The Italian island of Sardinia is becoming a hot spot for Hilton and Hilton Honors.
It has also signed the hotel which will become Conrad Chia Laguna Sardinia from next Summer.
The Local Porto Rotondo, above, could well be the smallest Hilton hotel in the world with only 22 rooms. It is a 15 minute drive from Olbia airport.
It is described as:
“nestled on a tranquil hillside with beautiful views of the Tyrrhenian Sea and is just minutes away from the white sandy beaches of the sought-after Costa Smeralda. Its location will offer easy access to hiking trails, outdoor excursions, golf clubs, cultural attractions and entertainment venues and is just a few kilometres away from charming Porto Cervo.”
It is not a new hotel but joined Curio after a renovation. It is:
“the perfect accommodation for travellers wanting an intimate, authentic experience in a peaceful setting, away from the hustle and bustle of busy tourist spots. Upon arrival, guests will be welcomed into modern and minimalistic guest rooms, many of which offer spacious ocean view terraces.”
I am struggling to find any reward space for this Summer – at most, it will obliged to make one room per night available. Given the €500+ room rates it will be excellent value even at the maximum 95,000 points.
The second new opening, and the upcoming Conrad, are also conversions and are both based at the same resort called Chia Laguna.
The hotel does not seem to have undergone any sort of refurbishment before relaunching as a Curio.
The Conrad will take over what is currently the 5-star Hotel Laguna. It will receive:
“an extensive renovation that will update and enhance all guest rooms, common areas, restaurants and bars to be in line with Conrad’s refined yet contemporary brand aesthetic”
….. before reopening in 2022.
As you can see above, it also looks pretty good.
Historically, the big hotels brands have struggled to manage properties which only open for short Summer seasons. We need to see how these work out for Hilton.
The Hilton branding should deliver more conference and incentive business which could allow the season to extend. Both Chia Laguna hotels are surprisingly small with under 200 rooms between them.
How to earn Hilton Honors points and status from UK credit cards (September 2021)
There are various ways of earning Hilton Honors points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.
Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Hilton Honors Gold status for as long as they hold the card? It also comes with Marriott Bonvoy Gold, Radisson Rewards Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.
The Platinum Card comes with a limited time bonus of 60,000 Amex points (converts to 120,000 Hilton Honors points) until 2nd November 2021.
Did you know that the Virgin Atlantic credit cards are a great way of earning Hilton Honors points? Two Virgin Points can be converted into three Hilton Honors points. The Virgin Atlantic cards are the only Visa or Mastercard products in the UK which can indirectly earn Hilton Honors points. You can apply here.
You can also earn Hilton Honors points indirectly with American Express Gold (30,000 bonus points – special offer to 9th November 2021), the American Express Rewards Credit Card (5,000 bonus points) and – for small business owners – American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus points) and Business Platinum (40,000 bonus points).
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