Small Luxury Hotels of the World


Small Luxury Hotels of the World is a group of 520 hotels in more than 90 countries that are independently owned and luxury-minded. If staying in a chain hotel isn’t your thing, and you like a unique experience, these hotels can be perfect! They are smaller than chain hotels, averaging about 50 rooms, and offer an unparalleled experience. Best of all, they can be booked with Hyatt points!

Hyatt began a relationship with SLH  that opened up a world of luxury travel. You just need to be a World of Hyatt member and book on the Hyatt site, making sure your membership number is attached. Not every SHL is bookable through Hyatt, but the number keeps increasing.

When you book a Small Luxury Hotel of the World through Hyatt, you get the following:

  • Complimentary continental breakfast for two
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Early check-in
  • Late check-out
  • Room upgrade (all based on availability)

Here are some of the SHL places we’ve stayed at in the past – and believe me, they are nice!


Grand Victoria Concept and Spa, Lake Como Italy

This was my first SLH, and it was the epitome of luxury. Gorgeous at every turn with service to match. I certainly felt like I was a high roller. We got our room upgraded to a room that was $100 more expensive (about $700), had late check-out, and had the most unbelievable breakfast each morning. I love Lake Como and would love to come back and stay at the Grand Victoria Concept and Spa!


large white building

The Grand Victoria Hotel in Lake Como offers oversized value!



Breakfast buffet at the Grand Victoria Concept Hotel and Spa.


Mykonos RIviera Hotel

Jess booked a standard Riviera Retreat room for 30K Hyatt points/night at the Mykonos Riviera Hotel. She was upgraded a few categories at check-in to an Ambio Retreat room. It was amazing! There was a hot tub on the balcony that overlooked the sea. She also got free breakfast (choice of buffet or a la carte), free wi-fi, and could check in a bit earlier than the standard check-in time. The spa was one of the best she’s ever been to, and the pool was gorgeous. She would definitely return!
Girl relaxing on lounge chair overlooking pool and marina

Jess enjoying her Small Luxury Hotel stay in Mykonos!


White resort at night time

The Mykonos Riviera resort at night time looks gorgeous!


Canaves Oia Suites

Jess booked a standard Superior Plunge Pool room for 40K Hyatt points/night. at the Canaves Oia Suites in Santorini, Greece.  The hotel was sold out during her stay, so she wasn’t upgraded, but even the standard room was gorgeous (and the cash rate was almost $1,500/night!).  The complimentary breakfast and the views were amazing. This is one of her favorite redemptions to date, and she could not believe she was able to stay there nearly free. She also received free wi-fi, and each night housekeeping left little treats in our room. A truly luxurious hotel–she would return in a heartbeat! (This hotel is on my “must-stay” with the Small Luxury Hotels of the World)!

Canaves Oia Suites


Breakfast items on table overlooking blue water

The breakfast at the Canaves Oia Suites was amazing!


Hotel Raphael, Paris

This was the last Small Luxury Hotel I’ve stayed at. Many people would just love the old-world vintage luxury of the Hotel Raphael, but for Alex and me, it was just too “old.” Think red rugs, heavy brocade, and gorgeous ceiling designs, and you have the Hotel Raphael.  We did not get an upgraded room because it was sold out, but we did get a nice buffet breakfast each morning. It was my least favorite of the four we have stayed at, but the service was impeccable, and the location was wonderful.


Hotel lobby with red Persian rugs and dark wood walls

Raphael Hotel is complete old world luxury and charm.


Wine and macaroons

Raphael Hotel welcome gift


White hotel bed

Bedroom at Raphael Hotel in Paris, France


Bottom Line

Staying at Small Luxury Hotels of the World with Hyatt points is a way to get a luxurious stay for free. We’ve stayed at four of them in the past and hope to stay at more. We think they are a great value on their own, but when you add on the free upgrades and breakfasts, they are amazing! Want to get some Hyatt points? Click here to get our free guide Hyatt points.


outdoor bathtub

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  1. Kim says:

    Do you know how early Canaves Alia can be booked? It looks like I can’t book 13 months in advance in the Hyatt app

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