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03 Sep 23NEWS
Marriott celebrates 50th Thailand hotelMarriott International has marked the milestone of 50 hotels open in Thailand. It comes as ...Read moreMarriott celebrates 50th Thailand hotel - News & announcementsMarriott International has marked the milestone of 50 hotels open in Thailand. It comes as the Madi Paidi Bangkok, Autograph Collection officially welcomed guests. Marriott expects to add a further 10 hotels by the end of 2024. "We are absolutely delighted to celebrate the 50th hotel opening, marking a major milestone," said Jakob Helgen, Area Vice President. The company entered the Thailand market 27 years ago. It now has Thailand hotels in 15 brands located in more than 10 Thai destinations. "With the support of our associates, we will continue to redefine the hospitality landscape," Helgen added. The Ritz-Carlton brand is set to debut in Bangkok in 2024 in the upcoming One Bangkok mixed-use development. The newest Thailand hotel marks the debut of Autograph Collection Hotels. The Tribute Portfolio brand is also expected to debut in Thailand next year with the opening of Tribute Portfolio Metropole Bangkok. Other expected openings this year include two Marriott Executive Apartments in Sukhumvit 50 and 101, alongside the Le Méridien Phuket Mai Khao Beach Resort. Additionally, the flagship Marriott Hotels brand is also set to debut in Khao Lak in 2024. Later this year, Moxy Hotels will debut with the opening of Moxy Bangkok Ratchaprasong while Courtyard by Marriott adds another two new hotels, one near the Suvarnabhumi International Airport and in Phuket.
01 Aug 23Partner News
Set Out On An Epic Summer Escape With Marriott BonvoyFrom seaside getaways in Phuket and the Maldives, city exploration in Tokyo and Melbourne ...Read moreSet Out On An Epic Summer Escape With Marriott Bonvoy - News & announcements
From seaside getaways in Phuket and the Maldives, city exploration in Tokyo and Melbourne to nature retreats in Ubud and Gifu, Marriott Bonvoy offers an unforgettable summer for holiday seekersWith the long-awaited arrival of summer holiday, it's the perfect time for travelers to book a fun-filled break. Asia Pacific boasts a full array of bucket list adventures, whether travelers are looking to mingle in the bustling crowd of mega cities or venture to off-the-beaten-track destinations, travelers – no matter solo, group, or families traveling will children – will be able to explore the region in a way that fits their preferences.L-R: Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa, The Westin Ubud Resort & Spa, Fairfield by Marriott Michi-no-EkiMarriott Bonvoy's portfolio of 31 extraordinary hotel brands boasts hotels with various scenic backdrops, ranging from the turquoise waters of the Maldives to the steep ravines of Ubud and the energetic atmosphere of Bangkok, travelers are welcome to select the perfect summer destination to add to their bucket list in 2023. SEASIDE RESORTS Nothing says "summer holiday" more than images of sunny afternoons on the shore, salty swims in bright blue waters, and swanky sunset cocktails. Asia Pacific has no shortages of Instagram-worthy beaches, presenting as idyllic corners of the globe for travelers to discover. Here, Marriott Bonvoy details some of the best ways to visit and stay at Asia Pacific's best seaside destinations. Where to stay? Maldives: Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa Situated on the southern pocket of Lhaviyani Atoll, a 35-minute seaplane journey away from Malé International Airport, Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa is enveloped by a shimmering lagoon and coral reefs with vibrant marine life. Curious travelers are invited to unlock the heart of the destination through the resort's Marine Master program, part of Good Travel with Marriott Bonvoy, where guests can plant their own coral frame with the guidance of the resident marine biologist and learn about the environmental effects of climate change. True to the brand's spirit of savouring the good life, the resort offers "Chase Endless Summer" package for travelers to enjoy complimentary offerings including buffet breakfast and dinner at Turquoise, daily water sports activity, and discounted spa treatments at Explore Spa. Beihai: Sheraton Beihai Resort A quaint twist to the usual seaside getaways – recently opened in May this year, Sheraton Beihai Resort is situated in Guantouling National Forest Park at the western end of downtown Beihai with commanding views over both mountain and sea. Once a departure port on the Maritime Silk Road, Beihai's natural seaside setting and unique cultures of the Tanka fishing villages make it an up-and-coming holiday destination. The resort features Sheraton's reimagined design, setting to be a community hub for travelers and local guests alike through brand signatures such as the Community Table, a space where travelers can connect with each other and be energized, and elevated dining outlets such as &More that offers an invigorating coffee program. CITY EXPLORATION For travelers looking for a summer vacation outside of the well-traversed seaside getaways, Asia boasts an impressive array of vibrant metropolitan areas with exciting experiences, including traditional summer festivals in Tokyo, rich historical sites in Xi'an, and endless culinary offerings in Bangkok for travelers to indulge to the fullest extent. Here, Marriott Bonvoy presents the best places to stay at when exploring some of the most alluring cities in the region. Where to Stay? Bangkok: Madi Paidi Bangkok, Autograph Collection Bangkok, a city of gleaming monasteries, soaring skyscrapers and clusters of village-style houses, is the gateway to modern Thailand, as well as one of the most coveted destinations for travelers of all ages to explore. Thong Lor district is one of the city's best spots to experience an eclectic mix of cuisine, culture, and entertainment, and Madi Paidi Bangkok, Autograph Collection, Autograph Collection Hotels' upcoming entry and brand debut in Thailand, is nestled just moments away in a tree-lined avenue. Set to open in early September, through the hotel's exterior as well as 56 guestrooms and suites, guests can experience the rich contrasts of the designs: Elegant, timber-clad exterior juxtaposes with the natural surroundings of this leafy avenue, while the interiors feature designs of classic meets contemporary. Melbourne: Le Méridien Melbourne A recent addition to Australia's dynamic metropolis, Le Méridien Melbourne opened its doors in March this year, marking the brand's debut to the region. Located on a prime location overlooking Parliament House, the hotel invites travelers to savour the moment and connect with Melbourne's famed art, culture, and culinary scene. Travelers will be delighted at the hotel's Art Deco façade with chic mid-century interiors, and marvel at the large-scale sculptural installation in the lobby that is part of Le Méridien's global Unlock Art programme, which includes a self-guided walking tour and complimentary art gallery access. From July onwards, the hotel also celebrates the return of its signature Au Soleil programme with the debut of its Rosé Sorbet, offering travelers the opportunity to soak up the sun and enjoy the moment with this delectable summer treat. NATURE RETREATS For those seeking to trade the glare of the streetlights for the glow of the moon or the chatter of commuters for the sounds of the wild, nature retreats will be ideal in providing refuge and total rejuvenation. Below are some of the best places to experience nature's splendor with Marriott Bonvoy. Where to Stay? Bali: The Westin Ubud Resort & Spa Earning its title as Bali's art and culture center, Ubud is the ultimate place to enjoy rich Balinese culture, local craft scene, and calming lush forests or rice terraces. True to the destination's devotion to wellness and restoration, The Westin Ubud Resort & Spa invites guests and their families to experience a sense of well-being through the resort's signature touchpoints – from the delights of Heavenly Spa, lifestyle programs such as on-site Balinese Praying Ritual and Tri Mandala Meditation at the riverside Wellness Pavilion, and the 24-hour WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio. Local Balinese recipes are also elevated into healthy cuisine to reflect the brand's Eat Well pillar, available in the all-day dining restaurant Tabia and Mediterranean restaurant Tall Trees. Japan: Fairfield by Marriott Michi-no-Eki Hotels As one looks beyond Japan's bustling metropolis of Tokyo and Osaka, they will find sprawling countryside with hidden cultural and historical gems waiting to be discovered. First announced in 2018, Fairfield by Marriott Michi-no-Eki aims to connect curious travelers with adventure far beyond the city's bustling rhythms, while still being in accessible reach with proximity to roadside stations nationwide. From the cool summers and brilliant winters of Hokkaido to the traditional mountainous villages of Gifu and the subtropical climate of Kagoshima prefecture, Fairfield by Marriott welcomes travelers in with warm hospitality and all the modern comforts one might need for a good night's sleep, serving as the perfect bases for travelers to explore Japan's breathtaking World Heritage sites and culinary delights.
17 Jul 23NEWS
Marriott bets on Vegas boost with MGM Resorts partnershipMarriott International and MGM Resorts International have joined hands in a long-term strategic licensing agreement. ...Read moreMarriott bets on Vegas boost with MGM Resorts partnership - News & announcementsMarriott International and MGM Resorts International have joined hands in a long-term strategic licensing agreement. It sees the creation of MGM Collection with Marriott Bonvoy, which will launch in October 2023. It covers 17 MGM resorts, representing more than 40,000 rooms in Las Vegas and other US cities. Select MGM Collection with Marriott Bonvoy resorts will be available for booking via Marriott including Marriott.com and the Marriott Bonvoy mobile app. All properties are expected to be available to book by the end of the year. These MGM resorts will continue to be available on MGM Resorts’ booking channels. “This historic, long-term agreement brings together two of the most trusted and iconic brands,” said Bill Hornbuckle, President MGM Resorts. “We’ve seen first-hand the strong demand from Marriott International customers through our existing relationship at The Cosmopolitan.” The agreement will also benefit members of both companies’ loyalty programs. Members of MGM Rewards will be eligible to link accounts with Marriott Bonvoy and receive select member benefits. Members of Marriott Bonvoy will be able to earn and redeem points for stays at all MGM Collection with Marriott Bonvoy properties. Eight MGM resorts in Las Vegas will join the Collection. These are Vdara Hotel & Spa, MGM Grand, NoMad Las Vegas, The Signature at MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, New York-New York, Luxor Hotel and Casino, and Excalibur. Five MGM Resorts in other. locations will also join: Borgata Atlantic City, Beau Rivage in Biloxi, MS, MGM Grand Detroit, MGM National Harbor, MD, and MGM Springfield, MA. Marriott also entered into a loyalty marketing agreement with BetMGM, the online gaming and sports betting joint venture; Marriott Bonvoy becomes BetMGM’s exclusive hospitality loyalty program partner in North America.
20 Jun 23NEWS
Marriott to hire 3,000 refugees by 2026Marriott International has made a pledge to hire around 3,000 refugees by 2026. It made ...Read moreMarriott to hire 3,000 refugees by 2026 - News & announcementsMarriott International has made a pledge to hire around 3,000 refugees by 2026. It made the announcement as it marked World Refugee Day. The company will take on 1,500 refugees throughout Europe within the next three years. It follows Marriott’s commitment to recruit over 1,500 refugees by 2025 in the United States. Marriott CEO Anthony Capuano announced the initiative during the Tent Partnership for Refugees European Business Summit this week. “Our focus on creating job opportunities has already led to over 970 refugees hired across dozens of our hotels in the European region,” he said. Some Marriott hotels are providing recently resettled refugee employees with resources like on-site translators, prayer rooms, and assistance with navigating public transport. Marriott launched a careers site listing opportunities for refugees looking to apply for positions in the US. Since 2016, Marriott’s support has helped the International Rescue Committee train almost 1,000 refugees in the US in hospitality and workforce skills. This year, Marriott is supporting IRC’s Hospitality Link program in Tucson, AZ, and Denver, CO.
13 Jun 23NEWS
Marriott signs five new Protea Africa hotels in AfricaMarriott International has inked five new management deals for Africa hotels in its Protea Hotels ...Read moreMarriott signs five new Protea Africa hotels in Africa - News & announcementsMarriott International has inked five new management deals for Africa hotels in its Protea Hotels by Marriott brand. The signed projects expand its presence across the continent which stands at nearly 140 properties in 20 countries and 19 brands. “Protea Hotels has a long-established legacy in Africa, and we are excited to further strengthen the brand’s footprint,” said Karim Cheltout, Vice President - Development, Africa. “While we continue to see demand for new build opportunities, the brand is seeing an uptick in conversion projects.” The five locations are Serowe, Botswana, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, Zanzibar, Abuja Jahi, Nigeria and Warri, Nigeria. Protea Hotels by Marriott is a well recognised brand across Africa. Properties are located in primary and secondary business centres and leisure destinations The five new hotels will feature modern facilities, and amenities like full-service restaurants and meeting spaces. Marriott International’s current portfolio in Africa features nearly 140 properties and more than 24,000 rooms across 20 countries and 19 brands. Protea Hotels by Marriott represents over 40% of Marriott International’s portfolio in Africa. It comprises over 60 properties and more than 6,500 rooms in operation across nine countries.
12 Jun 23Partner News
Marriott Bonvoy Presents Dining Experiences with a PurposeFrom vegan gastronomy in the Heart of Antwerp to hyperlocal dining experiences in the ...Read moreMarriott Bonvoy Presents Dining Experiences with a Purpose - News & announcementsFrom vegan gastronomy in the Heart of Antwerp to hyperlocal dining experiences in the picturesque coasts of Mykonos, restaurants across Marriott Bonvoy’s extraordinary portfolio are showing a commitment to indulgent culinary fare that celebrates sustainability. Supporting Local Farmers | Blue Palace Elounda, a Luxury Collection Resort, Crete Nestled between the fishing village of Plaka and the chic port of Elounda, Blue Palace Elounda, a Luxury Collection Resort delights all senses and blends seamlessly into the landscape. With a vision for sustainability, the property encourages the cultivation of sustainable products by working with the Phāea Farmers Programme. This inspiring initiative provides support to regional farmers year-round and engages in collaborations with agronomists to train them in organic farming methods and sustainable land use. At the hotel, locally grown ingredients are seamlessly incorporated into exceptional gastronomic experiences, with 70% of all restaurant produce being sourced from the Phāea Farmers Programme. Guests can also experience a special Phāea Farmers Feast which involves hand-picking ingredients before participating in a creative cooking class under the guidance of the hotel’s executive chef, Giannis Kallivretakis. Images: HERE Green Michelin-Starred Gastronomy | Sapphire House Antwerp, Autograph Collection Sapphire House Antwerp, Autograph Collection is renowned for its award-winning plant-based gastronomic experiences curated by two-Michelin-starred Chef Bart de Pooter. Chef Pooter’s agricultural project “Grond Zoekt Boer" spreads over 12 hectares of land, providing ground for ethical and sustainable farming. The hotel’s fine dining restaurant, WILDn, awarded with a Green Michelin Star in 2023, boasts seasonal menus that bring a unique vegan gastronomic experience presenting the finest produce, fermented vegetables, and homemade flavour enhancers. For a more casual dining experience, guests can visit PLANTn - the hotel’s all-day dining destination ideal for authenticity seekers, and local foodies. This summer, WILDn and PLANTn are launching a pop-up concept on the patio to offer lunch and dinner with a speciality menu featuring white and green asparagus ‘pertuis’ with forest mushroom and roasted young leek, as well as asparagus ‘werchter’ grilled yakiniku with young spinach, wild garlic and black garlic. A vegan hotel, Sapphire House Antwerp, Autograph Collection offers guests a unique vegan experience throughout the stay, from breakfast and dinner to room service and complimentary minibars. Images: HERE The Vertical Farm | The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal has launched its very own Vertical Hydroponic Farm, providing fresh, nutritious produce that is grown on-site and hand-delivered to the hotel's restaurants. Generating 15 kilograms of produce daily within a 41 square metre footprint, 365 days a year, the farm grows the equivalent of one acre of land and generates yields that are 30 times higher than traditional farming methods. Utilising a practice for controlled environment agriculture (CEA), the farm provides ideal growing conditions from lighting, ambient temperatures, and carbon dioxide levels to nutrient conditioning of the water, allowing crops to grow more efficiently, leading to 100% harvests. This initiative demonstrates the hotel’s commitment to helping the planet by reducing the carbon footprint associated with typical logistics involved in farming products. With harvesting being carried out on-site, the elimination of transportation results in zero spoilage and superior outcomes in both flavour and nutrition. The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal offers eight distinctive restaurants. Signature dishes made with fresh vertical farm produce include Caprese Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes, Burrata and Basil Pesto as well as Sous Vide Black Cod, Miso Sauce, and Crispy Kale. Images: HERE Slow Food and KM0 Concept | The Ritz-Carlton Tenerife, Abama A holiday haven for families and foodies alike, The Ritz-Carlton Tenerife, Abama has taken a plant-based approach for its latest restaurant opening, Verde Mar. Committed to slow food and KM0 philosophy, Verde Mar combines the freshest produce with a relaxed and cosy atmosphere. The restaurant features an outdoor terrace, which is not only a delight for guests but is also where the chef grows fresh herbs including thyme, curry, celery, and lemon verbena. The menu is thoughtfully crafted to include mainly locally sourced ingredients, spotlighting seasonal vegetables harvested on the island. Main dishes include “Bimi” broccoli made with crunchy rye crumbles and roasted cauliflower with black truffle. Non-vegetarian diners can feast on daily catches from the Atlantic Ocean and organic, locally sourced meat dishes. Guests can also enjoy the restaurant's extensive drinks menu, which ranges from classic cocktails and TACOA local artisanal beer to homemade kombuchas and masterfully brewed coffees. Verde Mar is open for dinner from Monday – Tuesday and Friday – Sunday, from 6:30 – 9:00 pm. Images: HERE Jason Atherton Island Dining | Santa Marina, a Luxury Collection Resort, Mykonos Mykonos Social by Jason Atherton, at Santa Marina, a Luxury Collection Resort, offers elegance and refined cuisine against a backdrop of spectacular sea views. This exquisite restaurant not only captures the essence of Mykonos' beauty but has also become an unmissable dining experience on the island. Led by Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton, each dish celebrates local ingredients with authentic Mediterranean recipes and traditions used throughout the carefully curated menu. Visitors can indulge in signature creations like the Myconian Monk Fish or the Sporades Spider Crab. Mykonos Social by Jason Atherton is open for dinner service every day from 7:00 pm – 12:00 am. Images: HERE Farm-to-Table Experiences | The St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort The St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort’s newly opened Terra is the herald of Mediterranean flavours with its ethos of ‘farm to table’ cuisine. Designed by the internationally renowned interior architect Lázaro-Rosa Violán, guests will be transported to the typical kitchen of a Majorcan manor house as they step into this beautifully crafted space. Dedicated to the enjoyment of the best seasonal and local products with a special Mallorcan touch, guests can expect traditional tapas at lunchtime and dishes including a carpaccio of smoked octopus and wild asparagus for dinner. The restaurant also serves gourmet breakfasts and features a "Juice Bar", with freshly made juices and smoothies using the finest fruits and vegetables from the Mallorcan orchard. Terra is open for breakfast from 7:00 – 11:00 am, lunch from 12:00 – 4:00 pm and dinner from 6:00 – 10:30 pm every day. Images: HERE The Hyperlocal Focus | JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa Blissfully situated on its own private island, JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa boasts a spectacular lineup of restaurants and bars; from the charming Sagra Rooftop Restaurant to the new Agli Amici Dopolavoro Venezia. Thanks to its strategic positioning between the lagoon and the sea, the resort houses an impressive olive grove, a vegetable garden, and fruit trees, which root the hotel’s culinary offering in local ingredients. Executive Chef Giorgio Schifferegger is always implementing local and organic dining options through partnering with local farmers, growers on Vignole Island and seafood purveyors. At the forefront of the hyperlocal focus, Agli Amici Dopolavoro, helmed by Michelin Starred chef Emanuele Scarello, offers two tasting menus with a strong connection to the Venetian land resulting in dishes that are almost impossible to replicate elsewhere. Signature dishes include Castraura - Ricotta cheese, miso scapece and wild herbs, Sea Herbs - Spaghetti, anchovy butter, egg toffee and shoal herbs, as well as Lagoon - Moeca tortelli, saffron, schie consommé and seaweed. Images: HERE
06 Jun 23NEWS
Marriott to debut Aloft Hotels in SingaporeMarriott International is bringing the Aloft Hotels brand to Singapore. It signed an agreement for ...Read moreMarriott to debut Aloft Hotels in Singapore - News & announcementsMarriott International is bringing the Aloft Hotels brand to Singapore. It signed an agreement for the Singapore hotel with Hiap Hoe Limited, as the largest Aloft hotel in the world. Following a conversion, the 785-room Aloft Singapore Novena expects to open in Q3 2023, marking the Aloft brand’s debut in the Lion City. Aloft Singapore Novena will comprise two towers and is strategically located in Zhongshan Park, a mixed-use development. “We are thrilled to announce our third collaboration with Marriott International as we venture and introduce the first Aloft hotel in Singapore,” said Mr. Teo Ho Beng, Chief Executive Officer, Hiap Hoe Limited. Dining options at Aloft Singapore Novena include a modern Chinese and local seafood restaurant, and a Halal-certified buffet restaurant. It will feature an outdoor pool, gym and modern event spaces. It will be Marriott’s 14th Singapore hotel. “We are delighted to be launching Aloft together with such an experienced partner as Hiap Hoe Limited,” said Gautam Bhandari, Market VP for Singapore and Maldives, Marriott. “The location is strategically placed to enable us to attract both business and leisure guests.”
05 Jun 23Partner News
News from Marriott International’s Caribbean properties: Property Enhancements, Renovations, and Cultural CuisineMarriott International Caribbean properties – part of Marriott Bonvoy’s extraordinary portfolio of 30 brands ...Read moreNews from Marriott International’s Caribbean properties: Property Enhancements, Renovations, and Cultural Cuisine - News & announcementsMarriott International Caribbean properties – part of Marriott Bonvoy’s extraordinary portfolio of 30 brands – are full of exciting news and programming this month, including property renovations and enhancements, sustainability programing, and innovative food and beverage experiences. From destinations including the Cayman Islands, Aruba, Curaçao, St. Thomas and Dominican Republic, travelers can enjoy all the Marriott International portfolio has to offer while also connecting with Marriott International's award-winning travel program and marketplace, Marriott Bonvoy. CAYMAN ISLANDS Grand Cayman Marriott Resort (Georgetown, Grand Cayman) Grand Cayman Marriott Resort has embarked on an extensive renovation of room and suites. The comprehensive transformation is inspired by the eclectic atmosphere of the island, offering travelers the ultimate endless summer experience with an elevated and modernized design concept. As part of the renovation project, the hotel will reposition its 15 junior suites by completely redesigning the space. New features include a partition to divide the bed and sitting areas for additional comfort and privacy. Four new spacious family guest rooms will feature custom bunk beds and a plethora of storage, setting these rooms apart from standard accommodations and making them perfect for families. The waterfront property draws inspiration from its surroundings, blending beachy hues and organic textures with minimal lines and black metal accents to mimic the modern coastal essence of Grand Cayman. In addition to the suite renovations, the property will upgrade all the beds to true Kings and Queens with Sealy mattresses to provide an enhanced level of quality and comfort for a good night’s sleep. Additional room furnishings and features include a 65-inch flatscreen tv, fiberoptic internet for increased connectivity, integrated lighting, upgraded surfaces, and flooring sure to enhance the warm welcome our property already provides. Images here, courtesy of Grand Cayman Marriott. The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman (Georgetown, Grand Cayman) The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman is pleased to announce the debut of the beautifully redesigned Ritz-Carlton Suite, now available for reservations. Having emerged from an extensive renovation of the resort’s accommodation and public spaces, the Ritz-Carlton Suite completes the reimagined interiors brought to life by Champalimaud Design. Among the property’s most exclusive, the Suite is rooted in thoughtful design with effortless elegance, local artwork, and luxurious amenities. Merging design moments from the public spaces and the guestrooms, the suite feels contemporary and further connects guests to the nature and culture of the Cayman Islands. Comprised of a residential-inspired open living and dining area, 700 square-foot private terrace, pantry and one bedroom, the Ritz-Carlton Suite can be expanded to add one double queen bedroom by connecting to an adjoining room. The suite is ideal for extended stays, families and even for intimate gatherings or private receptions. In keeping with the resort’s overall transformation and inspired by the rich history and vibrant diverse culture of the Cayman Islands, guests are now welcomed to stay at the redesigned 2,400 square-foot Ritz-Carlton Suite, which features an updated color palette of whites and beiges to reflect the island’s smooth sands, complemented by sweeping views of the iconic Seven Mile Beach. A calacatta turquoise book matched marble floor greets guests as they enter, while the powder room to the left features a silver thatch palm inspired wallcovering, both an homage to place. Set along the iconic Seven Mile Beach, The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman is also pleased to announce their recent partnership with ESPA and 111Skin. The Ritz-Carlton Spa and partners will transform the guest experience, creating a destination for holistic treatments and wellness experiences on the island. The 20,000-square-foot spa provides a luxury oasis on Seven Mile Beach and offers guests one of the finest treatment menus in the Caribbean. The program offers treatments developed and put into practice by ESPA experts and utilize ESPA and 111Skin products, with the aim to provide guests with a holistic wellness experience. The Spa will provide a full body and skincare treatment menu along with a variety of a bespoke treatments and holistic experiences. Images here, courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. PUERTO RICO San Juan Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino (San Juan, Puerto Rico) The San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino continues to elevate the art of hosting – raising the bar by consistently delivering heartfelt service, with modern, comfortable spaces, and by providing experiences elevated beyond the everyday. The resort is on an extraordinary journey of transformation – slated to make the overall unveiling in Winter 2023. The design of the new guest room is modern, spacious, and elevated. It features tailored solutions that are as inventive as the guest, along with locally-inspired accents to provide a sense of place. The new design showcases wood look tile floors for a sleeker, more contemporary appearance, along with clean line furniture and walk-in shower, giving each room a more spacious feel. Brilliant design accents include picturesque private balconies with chic seating, allowing guests to comfortably soak up breathtaking panoramas of the Atlantic Ocean. Vibrantly colored decorations blend harmoniously with gray-shaded walls and draperies, while abundant natural light brings the whole setting alive before an amazing backdrop of fantastic tropical views. Conceived to be unlike other oceanfront rooms in Condado, each reimagined space offers modern innovations, including IPTV and wireless charging lamps for smart devices. Work desks have been optimized for laptops, making them more spacious. A key part of the renovation is the introduction of updated public spaces – the Greatrooms, and Stellaris Casino, and Next Gen Meeting Spaces – that are designed to connect and inspire our guests, whether they are at work or play. As global travelers needs and expectations evolve, so does the resort, with a new sophisticated look and tailored spaces to enrich the guest experience beyond the expected. Images here, courtesy of the San Juan Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino. ARUBA The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba (Palm Beach, Aruba) The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba announces the completion of their most recent reimagination with the debut of new, island-inspired designs in all of the 320 guestrooms, suites and corridors. The contemporary design pays homage to the hotel’s unmatched location along Aruba’s acclaimed Palm Beach with locally inspired design motifs and color waves across the resort’s new textiles and textures featuring custom artwork and elevated comfort. Perfectly paired with a stay in the refreshed guestrooms, The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba has also introduced new culinary experiences for guests to enjoy in 2023. The refurbished guestrooms at The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba were inspired by the natural beauty of the island and offer a seamless experience for the enjoyment of all guests. The 320 spacious guest rooms now feature an organic color palate of beiges, blues and greens inspired by Aruba’s beaches, sea, and desert landscapes alongside natural woods and organic granite accents. The updated artwork displayed in each room features endemic succulents and aloe plants, reminiscent of the island’s rugged and vibrant setting, alongside new textured carpets and window curtains framing the ocean views. King guestrooms have been upgraded for extra accommodation with the addition of versatile pull-out sleeper sofas, and all rooms were updated with state-of-the-art technology, paperless offerings, and other modern touches. Images here, courtesy of The Ritz Carlton, Aruba. DOMINICAN REPUBLIC The Westin Puntacana Resort & Club (Punta Cana, Dominican Republic) The Westin Puntacana Resort & Club is redefining contemporary travel with newly refreshed rooms, two new restaurants and bars, a lobby transformation, and new additions to its meeting rooms. Following a multi-million investment by owner Grupo Puntacana, the property will reveal a refreshing change, introducing thoughtful accommodations and sophisticated spaces that blend modern comfort with inspiring exquisiteness. The renovation will include the complete remodeling of the existing Brassa and Anani restaurants, and the construction of two new themed restaurants, a steakhouse and a Pan Asian influenced cuisine, expanding the world-class gastronomic experience offered by Puntacana Resort & Club. The transformation of the Lobby Bar and the pool area will elevate the dynamic Westin experience, and the new gazebo on the beach will offer the perfect landscape for weddings, photo sessions and special events. Images here, courtesy of The Westin Puntacana Resort & Club. Sanctuary Cap Cana, a Luxury Collection All-Inclusive Resort (Punta Cana, Dominican Republic) Sanctuary Cap Cana, a Luxury Collection All-Inclusive Resort in the Dominican Republic has opened its doors as the first luxury all-inclusive resort for Marriott International and the Luxury Collection, joining the celebrated ensemble of experiential hotels by this iconic brand. The storied adults-only hotel is now fully open to guests following a four-month renovation in the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona, which hit just as the resort joined the All-Inclusive by Marriott Bonvoy portfolio as its 30th property in September 2022. With a commitment to elevating the all-inclusive concept with unparalleled amenities and diverse culinary options, Marriott International – in collaboration with hotel developer Playa Hotels & Resorts – took the opportunity to further enhance the guest experience with the launch of a brand-new restaurant, beach bar, nightclub and hotel library. Guests can now enjoy light bites and grilled specialities poolside and beachfront at the La Yola Snack Grill, designed in the shape of a canoe; sip creative cocktails and healthy smoothies at a new beach bar; dance the night away at the PM PUB nightclub; and borrow a range of books from the lobby library – including a collection around Dominican culture – to read on their sun lounger. The property features six pools for relaxation, or if preferred, cabanas and beach sunchairs. Guests can soak up the sun, savor local and international beers or cocktails from the Beach Bar and enjoy the impeccable personalized service. The resort is poised to be the backdrop for unequalled events facing the Caribbean Sea, with matchless facilities offering of approximate 46,000 sq ft of event space, 17 event rooms of indoor and outdoor venues, and 400-people capacity in its largest space. W Punta Cana (Punta Cana, Dominican Republic) The W Punta Cana in Uvero Alto will be an adults-only all-inclusive luxury property, the first W Hotels in the Dominican market and one of the first W All-Inclusive resorts globally. This vibrant all-inclusive resort will have 349 rooms with balconies and plunge pools, as well as dynamic programming for adults. The resort layout includes a spa with eleven treatment rooms, a shopping area, three pools, and eleven restaurant and bar options. The project is the first W Hotels in the Dominican Republic and will be inaugurated in the summer of 2024. Images here, courtesy of W Punta Cana. ST.THOMAS The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas (U.S. Virgin Islands) Experience a new era of island-inspired elegance at the redesigned The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas. The beloved resort invites families, couples, and adventure-seekers to encounter the beauty of the Virgin Islands in a new light. Experience a blend between local and global culinary dining offerings including the Archipelago Journey, an immersive food and entertainment focused experience for travelers. The in-house voyage consists of different market style cooking stations with local food from the surrounding islands, where guests are offered a passport to receive stamps from each Caribbean Island station they visit and learn about the distinguished cuisines and spirits. The journey offers live entertainment available on site for all to enjoy the exotic experience of witnessing the various cultures of the close-knit Caribbean Island family. Visitors can enjoy this gourmet delight on Fridays on a weekly basis. Sea to Sails is a Tuesday afternoon enjoyment, where guests watch as the local fisherman delivers the freshest catch to the beach of The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas at 4:00 pm. Select your fresh catch, choice of garnish and an array of sauces and sides from our seaside fish and seafood market. Each selection is prepared to your liking by our culinary team, creating a unique and customized dish. Dinner and live music from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. CURAÇAO The Pyrmont, An Autograph Collection All-Inclusive Resort (Curaçao) Autograph Collection Hotels today celebrated the groundbreaking of the Pyrmont, An Autograph Collection All-Inclusive Resort, expected to be the first Autograph Collection branded hotel in Curaçao. The resort will feature 300 guest rooms with mesmerizing ocean views out of which 28 are suites, in addition to the thoughtful amenities that distinguish this global collection of independent hotels. The construction of the Pyrmont is expected to be finalized in the end of 2025 and will feature 8 restaurants, 5 bars, a kids club, a diving and water sports center, infinity pool, an adults-only roof top, a 250-meter-long boardwalk and water breaker, which will create a spectacular beach and pool area, and will also feature a wedding gazebo for memorable events. Images here, courtesy of The Pyrmont, An Autograph Collection All-Inclusive Resort. MEXICO Poised to transform the all-inclusive category and inspire a shift in consumer perception, All-Inclusive by Marriott Bonvoy announced the signing of three exciting all-inclusive luxury resorts in Mexico with international developer, AB Living Group (AB Living). The three properties are: Almare, A Luxury Collection All-Inclusive Resort, Isla Mujeres A short car or ferry ride from Costa Mujeres, across the beautiful Caribbean Sea, will take travelers to Almare, a Luxury Collection All-Inclusive Resort, an adults-only all-inclusive resort on Isla Mujeres. The brand’s promise of unique, authentic experiences will be kept at the 105-room property, which is expected to present a modern and sophisticated take on vernacular architecture, layered with locally inspired interior design, to showcase the destination and reiterate The Luxury Collection ethos. Guests can expect to savor decadent creations both reflective of the island paradise and distinctly elevated at any of four extraordinary dining venues before spending a day at one of two swimming pools or sipping a handcrafted cocktail at the newly minted Luxury Collection Resort’s vibrant beach club. Expected to be the first of the three to debut on the picturesque shores with an expected opening to occur in 2024. JW Marriott All-Inclusive Costa Mujeres JW Marriott is known for being a haven for guests to focus on their mind, body, and spirit. Through curated programming and offerings that encourage guests to come together and experience every moment to the fullest, the 283-room JW Marriott All-Inclusive Costa Mujeres will move visitors to disconnect and be fully present surrounded by tropical landscapes. Six dining destinations, as well as several swimming pools, and mindfully designed spaces will invite guests to foster meaningful connections and feed the soul. The resort will also feature 53 residential units and ample meeting rooms. W All-Inclusive Costa Mujeres W Hotels defy expectations, and the brand’s bold approach will come to life at W All-Inclusive Costa Mujeres. The 300-room, adults-only resort is slated to feature stunning indoor and outdoor gathering spaces, five globally inspired restaurants, bars, and lounges, and expansive swimming pools ideal for fun in the Caribbean sun. The complex will also be home to 10 residences and offer more than 9,000 square feet of event space. What’s more, a 70,000-square-foot central entertainment venue aptly named “The Village” will connect both resorts, boasting unparalleled food and beverage offerings, breathtaking event space, elegant retail shops, and more. Guests and visitors alike will mingle to enjoy authentic Mexican vibrancy just outside their door. The 3 luxury-branded, all-inclusive properties aim to further elevate the segment with sophisticated design, curated programming, and exceptional culinary experiences tailored to the unique characteristics embodied by each brand. RENOVATIONS Marriott Cancun, An All-Inclusive Resort The Marriott Cancun closed its doors last March 13th, 2023, to undergo major renovations and open as the newest all-inclusive hotel in Cancun’s platinum area. This Cancun legacy hotel, previously an European Plan hotel and converting now to All-Inclusive, is slated to be the first Marriott All-Inclusive in the world and will be featuring new design in the guestrooms, ballroom, fitness center, and kids club. The renovations also include 9 new restaurant and bar concepts, a new pool area that includes a family pool, a water park and a lazy river, all surrounded by refined daily and nightly entertainment and with the Mexican Caribbean Sea as a backdrop. Travelers will be able to rediscover the experiences at Marriott Cancun, An All-Inclusive Resort when it opens in early 2024. Delta Hotels by Marriott Riviera Nayarit, An All-Inclusive Resort The Delta Hotels Riviera Nayarit, the first all-inclusive resort from the Delta brand and the first to surpass the borders of USA and Canada, is enhancing its guests’ experience with new additions to its offerings. The resort located in the Cruz de Huanacaxtle area is in the final stages of building a new set of room towers to bring the hotel to a total of 200 rooms, and also a Aqua splash experience comprised with cascading pools and jacuzzis, a lazy river, and adults and kids pools surrounded by the endemic flora resembling the natural wonder of the Tolantongo cave springs. These new additions are expected to be completed in Q3 2023. BARBADOS Elegant Hotels by Marriott will undergo this year and the next a robust refurbishment plan of its 7 properties in Barbados according to a plan rolled out earlier this year. Waves Resort & Spa, All-Inclusive The Waves Resort & Spa, Elegant Hotels’ wellness focused property, will be the first of the 7 resorts to have completed refurbishments before the holiday season in December 2023. The new interior design will enhance guests’ experience with the wellness components incorporated into it. Waves Resort & Spa once completed will become a part of the Autograph Collection brand, Marriott's collection of international, independent hotels carefully curated to leave a lasting imprint on guests. Crystal Cove - Turtle Beach - The House - Tamarind - Treasure Beach - Colony Club by Elegant Hotels The six hotels will also undergo renovations starting at the end of 2023 to meet the demands of today and tomorrow’s customers. The new interior and exterior design will reflect a more modern look and will have all the amenities for a hassle-free journey. The hotels once finished will adopt their new brands though Marriott Bonvoy’s collection brands: Tribute Portfolio (Crystal Cove and Turtle Beach), Autograph Collection (The House, Tamarind and Treasure Beach) and The Luxury Collection (Colony Club).
26 May 23NEWS
Marriott International signs Latin America loyalty pact with RappiMarriott International has inked an industry-first agreement with Latin American tech company Rappi, Inc. The ...Read moreMarriott International signs Latin America loyalty pact with Rappi - News & announcementsMarriott International has inked an industry-first agreement with Latin American tech company Rappi, Inc. The collaboration aims to increase loyalty earning opportunities for both Marriott Bonvoy members and Rappi users. Marriott Bonvoy members will soon be able to link their Rappi and Marriott Bonvoy accounts. This will unlock exclusive benefits, like earning Bonvoy Points for qualifying Rappi purchases while offering additional benefits to Rappi Prime users. It is the first strategic collaboration with a global hotel company and a Latin American tech firm, Marriott says. “Working with an innovative startup allows us to keep providing more everyday earning opportunities for members,” said Diana Plazas-Trowbridge, Marriott regional chief sales and marketing officer. Marriott Bonvoy currently has over 5.8 million users in the Caribbean and Latin America. The collaboration extends its services to Rappi's more than 30 million users across nine countries in Latin America, including Argentina, Brazil and Chile. Rappi offers restaurant, grocery and pharmacy delivery, ecommerce and travel, and a Prime subscription service offering free delivery and numerous other benefits.
02 May 23NEWS
Marriott completes hotel acquisition of City Express brandMarriott International has completed the hotel acquisition of the City Express brand portfolio from Hoteles ...Read moreMarriott completes hotel acquisition of City Express brand - News & announcementsMarriott International has completed the hotel acquisition of the City Express brand portfolio from Hoteles City Express. It marks entry into the affordable midscale segment while launching Marriott’s 31st brand. It will be known as City Express by Marriott. "We are thrilled to expand our portfolio into the affordable midscale segment,” said Leeny Oberg, EVP, Development. “The City Express brand acquisition is an important first step as we enter this attractive segment.” It positions Marriott as the largest Caribbean and Latin America hotel company. The existing City Express hotel portfolio, consists of about 150 properties, which are now part of Marriott’s franchise system. They include urban, suburban, and extended stay properties in Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, and Chile. The transaction has increased Marriott’s presence in the CALA region by approximately 45% to over 480 properties in 37 countries. The City Express portfolio consists of five sub-brands: City Express, City Express Plus, City Express Suites, City Express Junior, and City Centro. The City Premios loyalty program will be integrated into the Marriott Bonvoy platform.
03 Apr 23Partner News
JW Marriott makes its debut in the luxury safari segment with the opening of JW Marriott Masai Mara LodgeTransformative Experiences and Meaningful Connections Await at JW Marriott’s Haven of Luxury in the ...Read moreJW Marriott makes its debut in the luxury safari segment with the opening of JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge - News & announcements
Transformative Experiences and Meaningful Connections Await at JW Marriott’s Haven of Luxury in the Heart of the Masai Mara National Reserve in KenyaJW Marriott, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s global portfolio of 30 extraordinary hotel brands, today announced the opening of JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge, marking the company’s highly anticipated debut in the luxury safari segment. Sitting within the Masai Mara National Reserve in Southwestern Kenya, one of Africa’s most renowned wildlife and wilderness conservation regions, the lodge is a sophisticated and thoughtful sanctuary from which to discover nature and breathtaking vistas in harmony. Exhilarating guided game drives offer guests the opportunity to observe the “Big Five” that Masai Mara is home to, including lions, leopards, buffalos, rhinoceros, and elephants. Between June and September, the reserve is host to the annual great wildebeest migration, which sees more than 10 million animals travel a distance of 1,800 miles from the Serengeti in neighbouring Tanzania. “Fostering meaningful connections and nourishing the soul is at the heart of the JW Marriott brand, so entering the luxury safari segment is a natural next step,” said Bruce Rohr, Global Brand Leader, JW Marriott. “Offering our guests once-in-a-lifetime experiences and a deep connection to place, JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge balances the thrill of a game drive with thoughtful opportunities to switch off and take it all in. We are excited to welcome travellers to a transformative and wellness-forward stay delivered with JW Marriott’s legacy of extraordinary hospitality.” Inspired Design The lodge’s elegant interiors, designed by Kristina Zanic Consultants, seamlessly blend the savannah inwards, drawing inspiration from the elements with soft, warm tones, natural materials and textures, and native colours thread through its design. Each of the lodge’s 20 private tents provide a peaceful sanctuary to recharge and reset, and feature terraces overlooking the River Talek, a water source and habitat for many wildlife. The tented honeymoon suite offers a private plunge pool, while two interconnecting king and twin suites are ideal for families with children over the age of six (the minimum age of guests at the lodge). Wellbeing and Mindful Practices In keeping with JW Marriott’s ethos of mindfulness, the lodge is home to a number of thoughtfully designed spaces from the cosy Adventure Lounge full of books to get lost in and a space for young adults to take time for themselves, to the Cultural Deck where guests can gather around the fire pit to share tales of the day’s exploration. Capturing the essence of rejuvenation, the Spa by JW emulates the serenity of the reserve and offers tailored experiences and signature treatments which blend locally inspired techniques and therapies. These are complemented by natural and organic products by renowned African skincare brand, Healing Earth, also available as in-room amenities. Guests can enjoy spa treatments from the comfort of their tented suite, accompanied by the sounds of the wilderness. Extending beyond body to mind and spirit with guided yoga, treatments include a ‘Masai Celebration’ incorporating local botanicals and therapies. Nourishing Culinary Journeys At the heart of the camp is the JW Garden - an outdoor space for guests to spend time discovering home-grown, organic ingredients, including the lodge’s signature rosemary. The garden’s produce is used by the lodge’s chefs to craft personalised dishes, cocktails, and mocktails. The garden will host daily programming, including live cooking, interactive cocktail mixology, and chef-led talks for a true farm-to-table experience. A relaxing gathering place, Fig Tree Lounge offers panoramic views of the surrounding plains from the indoor and outdoor bar and serves refreshing cocktails and mocktails infused with seasonal ingredients from the lodge’s garden. An indoor and alfresco dining experience at Sarabi Restaurant takes guests on a nourishing epicurean experience guided by JW Garden ingredients and local culinary heritage. Guests can venture out into the reserve with the lodge’s guides to enjoy a freshly prepared ‘Bush Breakfast’ or dinner while sipping sundowners and soaking in the breathtaking savannah vistas. Connection to the Locale The lodge’s community programming provides an authentic insight into meaningful local projects, including The Maa Trust, an organisation empowering local people by promoting small business start-ups. The lodge donates a percentage of the nightly rate per person to the organisation and provides a space for craftspeople to retail Maa Beadwork and produce. Guests can visit The Maa Trust to meet with local artisans and forge a deeper connection to the people in the area. Currently, 60 percent of the lodge’s team are locals, with plans to reach 70 percent, ensuring the hotel’s contribution to the socio-economic development of the region. As an ongoing initiative, JW Marriott Masai Mara’s Apprenticeship Programme invites young women from the community to diversify their skills and broaden their experience to kick-start their careers in the hospitality industry. Partnership with the community began during the early development process of the lodge. Developed on land committed to a tourism project so as not to unduly disturb the surrounding environment, much of the construction was undertaken by local experts overseen by technical specialists, with build materials sourced from sustainable suppliers. The lodge has rehabilitated access roads to the property, installed power to the area, and provided access to clean drinking water for locals through a water treatment plant. Emphasis on waste reduction and recycling is integral to daily operations. The lodge’s water treatment plant provides recycled and sanitised water; food waste is placed at the lodge’s compost site; and water wells are dotted around the lodge for animals to quench their thirst throughout the day. By supporting local organisations such as The Mara Elephant Project and The Mara Protector Conservation Programme, JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge contributes to protecting animals and their habitat across the greater Mara ecosystem. Bringing a passion for the surrounding wildlife and nature to guests, the lodge’s Head Guide is a lifelong conservationist who holds talks about local culture at the lodge as well as guided walking tours. With an abundance of meaningful moments to experience at the lodge, guests can delve into photography and learn new skills at the lodge’s very own studio. JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge is a 30-minute drive from Keekorok Airstrip and a 25-minute drive from Sekenani Main Gate. Bookings for JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge are now open with prices from $1450 per person, per night (all-inclusive board basis). For more information, visit www.marriott.com.
03 Jan 23NEWS
AC Hotels by Marriott opens first China hotelAC Hotels by Marriott has unveiled its first China hotel. AC Hotel by Marriott Suzhou ...Read moreAC Hotels by Marriott opens first China hotel - News & announcementsAC Hotels by Marriott has unveiled its first China hotel. AC Hotel by Marriott Suzhou marks the brand debut in Greater China. It features 135 guestrooms and suites, all day dining and signature AC Lounge with an outdoor terrace. This China hotel houses a multi-functional functions space and a 24-hour fitness centre. “We are excited to introduce the brand in Greater China, the seventh of our Select Brands,” said Matthew Boettcher, VP, Distinctive Select Brands. Known as ‘Venice of the East,’ Suzhou is an ancient water town with elegant waterways. AC Hotel by Marriott Suzhou is situated in the heart of the historic Gusu District. The city is accessible by high-speed train from Shanghai.