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Preferred Hotels & Resorts Selects Top Hotel Bucket List Experiences For End-of-year 2017 Travels

June 6, 2017

NEWPORT BEACH, CALIF. – (June 1, 2017) – According to an annual study conducted by Project: Time Off, nearly 662 million paid vacation days go unused in the United States each year. To encourage cubicle dwellers to make the most of their hard-earned vacation days in the remaining months of 2017, Preferred Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest independent hotel brand, is highlighting bucket-list-worthy experiences at hotels and resorts around the world that travelers should add to their travel plans for the second half of this year.

• For Adventurous Foodies
Picky palates need not apply for adventurous foodies looking to cross exotic eats off their bucket list. For travelers daring enough to try a truly local dish, visit Aranwa Sacred Valley in Peru, where the famous Peruvian specialty ‘cuy’ (guinea pig) is served at one of the four restaurants on property. If this dish is too much outside one’s comfort zone, opt for the refreshing and traditional Pisco sour, a cocktail made with Peruvian brandy (pisco), sugar, lime, and egg white as you enjoy the hotel’s breathtaking panoramic views of the Peru’s Sacred Valley.

• Surf’s Up
Bali, known as the “Island of the Gods,” is one of Asia’s most popular bucket list destinations due to its reputation for incredible surfing opportunities. Travelers can combine a love for surfing with an unforgettable luxury getaway at Katamama in Bali, where a local on-property surf instructor teaches how to catch the best waves at two of Bali’s most lively surf locales. Afterwards, guests can retreat to the famous Potato Head Beach Club Bali, a world-class music venue for international DJs and electronic dance music fans, which also appears on many music lover’s bucket lists and is located next door to Katamama, sharing the same ownership.

• For Movie Lovers
Steeped in Hollywood history, The Hollywood Roosevelt should be on every movie lover’s travel bucket list with its ideal location next to the Hollywood Walk of Fame and TCL Chinese Theater. Fans of Marilyn Monroe can book the Marilyn suite, a 750-square-foot loft-style suite with a wraparound balcony that overlooks the Tropicana Pool, where the actress took her first professional magazine photos early in her career.

• Learn a Centuries-Old Tradition
Ideally situated between St. Mark’s Square and the Rialto bridge along the canals of Venice, Splendid Venice has a private dock making it easily accessible for evening gondola sessions. Travelers seeking to learn more than the art of vacationing in Italy can also try their hand at becoming a Venetian gondolier when staying at the hotel, which offers a one-hour ‘learn to row’ lesson package, providing an exclusive experience that brings new meaning to ‘ride a gondola in Venice’ on anyone’s bucket list.

• Dive with Dolphins As the only hotel or resort in the mainland United States that offers free public viewing of trained dolphins, Hawks Cay Resort in the Florida Keys is a must-visit for animal lovers who want to encounter bottlenose dolphins in a natural environment. Through the resort’s Dolphin Connection program, guests can jump in the water for a hands-on dolphin encounter, learn about the protection of Florida’s marine ecosystem, or learn to train the dolphins.

#PreferredBucketList Contest

As extra motivation for travelers looking to maximize their vacation days, Preferred Hotels & Resorts also launched the #PreferredBucketList contest on, a free-to-join social network where anyone can interact directly with a brand and its fans utilizing video challenges. Consumers can share a video through for a chance to win $1,000 worth of rewards points, redeemable towards future stays at any of the 600 independent hotels and resorts that participate in the brand’s iPrefer hotel rewards program. For more information about the contest, visit

The contest, which is running now through June 19, coincides with the brand’s on-going “What’s On Your Summer Bucket List” campaign, highlighting member hotels and resorts situated in bucket-list-worthy destinations that are offering up to 30% off the best available rates.

To learn more about the Preferred Hotels & Resorts “What’s On Your Summer Bucket List” campaign, visit

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