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May 20, 2010 10:15 ET

Family Travel Reaps Rewards at Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

WAIKOLOA, HI--(Marketwire - May 20, 2010) -  With summer right around the corner, what better way to vacation with the entire family on the Big Island of Hawaii than with Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa's new "Rewarding Kids" promotion! Now you can earn 2,500 Marriott Rewards points per child when traveling with children ages 17 years and under. Special room rates at this oceanfront resort begin at $199 per room, per night for garden mountain view accommodations.

Families can enjoy the Big Island luxury hotel's three swimming pools -- one of which has a sandy bottom children's area and waterslide, bask in the sun on the white-sand and protected 'Anaeho'omalu Bay, or enjoy Ocean Sports beach activities including snorkeling, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and glass bottom boat excursions fronting the resort.

Hawaiian cultural activities on-site including fresh orchid lei making, ukulele and hula lessons, and a guided tour of the ancient fishponds are also offered to guests. The renowned Mandara Spa offers special treatments with the teenager in mind -- popular are the mother/daughter Paradise Massage, father/son Chill Out Massage, Fabulous Fruity Facial, and Magical Manicure/Soul Mate Pedicure.

Steps away from this beautiful Big Island golf resort is the historical Ala Loa walking trail, which leads visitors to an ancient Hawaiian petroglyph field containing more than 12,000 images carved in stone. Near popular shopping at Queens' MarketPlace and Kings' Shops, the Ala Kahakai (shoreline trail), is one of three ancient Hawaiian paths preserved by Waikoloa Resort as part of its cultural preservation program. Part of the National Trails System for the National Register of Historic Places, Ala Kahakai is 700 miles in length, originating from North Kohala and ending at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Every Sunday and Wednesday at sunset, guests can experience the Royal Luau at Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, an intimate Hawaiian feast with traditional and contemporary cuisine, and lively Polynesian entertainment including Samoan fire knifedance. Royal Luau ticket prices are $80 for adults and $40 for children ages 6-10.

The "Rewarding Kids" offer is good with a minimum two-night stay. Reservations must be made from April 25 - July 18, 2010 for stays through December 24, 2010. Must be a Marriott Reward member to receive points. Points will be rewarded to one adult per room. Limited to two children per room, per stay. Must quote promotional code M41 when booking package to receive offer. Not applicable to group rates, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.

Marriott Rewards points can be earned at more than 3,200 Marriott International hotels around the world, including Marriott® Hotels & Resorts, JW Marriott® Hotels & Resorts, Renaissance® Hotels, Courtyard by Marriott®, Residence Inn by Marriott®, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott®, TownePlace Suites by Marriott®, SpringHill Suites by Marriott®, and Marriott Vacation Club®. Marriott Rewards has no blackout dates and points can be redeemed for hotel stays, frequent flyer miles, cruises, car rentals, brandname merchandise and more. Marriott Rewards won the 2009 Freddie Award for "Best Hotel Rewards Program" and has been named best hotel rewards program by the readers of Business Traveler, Global Traveler, Travel Savvy, Executive Travel and
BusinessWeek magazines.

To make reservations, or for more information about Big Island Hawaii vacation packages, visit www.waikoloamarriott.com or call toll free from the U.S.
1-800-721-6996.

WAIKOLOA BEACH MARRIOTT RESORT & SPA on Hawaii's Big Island is located on 15 oceanfront acres overlooking 'Anaeho'omalu Bay and just 18 miles north of the Kona International Airport at Keahole. Offering 555 contemporary guest rooms, suites and cabanas with private lanai and spectacular views, 5,750 square-foot world-renowned Mandara Spa and a fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment from cardio to free weights, Hawaii Calls Restaurant & Lounge with an outdoor lanai for ocean view dining, three pools including the Infinity pool with lava pots, nearby Waikoloa Golf Club offering 36 holes of championship golf and shops, restaurants and boutiques at The Kings' Shops and the newly-opened Queens' MarketPlace. For more information or reservations, please visit www.waikoloamarriott.com or call toll-free at 800 922-5533 or the hotel at 808 886-6789.