Marriott STARS and Marriott Luminous (updated 2023)
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by Marissa
9M ago
What is Marriott STARS? The Marriott STARS programs offers guests complimentary amenities like daily breakfast and resort credit at when they make their bookings with selected STARS travel advisors. Through the Marriott STARS programs, travelhappier clients receive VIP amenities like complimentary daily breakfast for two and room credits at properties in Marriott’s Luxury and Distinctive Luxury portfolios . These are similar to those offered by Virtuoso member hotels — if the hotel is a member of both programs and they offer different benefits, we will work with the sales team to pick and cho ..read more
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Travel Protection vs. Travel Insurance
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by Marissa Grad
11M ago
When you’re unexpectedly ill on vacation, or your flights get cancelled, or another snafu happens — are you adequately financially covered if plans change or you need emergency care? Cruise Line Travel Protection All cruise lines will offer travelers some variation of “travel protection” which is less than full travel insurance. Cost is on a sliding scale basis depending on how much your cruise costs. Travel Insurance Clients can opt instead to purchase travel insurance through a third party actual travel insurance provider. For these insurance plans, cost will often depend on age and desired ..read more
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How to Create a Virtuoso Profile (with Me as Your Advisor!)
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by Marissa
11M ago
Go to a desktop device — it won’t work on mobile. Click on THIS LINK or copy and paste the below into your browser https://www.virtuoso.com/advisor/marissagrad/travel/luxury-hotels (it’s essential that the address includes my name) Click Sign In in the upper right-hand corner Click - New to Virtuoso? Sign Up here You will need to give your name, email, and agree to their TOS and Privacy Policy 5. Click on Hotels > Find rates and availability here 6. Select check-in and check-out dates to view pricing and Virtuoso inclusions. Contact me for hotels with pricing that is not listed ..read more
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Amankila
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by Marissa Grad
11M ago
Having seen Amankila in photographs, I was excited to see the cliffside resort in real life. My husband and mother-in-law had stayed in the early 1990s (when Princess Diana did) and raved about the service — and I wanted to see if this single visit could turn me into an #AmanJunkie. The answer, of course - is yes. The place is an Aman classic — stunning and like stepping back into a slice of time, and just as pretty as the day she opened in the early 90s. Service is warm and friendly and quick. Booking Perks Aman is a brand-wide partner of SmartFlyer (my larger agency) and Amankila is ..read more
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Four Seasons Bali - Jimbaran Bay
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by Marissa Grad
11M ago
Soak in Jimbaran Bay from the privacy of your villa pool, tucked away from the crowds & overlooking the sheltered sands below. or take a dip at Sundara Beach Club, where poolside lunch is always a good idea. Four Seasons Bali - Jimbaran Bay It seems like around every corner is another trickling waterfall, reminding you that although the plumeria-scented air is familiar, you’re not in Hawaii… in fact, you’re thousands of miles away on another island archipelago. Inclusions for Booking with travelhappier: Complimentary daily breakfast, priority for upgrade, and always - VIP treatment. Emai ..read more
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Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection
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by Marissa
1y ago
Mauna Lani (formerly the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows) reopened at the beginning of 2020 to stunning results. There’s lots of wood and natural light, and the resort makes amazing use of open space. One of three pools at the brand new Mauna Lani Exclusive Offers And amenities Inclusions for booking with travelhappier: One Category Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability (upgrade is from room to room or suite to suite, upgrade does not apply to specialty one of a kind suites or bungalows) Daily Breakfast Credit for up to two guests per bedroom (value of $80 per bedroom, per day ..read more
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Baby Quip - Rent Baby Gear from Local Moms at Your Destination
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by Marissa Grad
1y ago
Baby Equipment Rentals BabyQuip rentals make travel with little ones easier and create a home-like atmosphere for baby even while you're away. Rent anything from toys to playpens to strollers — availability depends on the city you’re searching and the providers they have in that locale. Plan Enter your destination and travel dates. If you don’t know dates for sure you can guess, but the more specific that you are the more detailed and accurate your results will be. Browse Search for specific gear and choose a provider. You can rent individual items or choose from packages. Check out Add ..read more
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Grand Wailea - Sneak Peak of the New Renovations!
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by Marissa
1y ago
The Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, is currently going through an extensive renovation—the first of its kind since its opening 30 years ago. Devotees of the coral-hued hotel are going to be thrilled with the results and I am going to give you a sneak peak! Surfboard holiday tree greets guests at the Grand Wailea Maui lobby. Photo copyright travelhappier 2022. Exclusive Offers $1000 Resort Credit Stay for 5 nights in an Ocean View room or higher and receive $200 resort credit per day. Additional nights will receive an additional $200 resort credit daily. * Blackout dates apply. Offer a ..read more
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The Conrad Tokyo, a Luxury Hotel in Shimbashi
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by Marissa Grad
1y ago
The Conrad Tokyo had everything I love in a modern five-star luxury hotel: tasteful design seamlessly incorporating art and nature; well-appointed, spacious, and spotlessly clean rooms; and uniformly excellent staff. Whether refilling coffee, setting up a high chair, booking reservations, or making sightseeing and restaurant recommendations, everyone we encountered was fantastic. Hilton Impressario Benefits At the Conrad Tokyo, travelhappier clients receive daily breakfast for two, a $100USD equivalent hotel credit, and top of the list for an upgrade, best room in category, and priority for ea ..read more
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10 Travel Essentials for Flying with a Newborn | Mama Tips
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by Marissa
2y ago
Traveling with a newborn can be immensely stressful, but there are ways to “plan away” some of the uncertainty. A good checklist can make all the difference in the world for your sanity and level of zen. My biggest concern when traveling with my kids as infants was their health and safety. and I’m sure you’re the same way, especially in 2022. So, although some of the things on this list may seem like germaphobic overkill, when you're dealing with a little baby who hasn’t had all of their shots yet, you really can’t be too clean. 1. soft-structured carrier This is so essential to our travels th ..read more
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