These are all available via auction – but you can only pay with Marriott Bonvoy points. Frankly, most look hugely underpriced so far.
None of the experiences are in the UK, but you don’t need to worry about that as they all include at least a two night stay for two people.
You can currently bid on experiences in Barcelona, Mallorca, San Sebastian, Tenerife, Geneva and Wolfsburg, so not bad places to travel to! Further Culinary Moments are due to launch in 2020 in other parts of the world.
Don’t think that these experiences are simply a hotel stay with a free meal included on one night. There is a LOT of extra stuff included, varying by package. The Geneva package, for example, currently includes:
- Cooking Masterclass with our Michelin-starred Chef Michel Roth in the kitchen of his Bayview restaurant
- Chocolate workshop and tasting at “la Bonbonnière” chocolate factory
- Tasting Lebanese menu at the Arabesque Lebanese restaurant
- Visit of wine cellar of Domaine Château-du-Crest followed by a wine tasting including premium Swiss specialties
- An eight-course tasting menu at the Michelin-starred Bayview restaurant with wine parings
It is also worth noting that most packages have very few bids so far – quite a few have none. There is the potential for a genuine bargain here.
The experiences currently offered in Europe are:
Es Fum with Chef Miguel Navarro at the St Regis Mardavall, Mallorca: 12th – 14th October, lowest bid currently 90,000 Bonvoy points, 2-night stay included
M.B & Kabuki with Chef Martín Berasategui at the The Ritz‐Carlton, Abama, Tenerife: 27th – 30th October, lowest bid currently 150,000 Bonvoy points, 3-night stay IN A VILLA included
Marqués de Riscal with Chef Francis Paniego at the Hotel Maria Cristina & Marqués de Riscal, Rioja: 4th – 9th November, lowest bid currently 200,000 Bonvoy points, 4-night stay included (2 nights at each hotel)
La Barra de Carles Abellan with Chef Carles Abellán & Enoteca Paco Pérez with Chef Paco Pérez at the Hotel Arts Barcelona: 15th – 17th November, lowest bid currently 150,000 Bonvoy points, 2-night stay included
Bayview with Chef Michel Roth at the Hotel President Wilson, Geneva: 22nd – 24th November, lowest bid currently 150,000 Bonvoy points, 2-night stay in a JUNIOR SUITE included
AQUA with Chef Sven Elverfeld at the The Ritz‐Carlton, Wolfsburg: 3rd ‐ 5th December, lowest bid currently 152,000 Bonvoy points, 2-night stay in a SUITE included
All experiences include a minimum two night stay for two people at the hotel, a unique multi-course dinner at the Michelin starred restaurant and a chef masterclass, meet and greet or other bonus.
You can find out more about these Marriott Bonvoy Culinary Experiences here. You will also find a number of Culinary Experiences in the US, China, Dubai and Egypt in case those work with your travel plans in the near future.
How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (March 2024)
There are various ways of earning Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.
The official Marriott Bonvoy American Express card comes with 20,000 points for signing up, 2 points for every £1 you spend and 15 elite night credits per year.
You can apply here.
You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points by converting American Express Membership Rewards points at the rate of 2:3.
Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Marriott Bonvoy Gold status for as long as they hold the card? It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Radisson Rewards Premium and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.
You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points indirectly:
- American Express Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Rewards Credit Card (10,000 bonus Amex points)
and for small business owners:
- American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Business Platinum (40,000 bonus Amex points)
The conversion rate from American Express to Marriott Bonvoy points is 2:3.
(Want to earn more hotel points? Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)