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Perhaps there is no destination in the world more aspirational than the Maldives thanks to its secluded picture-perfect beaches and over the top hotels. As a result, hotel stays at the Maldives can be extremely expensive, even when redeeming points.
The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort is scheduled to open on September 1, 2016, although the hotel is only taking reservations that begin on November 1, 2016, or afterwards. As is to be expected, the property looks spectacular and staying here on points has surprisingly become one of the best travel-related deals around.
Starwood has designated The St. Regis Maldives as a Category 7 property. This means that nightly award rates are 30,000 or 35,000 Starpoints. However, when it comes to properties whose rooms are considered to be “premium rooms” or “all-suite,” as is the case with The St. Regis Maldives, the award rate is twice as much as normal. Instead of redeeming 30,000 or 35,000 points per night, you would have to redeem 60,000 or 70,000 points.
Notwithstanding the above, it seems like you can currently book rooms at The St. Regis Maldives at the standard Starwood levels according to DansDeals.com. A 5-night stay at the St. Regis Maldives, would set you back only 120,000 Starpoints or 24,000 points per night — given that Starwood provides the fifth night free on award stays. For a property located in the Maldives that appears to be out-of-this-world nice, it is an exceptional rate, especially when considering that paid rates can exceed $2,000 a night.
But that is not the only good news reported by Dan's Deals. It seems like you can book an overwater villa for as little as 32,500 points a night or 26,000 points a night if staying for five nights. All things considered, this could be the best award redemption you can make at an overwater villa at this time. Other room types are also available on points. Yes, this is a lot of points, but compared to cash rates if this is on your list, compared to what you might expect to pay this is a great deal.
It is possible that these award rates will eventually change to SPG “premium room” properties rates, so if you have a trip to the Maldives planned and have enough points available, you should certainly complete a booking sooner rather than later. If you had been considering a trip to the Maldives with nothing set in stone, perhaps booking an award stay at The St. Regis Maldives can help you make that trip a reality.
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