One thing that’s changed since I first stay there is that breakfast is no longer complimentary for all guests redeeming points.
There’s been confusion over what this means, and questions since my trip report. So here’s clarification.
Breakfast is a benefit offered to everyone on a paid rate. And it’s offered to Gold Passport Diamond members. But it’s $30 per person for reward guests without Diamond status.
Here’s how the General Manager of the property explains breakfast:
Gold & Platinum passport members redeeming awards no longer have breakfast inclusion but have a special reduced Set breakfast rate of 30USD ++ .. Diamond Members now have a choice of either a set breakfast menu or a choice of up to three A ‘La Carte Breakfast items.
Several readers asked me questions about this and so I sought further detail.
- Cash and points rates mean the guest is paying the hotel, do those get breakfast?
- What about ‘buy ups’ to better rooms like pool villas and overwater villas?
Here’s what the hotel’s GM had to say:
Cash plus points is a type of award redeemed under program guidelines and therefore is handled as an award rate therefore breakfast is not included.
Likewise, a buy up to another category only covers the difference in room revenue between categories and not the breakfast credit. This is still an award stay and therefore, breakfast inclusion does not apply.
In summary whenever award points are used to redeem accommodation or part thereof the breakfast component will not be included except for the benefit for Diamond members as per the benefits previously advised.
Not as good an answer as if breakfast were included, but I do consider breakfast to be well worth the cost.
They’ll bring over a tower of appetizers — breads, fruit, and a local tuna dish.
And then you order off the menu. Most people won’t be able to eat more than three items which are in addition to the tower .