ADVERTORIAL • November 2018
With more than 6,700 participating properties across 29 brands, the world’s your oyster with Marriott International’s global promotion, MegaBonus®. In More Places. There’s a host of rewards for those who collect, so we’ve tracked down Marriott’s buzziest bolt-holes to find out where they could take you
Set on the buzzing Piazza della Repubblica, in the very heart of the Eternal City, the recently renovated St Regis Rome certainly has location on its side. Behind the grand 19th-century neoclassical façade - still emblazoned with ‘Le Grand Hotel’ in a nod to its prestigious past - the interior is equally wow, thanks to a dazzling multi-million-pound renovation. Marble floors, crystal chandeliers and sumptuous furnishings lend an air of modern and oh-so-comfortable glamour. Order a Negroni in the sapphire-blue Caelum Bar or hit the expansive KamiSpa and let the pampering begin...
Get to the point: Visit off-peak and, for 50,000 Points, you could be kicking back in one of the hotel’s newly refurbed guest rooms (all of them pastel-hued perfection). Even better - if you redeem four nights, you get the fifth night free.
Where else but Venice could you arrive directly at your hotel by gondola? The JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa occupies one of the best spots in the city - the private island of Isola delle Rose. Moments from St Mark’s Square it may be, but the hotel gardens and olive groves feel a world away, with terraces at every turn offering striking views and three pools. Save some photos for the slick, contemporary look inside - particularly Dopolavoro, the Michelin-starred restaurant where chef Giancarlo Perbellini serves up his unique take on Veneto cuisine. Feeling romantic? Experience a one-of-a-kind wine tasting in the historical private chapel.
Get to the point: Just 225 USD plus 27,500 Points will see you happily ensconced in a room with a view of the lush gardens, the lagoon, or Venice itself. And at peak season, too. Win, win.
Sitting on the beachfront along the city’s famous Barceloneta Boardwalk, the five-star glass-fronted W Barcelona soars above the Mediterranean like a shimmering sail. The décor is full of quirky design twists, notably the swirling marbled-effect carpets in the bedrooms (designed to evoke a seabed) and the Dalí-esque illuminated ceiling in the Eclipse Bar. As dusk falls, this is where the cool crowd comes to party - by day, you’ll find them kicking back at the hotel’s Salt Beach Club or sipping fizz poolside at the WET Bar.
Get to the point: Hankering after a slice of Spain in peak holiday season? For 70,000 Points, you’ll be soaking up those spectacular Barcelona seascapes from the comfort of your own funky room.
The St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London, with its neogothic façade, is a pleasing combination of heritage (it was originally designed by famed architect George Gilbert Scott as the Midland Grand in 1873) and modern luxe. Inside, everything is on a grand scale including deliciously spacious rooms with soaring ceilings and marble bathrooms. The spa is perfect for unwinding in, while the Gilbert Scott restaurant - headed up by Marcus Wareing - is a must for any foodie. But not before you’ve worked your way through the Victorian-inspired cocktail menu in The Booking Office, once the Kings Cross ticket hall and now a handsome bar.
Get to the point: You can soak up the romance of a bygone era at one of the country’s greatest railway hotels for just 40,000 Points, off-peak.
Stay at any participating Marriott MegaBonus® hotel or resort before 31 January 2019 and you could earn 2,000 bonus Points when staying two nights or more, plus 1,000 bonus Points per brand, starting with your second stay. Register by 7 January 2019 at Marriott.co.uk/MorePlaces
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