ADVERTORIAL • July 2022
We’re not saying that you should choose your hotel based on the dreaminess of its pools, but these five locations certainly make the case for diving straight in. Plus, as they’re all plucked from the Marriott Bonvoy loyalty programme, you can collect rewards just by testing the water…
Once you’re a member of Marriott Bonvoy, you get to spruce up your holiday thanks to a host of great travel perks. Since you’ll have the option to collect either Marriott Bonvoy points or Avios on your stays, you can choose from a range of benefits including flight upgrades, hotel stays and more. Enjoy a luxurious break in more than 8,000+ participating hotels and resorts, pick a reward option and then decide how to treat yourself...
If you’re looking for a chic bolthole to explore the delights of Lisbon – but with the vibes and facilities of a retreat – then check in to the Moxy Lisbon City. Overlooking the verdant Henrique Lopes de Mendonça garden and picturesque Portuguese streets, the hotel comes complete with a rooftop pool and sun deck, ideal for soaking up the summer sunshine and cooling off when temperatures begin to soar. The hotel also has spaces for coworking, meaning you can plug in when you need to, and then gloriously switch off again.
Over the past few years, Ibiza has transformed itself into a premier wellness destination and the Hotel Riomar’s facilities and experiences are set up for finding your Zen, from morning yoga on the beach, to live acoustic sessions at the Tribe Garden. And you really are spoilt for swimming choice. The pristine Mediterranean gently laps Santa Eulàlia beach in front of the hotel, while the pool deck gives off golden-age glamour vibes with its deep-cushioned wooden loungers and white parasols.
Set on one of the iconic Palm islands in the Arabian Gulf of Dubai, the W Dubai is the first W Escape in the Middle East. That means you can enjoy the perfect combination of stand-out location and envy-inducing experiences, all wrapped up in one colourfully stylish package. Of course, you can always just relax by the pool, in which case, you’re in for a treat. The Wet Deck is a space in which to kick back by chilling in one of the many cabanas that sit on their own islands among palm-like tiered lagoons. There’s also a pool for little ones if you’re with the family. But the best part is that you can enjoy cocktails from expert mixologists and music from the Wet Deck DJs, all while you soak up the sun on your lounger.
When people talk of Greek idylls, they surely mean the Blue Palace Elounda. With a collection of beautiful suites, bungalows and villas – many of which come with private pools and saunas – there is a real sense of privacy, exclusivity and calm throughout the resort. If you fancy pool-hopping, you can choose from the grand Arsenali, which comes with an adjacent bar and breathtaking views of the sea and hotel, the heated outdoor pool, beach pool or indoor Thalassotherapy – part of the extensive Elounda Spa.
Overlooking both Monte Carlo and the Mediterranean, Le Méridien Beach Plaza is perfectly placed – on its own private beach, no less – for all sorts of escapes. The heated outdoor pools seem to cascade into the sea, while the indoor pool is great for relaxation or fitness, with regular aquabike sessions. If you want to keep the watery activities going, why not try your luck on the banana boats, fly fishing and tubing – all awaiting you at the end of the hotel’s private pier? When the hour comes to be fed and watered, make tracks for the Longitude 7° 26' Bar, a fashionable Monaco hangout serving creative cocktails.
Once you’re a member of Marriott Bonvoy, you can choose both where to stay (pick from 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. To join today, click here
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