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March Madness® Inspires Travel Experiences

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Marriott International is gearing up for game day in its third year as the Official Hotel Partner across all 90 NCAA® championships. The is a multi-year partnership with Marriott International, NCAA, Turner Sports and CBS Sports. As Spring signals the start of March Madness®, fans will prepare to travel to this year’s Men’s Final Four® championship in Minneapolis from April 6-8 and the Women’s Final Four® championship in Tampa from April 5-7. Across the country, Marriott International hotels will welcome students, alumni, families and fans as they cheer on their favorite teams throughout the tournament.

Marriott International offers loyalty members elevated sports, food, music and entertainment experiences through Marriott Bonvoy Moments. Members have the opportunity to use their points to bid on exclusive Moments at the Men’s and Women’s Final Four® games, including the Ultimate Men’s Final Four Weekend Experience in Minneapolis and the Ultimate Women’s Final Four Weekend Experience in Tampa.  One package is available for each Men’s Final Four and Women’s Final Four including tickets, VIP access and overnight accommodations.

“We are passionate about the spirit of community and comradery felt by so many when traditional boundaries are broken through sports. This resonates with our hotels, as we too place a strong focus on serving all guests around the world,” said Steve Heitzner, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Marriott International, Americas. “March Madness® and NCAA® represent more than a collegiate competition and we feel honored to be the meeting place for so many fans, students, alumni and athletes to continue the celebration after that final buzzer rings.”

“This is always one of the most exciting months for our collegiate athletes and their fans who travel near and far to watch our NCAA tournament games,” said Ellen Lucey, NCAA director of championships and alliances. “We are excited to have Marriott International as our corporate partner as Marriott supports our student-athletes and their achievements. The synergies between our brands are strong, which allow us to create memorable experiences for our colleges and universities and our fans.”

As fans travel from Louisville, Washington, DC, Anaheim and Kansas City to Minneapolis, Marriott International hotels look forward to being the home base for the many emotional moments experienced during March Madness®. In addition to the games, here are a few reasons why hosting cities are some of the top places to visit this Spring.

Louisville, KY isn’t just home of the Kentucky Derby’s Churchill Downs, but it also has an incredible art scene, booming with charming local shops. Those who stay at the Aloft Louisville Downtown, a modern hotel with retro-inspired interiors, can explore the best of the city. Those musically inclined can stroll down to Fourth Street Live! and enjoy live music by new and seasoned artists.

Anaheim, CA appeals to travelers of all ages and those planning to visit Disneyland® Resort and beyond. Anaheim Marriott is located in the city’s resort district offering the perfect location to explore. Guests can also head to the beach to try surfing or sailing and enjoy that California sunshine.

Washington, DC welcomes visitors to explore its many vibrant neighborhoods.  Experience the District through the eyes of a local and go beyond the traditional sites on The National Mall. The luxurious JW Marriott Washington, DC on the famed Pennsylvania Avenue is located near the Capital One Arena, making it a prime home base for gameday travelers.

Kansas City, MO is a hotspot for some of the best barbecue, has a prominent jazz heritage, and fountains galore – there are more than 200 fountains throughout the city. Between the Sweet Sixteen® and Elite Eight® games, fans can hunt down as many fountains as they can or hit up some barbecue hotspots including the famed Joe’s Kansas City Barbecue, born out of a gas station. Sports fans can rest their heads after the big game at The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center.

Tampa, FL is hosting the Women’s Final Four® games, and is a city to watch over the next couple of years. The city boasts many new areas to explore like Sparkman Wharf which uses shipping containers for shops and restaurants, the new Tampa Riverwalk, a 2 mile stretch – brought more to life within the last year, including Armature Works, an upscale European food hall, as well as Water Street which is close to the championship games. Part of the National Register of Historic Places, the century-old Historic Federal Courthouse has been transformed into Le Méridien Tampa in the arts and entertainment district of downtown.

Minneapolis, MN is not only an unexpected foodie haven but it is also the host of the Men’s Final Four® championship. This year, in partnership with Marriott International, Buick will bring its fan favorite “Grab A Buick” fleet of vehicles to the Twin Cities in record numbers, providing fans free transportation during the Final Four® Festivities. The “Grab A Buick”  will shuttle fans around and allow them to experience the new Buick lineup while exploring all that the Twin Cities has to offer. “Grab A Buick” hubs will be set up at more than 10 Marriott International hotels, the Mall of America and local hot spots around the city to enhance the fan experience. Travelers can check the Final Four App for additional details. After the excitement of the Final Four® games, sports fans can rest easy at the W Minneapolis – The Foshay, which merges Art Deco decadence with modern urban chic and take in 360-degree views of the city from the 30th floor observation deck.

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5 Reasons To Go Offline at Four Seasons Resorts in Bali

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Free WiFi is expected at five-star hotels nowadays, and as such it’s a standard inclusion for guests of Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay and Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan. But the paradox of the internet and social media can be a very anti-social holiday where our phones never leave our sides. Here, we present five exclusive Four Seasons experiences that will inspire you to be in the moment. Ranging from water blessings to high-flying yoga and surf tours, you’ll be disconnecting from the internet and reconnecting to each other and the wonderful world around you.   

Can You Keep A Secret? This exclusive temple tour is not on anyone’s bucket list. We ask guests to help us keep it that way, by resisting the urge to post the temple on social media. If you agree, our guide will take you on a scenic three-hour tour from Four Seasons Sayan in an open-air vintage VW through nearby yet untouched rice farming villages. Visit historic sites include a secluded water temple where you are welcome to bathe, or simply to enjoy the serene and undiscovered atmosphere far from selfie sticks.

Learn to surf in the sheltered confines of Jimbaran Bay or take a boat trip to explore Bali’s world-class breaks with Tropicsurf’s coaches and guides. On-site at Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay, the Tropicsurf philosophy is based on small groups (maximum four people) and avoiding the crowds to take your surfing to the next level, faster. For the ultimate adventure, take Asia’s only heli-surfing tour to ride uncrowded waves in pristine conditions off the east coast of Java.

Bali is home to thousands of beautiful Hindu temples. We invite you to go beyond the most famous landmarks and explore hidden gems like the Goa Gong 9th century cave temple. Open to visitors by appointment only, this natural archaeological site is nearby Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay. Our resort priest Ajik Ngurah will be your guide to explore the cave’s shrines and stalactites, and can also arrange a melukat water purification ritual. Not something you want to be holding your phone for!

Discover the beauty of the Ayung – Bali’s longest river and part of the ancient UNESCO World Heritage-listed subak irrigation system. Our guided Four Seasons Private Rafting Adventure takes you through easy rapids flanked by virgin jungle, rice terraces and majestic gorges. Hop out of your raft and let yourself float down a quiet and calm stretch of the river, gazing up into the canopy overhead. Make a riverside landing directly at Four Seasons Sayan, where we’ll be waiting to welcome you back home. 

Experience the intimacy of Trust Yoga, the newest addition to the inspiring wellness program at Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay. Head to the ocean-front yoga pavilion and partner up with your soul mate, a friend or relative. Take turns being guide and flier, with postures that both require and build trust, strengthening your bond to each other and extending your practice. Our yoga instructor will lead each couple through this joyful 75-minute class, adapting postures to suit all levels. A fun way to connect emotionally and physically to someone special in your life, and a reminder that the best connections are human connections.

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’Tis the Season: Best Holiday Offers to Fuel Your Festive Spirit

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Hilton Garden Inn Zagreb - Radnicka

Hilton has curated a selection of delicious, family-friendly and unique ways to create memorable experiences during the magical festive season. Whether it’s playing a game of curling with mulled wine on the waterfront of Danube or indulging in a festive afternoon tea in the tallest building in Manchester, Hilton has something for everyone to get you into the holiday spirit.

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Waldorf Astoria Versailles – Trianon Palace

Tucked between the Palace of Versailles and the Grand Trianon, Waldorf Astoria Versailles is welcoming the jolly season alongside a new sweet delicacy – The Christmas Turkey. Created by the hotel’s talented pastry chef Eddie Benghanem, the dessert features a charming Turkey Chef preparing a festive dessert while sitting on an indulgent cooking pot made from chocolate. The dessert serves 6 – 8 portions and is available for takeaway when pre-booked from 84 euros.

Hilton Manchester Deansgate

Set in the heart of the Manchester metropolis, Hilton Manchester Deansgate invites guests to indulge in a festive afternoon tea at the Cloud 23 bar. Known as the highest bar in the city, Cloud 23 offers unrivalled floor-to-ceiling views over the Manchester city centre skyline. The afternoon tea will include unique festive cocktails alongside festive flavoured teas, sandwiches and cakes. Afternoon tea is priced at £55 per person.

London Hilton on Park Lane

Those looking to warm up near Hyde Park’s magical Winter Wonderland will be in luck, with the hotel offering a bespoke Winter Wonderland afternoon tea. Clementine and chocolate reindeer macaroons alongside blueberry jelly and chestnut cream meringues will ensure every guest has indulged in the festive delicacies. Afternoon tea is priced from £32 per person with an option to add a glass of champagne.

Hilton Garden Inn Zagreb – Radnicka

Celebrate the holiday season with the whole family in the heart of Croatia’s charming capital Zagreb. Hilton Garden Inn Zagreb has prepared joyful surprises for the children, alongside a “Children’s Corner” games station with various creative workshops available. Parents can happily relax at the hotel’s restaurant and bar with a 20% discount. Confirmed Connecting Rooms for four guests with breakfast included start from 138 euros per night.

Hilton Prague

Those looking for a delicious adventure are invited to The Able Butcher restaurant to experience the best of theatre and dining in an immersive culinary journey from “Le Petit Chef”. The event features cutting-edge 3D visual technology and digital mapping paired with themed music and props. With lobster on the menu and Santa Claus as a host, every guest, big and small, will feel the festive joy. The event is hosted during lunch on December 24 and all day on December 25. Prices start from £89.

Hilton Geneva Hotel & Conference Centre 

This merry season guests are invited to experience the Christmas Alpine Dream Chalet in the heart of Geneva. Set at the entrance to Hilton Geneva, the chalet will keep everyone warm by serving exquisite hot chocolates alongside mulled wine. Children are also invited to join festive cookie decoration masterclasses alongside the hotel’s pastry team. The Chalet is open throughout December.

The Trafalgar St. James London, Curio Collection by Hilton 

For an unforgettable New Year’s Eve celebration, guests are invited to experience Le Nord at The Rooftop, an event dedicated to ringing the new year in style alongside an array of delicacies and free-flowing drinks. Unrivalled views over Trafalgar Square paired with luxurious rooms make it the ideal spot to indulge in celebrations in the heart of London.

Hilton Vienna Danube Waterfront

Resting by the Danube waterfront, Hilton Vienna Danube Waterfront invites guests to team up and celebrate the cheery season with a game of curling. With unlimited mulled wine and punch complemented by roasted chestnuts, everyone will enjoy some festive entertainment. Prices per person start from 15 euros.

DoubleTree by Hilton Harrogate Majestic Hotel & Spa

Set in the heart of the Victorian spa town, the hotel offers to join the New Year’s Eve “Prohibition” black-tie gala dinner. Paying homage to the roaring ’20s, the event will feature flapper dresses, champagne towers and firework displays. Guests will be treated to a five-course dinner alongside a live swing and party band, DJ and disco fireworks during the night. A surprise balloon drop with a champagne toast during midnight will be the crown jewel of the whole evening. Prices start from £120 per person.

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10 Facts About the Legendary Beverly Wilshire

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Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel is a history-rich property built in 1928, when Beverly Hills was still undiscovered by Hollywood’s in-crowd. Take a step back in time with us as we share fun facts on the evolution of the iconic Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel:

Built on the site of the Beverly Auto Speedway, Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel provided residents with an opportunity for picnics and Model T Ford races on Sunday afternoons.

Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel has been made guest appearances in movies such as Escape from the Planet of the Apes, Clueless, Sex and the City: The Movie and Valentine’s Day, but gained worldwide recognition as the setting of the movie Pretty Woman.

The Mediterranean-style pool is modeled after Sophia Loren’s private villa pool in Italy.

Famous stars such as Elvis Presley, Warren Beatty and Steve McQueen have all lived in the Hotel, which continues to receive fan mail for the actors, even decades after they have moved out.

Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel is a salute to its construction and renovation teams over the years.  It has withstood major earthquakes in 1933, 1971 and 1994 and was designated an air raid shelter during World War II. 

The Concierge team has a combined total of more than 175 years of experience among them, and six Les Clefs d’Or members.

Opened in June 2006, CUT is Wolfgang Puck’s first steak restaurant, and was designed by the famed architect Richard Meier (of the Getty Museum).

The Spa spans more than 8,000 square feet (745 square metres), with nine treatment rooms (seven with in-room showers), and was the first Spa on the west coast to feature luxury skincare line, 111SKIN.

There are more than 800 employees working at Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel.

Located on the private, key-accessed 14th floor of the Beverly Wing, the Penthouse Suite is the largest guest room space in the city at 5,000 square feet (465 square metres). And only 
Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel features two rooftop terraces, overlooking the Hollywood Hills from the Royal Suite or the legendary Drive from the Rodeo Terrace.

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