March 3, 2020 | 4 Minutes

Explore Botanical Gardens

Escape to a Tranquil Garden

Exploration and adventure bring a destination to life. Consider adding a botanical garden visit to your vacation itinerary, where you’ll find solace and reconnect with nature during your stay. Whether you seek to stroll among the foliage or listen to live music with a natural backdrop, a resort stay can put you just minutes from some of the world’s most breathtaking botanical gardens.

An Oasis Just Steps from Bangkok

If your trip finds you nestled in the heart of Bangkok at Marriott Vacation Club at The Empire Place©, consider escaping the bustling city for a moment of solitude in a nearby park. The King Rama IX Park, Bangkok’s largest green space, was built on the outskirts of the city to commemorate King Bhumibol’s 60th birthday.

Lakes and botanical gardens speckle the park, providing ample space to explore Bangkok’s natural beauty. At the center lies a pavilion with a golden spire — an air-conditioned space that hosts a gallery and museum celebrating King Bhumibol.

While wandering the park, look for wildlife, stroll along the boardwalks and explore the themed gardens. The Thai botanical garden is home to stunning trees and orchids, a wooden pavilion with a lily pond and tiny bridges comprise the Chinese garden, the Italian garden showcases ornate fountains, and the American garden highlights influences from Nevada’s desert region.

Limahuli Garden and Preserve

 The Garden Isle in Hawai‘i

Hawai‘i’s natural beauty comes to life in Kaua‘i, which is known as the Garden Isle. Limahuli Garden and Preserve maintains the native culture in the biodiverse Limahuli Valley on the north shore of the island. On a guided tour, you can learn the history of the Makana Mountain and the epic tale of Hi‘iaka-i-ka-poli-o-pele (sister of Pele, goddess of lava), offering you a glimpse into the garden’s past. You may even spot rare plants like the white hibiscus.

At the family-owned Princeville Botanical Gardens, embark on a tour where you’ll enjoy honey, chocolate and fruit tastings. The tour includes a behind-the-scenes glance at the chocolate-making process, made possible by the fruit and cacao trees hidden in the jungle. Or venture to the Allerton Garden, where you may recognize the iconic Moreton Bay fig tree backdrop from popular movies like Jurassic Parkand Pirates of the Caribbean.

During your stay on Kaua‘i, you’ll also enjoy accommodations that put you in the heart of the island’s picturesque beauty at Marriott’s Kaua‘i Beach Club, Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club,  and Marriott’s Kaua‘i Lagoons — Kalanipu‘u.

Desert Foliage and Live Music in Arizona

The Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix, Arizona, showcases the region’s beautiful and varied desert foliage. Wander down stunning trails, where you’ll hike with views of the mountains and become immersed in a world of vivid colors.

The gardens host rotating art installations like Wild Rising by Cracking Art, a collection of 1,000 animal sculptures made from recyclable plastic, available from now until May 10. Spring is also the ideal time to visit the Butterfly Exhibit, where hundreds of butterflies native to the Southwest gather to greet you and your family.

While at the gardens, consider joining a class or enjoying live music at Music in the Garden. Popular local and regional musicians perform at the gardens on Friday evenings in the spring, set to the backdrop of the mature saguaros and desert plants.

After a day wandering the gardens, rest your head at Marriott’s Canyon Villas, where you can use Club Points to reserve studios, 1-, or 2-bedroom villas.

Desert Botanical Gardens

Malaga Botanical Gardens

Historic Gardens in Spain

If your next trip finds you in Southern Spain, consider a stay at one of the two exceptional resorts. Marriott’s Marbella Beach Resort and Marriott’s Playa Andaluza in Estapona are perfect venues to create memories just minutes from popular local attractions.

The nearby Malaga Botanical Gardens (Jardín Botánico Histórico La Concepción) features palm trees, bamboo, vines, citrus trees, and water plants, bringing you a tour of tropical foliage from around the world. The gardens were first designed in the 19thcentury, when they were used as a meeting space for important figures who lived in Malaga at the time.

From breathtaking foliage to a relationship with the arts, each botanical garden offers a native experience unique to your vacation destination.

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