Chains like One & Only Resorts and famous resorts like Sandy Lane are common. The point of the article, it seems, is how superstars and the super rich live beyond the rest of us. But comparable properties are available… for free… with enough miles and points. One & Only may not have a points program, but Marriott points can be used for Ritz-Carlton stays (and for that matter, so can Amtrak points).
And Starwood certainly has some high-end properties. While La Taha’a Private Island makes the list of resorts in the article, I’d actually argue that Bora Bora Nui, where I stayed on points in June, is superior. And the new St. Regis — opening this June — should blow it out of the water, so to speak.
While not on the honeymoon list, Cala di Volpe — famous for Tyco’s Dennis Kozlowski throwing a multimillion dollar birthday party — is available for half as many Starwood points as Bora Bora Nui. Of course, you have to be able to afford to pay for food in Porto Cervo for staying there to make sense…
More than savings on everyday travel, or the occasional upgrade, I think I love the miles and points game because it allows me to experience the kinds of places that I couldn’t ever afford on my own. I read articles like this one and realize that I live like the super wealthy though I’m decidedly not. And that feels pretty good.