Anantara Hotels & Resorts has joined the list of hotel companies selling gift cards with a significant bonus to help them with cash flow during this rather difficult time.
Anantara Hotels aren’t that well known beyond Asia as most of their properties are in Asia and the Middle East with a few exceptions in Africa and Southern Europe:
During the purchase the gift card will be topped up with 30% on top of the original value:
These cards can be used for the following:
eGift Cards can be used for accommodation charges, spa services and dining at participating hotels and resorts. Conditions may apply, please check with participating properties for specific details. Please inform one of our associates upon check in, or on arrival at the restaurant, bar or spa that you wish to use an eGift Card.
I do have a problem with this however. For one the cards are only valid for one year post purchase and then you have to use the entire value up in a single transaction:
eGift cards can only be used for a single transaction at participating hotels and resorts.
If you know that you have a very expensive stay coming up it makes sense to buy a card with high valuation, otherwise I’d only buy smaller denominations.
The bonus amount of 30% is significant so that’s definitely a plus. I don’t like the short expiration and restrictive use rule that requires you to spend everything at once. Especially since there aren’t that many Anantara properties around. It could be worthwhile at expensive locations such as the Maldives, however I’m not sure if I’d gamble on a stay in the Maldives the coming 12 months.
I’m only familiar with the one in Bangkok (ex Four Seasons) and in Bali. Apart from that I never found a good enough reason to stay there as I tend to visit hotels where I have status benefits unless the price elsewhere is too good to pass.