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An elegant Korean wedding to save, a worldwide competition to win and obstacles to overcome along the way – are our two favorite bellmen up to the challenge? Find out in the brand-new third release of the Two Bellmen series.


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Share your Insider travel tips and stories about Riyadh City by commenting on this post and you could earn points.

 

Olaya District is the growing business district in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Located in the north side of the city, it hosts important sites and famous local landmarks such as the Kingdom Centre & Al Faisaliah Tower. It also contains Al Rajhi Tower, which upon its completion will be the tallest building in Saudi Arabia. We invite you to visit these amazing landmarks on your travels to Riyadh:

 

  • National Museum: An enjoyable place with exhibits covering the Arabian Peninsula from the prehistoric era to modern day. The museum also displays models of Mecca and Madina. There are 2 full floors, so we recommend allowing a good 2 hours to get through it all. There is much to see and read (available in English and Arabic), and the walk is well-directed by signs to avoid aimless wandering and missing out on displays.
  • Kingdom Centre Tower: Excellent experience for shopping where you can find all luxury brand outlets and a huge food court. The best time to visit is just before sunset  to watch the atmosphere change from the sky bridge (roof top).
  • Al Faisaliyah Center: Al Faisaliyah Center is another iconic building along Olaya Street. It houses a mall as well as commercial and office spaces. The tower, one of Saudi Arabia’s first skyscrapers, forms an integral part of the beautiful skyline of the capitol city.
  • King Abdullah Park: There's no better way to relax than to have a good walk in this sprawling park. This one is so vast that you'll be glad you put on your comfiest shoes. The park is great for picnics with family and friends. There is a playground for kids as well. It is located in the Malaz area, near the football stadium.
  • Masmak Fortress: It’s like a scene out of the movies -- a big fortress representing an empire. Surrounded by sand, this squat fortification was built around 1865, and was the site of Ibn Saud’s daring 1902 raid during which a spear was hurled at the main entrance door with such force that the head is still lodged in the doorway.

 

As you see, Riyadh continues to pleasantly surprise both its citizens and its travelers. We hope you will visit us here soon!

 

Adel H.

Courtyard Riyadh Olaya

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  • From February 10 - April 29, 2017, Come check out the mansions, restaurants and shopping before the summer season starts. Less crowds = more fun at the Residence Inn Newport Middletown.

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Haven’t stayed enough nights to keep your Gold or Platinum Elite status in 2017? No need to miss all those privileges and perks – you can have it all back. Here’s your exclusive preview.


Until March 31st, 2017,you can buy back your Elite status using points.

 

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Enjoy all your Elite benefits in 2017:

 

Platinum – lounge access with breakfast, a Platinum arrival gift, 50% bonus points and more

Gold – room upgrades, free enhanced Wi-Fi, 25% bonus points and more

Silver – priority late checkout, ultimate reservation guarantee, 20% bonus points and more



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Congrats to mayankvc Platinum member and the latest winner of 20,000 points in our Live Elite series. Here’s what mayankvc had to say about our topic, Ways to Get the Most from Your Linked Account:

“Marriott has helped me over last 2 - 3 years to have family vacations (even with my grand parents) at places which I never heard about before Lake Tahoe, California,  Surfers Paradise, Australia, Half Moon Bay, California USA, Mai Khao, Phuket Thailand, Lihue, Hawaii and so on. Additionally I am all set to try new places in 2017 with Marriott at Kruger Gate Hazyview, South Africa, Absecon New Jersey, USA, Singer Island Florida, USA, Orlando, FL, USA, Marbella, Spain and many more as and when the year will pass by. SPG just adds the options which I could never plan (as I am loyal to Marriott) before like Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles, Fiji, Bora Bora, Greece and more.  Keep it up.” Read full post

 

It’s exciting to read about all the places mayankvc has been — and all the places he hopes to visit now that he’s linked his Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) accounts.


Haven’t yet linked your account? We invite you to do it now. You’ll receive an instant match for your higher status, the ability to transfer points across accounts and a choice of Starwood brands like St. Regis, W and Westin in addition to Marriott brands — a total of 5,700+ hotels across 30 brands in 110+ countries.

 

A big thank-you to our featured Insiders. This topic had the most comments ever, so it was even harder to decide than usual. The three Insiders below will win 1,000 points:

 

     1. “The status matching really does provide some excellent benefits at a whole host of new hotels.  I will predominantly be staying at Marriott as I continue to work towards Lifetime Status, however one of my first stays for the year is actually a week at the beautiful St. Regis Deer Valley.  Without the status matching, I wouldn't be receiving any of the benefits there as well as less points. I also plan to redeem points for a 7 night travel package at the Renaissance Amsterdam this summer and can't wait for the trip!” – droma Platinum member.


     2. “It's been years since the last time me and my wife traveled together. Both of us spent way too much time fighting for a brighter future, yet ironically, ignored what was the reason why we worked so hard - each other. We just had our first baby this year. We were so excited, and guess what? Now, it's a whole fresh new start. Our new family is going to the Europe in March for 11 days. I'm already a gold member of Marriott, and I'm so happy that now I can enjoy my privileges at both Marriott and SPG. So I'm confident that wherever we go, our trip will definitely be a memorable one for all of us. Thank you Marriott.”  – sneakyrabbit, Gold member


     3. “Newbie here! I recently used my reward points for a 3 night stay in NYC during the holidays.  My partner and I were able to bring her son and his two cousins along.  The Fairfield Inn in Chinatown was very accommodating and upgraded us to allow for the extra kiddos tagging along. Everyone had a blast and we look forward to possibly reaching the Gold Status for more future adventures!” – indytors, Silver member.


Thanks to everyone who posted! Be watching for our next topic, coming soon. In the meantime, click the Live Elite tag below to learn more about your exclusive perks around the world.

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Share your Insider travel tips and stories about Leipzig, Germany by commenting on this post and you could earn points.

 

This year marks the 500th anniversary since the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, when Martin Luther put his 95 theses on the door of the “Schlosskirche” in Wittenberg. In this year of the historic jubilee we aren’t just celebrating 500 years, but we are also reminded of the role the Protestant Reformation played in the development of the modern age. What started in Wittenberg in the 16th century changed Germany, Europe and the whole world.

 

Directly located within the heart of the city of Leipzig, Germany, the Leipzig Marriott Hotel is a great launching point for discovering the places-of-interest for Martin Luther in Central Germany. Whether you take the train to Wittenberg to visit the Luther House, or to “Schlosskirche” where Luther is buried and his tomb can still be viewed today, to Eisleben, Luther’s place of birth and decease, or even to Erfurt where Luther received his priestly ordination in the cathedral in 1507, the most important domains of Luther are easy to reach from here. Following are some of the highlights of the jubilee that you can experience while staying with us at the Leipzig Marriott Hotel:

 

  • Eisenach Wartburg Castle (2 hours by car): from May 4 – November 5, 2017 see the national exhibition “Luther and the Germans”.
  • Wittenberg - Augusteum/Luther House (1/2 hour by train): from May 13- November 5, 2017 see the national special exhibition “Luther! 95 People – 95 Treasures”.
  • Torgau (50 minutes by car): May 7, 2017 “From the Pope to Luther” peace run from Rome via Torgau to Wittenberg.
  • Erfurt (45 minutes by train): full year 2017 discover the “Bible – Monastery – Luther” exhibition.
  • Leipzig:
    • Convention “Kirchentag on the Way” May 25 - 28, 2017: Music. Debate. Life.
    • Museum of Fine Arts March 1, 2016 – January 1, 2018: exhibition “Lucas Cranach and the Motifs of the Reformation”.
    • St. Thomas Church, where Luther preached, Fridays/Saturdays:  St. Thomas Boys Choir live
    • Auerbachs Keller, inn belonging to a friend of Luther, several dates 2017: “Dining with the Luther’s anno 2017”
    • Old City Hall, where you can admire Luther’s wife’s original wedding ring; April 12, 2017 – Jan 28, 2018: “Luther in dispute – Leipzig and its consequences” exhibition
    • Bach Museum September 8, 2017 – January, 28 2018 “Bach and Luther” cabinet exhibition.

 

Arlette K.

Leipzig Marriott Hotel

Vicki H. is a Platinum member in Europe. She and her husband, Adam, take their kids on their journeys around the world. Already their five-year-old, Charlie, has more travel memories than many people get in a lifetime. As we enter the new year, we thought you’d enjoy a few thoughts on some of Marriott’s far-flung destinations from the “youngest Insider”.

 

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“My name is Charlie. I love traveling worldwide to Marriott hotels with Mummy, Daddy and my sister Alyssa.  I have been to 24 countries and 29 Marriott hotels and I am only just five. I can’t remember all the trips Mummy and Daddy talk about such as London, Aberdeen, Dubai, Belgium and Sweden.


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JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa

I remember the tall hotels, big swimming pools with turtles and slides and amazing kids club at JW Marriott Phuket and Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit.  

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Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel

This year for my fifth birthday we went to Singapore Marriott, Putrajaya Marriott Hotel and Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel.  In Kuala Lumpur they gave us loads of sweets, drawings and ice cream! 

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Doha Marriott Hotel

I loved the Qatar, Doha Marriott Hotel in April with the swimming pool, hot-tub, food, beach and friendly people. 


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Praia D’El Rey Marriott Golf & Beach Resort

This year I have also been to Marriott Madrid and Lisbon, AC Toledo and Porto as well as the super cool Marriott in Obidos, Portugal. I can’t wait for our next adventure!”

 

Insiders, where would you like to go in 2017? You now have nearly 4,500 hotels to choose from — including new hotels from New York to Singapore.

 

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Share your Insider tips about travel to The Hague by commenting on this post and you could earn points.

 

2017 is THE year for art and design lovers to visit The Hague, Netherlands. Celebrating the centenary of the Dutch avant-garde art movement De Stijl, 2017 has been declared the international theme year of "Mondrian to Dutch Design". Throughout the year, attention will focus on the movement and its members, which includes major artists like Piet Mondrian, Bart van der Leck, Theo van Doesburg and Gerrit Rietveld.

 

As home to both the greatest Mondrian collection on earth and one of the world’s major De Stijl collections, the Gemeentemuseum The Hague will be at the forefront of festivities in 2017, making The Hague a sure stop to admire the influence of De Stijl on art, design and architecture in the 20th and 21st centuries. The museum will mount no less than three new Mondrian exhibitions : Piet Mondrian and Bart van der Leck, De Stijl Architecture and Interior Design, and 300 x Mondrian: the biggest retrospective ever. Where better to stay when visiting these exhibitions than at the neighboring The Hague Marriott, overlooking the museum gardens and the museum’s architectural building by Berlage, the greatest masterpiece of the architect who so inspired many of the De Stijl artists.

 

Piet Mondrian and Bart van der Leck - The invention of a new art

February 11th – May 21st, 2017

Who came up with the famous color combination red, yellow and blue?

Piet Mondrian and Bart van der Leck were two of the greatest pioneers of De Stijl. The two artists’ friendship developed as they worked hand-in-hand for three years, laying the groundwork for radical new steps in painting based above all on the use of primary colors. The exhibition will feature no fewer than 80 works from throughout the world including international loans from major museums such as the MoMA in New York. This is a unique opportunity to get to know these two international De Stijl heroes at a major new exhibition that will be exclusive to the Gemeentemuseum.

 

300 x Mondrian. The Gemeentemuseum collection - A voyage of discovery through Mondrian's life and work

June 30th – September 24th, 2017

Meet the world's greatest modern artist.

Piet Mondrian is one of the world’s greatest modern artists. Born in the Netherlands, he conquered the world with his famous abstract paintings featuring red, yellow and blue planes. The Gemeentemuseum’s collection includes an astounding 300 works of art by Mondrian, representing every stage in his ground-breaking career, which will all be on display in one great exhibition. Follow the path that led him to his famous final painting, the Victory Boogie Woogie, past green landscapes, luxuriant trees and brightly colored windmills. This series offers a unique journey in time through the history of modern art and Mondrian's exhilarating cosmopolitan life in Amsterdam, Paris, London and New York. See for yourself how much influence this most modern of Dutchmen had on the course of the twentieth century. 

 

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June 10th - September 17th, 2017

A must-see for fans of Dutch Design.

Are you an admirer of contemporary Dutch Design? Do you enjoy browsing through home decorating magazines or design websites in search of ideas for your home? Then make absolutely sure not to miss this exhibition about the architecture and interiors of De Stijl. The artists in the De Stijl movement laid the foundation for design today. They developed a timeless style that revolved around order, balance and beauty. Their ideas and designs paved the way for later designers. And even now, one hundred years later, De Stijl continues to be a major source of inspiration for architects and designers around the globe.

 

Marjolein S.

The Hague Marriott Hotel

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The New Year is here. Now’s the time to make it a year to remember. Book that cruise to the place you’ve been dreaming of – and earn double points on every destination. When you pay with your Marriott Rewards credit card, you’ll earn even more.


Set sail for the sunny Caribbean …. see the rugged magnificence of Alaska … feel the tropical breezes of Hawaii.  Looking to explore Europe? Be sure to check out our 50,000-point bonus with select cruise lines.


Reserve your experience now and earn 6 points per dollar. That’s twice the points, no matter which cruise you pick. Here’s a snapshot:


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$3,50010,50021,000
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$10,00030,00060,000


Pay with cash or with a mixture of cash and points. Just be sure to:

  • Book by March 31, 2017
  • Choose a balcony or suite stateroom
  • Enjoy your cruise by December 31, 2017

 

Choose from any cruise line:

  • Royal Caribbean
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  • Viking
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You can search by destination, month, cruise length, cruise line and departure point. And take your pick of themes like family, holiday and luxury. Don’t want the holidays to be over? There are even last-minute cruises offering big savings for January escapes.


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Say hello to your new Featured Insider:mustanggt


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"To MRIs everywhere, here’s to your health, happiness and safe travels for many years to come."


Insider since: April 3, 2016

Rewards Status: Platinum Premier


Thank you for this special recognition.  Thank you also to all the wonderful MRIs for your thoughtful, and at times humorous, insights about Marriott and a wide range of travel subjects.  Even though I have been a loyal Marriott customer for 20 years, I have learned a considerable amount from a number of knowledgeable Insiders.  Let’s all keep sharing our ideas.


About me:  I am happily married and have two terrific grown children.  I live in God’s country, the lakes region of New Hampshire.  I never tire of the beauty of the lakes, mountains and change of seasons.  I am a retired CPA and financial services executive.  All of my travels and stays with Marriott have been leisure related.


Interests:  I enjoy traveling, fishing and golfing.  I have played more than 800 different golf courses in 17 countries.  In my spare time I rate and evaluate golf courses for a state golf association as well as a major golf publication.  My favorite golf courses in the United States are some of the older ones that were designed by Donald Ross, who was one of the most prolific and successful course architects of all time.


Travel:  One of the most enjoyable golf trips I have taken in the US was to the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee in Georgia.  Among the many resort activities were five terrific golf courses and one of the nicest Club Lounges I have ever experienced.  That trip also included going to Augusta during Masters week to watch a practice round.  My dream trip someday would be to take a train trip across the US and/or Canada, and then continue on a cruise ship to Alaska.


Thank you for all your contributions to the community, mustanggt! We agree, keep on sharing your ideas.

-The Community Managers


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Winter has arrived in beautiful Bethany Beach, Delaware. That means warm buttoned-down jackets, roaring fires and the first annual “Frozen Weekend” at Bethany Beach Ocean Suites. Over Martin Luther King weekend (January 14–16, 2017) this hotel will transform into a beautiful, wintry wonderland for families and their little princes and princesses. Throughout the weekend, our guests will experience a fun-filled schedule of winter-themed activities taking place throughout this oceanfront all suite hotel.

 

Designed with families in mind, Frozen Weekend is a perfect opportunity to create lasting memories in Bethany Beach. The frosty weekend will be brimming with snowflakes, icicles, and special guest appearances by some very well-known favorites. Souvenir photos and fun surprises are included all weekend long, ensuring a trip your children will remember forever. Here’s what to expect:

 

  • Saturday afternoon you can check in to your majestic suite beginning at 12:00PM. All little princes and princesses will be welcomed to the hotel with a surprise gift bag filled with fun treats and toys. That afternoon, you will have an opportunity meet and mingle with everyone’s favorite snowman at a Royal Reception from 4:00PM-5:30PM.
  • On Sunday morning, you are invited to join the fun at a Melted Pool Party from 10:00AM-12:00PM. Next, glamorous makeovers will be available from 1:00PM-3:00PM to get ready for the evening’s Royal Ball! When the Royal Ball begins at 6:30PM, families will enjoy themed snacks, games, and crafts, plus have an opportunity to sing along with the Snow Queen herself. The evening will end with everyone’s favorite movie on our big screen.
  • Monday morning, join us for a final farewell to a fun-filled weekend with a character breakfast in the ballroom. A very special princess will be stopping by to say hello to each guest.

 

This exciting weekend is great for holiday and birthday gift-giving. We hope to see you here for the frozen fun, January 14 – 16, 2017!

 

Allyson K.

Bethany Beach Ocean Suites Residence Inn

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Resolved to focus on wellness in the New Year? The New Year’s Resolution Sweeps could help you get a head start on the relaxing part: getting a good night’s sleep.


Now through January 15, ShopMarriott gives you the chance to win The Marriott Bed. It’s the signature bed that helps people enjoy refreshing sleep, all around the world — and you could experience its luxurious comfort at home.


If you win, you’ll receive a fully dressed Marriott bed, with your choice of one of the four ShopMarriott bedding packages:

Platinum Stitch

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Each set includes:

- The Marriott mattress and box spring – for support and comfort

- Two (2) Marriott signature Feather & Down pillows – for allergen-free luxury

- The Marriott Down Duvet Comforter – for staying warm in style

- One (1) Bolster Pillow

- One (1) Signature Pillowcase Pair

- Euro Pillows (three (3) with King size set, two (2) with Queen size set)

- Euro Shams (three (3) with King size set, two (2) with Queen size set)

- Pillow Protectors (five (5) with King size set, four (4) with Queen size set)

- One (1) Duvet Cover

- One (1) Signature Flat Sheet

- One (1) Signature Fitted Sheet

- One (1) Mattress Topper


Take a moment to do something healthy that’s easy, too; no exercise or dieting needed. Enter to win a dream prize.


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Share your Insider travel adventures to Victoria by commenting on this post and you could earn points.

 

Victoria, British Columbia is no stranger to the hustle and bustle of fantastic tourist activities all year round. From the world-class Butchart Gardens, to spectacular Whale Watching tours, this beautiful west-coast capital city has something for everyone. While these fantastic activities might not come as a surprise to most, many visitors are not aware of the up-and-coming culinary scene in Victoria, BC.

 

As Victoria has the second-highest number of restaurants per capita in North America next to San Francisco, it is no surprise that it is quickly becoming a must-visit destination for many food bloggers and lovers of local cuisine. There are countless downtown restaurants proud to be a part of the farm-to-table movement, focusing on locally-sourced, island grown ingredients. LURE Restaurant & Bar, for example, prides itself on its use of Vancouver Island’s bounty of locally farmed products. Some other restaurants that are very active in the local food scene are 10 Acres Bistro with their own organic farm in North Saanich, and OLO Restaurant. In addition to the abundance of restaurants using locally grown ingredients, Victoria is also quickly becoming known for its local craft beer scene. With close to ten craft breweries in Victoria’s downtown core, it is no surprise that lovers of food and drink from all over the globe have added Victoria to their favorite destination.

 

Megan O.

Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort and Spa

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You’ve been asking, and we’re excited to share the news: Marriott Rewards® and United MileagePlus® will continue to offer RewardsPlus in 2017 – so you can enjoy an elevated experience, everywhere.


Curious about the possibilities? Here’s what RewardsPlus means for you:

  • RewardsPlus members: Enjoy automatic renewal of your benefits until January 2018, with more exclusive ways to earn in the New Year.
  • Platinum Elite members who sign up now: Fly rewarded with United MileagePlus Premier® Silver status — get priority boarding, seat upgrades and more in time for holiday travel.
  • MileagePlus members with Premier Gold or higher status: Sign up now to receive an instant upgrade to Marriott Rewards Gold Elite status — bring in the New Year with lounge access, room upgrades, enhanced Wi-Fi and more.

 

All members of both programs: Receive a 20% discount when converting points to miles + 10% more MileagePlus miles on travel packages.

 

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Check out these new Winter and Springtime MEOs:

 

Member Exclusive Rates — Western U.S. resorts: Get 20% off winter weekdays

  • From January 8 - March 30, 2017, find low winter rates at 5 Marriott Vacation Club® properties from the Colorado mountains to the west coast of California.

Bonus Points/Miles — Springtime in Crete: Wine + dine + 5,000 points

  • From April 1 - June 30, 2017, experience the luxurious villas of Domes of Elounda, Autograph Collection.

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