Marriott promo: 30% off room & food and beverage in Africa and Middle East

Marriott 30% Off

Marriott has a nice offer with some very attractive rates in Africa and the Middle East — with 30% off room rates and 30% off food and non-alcoholic beverages. Note that the food & beverage discount applies to “participating restaurants & lounges only” and does not include room service. Still, the list of participating properties is pretty extensive — if you have an upcoming trip to the Middle East or Africa, this promo is worth a look.

The Offer

  • 20% off room rates for non-members, 30% off for Marriott Rewards members
  • 30% off at participating restaurants & lounges (non-alcoholic beverages only)
  • Promotion page with full list of countries & participating properties can be found here.

Key Details

  • Valid for bookings made between May 1, 2017 and August 31, 2017
  • Valid for stays between May 21, 2017 and September 9, 2017

Two examples

I see several properties on the list that I have stayed at this year — and these prices are among the best I’ve seen for these properties. For example, I previously wrote about the Protea Hotel Stellenbosch Dorpshuis & Spa in the heart of South African wine country (outside of Cape Town). As a Gold member, I was proactively upgraded to a 2-level suite that was comfortable and spacious.

Protea Hotel Stellenbosch Dorpshuis & Spa

At the time of my stay, I wrote that it was a great use of Marriott Rewards points. As a Category 1 property, it was just 7500 points per night versus the cash rate of over $200 a night for Marriott Rewards members.
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The current sale is for stays from May 21-August 31st, which is winter in South Africa and as such low-season pricing is in full effect. Still, average daily high temperatures in July are in the mid 60’s. I haven’t visited at this time of year, but at the current prices I kind of wish I could. With this promotion, that same hotel would run about $77 USD per night.

Protea Hotel Stellenbosch Dorpshuis & Spa 1036

At that rate, you can afford to splurge for the “Majors Tasting” flight at Ernie Els Wines (at a whopping ~$4.50 in USD).

ErnieEls prices


A second property that caught my eye was the Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi. I also stayed there this year and the property is drop-dead gorgeous. These are a couple of photos I took one night.

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They have a faux Venetian Village, complete with a number of different restaurants and a large spa. This is also low season for Abu Dhabi due to the extreme heat. Daytime highs average 104 in June — but if you can brave the heat, rates are great for this property, at about $155.19 per night with this promotion. At this particular resort, with its Venetian village and restaurant choices, I think 30% off dining could really add up.

Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Rates 30% off

Still, if you’re willing to prepay, the discount is even better — the nonrefundable prepaid rate is just $127.42. However, I believe that rate does not come with 30% off food and beverage. If you only have a one night stay, you might do better with Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts, as ~$170 includes both dinner for 2 breakfast.

Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi FHR

If your stay is longer than a single night, I think you would come out better with the current promotion.

Final Thoughts

Those are just a couple of examples that stood out at me because the rates are significantly better than the high season rates I saw during my stays — and they appear to be better than what I see elsewhere for the same dates at this time of year. If you have a stay coming up in the region, check out this promotion to see if you can save.

H/T: Loyalty Traveler

About Nick Reyes

Nick Reyes is a (fairly) regular guy with an animalistic passion for maximizing the value of miles and money to travel the world in comfort and style. There is little in life that he loves more than finding a fantastic deal and helping you shop smarter & harder to achieve your travel dreams.

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