Blue Palace is actually a hotel that was on our radar last Summer, when we went to Le Meridien Split in Croatia so we ended up following through with that plan this year.
As a category 6 hotel, 8 nights cost us 140,000 SPG points in total including all taxes and service charge. Given the best rate of about 375 Euro + tax at the time of booking, we got approximately 3 cents per point (about 3.05, actually) of value from our SPG points. Not a mind blowing value, but an acceptable redemption to be sure.
We arrived via the hotel’s car service, which at 90 Euro for a 1 hour trip in a brand new Mercedes sedan seemed like a very good deal. I checked taxi pricing and it was similar, and the few private car companies I inquired with actually wanted more than 90 Euro.
One reason I always like to get the hotel car whenever it’s not ridiculously expensive is that the hotel knows when you’re coming. So they can “pre” check you in, which puts you in front of all the guests that may have been on your flight or others arriving at similar times. That’s crucial for high season upgrades which may be limited to 1-2 guests per night.
At check in, we were told that we’d been upgraded from a standard bungalow to a bungalow with pool, which was exciting news, and quite fortunate given the high season. When we checked out, we were told the resort was at 100% occupancy minus only the 5000 Euro/nt “Grand Villa.”
Given the late hour (~9pm), the desk agent who escorted us to our room suggested a property tour the following day.
When we woke up, we were treated to an excellent view from our terrace: