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Old Dec 17, 14, 5:15 am
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Tangey, quite the coincidence. I have been in contact with my Ambassador about this property. His first reaction was where? Then, like you, we got into a discussion about points. The first information was 60k points room and board - which I thought was more than acceptable. Upon a dummy booking it looked like 140k. He had some internal discussions without a definitive answer; so it has been elevated to get the correct answer. As soon as I hear back (he indicated it may take a week), I'll post the response.
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Old Dec 17, 14, 6:52 am
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Staid there two years ago on points. It was 60k then. Would be surprised if it had been bumped up to 140k. It's a great property, and the 60k were in my view well worth it, but I wouldn't spend more.
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Old Dec 17, 14, 8:01 am
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Originally Posted by MikeFly View Post
Tangey, quite the coincidence. I have been in contact with my Ambassador about this property. His first reaction was where? Then, like you, we got into a discussion about points. The first information was 60k points room and board - which I thought was more than acceptable. Upon a dummy booking it looked like 140k. He had some internal discussions without a definitive answer; so it has been elevated to get the correct answer. As soon as I hear back (he indicated it may take a week), I'll post the response.
That's great. @60K a night I could justify it.
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Old Dec 17, 14, 10:37 am
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Starwood Lurker,

Understanding that you have to phone to book an award, but is there a set points rate for this property. 60K and 140K have both been quoted on the thread ?
The redemption rates are set, however, whether it is high or low season and the type of accommodations can certainly make it a wide range of possibilities.

The lowest possible redemption night here would be at 60K per night. This is an all-suite property, so the lowest level suite is 60K instead of 30K (standard Cat7 redemption). It can rise to as high as 140K during high season, however.

This can be found in the pop-up for Starpoint Redemption Categories:

"...the minimum number of Starpoints required for a free night at the other listed properties, which are all Category 7 properties, ranges from 60,000 to 140,000 Starpoints depending on the hotel, its category, its room types, the time of year, and/or its mandatory requirements. Redemptions at these hotels must be booked through your local customer contact center."

I hope that helps.

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Old Dec 18, 14, 4:37 am
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The redemption rates are set, however, whether it is high or low season and the type of accommodations can certainly make it a wide range of possibilities......
Appreciate the response.
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Old Dec 18, 14, 4:51 am
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Originally Posted by Starwood Lurker View Post
The redemption rates are set, however, whether it is high or low season and the type of accommodations can certainly make it a wide range of possibilities.

The lowest possible redemption night here would be at 60K per night. This is an all-suite property, so the lowest level suite is 60K instead of 30K (standard Cat7 redemption). It can rise to as high as 140K during high season, however.

This can be found in the pop-up for Starpoint Redemption Categories:

"...the minimum number of Starpoints required for a free night at the other listed properties, which are all Category 7 properties, ranges from 60,000 to 140,000 Starpoints depending on the hotel, its category, its room types, the time of year, and/or its mandatory requirements. Redemptions at these hotels must be booked through your local customer contact center."

I hope that helps.

Best regards,

William R. Sanders
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Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

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Hello William - appreciate the response. The initial information I was given that it may turn out for my stay that it is 60k for the room only adding the meals and activities could shoot it up to 140k. If true, is not a good deal in my estimation. As soon as my Ambassador can book it in December '15 with the room and board at 60k - I'll do so.
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Old Dec 31, 14, 4:58 am
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I've just finished an online chat with SPG about this property.

Was quoted 70K a night for 2 nights in Nov. I overlooked asking whether this was room only or full board.
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Old Sep 11, 15, 3:30 pm
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Booked for 39k a night with full board and 2 activities per day for two people! I am so happy I though this property was impossible on points.
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Old Sep 11, 15, 3:31 pm
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Originally Posted by lotrbfme View Post
Booked for 39k a night with full board and 2 activities per day for two people! I am so happy I though this property was impossible on points.
Hey that's AWESOME! Are all rates there full board / 2 activities / 39K points? Or do they have an a la carte option as well?
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Old Sep 11, 15, 9:52 pm
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Originally Posted by hungarianhc View Post
Hey that's AWESOME! Are all rates there full board / 2 activities / 39K points? Or do they have an a la carte option as well?
I didnt ask but it seems like it was the only option. The rep only gave me the option of King suite or twin suite.
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Old Oct 5, 15, 1:19 pm
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I'm spending 4 nights in Dubai (first time) in early March 2016. I'm interested in booking 2 nights at Al Maha, but I have some questions.

What's the best way to get to Al Maha from DXB? My flight lands around 7:30 pm. After customs and immigration, I imagine I won't be out of the airport until 8:30 or so. Is taxi the best way? How much will it cost?

Would it be a waste to check in to Al Maha at 9 pm or later? I would obviously lose out on activities, but will I still be able to have dinner? As mentioned, I'll be in Dubai 4 nights total, so I'm wondering if I should stay 1 night in the city, 2 nights at Al Maha, then another night in the city. The departure flight from DXB is in the early morning, so staying at Al Maha on the last 2 nights isn't an option. Another thing to consider is that this is my first time in Dubai, so I do want to see the other landmarks like Burj Al Arab, Palm islands, etc. It might be difficult doing this if I do 1 night in Dubai, 2 nights in Al Maha, 1 night in Dubai.

Finally, I've read conflicting reports on whether or not Al Maha has full board. I read some Tripadvisor reports of people going to various restaurants and presumably paying for dinner. Thanks
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Old Oct 5, 15, 1:30 pm
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Originally Posted by DaveInLA View Post
I'm spending 4 nights in Dubai (first time) in early March 2016. I'm interested in booking 2 nights at Al Maha, but I have some questions.

What's the best way to get to Al Maha from DXB? My flight lands around 7:30 pm. After customs and immigration, I imagine I won't be out of the airport until 8:30 or so. Is taxi the best way? How much will it cost?

Would it be a waste to check in to Al Maha at 9 pm or later? I would obviously lose out on activities, but will I still be able to have dinner? As mentioned, I'll be in Dubai 4 nights total, so I'm wondering if I should stay 1 night in the city, 2 nights at Al Maha, then another night in the city. The departure flight from DXB is in the early morning, so staying at Al Maha on the last 2 nights isn't an option. Another thing to consider is that this is my first time in Dubai, so I do want to see the other landmarks like Burj Al Arab, Palm islands, etc. It might be difficult doing this if I do 1 night in Dubai, 2 nights in Al Maha, 1 night in Dubai.

Finally, I've read conflicting reports on whether or not Al Maha has full board. I read some Tripadvisor reports of people going to various restaurants and presumably paying for dinner. Thanks
If arriving at 7:30 pm, I would wait until the next day to arrive at AlMaha. Stay the night of arrival to Dubai somewhere close to the airport, then the next day to AlMaha. Call the hotel to see if you can check in early. By doing so, you would check in quite early and checking out late (if late checkout worked in your favor).

That's how I would do it.
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Old Oct 5, 15, 7:39 pm
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Originally Posted by DaveInLA View Post
I'm spending 4 nights in Dubai (first time) in early March 2016. I'm interested in booking 2 nights at Al Maha, but I have some questions.

What's the best way to get to Al Maha from DXB? My flight lands around 7:30 pm. After customs and immigration, I imagine I won't be out of the airport until 8:30 or so. Is taxi the best way? How much will it cost?

Would it be a waste to check in to Al Maha at 9 pm or later? I would obviously lose out on activities, but will I still be able to have dinner? As mentioned, I'll be in Dubai 4 nights total, so I'm wondering if I should stay 1 night in the city, 2 nights at Al Maha, then another night in the city. The departure flight from DXB is in the early morning, so staying at Al Maha on the last 2 nights isn't an option. Another thing to consider is that this is my first time in Dubai, so I do want to see the other landmarks like Burj Al Arab, Palm islands, etc. It might be difficult doing this if I do 1 night in Dubai, 2 nights in Al Maha, 1 night in Dubai.

Finally, I've read conflicting reports on whether or not Al Maha has full board. I read some Tripadvisor reports of people going to various restaurants and presumably paying for dinner. Thanks
I am also going to Dubai for 4 nights and also staying 2 nights at the al maha and also in March 2016 and also first time

I am staying the other two nights at the grosvenor house^
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Old Oct 26, 15, 1:10 am
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Just booked Al Maha for two nights early December at 39K points each night! Amazing! Thought it was going to be more like 60-70K. The 39K with activities and such is for their most basic villa which is hardly basic! LOL They say you can use additional points to upgrade but I'm going to take my chances that as a Plat they might upgrade me from already to swanky to ultra-swanky.
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Old Dec 28, 15, 4:24 am
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For all those interested in a recent trip report about this property, I just posted my Al Maha installment this morning:
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trip-...-desert-3.html

All I can say is: amazing!
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