You can now redeem IHG points at Six Senses and get a fourth night reward

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional information.

In early 2019, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) acquired Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas. Ever since, IHG Rewards loyalists have excitedly waited for the day Six Senses properties would be bookable with IHG Rewards points. Well, this day finally arrived on March 31, 2021 for six select Six Senses properties.

These six hotels joined IHG Rewards on March 31, 2021 as part of a phased integration of selected Six Senses properties into the IHG Rewards program. As of March 31, 2021, IHG Rewards members can earn and redeem points and get elite benefits at the following Six Senses properties:

  • 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

Of course, you’re likely wondering what redemption rates look like at these Six Senses properties. So, today I’ll consider several redemption examples as well as take a look at benefits IHG Rewards members can get when staying at select Six Senses properties.

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Redeeming IHG points for Six Senses stays

As of March 31, 2021, you can redeem IHG points for stays at select Six Senses properties with a check-in date on or after April 27, 2021. Just like other IHG Rewards properties, award nights at these Six Senses hotels will utilize dynamic pricing. So, the number of points required will change as cash rates do.

Some Six Senses properties have minimum stay requirements that vary based on your stay dates. But, an IHG spokesperson confirmed that members with the IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card or IHG® Rewards Club Traveler Credit Card can get a fourth night reward at Six Senses properties when redeeming IHG points for stays of four nights or longer.

You can search for cash stays and award stays at the above Six Senses resorts through IHG Rewards or Six Senses. Here’s what I found when searching each of the six properties for stays on July 6-8, 2021 and Nov. 5-7, 2021 (or similar dates for properties with more than a two-night minimum stay). In the following sections, I list the lowest cash rate currently bookable even if the rate isn’t flexible.

Related: Maximizing redemptions with the IHG Rewards Club program

Six Senses Yao Noi, Thailand

You can book a Hideaway Pool Villa using IHG Rewards points at Six Senses Yao Noi in Thailand. This one-bedroom villa is 1,658 square feet. However, when booking with points, your reservation is only refundable until 14 days of arrival. Here’s the current pricing for two sample stays:

  • July 6-8, 2021: $1,301 or 220,000 points (0.59 cents per point)
  • Nov. 5-7, 2021: $1,810 or 220,000 points (0.82 cents per point)

Related: Second Cities: Destinations to add onto a trip to Bangkok

Six Senses Laamu, Maldives

You can book a Lagoon Water Villa using IHG Rewards points at Six Senses Laamu in the Maldives. This villa is 1,160 square feet. However, when booking with points, your reservation is only refundable until 14 days of arrival. Here’s the current pricing for two sample stays (note, I searched for four-night stays since that’s the minimum stay requirement for this property but didn’t assume you’d get a fourth night reward):

  • July 6-10, 2021: $2,948 or 400,000 points (0.74 cents per point)
  • Nov. 5-9, 2021: $4,505 or 400,000 points (1.13 cents per point)

Related: The best ways to get to the Maldives on points and miles

Six Senses Botanique, Brazil

You can book a mountain view suite using IHG Rewards points at Six Senses Botanique in Brazil. This suite is 645 square feet. However, when booking with points, your reservation is only refundable until 14 days of arrival. Here’s the current pricing for two sample stays:

  • July 6-8, 2021: $1,219 or 220,000 points (0.55 cents per point)
  • Nov. 9-11, 2021 (since Nov. 5-7, 2021 is blocked as “no arrival”): $967 or 220,000 points (0.44 cents per point)

Related: These are the best times to visit Brazil

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam

You can book a Hill Top Pool Villa using IHG Rewards points at Six Senses Ninh Van Bay in Vietnam. This villa is 1,700 square feet and has an ocean view. However, when booking with points, your reservation is only refundable until seven days of arrival. Here’s the current pricing for two sample stays:

  • July 6-8, 2021: $1,975 or 150,000 points (1.32 cents per point)
  • Nov. 5-7, 2021: $1,642 or 150,000 points (1.09 cents per point)

Related: You’ll want to save your IHG points for these Six Senses properties

Six Senses Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia

You can book a Sky Suite using IHG Rewards points at Six Senses Uluwatu in Bali, Indonesia. This suite is 1,160 square feet. However, when booking with points, your reservation is only refundable until seven days of arrival. Here’s the current pricing for two sample stays:

  • July 6-8, 2021: $714 or 120,000 points (0.59 cents per point)
  • Nov. 5-7, 2021: $714 or 120,000 points (0.59 cents per point)

Related: How to get to Bali with one-stop using points and miles

Six Senses Fiji, Fiji

You can book a Hideaway Pool Villa using IHG Rewards points at Six Senses Fiji. This villa is 1,200 square feet. However, when booking with points, your reservation is only refundable until 30 days of arrival. Here’s the current pricing for two sample stays:

  • July 6-13, 2021 (7-night minimum stay for check-in on July 6): $8,545 but no award availability
  • Nov. 5-7, 2021: $1,842 or 200,000 points (0.92 cents per point)

Related: Financially-feasible Fiji: How to plan a trip to Fiji without breaking the bank

IHG perks at Six Senses properties

Six Senses properties are often relatively small. And many offer non-traditional service delivery methods. As such, some IHG Rewards benefits may differ or not be available at select Six Senses properties. For example, the welcome amenity for IHG Rewards elite members at Six Senses properties is an in-room wellness platter. And if the hotel’s best flex rate includes breakfast, then breakfast is also included on reward night stays at Six Senses properties for all IHG Rewards members.

Additionally, InterContinental Ambassador, Royal Ambassador and Kimpton Inner Circle members get extra benefits when staying at Six Senses properties. In particular, these members can expect:

  • Complimentary breakfast for two each day in the main restaurant
  • A signature amenity of either a complimentary 50-minute Six Senses Spa massage for two or local experience once per stay
    • The Signature Amenity varies by resort, is subject to availability and will be confirmed upon arrival
  • Complimentary one category room upgrade (subject to availability, excluding residences and two-bedroom or greater suites/villas)
  • Extended check-out of 4 p.m. (subject to availability for InterContinental Ambassador members)
  • Early check-in of 10 a.m. (subject to availability for InterContinental Ambassador members)
    • In circumstances where the room is not available at 10 a.m., the hotel may check you into another available room until the room you booked becomes available
    • Finally, IHG confirmed that all of the above benefits are available regardless of whether you book a paid stay through eligible methods or redeem IHG Rewards points.

      Related: 6 ways IHG Rewards Club should improve its loyalty program

      Bottom line

      IHG Rewards has been working to improve the luxury end of its portfolio. After all, you can now book more than 100 Mr and Mrs Smith properties through IHG Rewards. And IHG is rapidly expanding its voco footprint. So, it’s great to see that you can also now book select Six Senses properties using IHG Rewards points. Plus an IHG spokesperson confirmed that IHG Rewards plans to progressively add more Six Senses properties to its program over time.

      For the sample Six Senses stays I searched, I found redemption rates that ranged from an excellent 1.32 cents per point to a modest 0.44 cents per point. So, be sure to check your redemption rate before deciding to book with IHG points instead of cash. But, especially if you’re able to buy IHG Rewards points for 0.5 cents each during a sale and then get a fourth night reward when redeeming, you may be able to snag a good deal when redeeming IHG points for Six Senses stays.

      Featured image of Six Senses Fiji courtesy of IHG Rewards.

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      Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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