a reservation.

    • Patrick Cold says:

      Round-trip transfers between Male’s International Airport and the resort are by domestic commercial flight followed by a speed boat transfer to Six Senses Laamu. The rate is USD 590 + 23.2% tax and service charge per person. This will be arranged and booked by the resort upon making a reservation.

  • JDB says:

    Although it is not yet on the redemption list, the Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain is excellent. It is a slightly unusual location for this type of hotel in that it is in a slightly built up area, but is a fantastic hotel and a very short distance from amazing places to visit, including the mountain itself, plus of course the pandas. The nearby town of Dujiangyan is one of the nicest and most interesting we have visited in China.

  • Jimbob says:

    Not for me, 100k gets you 8 nights at the Holiday Inn Express in Preston, breakfast included……..

    • Anna says:

      Sadly the heatwave started on Tuesday and ended yesterday round here, Jimbob, if you were planning a holiday in Lancashire 😂

    • Tw33ty says:

      I found the hie Preston noisey, both in the hotel and also at night as I was on the motorway side.

  • Anna says:

    I can feel a future trip plan forming. The Douro Valley property is a 2 1/2 hour drive from the village my family hails from just across the Spanish border. This is an absolutely stunning part of Europe and doesn’t even get that busy in the peak summer season. In June and September you can have beaches to yourself and wander through mountain and forest landscapes without seeing another soul.

    • Richie says:

      “….. you can have beaches to yourself and wander through mountain and forest landscapes without seeing another soul….” sounds very COVID-19 safe.

  • Damien says:

    happy days. just got 10 days in Maldives. Pity we can use our reward night yet

  • yorkieflyer says:

    hoping to be in Thailand at Christmas and Six Senses Yao Noi not on sale past early Dec yet. at 110k points it looks in theory good value and maybe, but I think £800 a night for early December looks very toppy cash wise

    • meta says:

      Unfortunately, it is blocked for Christmas and New Years. You can book for after 10 January. I suspect it will stay like that.

  • pauldb says:

    The Ninh Van property looks like a interesting, good value redemption. The entry level villas appear to permit 2 children, though they won’t come up when you search 2+2 – can anyone shed any light on that.

    An eye-opening number of Russian destinations served from the local airport.

    • Anna says:

      A lot of hotels don’t show availability when you search for more than 2 people, but then the room details show that they accommodate more than this. It’s sometimes easier just to search for 2 then look at the available rooms individually.

    • Phillip says:

      Where are you seeing that they permit 2+2? I can only see 3 total for lead in rooms and 5 for the family villas.

      • pauldb says:

        For the dates I checked, the redemption / entry room was a hilltop villa that accommodates 2+2, though as I said it isn’t actually offer if you search 2 + 2.

  • kitten says:

    Are children allowed at Six Senses hotels?

    • Rob says:

      Varies, there is no chain-wide rule AFAIK.

    • Anna says:

      A review of the Douro one says it’s popular with families so it looks as though some of them accept children. Not sure I’d want to take mine though, I’m having visions of swimming, spa treatments and visiting vineyards without trailing moody teenagers behind me!

    • Lee says:

      Most of Six Senses hotels are kids friendly. Six senses laamu has kids cinema with buffet

    • Harry T says:

      I hope not!

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