ADVERTORIAL • April 2023
Sometimes, you just need to be near the water. Whether that means lounging by a palm-framed pool, idling by some enchanting riverbank, or embracing the spritz of sea spray by the shore – it’s both soul-soothing and holiday-inducing. Luckily for all you aquaphiles out there, we’ve rounded up three of the splashiest hotels which give Marriott Bonvoy® members the chance to rack up Marriott Bonvoy points or Avios with each swim-tastic stay…
Once you’re a member of Marriott Bonvoy, you can choose both where to lay your head (there are more than 8,000 participating hotels and resorts) and how you want to collect your rewards, which can be in the form of Marriott Bonvoy points or Avios. You can even bag a bonus 5,000 Avios each time you convert 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points in one transaction, making this the most rewarding hotel loyalty programme for those whose end game is Reward Flights with British Airways, hotel stays and a world of exceptional travel perks. Ready to dive in?
A slice of bright jade in the heart of a striking, V-shaped building, the pool at W Ibiza is as photogenic as it gets. Strike a pose in front of the kaleidoscope of bold buttercup, mint and azure canopies spread across your backdrop before taking a dip, soundtracked by the sound of chillout beats that form this island’s pulse. Fancy a more secluded feel? You want the adults-only Glow rooftop pool and cocktail bar. Or dive into the sparkling Med ‒ the mellow waters of Santa Eulalia are just steps away, with the WET Deck on hand for sunset cocktails and FIRE Ibiza restaurant for the best wines and flame-grilled ultra-seasonal, organic and foraged ingredients. This season’s swimwear is essential at this dress-to-impress beachfront spot.
Club top tip: Feeling dehydrated after a day on the beach? Slink down to the W’s futuristic Away Spa for a nourishing facial or restorative massage.
For a city that lives, breathes and gathers inspiration from the water, there’s nowhere like Venice. The 40-acre JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa sits on the private island of Isola delle Rose, away from the tourist crowds ‒ meaning you arrive in style by boat. Delight in the 360° views of La Serenissima from the hotel rooftop, with waterside palazzos, historic churches and elegant piazzas surrounded by lagoons and islands all around. Stay in the main hotel or enjoy a JW Retreat set in private gardens or the family-friendly Residences with plunge pools. At sunset, head to the Sagra rooftop restaurant to enjoy an aperitivo and cicchetti from the blue-tiled bar as the lagoon around you turns golden. The spa also beckons for keen swimmers, with an indoor-outdoor pool and curtained daybeds overlooking the water.
Club top tip: Chat to the seasoned concierge, Vittorio, for unusual ways to uncover Venice’s maritime heritage. For example, you could visit a squero, where the city’s gondolas are made.
Portugal is blessed with 943km of rugged coastline, so a stay here is guaranteed to be infused with all things Atlantic ‒ from the contents of your plate to the activities on offer. Being a guest at the Pine Cliffs Hotel, a Luxury Collection Resort, which sits beside Portugal’s longest beach, Praia da Falésia, gives you a coveted front-row seat on an Algarve clifftop with stellar views – whether at beachfront lunch spot Maré at Pine Cliffs or the resort’s undulating nine-hole golf course. Head down to the Praia’s golden sands for a waterfront jog or a splash in the Atlantic waves. Or, for a more thermal dip, make for the Serenity Spa, where you can be scrubbed with sea salt and sand from the beach, before being drenched in hydrating Algarvian orange oil. At the Water Sports Centre, you can speed along the bay on a jet-ski or learn to sail or windsurf. The hotel is a firm family favourite with the Porto Pirata Kids Club, with eight pools, a range of dining options and plenty of activities for everyone.
Club top tip: For a seafood feast, make reservations at O Pescador, which specialises in all things local. Think Ria Formosa oysters, local-style fish soup and the catch of the day supplied through a partnership with local fishermen.
Not a member of Marriott Bonvoy? Join now for free and start collecting Avios through your Marriott hotel stays. To find out more and sign up today, click here