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Have you ever hopped on a `gram and started drooling (figuratively, or maybe literally) over some of the cool hotels that appeared in your feed? You know those – there’s the huge bathtub overlooking the most breathtaking mountain landscape on the planet. Or the infinity-pool paradise perched above sugar-sand beaches surrounded by incredibly blue water. It’s all about these characteristics that make you want to take a picture so you can step back one day and convince yourself that these characteristics really exist.
Like many of the best things in life, these properties can come at a hefty price. Unless you’re in the top 1% or make it an influencer, a lot of it is out of reach for the average traveler. But thanks to bonus points, these dream destinations can become a reality.
1. Magma Resort Santorini – Vourvoulos, Santorini, Greece
Do you use Instagram if Santorini photos don’t appear in your feed daily?
Grab your flowing, windswept dress (or buy one from one of the many vendors in Santorini) and book a photo shoot on a cliff overlooking one of the world’s most famous islands. But you will need a place to stay after all the excitement of filming.
Head to Magma Resort Santorini, a Hyatt hotel. Luxury in-house boutiques and shops surround the property. Relax in the infinity-edge pool with stunning views of the Aegean Sea and when it’s time to call it night, put your feet up and enjoy the gorgeous sunset on Instagram.
Off-peak nights here start at 25,000 World of Hyatt points per night.
2. JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa – Venice, Italy
While the entire islands that make up Venice are as Instagram-worthy as they are, separate yourself (and your feed) and head to the JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa, located on the private island of Isola della Rose and just a few minutes from the boat. Ride away from St Mark’s Square.
The property offers everything a luxury resort and spa would expect, like an infinity-edge pool with views for days. Or upgrade to a suite and enjoy your own private plunge pool surrounded by lush gardens. Whichever option you choose, you are sure to find a picture-perfect scene around every corner.
Get a room at the JW Marriott Venice for 54,000 Bonvoy Points per night. If your score is low, top up your account with one or more Marriott co-branded credit cards.
3- Kamandalu – Ubud, Bali
Kamandalu Ubud is a boutique getaway nestled in the lush hills and rice terraces of Ubud, Bali. Luxurious amenities, one of the largest and most exclusive swimming pools in all of Ubud and is environmentally conscious and is everything an aspiring Instagrammer could ask for.
You’ll need to get creative in order to lock in points. Although it may require a little extra thought and planning, the reward is well worth it for having an experience at this five-star retreat.
With Chase Sapphire Reserve®, you can earn 60,000 bonus points after spending $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening. These points can be used in the Ultimate Rewards travel portal to book a night in Kamandalu. Even better, you’ll get a 50% bonus on your points when you book this way. Rooms will run approximately 19,000 Ultimate Rewards points and above each night by date and room type.
4. Mangere – Canyon Point, Utah
Escape into the desert and enjoy the dramatic views that only a place like Amangiri in southern Utah can provide. Made for Instagram, the all-suite Amangiri provides every accommodations with a private outdoor lounge, fireplace, and views for days, while many suites come standard with large private plunge pools.
If you can get away with the comfort of your 5-star suite, you can embark on the many outdoor adventures surrounding the area. Lace up your Danners shoes, hit the top of Patagonia and head to one of the property’s designated hiking trails. Or grab your camera and head off the property to explore the world-famous canyons of the Navajo Nation.
A night in Amangiri could cost you at least an arm, a leg, and your firstborn, and sometimes more. In fact, rates are never lower than four figures. And there’s more bad news – Amangiri is not part of any major hotel chain and does not offer a loyalty programme. Fortunately, there are ways to soften the blow.
Amangiri is part of the Resorts + Luxury Hotels of American Express. Platinum Card from American Express (conditions apply. See rates and fees) Cardholders have access to the Fine Resorts + Hotels program and redeem $200 in statement balances each year when booking a property through this benefit. You’ll also receive a $100 credit to use during your stay, free breakfast, and more. Finally, you will earn 5 Membership Rewards points for every dollar spent.
5. Fairmont Chateau Whistler – Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
Moving on from warm water destinations, it’s time to head to the mountains.
Nestled at the mountain base of some of the world’s most famous ski slopes, the award-winning Fairmont Chateau Whistler offers ski-in and ski-out access. Ride the peak-to-peak gondola, one of the highest in the world. And don’t forget your camera – this lift gives you a 360-degree view of the area, which includes glaciers, lakes, and galore peaks.
Once you’ve finished your day exploring and skiing, take part in some après-ski activities and learn about the local food and social scene. Finally, grab a complimentary cup of cocoa and plunge into the hotel’s heated pool, including underwater music.
Using ALL – Accor Live Limitless Points (a partner of Capital One) can give you a free night at this property. Prices will vary depending on the dates, but the basics remain – you can redeem 2,000 ALL points for €40 ($39.80 at the time of writing) of your total bill. This means that if the night is up to 600 euros (about $570), you’ll need to redeem 30,000 points for the full cost.
6. Waldorf Astoria Park City – Park City, Utah
While there’s a good reason winter is the best time to visit Park City, Summit County Utah is ready to visit year-round. In summer, explore the mountains by bike, on foot, or even on horseback. In the fall, breathe the crisp mountain air and enjoy a wonderful trip to see the fall foliage. Enjoy the end of the ski season during spring, take a break from the slopes and join a snowboarding tour, or try fly fishing.
Whatever season you choose to spend in Park City, you are bound to take perfect photos during your stay at Waldorf Astoria Park City. The property’s modern, rustic design features practically written photography on the walls. And, of course, the outdoor pool is perfectly Instagram-friendly. Open year-round, the 80-degree oasis is a place to relax and enjoy views of the dense alpine forests and surrounding mountain peaks.
A night at the Waldorf starts with 95,000 Hilton Honors Points and goes up from there — like, really. If you want to visit Waldorf during high season, consider using the Hilton Free Weekend Night Certificate instead. Hilton Honors Aspire Cardholders from American Express* Get a free weekend night with every memory card and one with $60,000 spent in a calendar year.
You don’t have to be an influencer to enjoy some of the world’s sexiest real estate on Instagram. Get your points and let them take you to your dream picture perfect destination.
To view rates and fees for the Platinum Card from American Express, please visit this page.