The Alila brand is a luxury hotel and resort group that is part of the Hyatt brand. With spectacular properties all around the world, the Alila brand offers a unique experience at amazing destinations. Some of their properties inclued Alila Ventana Big Sur, Alila Kothaifaru Maldives. The majority of their current footprint is heavily situated in the South East Asian Pacific and around India. Luckily for me, the Alila has 3 properties in the United States all located in California. Last weekend, I had the opportunity to stay two nights at the Alila Napa Valley and it was simply spectacular.
The Alila Napa Valley was a category 7 hotel and recently got bumped into category 8 with the recent March Hyatt changes. I booked our stay about 2 months before the changes and was able to use a category 1-7 free night certificate and 30,000 World of Hyatt points to cover the reservation. Cash rates were going for $1600 for the same nights making this an amazing redemption for points as I able to get over .05 per point. In addition, I also applied a suite upgrade certificate that I had earned last year on my way to Hyatt Globalist. All in all, I used 2 certificates and 30,000 Hyatt points for a two nights in a suite that would ordinarily cost $2200 per night.
Check in was fairly simple, but when I arrived at 3:40 our rooms were not yet ready. Check in is typically at 4pm so this was understandable. Upon returning at 4pm, my room was still not ready and the supervisor James offered to grab us a bite at the on-property restaurant Acacia House. We ended up getting the chips and dip which was delivered to our room. The delay was relatively quick and about a quarter after 4pm, Jen and I were able to receive our keys and make our way to the suite. Rather than attempting to locate our room, James offered to walk us to our room and give us a quick tour. I’m not sure if this was partially because I was a Hyatt Globalist, but the service and effort were well appreciated. James went above and beyond to really make us feel welcomed.
While our room was the Junior Suite, the room was actually a large studio with a oversized balcony. The room was modern and aesthetically furnished, complete with views of the neighboring vineyards. Sadly, the vineyard was just really coming into bloom and was not as lush as we had hoped.
Before I talk about food, Hyatt Globalist is the single best hotel elite status available when visiting top tier properties in the U.S. Complimentary Breakfast without a dollar cap feels amazing, allowing Jen and I to try different things on the menu. At the property, breakfast was served at their restaurant Acacia House which also served complimentary pastries and coffee daily.
On our first breakfast, Jen ordered the eggs, sausage, and potatoes while I had the breakfast sandwich. We also shared a “green juice” and bread pudding French toast. Jen also had grapefruit juice, while I had a couple cups of iced coffee. Overall the breakfast on day 1 was delicious. As a Hyatt Gloabalist, this meal which would have cost about $90 was completely free.
On our second breakfast, it happened to be a Sunday and a special Easter Sunday Brunch menu was put out. This time Jen and I both had a green juice, while I also had a cup of French pressed coffee. We then had lobster eggs benedict, avocado toast, and steak frittes(steak and fries). The lobster eggs benedict was extremely delicious and Jen enjoyed the avocado toast. The steak was also cooked to perfection at medium and was both juicy and tender.
After paying, your copy of the check is brought in a book and the book has been signed by past visitors of the restaurant. This was a very cool and unique touch. Jen and I both signed the book after each meal so let me know if you visit this property and find our names!
Overall, the property was extremely nice, modern, and stylish. The Alila brand has amazing designs and I love their bathroom. The property also had a great restaurant that offered truly delicious breakfast options for Sunday Brunch. The rooms were also elegantly designed, but I do feel that the suite was on the smaller side since a good portion of the space was on the oversized L shaped balcony. The property was on the smaller side but with the lower occupancy, it also felt very private. I had a wonderful time and the staff was top notch! Let me know if you plan on checking out this property.