There has been quite a lot of HfP coverage, much of it in the comments section, about the ‘Domes’ hotel group in recent years. Domes also generously donated a 2-night stay at their Corfu hotel as a grand prize for the raffle at the Head for Points Winter party in 2019.
The coverage was driven by Domes of Elounda in Crete. Until it was repriced last year, this was exceptional value for money if you had Marriott Bonvoy points and a family, as large villas were available.
Many HfP readers went there – including myself last October – and I don’t think any were disappointed. Here is a review of Domes of Elounda written by a reader as part of our ‘My Favourite Hotels’ series. I took a totally different angle here.
There are actually four hotels in the group, all part of Marriott. Elounda is not typical, as two of the others are adults-only:
Domes of Elounda in Crete, Autograph Collection (the two pictures here are Elounda)
Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection (adults only)
Domes Zeen, a Luxury Collection Resort, Chania (ex Casa Cook Chania)
Domes Miramare, a Luxury Collection Resort, Corfu (adults only)
Domes has offered exclusive benefits for any Head for Points reader who books via our booking partner Emyr Thomas. We offered this deal to readers last year and it proved popular.
On top of the standard added benefits that Emyr can get you as a preferred partner with Marriott’s luxury brands, ie:
Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
Complimentary breakfast for two daily for duration of the stay
Early check-in / late check-out, subject to availability
….. you will also receive, exclusively as a HfP reader:
One head & shoulder massage / per booking / per stay
One complimentary 3 course lunch / per booking / per stay
For clarity, bookings made via Emyr are ‘pay on departure’ and DO qualify for Marriott Bonvoy points and elite night credits.
You need to book by 28th February but your stay can be at any future date.
In terms of pricing, he should be able to match the flexible rate offered on the Marriott website. Bookings are cancellable under the standard hotel terms.
If any of these resorts are of interest, please email Emyr via the form on this page of HfP and he can send you a quote for your dates. Be sure to specify which room type you are interested in.
How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards (August 2021)
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 usually comes with 20,000 points for signing up, 2 points for every £1 you spend and 15 elite night credits per year.
Until 31st August 2021, the bonus is doubled to 40,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.
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 Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.
You can also earn American Express Membership Rewards points with American Express Gold (20,000 bonus points), the American Express Rewards Credit Card (5,000 bonus points) and – for small business owners – American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus points) and Business Platinum (40,000 bonus points).
(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.)