For many travelers, one of the most satisfying perks of being a hotel rewards program member is cashing in all those accumulated points for a free stay at an amazing property. But after you’ve scrupulously saved for months, your points can feel a bit precious, making it difficult to choose which hotel or resort stay to apply them toward. If you need a little guidance deciding where to spend your points, U.S. News can help. We selected 15 properties from around the globe – ranging from luxurious island retreats to city center hotels to charming inns – worth your loyalty points.
If you’re willing to part with 95,000 Hilton Honors points a night, you’ll be rewarded with an unforgettably indulgent stay at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. Accommodations are spread across two islands and are outfitted with open-air garden bathrooms, private terraces with beach access and, in select suites, plunge pools. If you tire of your overwater bungalow, head to the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, which bills itself as the world’s first all-glass undersea restaurant. Enjoy a six-course dinner while admiring a panoramic view of the coral gardens just outside the restaurant’s
The Kimpton EPIC Hotel is a hit with guests for its attentive customer service and spectacular views of the Miami skyline and Biscayne Bay. When you’re not admiring the hotel’s enviable perch from your guest room’s floor-to-ceiling windows, head to the 16th-floor pool deck. This is also where you’ll find the hotel’s highly regarded Area 31 restaurant. Characteristic of Kimpton properties, the EPIC Hotel hosts a nightly wine hour, as well as a bevy of amenities just for your pet. What’s more, the property also boasts a resident “engagement guru” to help guests schedule and coordinate marriage proposals on the property. To stay at the Kimpton EPIC Hotel, IHG Rewards Club members will need to cash in 55,000 points a night. (COURTESY OF KIMPTON EPIC HOTEL)
For a reprieve from the crowds of central Venice, consider booking a stay at the J.W. Marriott Venice Resort & Spa. Sitting pretty on a private island (Isola delle Rose), this Marriott promises guests a luxurious escape designed by Italian architect Matteo Thun. When you’re not soaking up the sun at the rooftop pool or treating yourself to some Venetian cooking at the Michelin-starred Dopolavoro Dining Room, you can easily hop on the hotel’s complimentary water shuttle to St. Mark’s Square. The hotel also offers amenities for kids, including a secluded family pool and a family cooking class that teaches guests how to make Venetian pastries. For a stay here, be prepared to fork over 45,000 Marriott Rewards points per night. (COURTESY OF J.W. MARRIOTT VENICE RESORT & SPA)
It’s tough to beat the view at the Park Hyatt Sydney. Situated in The Rocks, this Hyatt outpost occupies an enviable address overlooking the Sydney Harbour waterfront, between the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Spring for the Opera View room for a spectacular vantage point of the harbor. Or, if your room doesn’t offer a glimpse of the iconic landmark, head to the rooftop pool (open year-round) or The Dining Room to admire the vistas. If you’d like to cash in your World of Hyatt points for a stay here, it will cost you 30,000 points per night. (COURTESY OF PARK HYATT SYDNEY)