This article is sponsored by Marriott Bonvoy
As you will have seen from our recent articles, it is currently Marriott Bonvoy’s ‘Week of Wonders’, running from 6th to 13th October (tomorrow).
We’ve covered several of the offers featured including special Marriott Bonvoy Moments auctions, double points and double Elite Night Credits with Homes & Villas by Marriott and 15% off Marriott Bonvoy redemptions.
For our final article, we wanted to look at a selection of Marriott’s ‘Hidden Gems’. These hotels are all located in lesser-frequented destinations that offer all the attributes of great city breaks or resort holidays but with smaller crowds and more affordable travel routes.
A stylish Mediterranean haven with chic neutral interiors designed by Barcelona-based interior designer, Sandra Tarruella. The hotel’s 90 suites are stylish and comfortable, with a balcony or sea view terrace overlooking the Balearic Sea. Sitges is a coastal town located just on the outskirts of Barcelona so offers easy flight connections along with 300 days of sunshine a year.
Situated in the heart of Tuscany, Lucca is a historic walled city with a quieter, more relaxed atmosphere compared to its neighbouring cities of Pisa and Florence. Grand Universe Lucca, Autograph Collection is a 55-guestroom boutique hotel, overlooking two of the most beautiful piazzas in Lucca and with a pretty rooftop bar.
Tbilisi is the culture-rich capital of Georgia, located right on the edge of Asia, making it a striking European city to visit. Moxy Tbilisi has one of the best locations in the city, nestled in the hipster Saaruecken Square right in the vibrant centre and features a cool lobby-based lounge and an on-site pastry shop.
Just a 90-minute drive from Dubai International Airport, Fujairah is is nestled between the Hajar Mountains and the Indian Ocean. Le Meridien Al Aqah Resort is renowned for its outstanding international cuisine and service, and is one of the best all-inclusive beach resort experiences in the region.
Whilst Rabat is Morocco’s capital city, it is a far more unusual holiday destination than Marrakech or Casablanca. The city offers Islamic and French-Colonial heritage with fascinating historical sites such as the 12th century citadel Kasbah of the Udayas. Rabat Marriott Hotel is an urban oasis, with outdoor pool, spa and highly-rated cuisine.
Don’t forget, Week of Wonders ends tomorrow. You can see full details of all the promotions on the Marriott website here.
How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (December 2022)
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.)