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As they say, planning a big trip can be half the fun — especially when redeeming those hard-earned Hilton Honors points. A number of properties added to the loyalty program’s portfolio since early 2019 have travelers ready to get back out there.
It’s always interesting to see new brands pop up in unusual places and familiar resort names arrive in popular destinations. This crop of new entries in the rewards program has something for everyone looking to redeem Hilton Honors points.
Of course, if you’re short on points, there are all kinds of ways to earn more points to get you closer to your dream vacation. Hilton Honors-affiliated credit cards deliver plenty of points for regular spending and bonus points for spending at Hilton family hotels.
Remember that Hilton Honors prices award redemptions dynamically (it no longer has an award chart), which means the number of points will vary by the night and local demand. Consider these new Hilton Honors properties for your next trip, whenever that may be. To make it easier, we sorted by region.
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The Reach Key West, Curio Collection by Hilton, Key West, Florida
Recently joining Curio Collection by Hilton, this popular island resort mixes sun and sand with convenience to the city’s popular shopping and nightlife areas. The hotel’s name comes from the sailing term “reaching,” which refers to a “relaxed point of sail.” That sensation is evident in guest rooms, each of which has a balcony, and the bathroom vanities are designed to look like a ship’s hull.
Guests can also participate in the organized activities at Casa Marina, a Waldorf Astoria property on Key West. If you are not looking to venture overseas, this is a great redemption spot, especially if you’re just dipping your toes into the Hilton Honors program.
Bermudiana Beach Resort, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Bermuda
It’s about time that Hilton Honors members have a property to enjoy in Bermuda! Set to open early-to-mid-2021, Bermudiana Beach Resort is part of the Tapestry Collection by Hilton. It is a condo-hotel, which means that instead of standard hotel rooms, guests can choose between studios or condos with as many as three bedrooms.
An infinity-edge pool and funicular that takes you to the secluded beach are definitely worth the trip. There’s also an outdoor sauna hut, fire pit, yoga terrace and al fresco fitness area. It’s a little slice of paradise with accommodations large enough for families.
Latin America and Caribbean
Zemi Beach House, Anguilla
As part of LXR Hotels & Resorts, this is a great addition to Hilton’s high-end portfolio. In late 2019, the resort opened a new beachfront building of two and three-bedroom suites with kitchens. The Penthouse Suite has a plunge pool on the balcony.
Don’t miss a tipple or three at Rhum Room with more than 100 single-batch, single-estate rums on the menu. It’s a quintessential Caribbean experience. Charge it to your room to rack up more Hilton Honors points.
Caribe Hilton, Puerto Rico, USA
This was Hilton’s first hotel outside of the continental U.S. when it opened in 1949. Fresh from a $150 million renovation, the hotel reopened in 2019 to great fanfare.
The hotel’s secluded beach with relaxing hammocks and the oceanfront Morton’s Steakhouse are big draws for guests. Fun fact: the classic piña colada cocktail is said to have been invented at the resort.
Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal, Mexico
This is the first Waldorf-Astoria to open in Mexico (the property joined the Hilton Honors portfolio in 2019). It is a great weekend destination for those along the U.S. West Coast, but its position along the Pacific Ocean is sure to mesmerize all who visit.
This aerial view shows the perfect beachfront location, an ample number of infinity-edge pools, and the long stretch of beach where you can dip your toes in the sand in exchange for some Hilton Honors points.
Hilton Garden Inn, Faroe Islands
As the first international hotel brand in the Faroe Islands, Hilton Garden Inn will open later this year in Torshavn, the capital city.
The building fits in with the local architecture with its grass-lined rooftop, and is within walking distance of the harbor. There’s a bus stop outside the front entrance, and for those with a rental car, the hotel offers free parking. It’s always great to find new places to enjoy when redeeming hotel points.
The Biltmore Mayfair, London, U.K.
Recently redesigned and part of the LXR Hotels & Resorts portfolio, The Biltmore Mayfair is a new option for redeeming Hilton Honors points in London. Located in West End, this sophisticated hotel is within walking distance of great shopping, dining, theater and sightseeing options.
This was the first LXR property in Europe, and for those unfamiliar with the new luxury brand in Hilton Honors, this is a great way to experience it. Opt for a room facing Grosvenor Square for the most entertaining view.
DoubleTree by Hilton Phuket Banthai Resort, Phuket, Thailand
Opened in 2019, DoubleTree by Hilton Phuket Banthai is the newest Hilton Honors redemption option for visitors to the popular Thai island destination.
For those who like to be close to Patong nightlife and shopping, this new hotel also offers beautiful pools with swim-up bars and direct beach access. The premium rooms provide direct access from your own room to the pool via the balcony.
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi
This is Waldorf Astoria’s first property in the Maldives, and boy is it stunning. You can’t really go wrong with views in the Maldives, and the 2019 opening of this hotel, which stretches across three private islands, gives Hilton Honors members a dreamy option for redeeming their points.
The resort has a fleet of four yachts for the 40-minute airport transfer or romantic sailings around the island. Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi has beach villas and overwater bungalows, some of which have private plunge pools. Imagine yourself lounging on the patio in a hammock or day bed with a cocktail in hand. Now, that’s what we call Hilton Honors points “well-spent” (or at least “well-splurged”).
If it’s privacy and romance that you’re after, reserve a candlelight dinner at one of the treetop tables at the resort’s Terra restaurant. They are crafted from bamboo, and there are seven of them. In fact, this resort has 11 dining venues, which it says is more than any other resort in the Maldives.
» Learn more: The complete guide to earning Hilton Honors points
Canopy by Hilton Cape Town Longkloof, Cape Town, South Africa
Coming in 2021 is the first Canopy by Hilton property in Africa. In addition to the downtown Hilton and DoubleTree by Hilton, this new hotel gives Hilton Honors members another option in the “Mother City.”
Once the site of the United Tobacco Company, the hotel will be part of a large-scale redevelopment project convenient to Table Mountain, the V&A Waterfront and ample options for dining and shopping.
Photos courtesy of Hilton (© 2020 Hilton).
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