As travellers worldwide dream of escaping on holiday, Marriott Bonvoy, Marriott International’s portfolio of 30 brands, is expanding in some of the most desirable leisure destinations across Europe and The UAE.
New openings for 2021 - including Moxy Bordeaux, Moxy Bergen, Moxy Lisbon City, AC Hotel Tenerife, Residence Inn Al Jaddaf, and Four Points by Sheraton Sesimbra - are set to quench the growing thirst for adventure and escapism amongst travellers, offering bright and innovative accommodation in stunning locations.
“With travel on the horizon, leisure bookings are driving the demand for international stays as people urge to make up for lost time with friends and family.” said Jenni Benzaquen, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Design Hotels & EMEA Brand portfolio. “Looking forward, leisure destinations will play a significant role in our recovery and Marriott Bonvoy has a robust portfolio of leisure hotels across the EMEA region, with some fantastic new additions this year. These distinctive new openings, built with flexible and open spaces, signify a key to freedom for patient holidaymakers, and offer a chance to explore desirable, cultural destinations once again.”
Marriott Bonvoy’s leading portfolio of select service brands has defined this flourishing market. Catering to travellers looking for an equilibrium between what they truly need and eliminating what they don’t, the brands are known for their relaxed atmosphere, streamlined and consistently warm service all at an attractive price point.
According to World Bank, in 2019 Europe, Middle East and Africa’s international leisure tourism arrivals accounted for 48 per cent of global tourism. Leisure travel is set to outstrip business travel in 2021, particularly through a large volume of rescheduled trips, as well as an appetite to commemorate missed life events such as birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and honeymoons. Worldwide searches for ‘European holiday’ have more than doubled from January 17 to March 7, according to Google Trends.
Travellers who cannot wait to start planning their holidays can choose from Marriott Bonvoy’s inspiring and varied selection of new hotels including:
Moxy Lisbon City – Opening April 2021
The 136-guestroom hotel is the perfect place to make the most of Portugal’s energetic spirit. Located in the city centre, the hotel sits atop the Avenida Duque de Loulé, within walking distance from the renowned palm-lined shopping boulevard Avenida da Liberdade. Fun-hunters will fall head-over-heels for the city that boasts one of Europe’s hottest food scenes and a creative flair giving rise to emerging designers, artists and ceramicists.
Providing affordability without compromising on style, interiors expertly blend Portugese traditions with modern-day street art. Moxy hotels thrive off showing guests a good time with stylish, communal spaces and bars at the centre of the action, and cosy, smart guestrooms. Guests can enjoy playful Moxy touches, including check-in at the bar and a complimentary cocktail on arrival. The rooftop, which has a 15-metre pool, offers spectacular panoramas across the city’s terracotta roofs, colourful ceramic-tiled façades, the glistening river Tagus and city landmarks including the Crito Rei statue and 25 de Abril Bridge.
Residence Inn Al Jaddaf – Just Opened
Newly opened in March this year, the Residence Inn Al Jaddaf marks the brand entry in the UAE. Located in a prime city district boasting spectacular views of the Burj Khalifa the hotel offers convenient access to key areas including Downtown Dubai and Business Bay. Welcoming guests into a thoughtful, comfortable, and intuitive space, the longer-stay brand experience is designed for guests to travel the way they love to live by blending comfort with style.
Featuring 134 modern residential suites, many of which boast private terraces and impressive views, the hotel offers travellers a ‘home away from home’ experience. The spacious studio, one and two-bedroom suites, and three-bedroom duplex suites, all have fully equipped kitchens, large bathrooms, peaceful sleeping areas, and separate living and working spaces. Each well-appointed suite is thoughtfully designed to give guests a sense of openness.
Moxy Bergen – Opening May 2021
Located in Norway’s stunning Bergen, renowned for its eye-popping natural scenery, Moxy Bergen’s prime waterfront location offers views over Norway’s famed fjord. The hotel’s unique design is inspired by its destination; the exterior is coated with rails in a pattern mimicking the waves, and inside the centrepiece table is adorned with anchor ball lamps and rope decoration, telling the story of local harbour life. The stylish design uses natural elements, with wood being prevalent in furniture and installations throughout public spaces including the buzzing Bar, the centre of the Moxy experience. Interiors include unique decorations created by local artists, such as a Norwegian folklore figure from the forests of Norway.
Travellers can soak up the very best of the scenery throughout their stay with each of the hotel’s 199 guestrooms boasting views of either the fjords or the mountains. The perfect choice for eco-conscious travellers, the Moxy Bergen repurposes excess heat to CO2, used for the refrigeration system, and uses water directly from the fjord to heat and cool the building.
Moxy Bordeaux – Opening June 2021
Ideal for wine-lovers looking to make the most of the award-winning region, Moxy Bordeaux is located next door to the notorious ‘La Cité du Vin’ museum, in the centre of the ‘Bassins à Flots’ area, a vibrant and colourful destination infused with the district’s cosmopolitan history.
The location’s industrial and maritime heritage has inspired much of the hotel’s design, which features industrial metal sheets at the entrance of the elevators and exposed pipes in the ceilings. The hotel has a lively and upbeat lobby bar along with an impressive micro-forest terrace which is set beside the area’s historic cylindrical silos that were once used for the oil mill industry, now a characteristic symbol of the district. The renewable energy-friendly hotel has 133 rooms including 128 standard rooms and 5 rooms of 24 square metres with rooftop terrace harbor view.
AC Hotel Tenerife – Just Opened
Newly opened in March 2021 and marking AC Hotels’ debut in Tenerife, the hotel offers an unparalleled location in Santa Cruz’s historic district as well as AC’s sleek, signature style. Situated in front of the marina, the hotel is just a few minutes’ walk from cultural sites including the Castillo de San Cristobal or Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes and is surrounded by a variety of shops. With the island’s beautiful beaches nearby, guests can easily dive into the Atlantic or catch some rays on the stunning shores.
Occupying a building constructed in the 1980s, the hotel keeps the eras signature style and infuses it with AC’s chic design. The hotel provides everything guests need, with carefully crafted, flexible open spaces to create a comfortable and effortless stay. Guests can bask in the sunny climes and stunning views on the hotel’s rooftop terrace, cool down in the rooftop pool, taste local dishes in the AC Lounge and unwind with a signature AC cocktail. The 83 well-appointed guestrooms boast an elegant, purposeful design.
Four Points by Sheraton Sesimbra – Re-Opening May 2021
An ever-popular destination amongst locals and tourists alike, the idyllic curving bay of Sesimbra set just 32 kilometres south of Lisbon, is one of the finest beach hotels in Portugal. Marking Four Points’ first hotel in Portugal, the property is set on a leafy hillside with views of the Atlantic Ocean, and a short stroll from Ouro Beach.
With maritime-inspired décor, a nod to the region’s fishing trade, Four Points by Sheraton Sesimbra offers a place for guests to kick back, relax and unwind. Travellers can indulge in authentic local cuisine at the hotel’s contemporary restaurant and terrace, or relax in the fitness centre and swimming pool. The hotel’s Best Brew programme offers craft beers and authentic local flavours including their signature brew SADINA, which comes from a producer from nearby city Setúbal.
Guests at all these properties can earn and redeem Marriott Bonvoy points during their stays and enjoy all the benefits of staying as a member. As the world continues on its journey to recovery, Marriott International remains committed to implementing a clean environment that aligns with expert protocols to defeat Covid-19. All hotels will implement Marriott International’s Commitment to Clean operating standards and protocols that include enhanced health and safety standards, anchored by the company’s Global Cleanliness Council. These include guest and associate face covering requirements, social distancing policies, reduced seating capacity for meetings, frequent cleaning of high-touch areas, hand sanitising stations throughout the hotel, mobile technology and hybrid meeting options. - TradeArabia News Service