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Marriott Bonvoy’s wide collection of brands stretches across the globe, and its portfolio keeps getting bigger. That means the number of destinations and types of hotels where you can spend points is eclectic and exciting.
Once it is safe to roam the planet again, these new hotels that either opened in 2019, 2020 or were recently added to the Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program should be on your list. But still a few years away, are a new all-inclusive collection of hotels and resorts coming to Marriott Bonvoy. For now, these are some of the bucket-list properties worth a look.
If you need to top up your account, there are many ways to earn Marriott Bonvoy points via travel or credit cards like the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card. The card delivers more than just points, as it comes with statement and property credits as well as a free anniversary night certificate.
When you’re ready to spend your points, there are plenty of new Bonvoy properties, at every price point, where you can redeem for a free night’s stay.
The DAYTONA, Daytona Beach, Florida
NASCAR fans should race over to The DAYTONA, which is a must-visit spot for those into the sport. The hotel lobby even has real race cars so guests can snap selfies to send to fellow NASCAR fans.
You can even try your hand at driving a race car around the Daytona Speedway. The hotel is a member of the Autograph Collection, and it is a Category 4 redemption in Marriott Bonvoy. A free night costs between 17,500 and 30,000 points. Some of the most prized rooms are those with a balcony.
Hotel Distil, Louisville, Kentucky
Located along Louisville’s Whiskey Row, this new Autograph Collection hotel has the famous street’s only open-air rooftop bar. The hotel opened in late 2019.
This is a great home base for travelers who want to explore Kentucky’s rich bourbon culture — either on a regional road trip or a pilgrimage to sample the region’s famous libations. As a Category 6 hotel, one free night costs from 35,000 to 60,000 points.
Glass Light Hotel & Gallery, Norfolk, Virginia
With road trips all the rage, another popular spot along the mid-Atlantic to redeem your points is the new Glass Light Hotel & Gallery. Part of the Autograph Collection, it is a Category 4 property with a free night at 17,500 to 30,000 points.
As the hotel’s name suggests, it doubles as a glass art gallery, with colorful pieces illuminating the public spaces and restaurant of this 1912 building. Norfolk’s Historic District has a lot to see and do in its own right, but this property, which opened late last year, combines the best of both for Marriott Bonvoy fans.
Aloft San Juan, Puerto Rico
This is one of the island’s newest hotels and part of an entertainment and shopping destination known as El Distrito. Aloft San Juan, a Category 4 property where a free night is from 17,500 to 30,000 points, puts you in the middle of the action if you’re looking for great dining and things to do nearby.
Like other Aloft hotels, this property takes its inspiration from Marriott’s W Hotels brand, albeit at a lower price point. It features the W XYZ bar in the lobby, which often hosts live entertainment as part of the Live At Aloft concert series highlighting emerging artists. Did you know Aloft Hotels even hosts an Aloft Star global contest, similar to "American Idol?" Hotels around the world hold auditions leading to an epic finalist concert where the winner takes home big travel and music-related prizes. You might catch some of that talent at this hotel.
AC Hotel by Marriott Lima Miraflores, Peru
Near the popular JW Marriott Hotel Lima in Miraflores and facing the Pacific Ocean, the AC Hotel Lima Miraflores is one of Marriott’s latest hotels to open in the Peruvian capital. It is within walking distance of great shopping and dining, making this a good home base for tourists.
As a Category 4 Marriott Bonvoy redemption, a free night costs from 17,500 to 30,000 points. With a rooftop patio overlooking the Pacific, this hotel enjoys one of the best locations in the city, especially if you can score one of the Ocean Deluxe rooms in the front.
W Dubai – The Palm, United Arab Emirates
Opened in 2019, this resort is one of the city’s happening nightlife spots, especially when it comes to music. W Dubai – The Palm hosted the 2020 Wake Up Call music festival, which invites well-known performers and DJs to different W properties around the world each year.
The resort is located on Palm Jumeirah, the largest man-made island in the world, and features restaurants, a private beach and an incredible series of pools that are a perfect respite from the desert heat. Like all Ws, the focus on fashion, music and culture is intertwined, and for those looking for a youthful base when exploring Dubai, this Category 7 property is it.
A free night costs 45,000 to 70,000 points. When checking in, don’t miss "The Soundwave" at the entrance, with its 640 glass pieces that change in color and light intensity based on the beats of the hotel’s DJ.
St. Regis Hong Kong
Located in Wan Chai, the new St. Regis Hong Kong is a showstopper. Its design is both elegant and glitzy. Guest rooms have cityscape views, modern amenities like bedside controls and the bathrooms feature soaking tubs stocked with Remede Spa toiletries. Of course, everyone has access to the St. Regis Butler who can help unpack bags or deliver free coffee or tea at any hour of the day or night.
As a Category 8 hotel, a free night is 65,000 to 100,000 points. That’s not cheap, but the glamorous experience could be worth it for many. Even if you don’t have enough points, you can still enjoy live jazz at the bar many evenings.
Ritz-Carlton Perth, Australia
In Western Australia, it is about time Perth got a luxury option the likes of Ritz-Carlton. This new hotel opened in 2019 and is a return of the brand to Australia after nearly two decades. Marriott says this is the 100th Ritz-Carlton to open.
Located on the Swan River, it enjoys a quieter, yet still close, place outside of the downtown hubbub. The hotel is packed with impressive art and architectural design, making it the ideal gateway to explore the region. It is a Category 6 property, where a free night redemption goes for 35,000 to 60,000 points.
AC Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfront, South Africa
A short walk (or shuttle ride) away from the active V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, this latest Marriott Bonvoy property in the Mother City packs a punch. Cape Town has several Marriott Bonvoy options, but the AC by Marriott Cape Town Waterfront brings this European-influenced brand to a touristy part of town with modest prices.
As a Category 3 hotel, a free night ranges from 12,000 to 20,000 points, which is quite a bargain. It has celebrated just over a year in operation since its December 2018 official opening date, and it is the first AC by Marriott to open in the Middle East and Africa.
Many rooms have views of Signal Hill and Table Mountain in the distance. Don’t miss the free breakfast buffet, a special perk at this location, which includes fresh local produce and Spanish ham prepared by the brand’s signature Berkel slicer.
North Island, Seychelles
North Island in Seychelles is part of The Luxury Collection. It has 11 villas, meaning it's the ultimate in exclusivity.
Breakfast is part of the rate, which also includes complimentary use of an island buggy plus regular activities like yoga and the option to plant a tree. The resort focuses on conservation efforts. As a Category 8 hotel, rates would usually be from 65,000 to 100,000 points per night, but this property is an exception given its small size. It charges 355,000 points per night. If you’re looking to splurge, this property (the first one to price higher than the traditional award chart) could be the place to do it.
Photos courtesy of Marriott International, The DAYTONA, Hotel Distil, Glass Light Hotel & Gallery, Marriott/Aloft San Juan, AC Hotel by Marriott Lima Miraflores, W Dubai - The Palm, St. Regis Hong Kong, Ritz-Carlton Perth, AC Hotel by Marriott Cape Town and North Island.
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