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Hyatt reopens the ex-Byblos hotel in Malaga

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From out of pretty much nowhere, Hyatt has become a good bet if you are looking to redeem points for a luxury Summer holiday in Southern Europe.

Over the last couple of years we’ve covered openings such as 7Pines Resort Ibiza, 7Pines Resort Sardinia and Magma Resort Santorini. Hyatt has also bought the ex-Hilton Sa Torre Mallorca which will be integrated into World of Hyatt at some point.

We now also have La Zambra, website here, which is being described as “a relaxed, bohemian retreat”.

Hyatt La Zambra hotel

La Zambra is the former iconic Byblos Hotel in Mijas. Byblos opened in 1986 and was for many years an iconic and high profile luxury hideaway before closing in 2010.

The newly renovated hotel has become part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt portfolio, which consists of high-end independent hotels operating within the Hyatt ‘system’. Whilst retaining their own management, Unbound hotels act like directly managed Hyatt properties to all intents and purposes.

The nearest airport is Malaga which is 20 minutes drive away. Fuengirola, Puerto Banús and Malaga are all nearby.

The hotel has 197 rooms and suites as well as a 2,500 sq m spa and four restaurants. Sports facilities include two tennis courts, a paddle court and two outdoor swimming pools.

Hyatt La Zambra hotel room

La Zambra looks especially attractive to golfers, being adjacent to two 18-hole courses. It is not a beach hotel – you will need to travel 3km to the coast, with the hotel itself nestling in the Mijas mountains.

As a World of Hyatt redemption, the hotel is currently a Category 5 hotel. This means that redemptions cost between 17,000 and 23,000 points per night.

With rooms for next Summer starting at €700, La Zambra is exceptional value on a ‘pence per point’ basis. Even better, you can currently buy World of Hyatt points with a 30% discount via this link. You are paying around 1.3p per point. At peak season, this means you are saving around 50% if you buy points to redeem here vs paying cash for a room directly. Even better is using points for a suite upgrade, which you can guarantee at the time of booking.

Two images of the hotel are above, click to enlarge. The website is here.


World of Hyatt update – December 2022:

Get bonus points: You will receive double World of Hyatt points on all stays of 2+ nights between 15th September and 20th December. Registration is now closed, unfortunately. You can read our article on the promotion here.

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  • Zoe says:

    Crowne Plaza Liverpool John Lennon Airport was closed to guests since at least May for exclusive use business until 31st August 2022.
    Doesn’t appear to be taking bookings again yet.

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