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In exciting luxury hotel news, according to the Times newspaper, IHG is planning to buy Belmond’s “Orient Express” Hotels. This means that, assuming the rumours are true, you will be able to collect and spend IHG Loyalty Rewards Club points, which is the world’s largest hotel loyalty program, on stays at luxury Belmond properties including the Belmond Cipriani that we absolutely love, and the Belmond in St Petersburg which is also great and that we recently reviewed.

Other Belmond properties include:
Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro.
Hotel das Cataratas, Iguassu Falls.
Belmond Iguassu Falls.
La Résidence d’Angkor, Siem Reap.
Hotel Splendido, Portofino.
Villa San Michele, Florence.
Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu.
Reid’s Palace, Madeira.
Grand Hotel Europe, St Petersburg
Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town.
La Residencia, Mallorca.
Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Oxfordshire.

For now and until this deal completes, which may take years, the only way to get loyalty-style benefits at Belmond Hotels is to book through our Luxury Travel Concierge. I have detailed the specific benefits, upgrades, free breakfast you will get at Belmond Hotels if you book through our concierge. Crucially, you can benefit from all these extras whilst still booking the same rates as on the hotel’s website direct.

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