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Hi Insiders, once again, the Marriott Rewards FlashPerks team returns to give you a sneak peek at some of the deals that will go live on www.marriottrewardsflashperks.com tomorrow, July 31, at 12PM Central Time.

 

This week’s offers are brought to you by our friends at Renaissance Hotels. Among them are amazing deals on eight of Renaissance’s most desirable properties around the world, including:

  • An incredible 50% discount to regular room rates on the Renaissance Tuscany il Ciocco Resort & Spa, plus some amazing culinary perks
  • A 30% discount to regular rates at the Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel, with a pair of complimentary NYC Explorer Passes
  • Half off the regular Marriott Rewards points cost for a stay at the Renaissance Barcelona Diplomatic Hotel (20,000 points per night, down from the usual 40,000 points)
  • And, to help provide the perfect soundtrack for your Renaissance getaway, we’re also knocking off nearly half the Marriott Rewards points cost for Beats Solo HD Drenched Headphones (30,000 points, down from 57,500 points)

 

Remember, these special offers will only be live for 24 hours, or until the inventory is depleted, and only available on the FlashPerks website. Quantities and stay dates are limited, and all of the terms and conditions for each offer can be found on the individual offer pages when they go live tomorrow on www.marriottrewardsflashperks.com. See you there!

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Have you already heard of the Englischer Garten? With 3.75 km² it is one of the largest parks in the world and offers you a variety of options to spend your summer days. Built in 1940 the park extends from Munich North to South always parallel to the Isar. Or maybe you would like to refresh yourself in the Eisbach and soak up the sun afterwards on one of the many free spaces. You could also take a seat at one of the many Biergarten and have a cold beer and enjoy some German specialties. Brezn, Obatzda and Weisswurst are already waiting for you.

 

There are also eight public open air pools of the city of Munich, right in the main city area. Take your kids on the slide or jump into the water right away – either way it´s great fun. There is always space to spread out your blanket to relax, and there are little restaurants that offer snacks after exploiting in the water. If you prefer swimming and spending your time in natural lakes, Munich here offers a variety too. Fasaneriesee, Feldmochinger See or Lerchenauer See – these are just a few to count in the city area. Of course there are also famous ones like Starnberger See and Tegernsee which are a little out of the city. And if you are interested, you can also learn about the water quality of the lakes. So, get in your swimsuit or a light summer dress, jump on the metro or a train, and you will have the greatest times in Munich!

 

Christine G.

Munich Marriott Hotel

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Hi Insiders,


It’s time for your sneak peek at some of the offers from the second week of FlashPerks. These are just a few of the deals that will go live on www.marriottrewardsflashperks.com tomorrow, July 24, at 12PM Central Time.

 

This week’s theme is “Sun, Sand, Perks,” featuring more than a dozen deals on some of our sunniest hotels and beach-friendly merchandise, including:

  • Half off the regular Marriott Rewards points redemption cost for the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa (20,000 points per night, regularly 40,000 points)
  • Exclusive CruisesOnly deals on Celebrity Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruises packages
  • A 40% discount off of regular one-bedroom suite rates at The JW Marriott Cannes, plus a 20% discount to spa services
  • Half off of the regular Marriott Rewards points redemption cost for an iSound Twist Bluetooth Speaker (10,000 points, regularly 20,000 points)

 

Remember, these special offers will only be live for 24 hours, or until the inventory is depleted, and only available on the FlashPerks website. Quantities and stay dates are limited, and all of the terms and conditions for each offer can be found on the individual offer pages when they go live tomorrow on www.marriottrewardsflashperks.com. We had a great first week last week, and we hope this one will be even better!

Hey Insiders, starting July 22 this exclusive benefit for Marriott Rewards Members will be available for stays at 8 new Marriott brands around the globe*. As members, you can download our app and use it to check-in, receive alerts when your room is ready, and skip the front desk when you are ready for checkout.


Mobile Check-in Image.jpgHere are the details of where you can use the Mobile check-in and checkout app as of July 22:

  • Marriott® Hotels & Resorts - currently available globally
  • JW Marriott® – now available globally
  • Renaissance® Hotels – now available globally
  • Marriott® Executive Apartments – now available globally
  • AC Hotels by Marriott(SM)– now available globally
  • Autograph Collection® Hotels  - participation varies by hotel, so please check the hotel page on www.Autograph.com


Mobile check-in and checkout is now also for these locations outside the U.S.:

  • Courtyard by Marriott®
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott®
  • Residence Inn by Marriott®


And remember, our app and these services are available in English, French, German, Spanish, and Chinese:

-Check-in before you arrive and get to your room faster.

-Receive automatic notifications when your room is ready.

-When you arrive at the hotel, go directly to the Mobile Check-In desk where your key will be waiting.

-Checkout with our app and skip the front desk. We'll email you a copy of your final bill.


*Regulations in Armenia, France, Italy, Kazakhstan, Portugal, Poland, Russia, Spain and Turkey allow for mobile check-in but require guests to checkout with the front desk. Mobile check-in and checkout is not available in Japan.

What a great way to spend your summer days taking in all the wonderful things that New York City has to offer. Whether you want to enjoy a quiet romantic ride through Central Park on a horse and carriage or, for the thrill seeker in you, we have a Beast speed boat tour on the Hudson where you can see the Statue of Liberty while getting a nice wet experience. When your day is almost over and you want to see the city’s sunset views try our Clipper City tour. It’s peaceful, beautiful, and romantic - just a calm soothing way to take in the lovely views of New York City while winding down your day. Come enjoy what New City has to offer. It’s an experience you just don’t want to miss.

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Central Park Horse and Carriage Tour: In New York City, horse-drawn carriages are a symbol of pre-modern life before the advent of motor vehicles. During this earlier time New Yorkers were transported by horse-drawn carriages. As a result, over time horses became a symbol of New York City along with the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, the Statue of Liberty and the street-side performers. Horse-Drawn Carriages is left as one of the rare ways to taste Central Park history. Once you have finished your tour you can extend your stay in Central Park by taking a nice stroll through the park, taking in all the scenic views by renting a bike, or just lying on the lawn and sun-bathing with a picnic basket. There are quite a few famous restaurants in and around the park as well, such as Tavern on the Green, Loeb Boathouse, and Southgate that are great for food and views of the park.

 

Circle Line Cruises - The Beast: Take a ride on the wild side for 30 fun-filled minutes on The Beast. Imagine flying across the waters of New York harbor at 45 mph. It's a thrill-a-minute aboard New York's fastest boat ride! Definitely a tour that is totally fun in the sun.

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Clipper City Twilight Sail: Watch night fall on the city as the sun sets behind the Statue of Liberty from the unbeatable vantage point of the harbor. It's the perfect way to start off a beautiful evening in the city. Order a drink from our full bar as we drop canvas and leave Manhattan behind. There’s nothing like ending the day with a martini and the view of the city to start your night off right. Raise the sails let down your hair, kick back and enjoy!

 

Summers in New York are unforgettable. Why not let us help you make one that you won’t forget. Please be sure to visit your concierge at the Lexington New York City, Autograph Collection for advice on the best ways to spend your summer day for you and your family while you’re staying in NYC.

 

Jasmine B.

The Lexington New York City, Autograph Collection®

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Hey Insiders,


The exclusive news continues with exciting new enhancements to the “My Account” section of Marriott.com. Over the years, many of you have offered feedback on this area of the Marriott website, and we have heard you! We’re excited to announce that, based on input from you and our other members, we’ve added a new status tracker and a visual break down of the points you have earned this year. We’ve also provided quick links to various redemption options and our category chart.


The fun continues with our all-new “Trending Now” page. You’ll be able to visit it directly from your account overview to see, in real time, our top 10 redemption hotels, breaking Marriott Rewards news as well as travel stories, tips and photos from our very own Insiders community members! That’s right – some of you may have your 15 minutes of fame!


These new features will appear in your account overview later this week, but we wanted our Insiders to be the first to know. Check out this YouTube video for a sneak peek and look for more new features in the coming months.


As always, thanks for sharing your insights with us! We would love to hear what you think of these new features, as well as what you’d like see more of in the future.

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Hi Insiders,


As promised, here’s an exclusive peek at some of the FlashPerks offers that will go live on www.marriottrewardsflashperks.com tomorrow, July 17, at 12PM Central Time.

 

The first week’s theme is “Perks In the City,” featuring 13 amazing deals on some of our most desirable hotels, travel experiences and merchandise, including:

  • Half off the regular Marriott Rewards points redemption cost for the San Francisco Marriott Marquis (20,000 points per night, regularly 40,000 points)
  • A 30% discount off of regular rates at the JW Marriott Essex House New York, plus a complimentary upgrade to a Park View Room
  • A 30% discount off of regular Superior and Deluxe room rates at The London EDITION, plus exclusive access to BASEMENT nightclub
  • Nearly half off of the regular Marriott Rewards points redemption cost for an Apple iPad Mini 32GB Wifi (80,000 points, regularly 155,500 points)

 

Remember, these special offers will only be live for 24 hours, or until the inventory is depleted, and only available on the FlashPerks website. Quantities and stay dates are limited, and all of the terms and conditions for each offer can be found on the individual offer pages when they go live tomorrow on www.marriottrewardsflashperks.com. Don’t forget to be first in line to check out these FlashPerks, and let us know what you think!

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Hey, Insiders, have you thought about taking a cruise vacation for your next getaway? Check out Marriott Rewards’ partner CruisesOnly where you can earn thousands of Marriott Rewards points on every sailing – 3 points per dollar spent, or up to 30,000 points or more. And don’t forget - you can also redeem your Marriott Rewards points for cruise certificates good toward any of the thousands of sailings offered by CruisesOnly, from quick trips to the Caribbean to longer voyages in Europe. You can redeem points for 100% off your cruise – cruise for free! – or you can redeem for a partial discount. When you redeem points for a partial discount, you’ll earn points on the out-of-pocket cost, which you can use toward a pre- or post-trip hotel stay or save for a future travel adventure. And there’s more. CruisesOnly offers a 110% Best Price Guarantee. So if you find a lower price for your itinerary advertised anywhere within 48 hours of booking, CruisesOnly will honor the lower rate and provide a refund for 110% of the difference.

 

Ready to begin your cruise adventure? Learn more at mr.cruisesonly.com, or call 1-800-596-0452 to speak with a Marriott Rewards member care agent. It’s time to take that cruise vacation you’ve been dreaming about. For those of you who have already enjoyed this amazing way to travel, please share your favorite cruise destination and memory!

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Check out the tips, worksheets and resources in this Smart Small Business Travel Guide. You’ll find the latest advice from Rhonda Abrams, USA Today columnist and small business expert, on how to make your business trips produce more like:

 

  • turn one trip into multiple wins
  • must have mobile apps
  • maximizing your productivity on the road
  • staying connected to your business
  • ways to get inspired

 

“Even in a world where technology makes communication possible at the touch of a button, nothing beats the impact and effectiveness of face-to-face interactions.” (Rhonda Abrams) Learn more!

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Insiders, we’re excited to share an exciting and exclusive piece of Marriott Rewards news with you. Next Thursday, we’ll be revealing Marriott Rewards Flash Perks to the world at www.marriottrewardsflashperks.com. Each week, we’ll be offering limited quantities of our very best hotel deals, travel experiences and merchandise. The sales will only be live for 24 hours, or until the inventory is depleted, and only available on the Flash Perks website. And some of these deals are so good that you’ll want to be first in line when the doors open!

Our first Flash Perks sale goes live on Thursday, July 17th at 12PM Central Time, and we’ll be giving you the first look at some of the amazing deals the day before, right here on Insiders. Thanks from the Marriott Rewards Flash Perks Team for being loyal Marriott Rewards members!

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Innovative and vibrant ZEST Lifestyle Café opened on May 1st, 2014 at the JW Marriott Absheron Baku. I have created a menu with a significant emphasis on healthy and nutritious dishes with inspiration from the Mediterranean region and the southern part of Azerbaijan. My recipes include salads, sandwiches and other dishes rich in fruits, herbs and vegetables and prepared with only organic products. Zest as an ingredient is also frequently used in meals including ZEST Café's top seller - ZEST lemonade and Ice cream.

 

For lighting and interior design Henry Chebaane from Blue Sky Hospitality took inspiration from Miami’s South Beach, Sydney’s Bondi Beach and the citrus groves of Lenkaran, the subtropical southern region of Azerbaijan. The highest ceiling point at 8.5 meters is covered with “VITAMIN SPRITZ” a stunning lighting art installation made of 101 globes and 2500 rods of translucent yellow, orange and lime floating in space while gently pulsing through the day as part of a sophisticated scenography. A second large scale art installation is “DUCK MARMALADE”: a whimsical spread of 1500 orange rubber ducks floating inside an 11-meter white marble pool.

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Open all day for breakfast, lunch and dinner,  ZEST Lifestyle Café is a premium casual dining environment with the tables looking into the theatre of the open kitchen which provides a fantastic opportunity to discover lunch’s and dinner’s sanctum. Begin your day full of beans with coffee and freshly baked pastries and take them away to enjoy at work. I welcome you to ZEST Lifestyle Café - an ideal place for everyone leading a healthy lifestyle with a strong passion for culinary, art and décor.

 

Marley F., chef de cuisine

JW Marriott Absheron Baku

LG Arena ENTRY.jpgAll the razzle dazzle and excitement of a myriad of events staged at The National Exhibition Centre (NEC) and the fabulous LG entertainments Arena are perfectly complemented by all the wonderful leisure facilities at The Marriott Forest Of Arden Hotel Golf Hotel and Country Club. Only five minutes by car from the largest exhibition center in the UK, and the busiest and seventh largest in the whole of Europe, our hotel is set amid hundreds of acres of tranquil parkland which form part of the ancient Forest of Arden, in an area which has changed little since the Middle Ages.

 

By complete contrast the NEC and the LG Arena between them host the very best of 21st Century entertainments and a huge range of annual exhibitions covering many aspects of life in the UK today. So whatever your interests you are almost bound to find something to excite and fascinate you at the NEC. Firm favorites for the tens of thousands of visitors include the BBC's Gardener's World Live and Good Food Shows, Crufts, the Horse of the Year Show, Autosport International, the Motorhome and Caravan Show and last but not least the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition. Add to this the host of toy, antique, collectors, craft and many other fairs and you can see just how easy it would be to make a visit to the NEC coupled with a relaxing stay at Marriott Forest of Arden a regular fixture in your annual calendar. Besides being only a few minutes from our hotel, the NEC, opened by the Queen in 1976, has no fewer than 20 connected halls on a 611 acre site and is close to junction 6 of the M42, Birmingham International Airport and the mainline railway station. Meanwhile the NEC's famous LG Arena is the Midlands' outstanding entertainment experience for artists and visitors alike. It showcases the world's best comedians, sportspeople, singers, songwriters, dancers, daredevils and everything in between. Whether it's 15,700 screaming fans or an intimate, atmospheric once-in-a-lifetime experience, you'll find it at the LG Arena.

 

Shaun D. & Jo P.

Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel and Country Club

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Want to do something different? Ready to be spontaneous? Come and explore Europe over the weekend this summer. Our hotels have partnered with Visa to offer you exciting weekends at over 200 unique hotels in more than 70 vibrant cities. Relax with the family in the country or jet off to a thrilling city in a European hot spot or head down to the water for some fun. And best of all, you not only get hot hotel rates but also a 15% discount on dinner at the hotel when you pay with Visa.

 

Here are just a few ideas:

  • Discover historic treasures in Paris and stay at the Renaissance Paris Le Parc Trocadero, close to the famous Champs-Elysees and Eiffel Tower. If you love charm and elegance then this is the location for you.
  • Or how about the glitzy croisette in Cannes at the JW Marriott? It sits between the beach and the Alps – how much better can it get? Enjoy the rooftop terrace with a swimming pool and stunning views of the city and sea.
  • Or pop over to Austria and stay at the Imperial Riding School Renaissance Vienna Hotel. Not only newly renovated but also in the center of Vienna, a destination with elegant design and history.
  • Love the UK? Adventure out to the country side and stay at the Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club where you can swing your golf clubs, play tennis or pamper yourself in the spa… a haven of relaxation. Prefer the city life? Head over to the Marriott London County Hall and take in a breath of downtown London with amazing views overlooking Big Ben and the River Thames.
  • Can we then tempt you with Barcelona? The Renaissance Barcelona Hotel sits just a few steps away from the world-renowned Paseo de Gracia and endless shopping. 
  • Istanbul would also be quite an adventure, especially at the brand new Istanbul Marriott Hotel Sisli conveniently located to let you explore the wonders of Istanbul, including the Grand Bazaar, Hagia Sophia and Taksim Square.

 

Where will you go? Check out more at http://summer-breaks.marriott.co.uk and don’t forget to stay with us before 14th September, 2014. We’d also love to have you share photos of your summer travel memories!

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We are excited to introduce you to Protea Hotels, Marriott’s newest brand, with an exclusive member offer of 10% savings! Reserve your discounted rate at over 100 exciting locations across South Africa as well as Malawi, Namibia, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia.


Get 10% off the best available rate now. During 2015 (exact dates to be determined) when Protea Hotels join Marriott Rewards, you will be able to earn points and miles, enjoy your Elite benefits and redeem your points for stays at all participating Protea Hotels in Africa.


Safe travels!

The Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf, Dubai celebrates the opening of two fantastic new dining venues:


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Shanghai 30, a mysterious and intriguing Chinese infused bar, opened its doors in April. This distinctive bar takes guests on a journey to a decedent golden age, reminiscent to that of Shanghai in the 1930’s.

The Shanghai 30 experience reflects the heyday of the city’s glamorous party era and stimulates all senses. Based on the beating heart of Shanghai, encapsulated by an area known as ‘The Bund’, it has a colorful history and was the birth place of mixology. From pre-revolution cocktails to modern indulgent fusions, Shanghai 30 represents a decadent era with a contemporary, place-to-be-seen twist.

 

Catching the spirit of the historical city district with a dark, moody, eclectic environment the bar features shimmering copper pipes of the keg room and draft counter. The botanical stone flooring, mosaics, oriental chandeliers and accentuated décor sets the mood for a mystical affair. Enjoy oriental snacks and bar treats including ‘little parcels of goodness’ prepared by the dim sum chef, and witness the ancient tradition of the Chinese tea master mixing and pouring unique beverages. Chinese delicacies like the sesame prawn cake with sweet chili sauce, jellyfish salad and sweet & sour chicken will leave no taste buds disappointed while vibrant jazz and blues tunes complement the experience. Whether you want to stop by after work, gather with friends for a fun night out or just show off your newest outfit, Shanghai 30 is the bar to visit giving in to self-indulgence. Shanghai 30 is now open daily from 5pm to 2am and located at the Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf, Oud Metha Road, Al Jaddaf Area, Dubai.

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Merletto is a contemporary Italian restaurant with Venetian accents. Its remarkable interior with hand blown Venetian glass chandeliers creates the perfect setting for indulging in authentic Italian food. To the Italians, Venice always stood alone; brash and bold, distinctive in its design and its desire for the ‘new’. Mixing the opulence of Venice with an edge of modernity, Merletto represents the splendor of the city both in its interior design and menu. Enjoy a specialty spritze concoction or a chilled glass at the bar with a plate of local ‘chiccetti’ bites. Taste Venetian classics presented in a fresh and modern way: bellini, carpaccio, risotto, sepia pasta, brodetto, tiramisu, just to name a few.Merletto ENTRY.jpg

 

The modern and chic interior with hot pink accents features an imposing Venetian mask, authentic Murano glass chandeliers and dark wood furniture elements. The open kitchen allows you to peek and steal some of the chef’s secrets while the private dining room, that seats 10 people, caters to those looking for intimate gathering options. If your epicurean taste has you looking for an unusual yet exceptional Italian meal, visit Merletto from Monday to Saturday from 6pm to 11pm (closed Sunday) at Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf, Oud Metha Road, Al Jaddaf Area, Dubai.

 

Mirela R.

Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf, Dubai

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