There is no sweeter feeling than looking down at your calendar to find that you’ve finally turned the page to the big red marker saying “vacation”. Since life is often a “beach”, hitting the actual beach is one of the best ways to kick back and enjoy your precious time off. In that pursuit there’s simply no better way to maximize the happiness than not paying for it. No, we’re not stealing, we’re just using points. Here are five incredible beach hotels where your points will make you very, very happy…

St. Regis Kauai

When it comes to Hawaii it’s hard to beat the rugged terrain of Kauai, which gives amazing contrast to the pristine, gorgeous beaches. The St. Regis is regarded as one of the very best hotels on the Hawaiian Islands, and at 35,000 points it’s a steal.

Points Per Night: 35,000 SPG Points VERSUS $616…

How To Create The Points: SPG Credit Card, Amex Points, Points Purchase.

Le Méridien Tahiti

Tahiti is one of the most exotic bucket list destinations and at just 12,000 points per night Le Méridien offers outstanding value. You may even want to upgrade to an overwater bungalow for full effect!

Points Per Night: 12,000 SPG Points VERSUS $350

How To Create The Points: SPG Credit Card, Amex Points, Points Purchase.

Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour Miami

Miami Beach is a crazy blend of world class beach, world leading night life and tons of vibe. The place of the stars is without a doubt the Bal Harbour Ritz Carlton, and you can pop in there for free thanks to points. It feels a lot better than $850 per night!

Points Per Night: 70,000 Marriott OR 24,000 SPG Points VERSUS $850

How To Create The Points: SPG Or Marriott Credit Card, Chase Or Amex Points, Points Purchase.

Park Hyatt Maldives

When the whole atoll is a beach, you know you’re in the right place. The Maldives offer perhaps the most incredible version of seclusion and there are few more sought after properties than the Park Hyatt, with over the top service and amenities. 25,000 points? Amazing.

Points Per Night: 25,000 Hyatt Points VERSUS $750

How To Create The Points: Hyatt Credit Card, Chase Ultimate Rewards Points, Points Purchase.

Intercontinental Moorea

Dolphins just playing around in the distance while hanging on the beach? Moorea is an aquatic paradise with water so clear you’d be tempted to drink it! This hotel offers one of the best values for IHG points and that makes it very hard to argue with FREE!

Points Per Night: 40,000 IHG Points VERSUS $360

How To Create The Points: IHG Credit Card, Purchase Points (current sale), Chase Points.