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Hyatt is occupying bulk of my mind space these days, thanks to their generous promotions that are making World of Hyatt Globalist status a possibility for many in the hobby. Looking forward to being Globalist again, I have been scanning for the ‘best value’ on Hyatt redemptions. And to my pleasant surprise, I stumbled upon Cat-1 and Cat-2 Park Hyatt properties, in India – a World of Hyatt sweet spot!
Park Hyatt is regarded as a top-tier luxury brand in the Hyatt ‘Timeless’ Portfolio. As one of the most sought after brands by luxury travellers, Park Hyatt (for me) ranks on the same scale as a Four Seasons, or the Ritz Carlton.
World Of Hyatt hotel categories start at 5000 points for Cat-1 hotel, and peaks at 40,000 points for a Category 8 property. Note that 2021 is all set to see Off-peak and Peak point redemption;
World Of Hyatt sweet spot – India
While it’s true that hospitality and luxury standards in Asia outshine other parts of the world, India truly is the sweet spot of the Hyatt loyalty program. Only 2 Hyatt properties (of ~40) in India are over Category 3. And India is home to two Park Hyatts – Park Hyatt Chennai a Category 1 property, available at 5,000 points/night, and Park Hyatt Hyderabad, a Category 2, available at 8,000 points/night. The only Category 1 and 2 Park Hyatt properties in the world!
Park Hyatt Chennai: As the only Category 1 Park Hyatt property in the world, Park Hyatt Chennai is listed as ‘one of the most luxurious hotels in Chennai located just 15 minutes away from the Chennai international airport overlooking the Guindy forest reserve‘.
The pictures don’t ooze opulence, but definitely undervalued at 5000 points required for a one night stay. My expectations with Hyatt properties have been set pretty high, given the exceptional service and food I experienced at Hyatt Regency in Mumbai, another category 1 property.
Interestingly, Park Hyatt Chennai is currently offering a COVID-19 test in the privacy of guest rooms for INR 5,000 inclusive of taxes per person.
Park Hyatt Hyderabad: The only Category-2 Park Hyatt in the world, Park Hyatt Hyderabad is listed as the ‘Finest 5 Star Luxury Hotel in Hyderabad‘. Hyderabad is one of my favourite cities to visit in India, with exceptional food.
Again, its no Paris-Vendome, but just take my 5000 points and put me in that cabana, please!
World of Hyatt Sweet Spots – Take Away
Asia in general has some great Hyatt sweet spots, however, it’s hard to beat India and their low award tier luxury properties. The complete map of Hyatt properties is a good interface to search and filter for specific brands and award redemptions. Pro-tip: ‘X’ out of the initial search field and browse world map for a more interactive experience. Last but not least, if you are looking to to-up your Hyatt’s account with some points, they are on sale for 1.8 cents a piece.
Am sure there are several other hidden gems in the Hyatt portfolio, share your favourite Hyatt sweet spot in comments below.
Image Credit: Hyatt