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Grand Canal in Venice with a view of The Gritti Palace hotel
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Four stays for the culturally curious

Collect a welcoming 250 bonus Avios as you explore these these four charismatic hotels with Marriott Bonvoy®. They’re where luxury meets culture, whether you’re dreaming of an Ionian odyssey or an art-filled sojourn in Venice 


When it comes to travel, nothing tops tapping into local culture. These four exceptional hotels offer exactly that, with bespoke tours, workshops and more. We’re talking about a gilded stay steeped in history and culture in San Sebastián, or a romantic getaway in Venice in an art-filled grand palazzo. Then there’s time-travel in Corfu, retracing ancient myths, or you might experience the poolside splendour of a sunset over Porto. Sign up with Marriott Bonvoy and, as you climb through the tiers, every stay earns rewards, along with special benefits such as free Wi-Fi, lounge access and late checkouts.

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The award-winning Marriott Bonvoy travel programme spans more than 30 hotel brands and 10,000 global destinations. The more you stay, the greater the rewards, from exclusive rates and room upgrades to complimentary breakfasts. Ready for an unforgettable trip? We know just the places.  

Luxury suite at the María Cristina hotel in San Sebastián

María Cristina, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Sebastián

This riverside grande dame is the place to stay in San Sebastián – and has been since 1912, when Queen María Cristina was the first guest to cross its threshold. Designed by the architect who signed off The Ritz, it’s a suitably palatial affair, with its stately marble columns, gleaming chandeliers and Belle Époque suites (a home away from home for visiting A-listers during the film festival). Food is the city’s great passion, of course, so sign up for a class at the on-site cooking school or take the pintxos tour for a sampler of superlative Basque snacks and a glass or two of local txakoli.

Don’t miss The spacious, light-filled Bette Davis Suite, where the actress stayed before staging her final public appearance.

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Domes of Corfu at golden hour

Domes of Corfu, Autograph Collection

For a masterclass in Corfiot hospitality, check into Domes of Corfu – a luxurious beachfront hideaway with a tangible sense of place. For families, that translates to a back-to-nature kids’ club, where small fry can plant herbs in the garden. For romantics, it means sea-framed swim-up suites or island-inspired massages fragranced with pine and eucalyptus in the spa. Keen to tap into Corfu’s mythological past? According to Homer’s Odyssey, Odysseus was shipwrecked here – inspiring the hotel’s sunset storytelling experience, starting on the beach where our homesick hero washed ashore.

Don’t miss Exploring the island. The concierge can set up all sorts of adventures, from tours of Corfu’s Unesco-listed Old Town to sailing trips and wine tastings.

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The Gritti’s Terrace restaurant with a view of Santa Maria della Salute in Venice (also opening image)

The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice

Set in a 15th-century palazzo on the Grand Canal, The Gritti has the feel of a princely private residence – one with gilded paintings, hand-crafted terrazzo floors and a Riva speedboat at your service. A playground for the great and good (Hemingway is said to have played baseball in the lobby), it’s a showcase like no other for the city’s artisans. Fine 18th-century artworks hang in the marble Bar Longhi, while rooms and suites might feature exquisite frescoes or Murano glass chandeliers. The concierge can arrange workshops and visits to unlock Venetian crafts with all sorts of modern-day masters, from artists and bookbinders to mosaicists and tailors. 

Don’t miss A half-day class at the Gritti Epicurean School, taking in the Rialto Market and a stop-off for cicchetti.

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The Mediterranean restaurant at the Renaissance Porto Lapa Hotel

Renaissance Porto Lapa Hotel

Welcome to the pastel-perfect, Modern Deco-inspired glamazon that is the Renaissance Porto Lapa. It’s a bastion of Portuguese culture, from the azulejo-tiled walls to its punchbowl-sized gin cocktails. Bags unpacked, it’s time to immerse yourself in your surrounds, with your day’s activities planned meticulously by Renaissance Navigators, the hotel’s destination experts. Just on your doorstep, discover the 18th-century Lapa Church, whose softly lit Baroque interiors are a vision of polished and gilded marble, before ticking off that most essential box with a port (or five) at the impressively-stocked Gota a Gota Wine House. 

Don’t miss A paddle in the hotel’s infinity pool, followed by sundowners and oxtail croquetas at the sky-skimming rooftop bar.    

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