Al Maha Resort & Spa featured in Marriott Moments. (Photo: Supplied)
Nothing beats journeying to a foreign country and delving
deep into local culture, enjoying new experiences and learning as you explore.
With a greater demand for local experiences from travellers,
Marriott is implementing local-area
expert recommendations, bespoke categories, and hand-curated lists of things to
do on Marriott Moments. The aim is
to assist both travellers and locals find authentic experiences.
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“Marriott has tapped into the company’s global network of
thousands of local-area experts including its hotel associates, as well as
global partners and celebrities to recommend their favourite sites to see and
must-do activities,” says the company in a statement.
Marriott Moments’ recommendations
come from hotel general managers, chefs and mixologists, luminary partners
Chefs Daniel Boulud, Eric Ripert and Stephanie Izard, actress Lea Michele,
freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy and sports broadcaster Michele Tafoya.
Marriott Moments also offers bespoke
categories based on “passion points, types of travel companions, and
personality traits”, according to the group, adding that “all recommendations
and categories will feature hand-curated lists of the best things to do from
around the world, available for purchase with any major credit card”.
To make travels even smoother, and in addition to visiting
the website directly, you can find
and book experiences on Facebook Messenger. “Chat with Marriott Rewards or SPG
on Facebook Messenger to get location-based recommendations of close-by
Marriott Moments,” says Marriott.
Stephanie Linnartz, Global Chief Commercial Officer,
Marriott International says that “Marriott is now helping travellers get more
out of their trips” with these new services.
“With the expansion of Marriott Moments to everyone, whether
they are a guest of ours or not, we are building a global culture of adventure
seekers who can pursue their passions,” she adds.
Here are a few Marriott Moments recommendations from actors,
athletes, award-wining Chef’s and other celebs:
- Actress Lea Michele recommends her favourite museums,
shopping areas, hikes and concert venues in LA and NYC.
- Freestyle Skier Gus Kenworthy recommends his favourite
off-the-beaten-path museums in Paris, Boston and London, as well as his
favourite ways to explore the Matterhorn in Switzerland, Lynn Canyon in
Vancouver, British Columbia, San Francisco and beyond.
- Sports caster Michele Tafoya recommends active experiences
including picturesque bike rides along Manhattan Beach, Sydney Harbour or the
Loire Valley countryside in France; and thrills like a helicopter ride to a
glacier and dog-sledding in Juneau, Alaska.
- Chef Eric Ripert recommends his favourite food markets,
restaurants, jazz clubs, spas and hikes around the world from Puerto Rico and
Chicago, to Bhutan and Marrakech.
- Chef Daniel Boulud recommends his favourite food markets and
restaurants in NYC, San Sebastian, Lyon, Singapore and more.
- Chef Stephanie Izard recommends her sure-fire ways of
getting to know the culture and history of cities on three continents.
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Some of the bespoke categories:
- Young, Fabulous, and Broke: For trendy travellers on a
- Foodies: Culinary experiences for those with a hunger to see
and taste the world.
- Exhaust Your Kids and Be the Family Hero: Create lasting
memories for you and your family.
- History Buffs: Step back in time with history and heritage
- The Ultimate Tourist: Must see sites and landmarks in top
- Pop-Culture Vulture: Catch the latest local trends in art,
culture and music.
- The Romantic: #Couplegoal experiences.
- The Wolfpack: Activities to do as a crew.
- Zen Master: Find inner peace in any time zone.
- Super Fans: Stadium tours, sports museums, and adventures
with your favourite team.
- Casting Call: Experience movie and TV locations IRL.
Unique and authentic
a partnership with PlacePass, is an example of how the hotel group is working
with start-ups to meet travellers’ needs.
It also partnered with Eatwith, an online community to find
and book culinary experiences, with hand-selected hosts, in 130+ countries. This
partnership allows travellers to immerse themselves in local cultures and try
out authentic and traditional cuisine.
Marriott Moments offers newly developed on-property
activities for unique experiences from the comfort of the hotel. For instance,
in Miami enjoy the private Champagne Sabering or Mediterranean Cooking Class at
The St Regis Bal Harbour. Marriott plans to grow these experiences globally.
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“Marriott’s Moments now includes over 110 000 new must-see
attraction and top-rated activities open to anyone, and 8 000 exclusive Moments
for members of Marriott Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) that can
only be redeemed with points,” says the company, adding that members who
purchase a Moment using a credit card will earn points.
Marriott Rewards, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards,
and SPG are all free to join by visiting Members.Marriott.com.