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18 boutique hotels join Preferred Hotels & Resorts

Feb. 06, 2021
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Cape Cod Massachusetts
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When you're a points and miles seeker, it's all too easy to skip over hotels and resorts that aren't part of your preferred loyalty program. But, you run the risk of missing out on boutique properties that are special because of their history, architecture, service or unique "personality."

That's the case with member properties of Preferred Hotels & Resorts. It calls itself "the world's largest independent hotel brand," and its footprint spans the globe, from the Banyon Tree Tamouda Bay in Morrocco to The Kitano Hotel Tokyo to Hawks Cay Resort in Duck Key, Florida.

The brand is growing and just welcomed 18 new member properties. Some of them are quite interesting. Here's a look at the top picks that are now part of Preferred Hotels & Resorts and its iPrefer loyalty program.

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Clambakes and whale-watching in Massachusetts

One of the newest additions to the brand is the 25-acre oceanfront Chatham Bars Inn on Massachusetts' Cape Cod. The property, built in 1914, was originally a hunting lodge.

Today, 217 rooms and suites -- including 12 adults-only spa suites -- are arranged in 30 cottage-style buildings across the property. The decor is decidedly New England, as are the dining experiences, which include fun clambakes.

In addition to the beach, the hotel has a pool, tennis, croquet, water sports and bike rentals, shuttle boats to offshore nature preserves and cooking classes. Whale-watching and fishing excursions are also available.

A dude ranch in Santa Barbara wine country

Is a luxury dude ranch more your style? Look to California's Santa Ynez Valley and the Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort. Just 30 minutes north of Santa Barbara, the property offers 50 miles of riding trails, two 18-hole golf courses, tennis, a spa, a pool and a 100-acre spring-fed lake.

All guest rooms, suites and cottages feature Western decor and wood-burning fireplaces. The nightly rate includes breakfast, dinner and select alcoholic beverages. Other packages include a certain number of activities per day.

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Just beyond the ranch is the Danish village of Solvang and more than 100 vineyards and wineries to explore.

A refined outpost near Disney World

Another enticing option -- especially for families -- is the yet-to-open ette hotel in Orlando... just outside Disney World's Animal Kingdom. With just 126 rooms and suites, this intimate destination gives guests exactly the peace and quiet they crave after a busy day pounding the pavement at the theme parks.

Plenty to look forward to when the world reopens

And, while Americans can't travel to many international destinations right now, Preferred Hotels and Resorts has some interesting new-to-them options, including:

  • Lago Resort Menorca Suites del Lago in Menorca, Spain (opening May 2021)
  • Casa di Langa in Piedmont, Italy -- a 39-room sustainable hotel (opening spring 2021)
  • Hotel Metropolitan Premier Taipei (set to open in Sept. 2021)
  • Hacienda de Abajo in La Palma, Spain (32 rooms in a 17th-century building)

Learn more about Preferred Hotels and Resorts' iPrefer loyalty program.

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The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

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  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

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  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,400+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and our Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023