In early 2019 it was announced that the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) will take over the luxury hotel brand Six Senses. Until now, Six Senses has not really been integrated into the IHG Rewards Club program, but that has finally changed as it is now possible to redeem IHG Rewards Club points on select Six Senses properties.
Six Senses Hotels can now be booked with points
IHG will gradually roll out award redemption in Six Senses properties. It is now possible to redeem IHG Rewards Club points at the following six hotels for stays on or after April 27, 2021:
- Six Senses Botanique (Brazil)
- Six Senses Fiji (Fiji)
- Six senses Laamu (Maldives)
- Six Senses Ninh Van Bay (Vietnam)
- Six Senses Uluwatu Bali (Indonesia)
- Six Senses Yao Noi (Thailand)
Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam
When it comes to redeeming points for Six Senses properties, there are a few things to keep in mind:
- As with all IHG properties, there are blackout dates and capacity restrictions
- The pricing for rewards is dynamic, which means that the number of points required for a stay can change in the same way as with a stay in cash
How many IHG points do you need for Six Senses stays?
The IHG Rewards Club claims that pricing for rewards is dynamic. As of now, I am finding that the premium prices for each individual property are consistent across the data, although I imagine this will change over time.
It appears that award pricing is currently somewhere between 60,000 points per night and 237,500 points per night, and there’s not much rhyme or reason to the pricing.
For example, Six Senses Bali is bookable for 60,000 points per night, and the prices paid are often more than $ 500 per night.
Six Senses Fiji is bookable for 100,000 points per night and the prices paid are often more than $ 1,000.
Six Senses Maldives is bookable for 100,000 points per night and the prices paid are often more than $ 1,000.
The Six Senses Brazil can be booked for 237,500 points per night, although the prices paid are often cheaper than the other hotels that cost fewer points.
I estimate IHG Rewards Club points to be ~ 0.5 cents each, so there are some potentially great redemption options here.
Does the IHG Premier Card’s fourth night free allowance apply?
The IHG Premier Card is a fantastic fourth night award stay perk which can save you a substantial 25% on stays of four nights. Indeed, it seems that the free bonus for the fourth night is staying at Six Senses as well, so that’s great.
Six Senses Yao Noi, Thailand
The IHG elite benefit from Six Senses properties
What benefits for the elite can be expected at Six Senses? For one, Elite Benefits are primarily for InterContinental Ambassador, Royal Ambassador, and Kimpton Inner Circle members. These benefits are as follows (and even Award Nights booked directly with IHG are eligible for these benefits):
- Free breakfast for two in the main restaurant per day
- Signature convenience of a complimentary 50-minute Six Senses Spa Massage for two or a local experience once per stay; Signature amenities vary by resort, are subject to availability and will be confirmed upon arrival
- Free room upgrade for a category (subject to availability, excluding residences and suites / villas with two bedrooms or more)
- Extended check-out from 4:00 p.m. based on availability, guaranteed for Royal Ambassador & Kimpton Inner Circle members
- Early check-in at 10am, subject to availability, guaranteed for Royal Ambassador & Kimpton Inner Circle members. In cases where the room is unavailable at 10 a.m., the member may be checked into another available room until the originally booked room is available
- Free internet access
- Wellness Platter welcome on the day of arrival
If you’d like to redeem points to stay at a Six Senses hotel, it’s worth signing up for InterContinental Ambassador, which costs $ 200 per year and gives you all of the above benefits.
Six senses Laamu, Maldives
I am cautiously excited about this
The ability to redeem IHG Rewards Club points at Six Senses hotels is without a doubt a great development. I want to get excited, although I always struggle to get excited about the IHG Rewards Club program in general, at least for luxury stays:
- I love IHG Rewards Club for the annual free night certificate I get with the IHG Premier Card, which is handy given the IHG portfolio
- However, IHG’s elite perks tend to be uncompetitive, and IHG is also among the most restrictive hotel programs when it comes to reward availability. Not only is there no availability of the last room for standard rooms, but also blackout dates
If these Six Senses redemptions are introduced in an attractive way, it could change the value of IHG points:
- We hope that at some point it will be possible to redeem IHG Rewards Club points at all Six Senses hotels as there are some that I would really like to stay at
- The pricing is very irrational right now, although there are already some sweet spots where great value can be had
- Given IHG’s promising dynamic pricing, I fear that each IHG point could be worth a certain amount towards a Six Senses redemption
- I am very pleased that the InterContinental Ambassador discounts are being offered in Six Senses Hotels and that these also apply when redeeming points
- It’s cool that you can use the fourth night for free on award stays at Six Senses hotels, which reduces the cost of redemptions for four nights by 25%
Six Senses Botanique, Brazil
IHG has started redeeming points on Six Senses items. This is an exciting development. Initially, you can redeem points at six different objects, although the redemption options should expand over time.
As of now, there are some good redemption values for rewards. We hope this will continue to be the case. When you redeem points at a Six Senses, it pays to sign up for the additional benefits at InterContinental Ambassador.
What do you think of the new way to redeem IHG points at Six Senses hotels?