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05/06/2015

A Legend Rises Again With The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo

The Nile Ritz-Carlton, CairoLuxury brand’s debut in Egypt pays homage to the hotel’s rich history

Dubai UAE, 06 May 2015 - Majestic in appearance, sophisticated in design and peerless in pedigree, The Nile Ritz-Carlton Cairo marks the return of an icon to the Egyptian capital. The historic property will reopen under Ritz-Carlton’s stewardship in late summer, heralding a new era of luxury hospitality in the heart of Cairo.

The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo will open in the late summer of this year. The hotel is undergoing a complete renovation whilst retaining many of the original features, reminding guests of the cherished memories of days gone by, yet well-prepared to host a new generation of guests with a desire to uncover the mystique of the historic city. With the hotel nearing the handover stage, finishing touches will be made on its extensive renovation and with the help of Ladies and Gentlemen of the Ritz-Carlton, its rich culture of service in the hotel’s famed premises will be established.

CairoIn its decades of history, the latest addition to The Ritz-Carlton portfolio of 88 hotels and resorts has played host to the world’s most powerful and famous, from statesmen through to Hollywood icons including Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, as well as business giants such as Nelson Rockefeller.

“The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo will amplify the hotel’s classic legacy with a contemporary approach. As a brand, we are proud of instilling in all our properties, a distinct personality rooted in a sense of place and history,” commented Hervé Humler, President & Chief Operations Officer, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. “By complementing the property’s natural strengths with our focus on bespoke service, diverse experiences and rich memories, we aim to reinstate the hotel as pride of national tourism in the country.”

The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo exteriorCentered between the Nile and Tahrir Square, the hotel is easily accessible from Cairo’s key attractions and landmarks including the Arab League Headquarters and the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, home to the King Tut exhibition. In addition, the nearby Qasr El Nile Bridge links the hotel to the magnificent Cairo Opera House, a unique landmark of aesthetic and cultural interest in Egypt.

The hotel’s palatial proportions allow visitors to enjoy a sense of exclusivity and spaciousness, while appreciating the location in the heart of the city. The 331-room hotel houses ultramodern facilities including a spectacular Olympic-size pool with 17 private cabanas. The accommodations and interiors, all designed by eminent interior designer Frank Nicholson - a long-standing collaborator of the brand -are reminiscent of the timeless style of Ritz-Carlton properties around the globe whilst being anchored in the flavours and traditions of Egypt. In particular, the 50 exquisitely laid-out suites, including the elite Royal and Presidential suites, feature spectacular Nile views and offer an elevated sense of luxury.

With its celebrated attention to detail and expansive facilities, the hotel encourages the leisure and business traveler to be assured of seamless service and a relaxed stay. Guests can unwind in the spa, which offers a plethora of treatments to work or travel weary guests, including the signature Rasul therapy. Guests can cap their wellness journey with a sunset yoga session on the spa terrace overlooking the Nile. 

The hotel’s meetings and conference facilities include the Alf Leila wa Leila Ballroom, another original feature of the hotel, ideal for weddings of a grand scale. In addition, a new conference center offers avant-garde conference spaces including a 1,700 square meter conference hall.

Gastronomes visiting Egypt will also be spoilt for choice with an array of dining venues. With innovative and cutting edge fare spanning Arabian, Italian and Continental cuisine, complemented by gorgeous views and appealing ambience, the hotel’s dining venues are set to be a culinary revelation for the city’s residents and visitors.

The hotel’s cultural leanings are also reflected in its sartorial sensibilities – the uniform of the Ladies and Gentlemen of the hotel was designed by Cairo’s new crop of designers who created a set of attire that embraces the design and history of the hotel and the city in which it is based.

“The hotel holds an iconic space in the city’s history and we wanted to salute that,” added Humler. “Our Ladies and Gentlemen will not only be ambassadors of the Ritz-Carlton, crafting the legendary service and creating lifelong memories, but also symbols of the hotel’s magnificent past and its ongoing pursuit of excellence.”

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 88 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, an award that originated in 1987. Its purpose is to promote the awareness of quality excellence, recognize quality achievements of companies and publicize successful quality strategies. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company won the award in 1992 and 1999. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR). 

Connect with sarah.walkerkerr@ritzcarlton.com

 

05/05/2015

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company to Open Doors in Budapest, One of the Most Beautiful Cities in Europe

The Ritz-Carlton Budapest lobbyKnown for innovators and dynamic thinkers, Hungarian city to welcome The Ritz-Carlton in 2016  

 Chevy Chase, Md., May 5, 2015 – The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. has signed a deal with Al Habtoor Group, the UAE based conglomerate, which will see the opening of the first property from the luxury brand in the Hungarian capital.

Located in the heart of Budapest, the 192 room hotel overlooks Erzsébet square with commanding views of St Stephen’s Basilica. The property will undergo an extensive renovation set to commence at the beginning of 2016 and is due for completion in the second quarter, making it a stunning member of a portfolio of hotels known for its exacting service and exceptional attention to detail.

“Hungary represents the next great international expansion opportunity for The Ritz-Carlton,” said Herve Humler, President and Chief Operating Officer. “We are especially pleased that our initial presence will be in Budapest, the country’s principal political, cultural, and commercial centre,’ he added.

Budapest is home to some of Europe’s most impressive historical architecture, such as the Buda Castle, the Chain Bridge, Heroes’ Square, the Parliament and St. Stephen’s Basilica. It is widely known as a popular tourist destination in Central Europe; home to a number of World Heritage Sites such as the banks of the River Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrassy Avenue, Heroes Square and the Millennium Underground Railway (the second oldest in the world).

“We are delighted to be partnering with the Ritz-Carlton for such an exquisite property to build on our unique portfolio of hotels. We are bringing together two of the best names in the business, both dedicated to offering world-class luxury and hospitality. We look forward to welcoming guests to experience the renewed property in early 2016, said Mohammed Al Habtoor, Vice-Chairman and CEO, Al Habtoor Group. 

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company adds another European capital to the growing portfolio of destinations in which global travellers will find the luxury hotel company’s award winning service, due to reach 100 hotels by the end of 2016. 

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 88 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean.  More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. For more information or reservations, visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com, and for the latest company updates, visit news.ritzcarlton.com.  The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR).

NOTE: The statements about the future openings of Ritz-Carlton hotels are “forward looking statements" within the meaning of federal securities laws, not historical facts, and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including supply and demand changes for hotel rooms; competitive conditions in the lodging industry; relationships with clients and property owners; the availability of capital to finance hotel growth; and other risk factors identified in Marriott International, Inc.'s most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q; any of which could cause actual results to differ materially and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. 

Connect with Allison.Sitch@ritzcarlton.com

03/18/2015

Autograph Collection Adds French Riviera Icon, Boscolo Exedra Nice, to Portfolio of Unique Hotels

Boscolo Exedra Nice exteriorMarch 19, 2015: Autograph Collection today adds a third French property to its collection of 24 strikingly independent hotels in Europe, the Boscolo Exedra Nice.  The hotel, originally designed by renowned architect Charles Dalmas, is situated on the Riviera and has been fully restored, replicating the beauty of its former glory years in 1913 and the iconic Belle Époque style of the time. Download images.

Boscolo Exedra Nice roomThe recent renovations have been crafted by internationally renowned architects and designers; among them Maurizio Papiri, Massimo Iosa Ghini, Sergio Minorello and Simone Micheli. The lobby is steeped in old-world grandeur and contemporary style with marble columns and hints of sweeping glass that echo early 20th century style. The theme throughout is neutral, with pastel hues in white and cream inspiring a serene and tranquil atmosphere.

The 112 rooms include a Presidential Suite, an Executive Suite and a Boscolo Duplex Suite along with six Junior Suites looking out over the lively Boulevard Victor Hugo. All rooms feature a combination of marble and pale parquet flooring, gilding details, furnishings draped in crisp white linens and fragrant fresh flowers. Designed to offer guests a spacious sojourn in the city, some rooms even feature modular systems that allow the room space to increase to surface areas of up to 130m2.

Located within the hotel, La Pescheria is a celebrated restaurant and quintessential meeting point led by its Italian head chef Giuseppe Mandaradoni.  The restaurant aims to attract diners from Nice and beyond with its legendary “catch of the day” menu. Specialities are made with the freshest local produce and served in a free-flow space with a low-key ambience. International chefs demonstrate their skills on independent cooking stations dotted around the room, and the restaurant operates themed evenings. For laid-back lunchtime fare, Bar Genesi dishes up Italian delicacies out on a terrazza tucked away in the foliage in front of the Boulevard.

For those seeking respite from the heat of the city, Boscolo Exedra Nice has just the ticket with 500m2 of exclusive wellness space designed by Simone Micheli. The sleek, modern area features a fitness room, a wet area with a sauna, a Turkish bath and Vichy showers and a team room all set around an indoor swimming pool. At its centre, a feature tree sculpture delivers powerful waterjets from its branches, offering guests a unique and invigorating in-pool massage experience.  Within the high-tech treatment rooms, expert therapists perform a variety of face and body treatments with high quality products such as Algotherm marine cosmetics.

Business travellers will find an elegant conference centre with 140m2 of flexible, sunlit space with soaring ceilings and all necessary amenities. Accommodating up to 150 people, the expansive space - with private rooms, suites - offers personal service and exquisite catering options. In addition, both the indoor space and alfresco terrace are available for a variety of events and functions, including weddings, cocktail parties and gala dinners. 

The vision behind the Autograph Collection is to offer an evolving group of passionately independent hotel experiences ranging from a 15-room boutique hunting lodge in the mountains of Colorado to a 19th century neoclassical palace in the majestic city of Prague.  Exactly like nothing else, each hotel is thoughtfully chosen for its quality, originality, bold character and capacity to offer today’s modern traveler a range of unique experiences suited to their individual sense of style and adventure. While still relatively new, the distinct portfolio has proven to be a highly successful venture due to its discerning selection process and unique ability to create memories through enriching travel experiences.

Marriott International’s luxury and lifestyle brands portfolio currently includes The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, EDITION, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, the Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, AC Hotels by Marriott and Moxy Hotels. Accounting for nearly 25 percent of the company’s system-wide pipeline, Marriott expects to add more than 200 luxury and lifestyle hotel projects over the next several years, reflecting over $15 billion of investment by the company’s owners and franchisees.

For further information on Autograph Collection, visit www.autographhotels.com 
For further information on Boscolo Exedra Nice, visit www.nice.boscolohotels.com 

About Autograph Collection
The Autograph Collection is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels. Exactly like nothing else, each destination has been selected for its quality, bold originality, rich character and uncommon details. From near to far, iconic to historic, the result is an array of properties that is nothing less than unique, nothing short of collectively exceptional. For more information please visit www.autographhotels.com, or explore our social media channels to learn more about championing the independent spirit:

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Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading global lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,100 properties in 79 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.  

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Olivia Donnan
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The Cultural Capital of Australia to Get a Cultural Hotel Company Icon When The Ritz-Carlton, Melbourne Comes to Town

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. logoLuxury Hotel To Be Highest In Australia

Chevy Chase, Md., March 18, 2015: The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. and Fast Consortium (FEC), a leading Asian property developer, have signed an agreement for the development of The Ritz-Carlton, Melbourne located at 250 Spencer Street in the UNESCO city of literature.

The Ritz-Carlton, Melbourne will be the centrepiece of an urban mixed-use project in the central business district which will include residential apartments and retail shopping.  With 250 rooms, the statuesque luxury hotel will be the highest in Australia, with floors located from level 64 to 77 of the building with dramatic views from all sides. The project will commence construction next year and is designed to include restaurants and a host of services and facilities for which The Ritz-Carlton is known. 

Vibrant and multicultural, Melbourne brims with galleries, cafes, restaurants and a lifestyle that give Australia's second-largest city a distinctly European feel. There is an active music and arts scene and Melbourne is home to the Festival for International Arts, the International Comedy Festival, Fringe Festival, Food and Wine Festival and the Indigenous Arts Festival.    

A unique feature of the city center is Melbourne’s famed laneways – designed for horses and carts in the Victorian era - but since the 1990’s they have undergone a renaissance. Today, they offera wide variety of pedestrian experiences ranging from urban art, fashion boutiques, hidden lounges, rooftop bars and live music.

Last year, FEC announced that it is developing a Ritz-Carlton at Elizabeth Quay in Perth, Australia.  Today’s announcement marks the second luxury hotel slated for The Ritz-Carlton in the country and demonstrates the company’s commitment to providing exceptional hotel experiences in the major cosmopolitan cities of Australia.

“We are honored to partner once again with Fast Consortium on a second, spectacular project in Australia,” said Herve Humler, president and chief operating officer of The Ritz-Carlton. “We look forward to welcoming Ritz-Carlton guests from around the world to a sensational high-rise hotel in Melbourne, a rich and intriguing city.”

FEC Chairman, David Chiu commented, “We believe Australia has plenty of opportunities in the tourism industry.  The country has many unique offerings which are driving the growth in tourist arrivals.  We are delighted to bring this international luxury brand to Perth and now Melbourne.”

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 88 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. For more information visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR).

About the Far East Consortium
FEC is an international property development company with a strong Australian presence.  Founded in 1960, FEC is one of Asia’s largest property developers and is a public company listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong. Since commencing operations in Australia in 1994, the group has contributed significantly to Melbourne’s skyline through 12 landmark urban renewal redevelopments.  FEC also owns Carepark Group, one of largest car park operators in Australia; and Dorsett Hospitality International Ltd, a hotel group listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong with hotels in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, and the United Kingdom.

Connect with allison.sitch@marriott.com

01/15/2015

AC Hotels Brings European Style and Inspired Local Experiences to the Heart of Miami Beach with the Anticipated April 2015 Debut of AC Hotel Miami Beach

AC Hotel Miami Beach

MIAMI, January 15, 2015 – Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) announced today the expected April 2015 opening of AC Hotel Miami Beach on the 2900 block of Collins Avenue, the area that has been grabbing headlines as the trendiest destination in the city. The property, developed in partnership with Miami’s Robert Finvarb Companies, will be AC Hotels’ first property in South Florida following the lifestyle brand’s debut in New Orleans and its growing portfolio of over 50 hotels expected to open in the next few years.

The 150-room AC Hotel Miami Beach will bring elegant yet unpretentious style, innovative Beverage & Food programming and locally inspired experiences to guests and locals.

“Mid Beach offers the perfect blend of culture, architecture and nightlife that embodies the urban soul of the AC Hotels brand,” said Toni Stoeckl, VP Lifestyle Brands of Marriott International, Inc. “We will create meaningful experiences for guests to connect with this exciting City through distinctive local partnerships with prominent personalities.”

The design-led hotel, inspired by the fashion houses of Milan, blends European style and simple lines to create a comfortable atmosphere for guests. Miami-based Kobi Karp Architecture will bring the vision to life, providing an energetic vibe in the hotel while still encouraging exploration of the city beyond four walls. Guests can expect public spaces outfitted with furnishings and décor in a neutral tone color palette featuring warm greys and charcoals with thoughtfully selected modern artifacts and treasures.

Additionally, AC Hotel Miami Beach’s distinctive B&F program will offer an approachable twist on the traditional hotel bar. The AC Lounge (pictured right) experience will be influenced by the idea of “draft and craft” where guests can work during the day and unwind in the evening with craft beers, wines and cocktails complemented with a selection of small ‘tapas-style’ plates inspired by the brand’s Spanish roots. The AC Culturalist will share insider tips and recommendations to help guests “Feel the City” like a local. A destination for hobnobbing, the vibrant rooftop pool scene with ocean views will complete the experience.

Stoeckl added, “Guests can also expect the brand’s signature open-concept areas with plenty of communal spaces with fully enabled technology solutions to work, connect, explore and socialize.”

The seven story-hotel will include the AC Kitchen, inspired by the European home, which will be open daily for breakfast offering sweet and savory tarts, freshly baked croissants and a selection of artisan cured meats and cheeses. The AC Library will provide a quiet area for guests to use while still being connected. Additional amenities include a fitness center and 270 sq. ft. of meeting space. On-site parking, complimentary Wi-Fi, a rooftop pool (pictured left) and beach access round out the hotels offerings.

To learn more about AC Hotels by Marriott or to book your inspired experience at AC Hotel Miami Beach, please visit http://www.marriott.com/ac-hotels/travel.mi.

AC Hotels by Marriott is a lifestyle brand within the Marriott International global portfolio of 18 brands. AC Hotels currently offers a portfolio of more than 75 hotels throughout Spain, Italy, Portugal and France, along with New Orleans. Growth plans for the brand include the opening of its next North American locations in Kansas City's stylish Westport neighborhood, Washington D.C. and in the heart of Miami Beach early next year, as well as more than 50 additional hotels set to open within the next three years throughout the U.S. and Latin America.

Marriott International’s luxury and lifestyle brands portfolio currently includes The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, EDITION, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, the Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, AC Hotels by Marriott and Moxy Hotels. Accounting for approximately 25 percent of the company’s system-wide pipeline, Marriott expects to add more than 200 luxury and lifestyle hotel projects over the next several years, reflecting over $15 billion of investment by the company’s owners and franchisees.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging global company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,100 properties in 79 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands, including: Marriott Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Bulgari, EDITION, Renaissance, Gaylord Hotels, Autograph Collection, AC Hotels by Marriott, Moxy Hotels, Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, Protea Hotels, Marriott Executive Apartments and Marriott Vacation Club timeshare brand.  Approximately 330,000 people work at Marriott managed and franchised hotels around the globe.  Marriott has been consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business ethics. The company also manages the award-winning guest loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® program, which together surpass 47 million members.  For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

NOTE: The statements about the expected future growth of AC Hotels by Marriott and Marriott’s luxury and lifestyle portfolio, and the amount of anticipated investment by owners and franchisees, are “forward looking statements" within the meaning of federal securities laws, not historical facts, and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including supply and demand changes for hotel rooms; competitive conditions in the lodging industry; relationships with clients and property owners; the availability of capital to finance hotel growth; and other risk factors identified in Marriott International, Inc.'s most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q; any of which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by our statements. These statements are made as of the date of this press release, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Contacts:
Verona Carter
Verona.carter@marriott.com

Maite Velez-Couto
maite.velez-couto@rbbpr.com
305-448-1923

12/15/2014

Marriott Hotels Debuts its Third Hotel on China's Beautiful Tropical Hainan Island - Sanya Marriott Hotel Dadonghai Bay

Sanya Marriott Hotel Dadonghai BayThe brand new Sanya Marriott Hotel Dadonghai Bay opens with the first Goji Kitchen in Southern China.

Sanya, December 15, 2014 – Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is proud to announce the opening of its third hotel under the flagship Marriott Hotels brand in Hainan Province, China – Sanya Marriott Hotel Dadonghai Bay. The 458-room resort hotel sits at the foot of the picturesque Luhuitou Mountain and overlooks the beachfront and ocean. The hotel features two iconic buildings landscaped around four outdoor pools including one infinity-edged pool, luxuriant tropical gardens and a grand seafront lawn, plus the debut of an exciting new Marriott dining concept in China. Download images.

Sanya poolKnown as the ‘Hawaii of China’, Sanya is China’s most popular tropical resort destination, with an idyllic year-round climate. Located off the southern coast of China, Hainan boasts pristine white-sand beaches and rainforests, superb tourist attractions and duty free shopping, and is the perfect destination for family vacations and dream weddings. Dadonghai Bay is a spectacular crescent-shaped beach set against the forested backdrop of Lu Hui Tou Mountain, and is the closest resort destination to Sanya City.       

Sanya Marriott Hotel Dadonghai Bay was designed by internationally acclaimed architecture firm John Portman & Associates, and comprises a stunning new building plus a refurbished Executive Wing (to be opened in first quarter of 2016), formerly the Shanhaitian Hotel. The hotel is just a short drive from the attractions of downtown Sanya, plus popular tourist sites including Nanshan Temple, Luhuitou Park and Ya No Da Tropical Rainforest Park.

"At Marriott International we are proud to be opening our 74th Marriott International Hotel across six brands in China, taking the total number of properties in China under the iconic Marriott Hotels brand to 18 properties. The 4th quarter of 2014 have been an exceptional time for Marriott in Hainan, with the opening of our first Marriott business hotel in the capital Haikou, and then this beautiful resort hotel at Dadonghai Bay in sunny Sanya," said Mr. Henry Lee, Greater China Chief Operations Officer for Marriott International.

Mr. Tao Zhou, Chief Executive Officer of Luneng Group Hotel Management Co. said, "Luneng is proud to present the spectacular Sanya Marriott Hotel Dadonghai Bay which includes the largest Kids’ Club in Sanya and the first Goji Kitchen in Southern China, which is an exciting debut concept for Marriott hotels. It is our honor to partner with Marriott International and we look forward to continuing our strategic partnership to help develop Hainan as a true international tourism destination." 

Overlooking the ocean at the base of a mountain blanketed by tropical rainforest, Sanya Marriott Hotel Dadonghai Bay combines modern luxury and easy access to pristine natural beauty. The master design concept conceived by US-based architecture studio AECOM and vibrant interiors by renowned design specialists HBA, drew inspiration from the natural surroundings, and are designed to provide guests with optimal views of the splendid sunsets and sunrises over Dadonghai Bay.

The New Wing offers 292 elegant and spacious rooms and suites, each showcasing scenic mountain or ocean vistas. A large bathroom accessorized with Thann amenities invites guests to linger and spoil themselves. The opening of the refurbished Executive Wing in the first quarter of 2016 will add a further 166 oversized rooms and suites with private balconies starting from 56 sqm.

With more than 1,747 sqm of functional meeting space including a pillar-less Grand Ballroom that can accommodate up to 880 people, plus an outdoor terrace and an expansive seafront lawn, this will be an ideal venue for conferences, meetings and other memorable events. Sanya is increasingly popular for weddings and honeymoons, and the hotel’s wedding pavilion on the seafront lawn with backdrops of the tropical shoreline make it perfect for a dream destination wedding.

Hotel guests can enjoy a diversity of local and international dining and leisure options at five restaurants, a lounge bar and pastry shop and pastry shop, including the first Goji Kitchen in Southern China. This flexible micro-concept incorporates the latest design and technology to enable variations to its walls and partitions that alter the look and feel of the venue to suit different dining needs and moods. The Lounge is a relaxing place to enjoy locally inspired cocktails, specialty drinks and Chinese teas, and The China Baking Company is a modern adaptation of a traditional Hong Kong bakery. Opening in early 2016, Man Ho Chinese Restaurant will serve authentic Shandong cuisine, and Smoki Moto will be a specialty Korean barbeque and Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant with a fresh, cosmopolitan ambience.

The two buildings of Sanya Marriott Hotel Dadonghai Bay feature four outdoor swimming pools stylishly arranged around the beachfront gardens. The infinity pool is part of a natural break between the two buildings, and includes shaded swimming areas with poolside palm trees and tropical foliage. In addition, a lap pool merges into the longest water feature in Sanya that runs along the seafront. Families will enjoy a dedicated kids pool connected to the adult pool at the lower level beside the beach and ocean.

Junior guests can spend quality time at the largest indoor Kids Club of any hotel in Sanya. Offering more than 700 sqm of naturally lit playing and education spaces for young guests plus an active space with an exhilarating slide ride and an exterior kids’ corner. When fully completed, the hotel will also offer a deluxe Health Club, with a 24-hour Fitness Center offering superb ocean views, male and female dry sauna rooms, snooker room and table tennis room, a full-service SPA and a Water Sports Center.

Marriott Hotel's constantly evolving concept to connect with Next Gen travelers’ embraces the future in an increasingly mobile and globalized world. The brand's partnership with THANN products, a range that combines natural ingredients with contemporary design, is a reflection of a soaring demand for tranquility and authentic ingredients. With the exclusive Marriott Mobile app, check-in and check-out couldn't be simpler. Marriott Rewards members receive a push notification on their mobile devices alerting them that they can check-in and an automatic confirmation when their room is ready. At the end of their stays, guests receive a push notification alerting them that mobile checkout is available. Pioneering the way forward for the future of new branded Marriott hotels, Sanya Marriott Hotel Dadonghai Bay brings together all these innovative Marriott elements, setting a new standard for international business hotels across China.

For more information or reservations, please call Sanya Marriott Hotel Dadonghai Bay at +86 898 8821 1688 or visit sanyamarriottdadonghaibay.com.

About Marriott Hotels
With 500 hotels and resorts in nearly 60 countries around the world, Marriott Hotels is evolving travel through every aspect of the guest’s stay, enabling the next generation to Travel Brilliantly. Boldly transforming itself for mobile and global travelers who blend work and play, Marriott leads the industry with innovations, including the Greatroom Lobby, Future of Meetings and Mobile Guest Services that elevates style & design and technology. All Marriott hotels participate in the award winning Marriott Rewards frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information, visit www.MarriottHotels.com.

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About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,100 properties in 79 countries and territories. Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com

Connect with jane.cai@marriott.com; peggy.cheng@marriott.com

 

11/24/2014

JW Marriott to Open Unique Luxury Private Island Resort in Venice

JW-Marriott-Venice-roomBethesda, Md., November 2014 – JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, the distinctive sophisticated brand of Marriott International (NASDAQ:MAR), plans to open its first Italian hotel in Venice and first resort in Europe in March 2015. The 266-room property, created in collaboration with award-winning Italian architect firm Matteo Thun & Partners, has an exceptional lagoon location on its own island, with stunning views of St Mark’s Square and La Serenissima. [Download images.]

JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa will combine the very best in contemporary hotel design with the heritage and elegance of its location, bringing the historic buildings and parklands of Isola delle Rose (Rose Island) back to life as a world-class urban resort.  The hotel buildings have been sensitively refurbished by Matteo Thun & Partners to incorporate sustainable, modern and elegant design within the historic building. Tranquil bedrooms and suites, some with private pools, are simply decorated with locally made bricks, glass and tiles to reflect the artisanal talent and styles of the region. 

"The opening of our first property in Italy marks a time of great growth and development for the JW Marriott brand," said Mitzi Gaskins, vice president and global brand manager for JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts.  "The new JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa exemplifies the elegance and service that our guests have come to expect, incorporating modern design elements with authentic Venetian offerings to create a truly genuine experience in a culturally rich market."

With over 16 acres to explore, guests will experience unparalleled levels of privacy and space. Among the numerous gardens and outdoor areas are landscaped spots for quiet contemplation, as well as fruit arbours, olive groves and cultivated plots to provide fresh ingredients for the property’s diverse food and drink offerings, including four restaurants and five bars and a cooking school and wine academy. Restored outbuildings scattered around the island house a range of facilities including a picturesque function space in an old church and the spa.

In keeping with JW Marriott’s refined but informal ethos and personal service, the 1,750-metre spa, operated by GOCO Hospitality, is the largest in Venice,  offering both bespoke treatments and a range of classic spa rituals from product houses including !QMS Medicosmetics and Amala. It also has an indoor and outdoor aqua-tonic pool, a health club, eight treatment rooms, a hammam and luxury spa suite.

Additional hotel facilities will include a kid’s club and dedicated family pool, water sports such as canoeing and sailing, and a sensational rooftop pool offering dramatic views across the lagoon to St. Mark’s Square, which can be reached by private boat in just fifteen minutes.  Guests will also be able to try authentic Murano Glass and Venetian Mask making with weekly workshops led by local artisans. 

JW Marriott Venice is the brand’s sixth European hotel. Global openings planned include JW Marriott Cabo San Lucas Resort, Mexico; JW Marriott Austin, Texas; and JW Marriott Vancouver Place Stadium, British Columbia, Canada in 2015. Rooms at the JW Marriott Venice will start from €395 including breakfast. For more information, visit jwmarriott.com/vcejw.

All JW Marriott hotels and resorts participate in Marriott Rewards, Marriott International’s award-winning guest loyalty program, where guests can earn points at more than 4,000 hotels in over 70 countries.

About JW Marriott
JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio and consists of beautiful properties in gateway cities and distinctive resort locations around the world. These elegant hotels cater to today’s sophisticated, self-assured travellers, offering them the quiet luxury they seek in a warmly authentic, relaxed atmosphere lacking in pretence. JW Marriott properties artfully provide highly crafted, anticipatory experiences that are reflective of their locale so that their guests have the time to focus on what is most important to them. Currently, there are 68 JW Marriott hotels in 26 countries; by 2019 the portfolio is expected to encompass more than 100 hotels in over 30 countries. Visit us online at jwmarriott.com and on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. 

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11/19/2014

Guatemala City Adds a New Courtyard by Marriott Hotel

Courtyard-by-Marriott-guestroom

Guatemala City, Guatemala – November 19, 2014: Marriott International announced today plans to open the first Courtyard by Marriott brand hotel in the bustling Guatemala City. The hotel project was signed with Grupo Azur, a family owned company that invests in real estate, hospitality and restaurants.   

The 147-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel, scheduled to open in 2016, will be located in the middle of Guatemala City’s Zona 10, also known as Zona Viva, an area known for leisure and business travel.

“The Courtyard by Marriott brand was a perfect fit for this hotel and, combined with Marriott’s backbone and sales engine, we are confident that the hotel will be highly successful and play a large role in the continued emergence of city of Guatemala City,” said Manuel Arzu, of Grupo Azur, and the leading architect behind the design of the hotel.

"The new hotel in Guatemala will be a significant milestone in our rapid expansion across Central America," said Craig S. Smith, President of the Caribbean & Latin America at Marriott International. "The property will feature a modern, functional design while embracing Guatemala's vibrant culture and the amenities travelers trust from our globally renowned Marriott International brands."

“With the success of the brand across the Caribbean and Latin America, the Courtyard by Marriott brand has become a favorite amongst regional travelers”, Laurent De Kousemaeker, Chief Development Officer, Caribbean & Latin America, Marriott International. “Guatemala City is known for its large presence of multinational corporations, making the hotel’s central location an excellent option for the modern business traveler.”

The hotel will feature the brand’s refreshing business lobby, lobby bar, a casual dining restaurant, flexible meeting space and recreational facilities including a state of the art gym.  Additionally, it will include the brand’s new modern guestroom design.

The Courtyard by Marriott brand features hotels with a refreshing environment that helps guests stay connected, productive and balanced while traveling.   Intuitive services and design accommodate guests’ desire for choice and control and allow them to use the public space and guest rooms to meet all of their needs while on the road.  With more than 900 locations in 37 countries, Courtyard has more locations than any other Marriott International brand.

For more information about the brand, visit www.courtyard.com.

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11/17/2014

AC Hotels by Marriott Opens in Spain and Turkey, Under Construction in Israel

London, UK – November 17, 2014 – Marriott International Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) continues to expand its AC Hotels by Marriott brand, with three new properties in Valencia, Spain; Istanbul, Turkey; and Tel Aviv, Israel, bringing the total to 80 opened or signed hotels in Europe.  The new additions exemplify the brand’s urban aesthetic with modern interiors and clean, crisp lines.

AC HOTEL COLON VALENCIA  BARAC Hotel Colón Valencia, Spain
The 91-room AC Hotel Colón Valencia, Spain, has opened as the brand’s second property in the city and sixtieth in Spain.  Run under a management contract with AC Hotel La Carolina SL, the hotel is located in the commercial and financial district, surrounded by bars and restaurants, and a short distance from the bullring, medieval centre and the Carmen quarter, a lively tourist area.

The hotel boasts an AC Lounge & Bistro restaurant, three meeting rooms, Fitness Centre, business centre and a terrace.  There are excellent public transport links to the airport, industrial suburbs and port, and the hotel is within walking distance of North Valencia rail station and just ten minutes by car from the Palacio de Congressos and fifteen minutes from the beach.

AC Istanbul Macka guestroomAC Hotel Istanbul Maçka, Turkey
AC Hotels by Marriott made its debut in Turkey with the opening of the 98-room AC Hotel Istanbul Maçka, operated under a franchise agreement with Tans Turizm ve Otelcilik A.S.  In the upmarket Akaretler residential neighbourhood, one kilometre from Taksim Square, the property is located on the European side of the city, close to Maçka Park and the Istanbul Congress Centre, making it well placed for both leisure and corporate guests.

Facilities include an AC Lounge & Bistro restaurant, three meeting rooms, Fitness Centre, sauna and two treatment rooms; and The Market, which is open 24/7 and sells drinks, snacks and sundries such as toothpaste.

A AC Herzliya exteriorC Hotel Herzliya, Israel
Still under construction and projected to open in January 2016, the AC Hotel Herzliya is in the central business district of Herzliya, a short drive from Tel Aviv, and adjacent to the Herzliya Business Park, which is home to multinational organisations such as Siemens and Microsoft. The property is also just metres away from Herzliya Marina and the beach.

Facilities include an AC Lounge with a sea view, Bistro restaurant, separate bar, lobby with library wall and 23m ceilings, outdoor pool and pool bar overlooking the beach, plus two meeting rooms (largest room, 250 people cabaret style).

The unique design concept created by Dana Oberson architects draws inspiration from the hotel’s location in Herzliya – a city that combines an urban business centre with marina and beach life. A combination of beige and blue, terrazzo and concrete flooring, iron, brass and wood elements create an urban marina atmosphere in the public spaces that continues through to the guest rooms.  Interesting, hand-picked ornaments and furniture enrich the design and create a warm and eclectic feel throughout the hotel. 

AC Hotels by Marriott participates in Marriott Rewards, an award-winning guest loyalty programme with more than 45 million members.

For more information on AC Hotels by Marriott, visit http://www.marriott.com/ac-hotels/travel.mi.

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11/03/2014

JW Marriott Debuts First Resort in India, JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort & Spa

JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove & SpaLuxury Hospitality Brand Opens 115-Room Resort in The Heart Of The Himalayas

New Delhi, November 3, 2014 – JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts continues to expand its luxury portfolio with the opening of its first resort in India, the JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort & Spa.The hotel is located in the hill station of Mussoorie, at the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayan ranges, also known as the Queen of the Hills. The hotel boasts a sophisticated elegant and chic style, amidst a surreal ambience of lush mountains and historic walnut plantations.

“JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove & Spa is a beautiful addition to our growing India portfolio and overall global presence,” said Mitzi Gaskins, Vice President and Global Brand Manager for JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts. “Each year, thousands of travelers pass through the picturesque hill station of Mussoorie to experience its temples, gardens, hiking trails and natural falls and we are thrilled to celebrate that rich history and culture with our guests.”

JW Marriott MussoorieThe hotel’s interior and exterior design was inspired by its natural surroundings – the stunning Himalayan Mountains. All guestrooms feature private balconies, inviting guests to enjoy stunning views of the surrounding hills and gardens and breathe the fresh mountain air from the privacy of their own room. The new 115-room luxury resort is located just 290 kilometers (approx. 180 miles) from New Delhi and 60 kilometers (approx.40 miles) from the nearest airport in Dehradun.

“The opening of the first JW Marriott resort in India is undoubtedly a milestone for the JW Marriott brand and Marriott International at large,” said Mr. Rajeev Menon, Area Vice President of South-Asia for Marriott International. “JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort & Spa reflects the sophistication, style and exceptional service, attributes that have grown synonymous with the JW Marriott brand worldwide.”

Guests will be invited to explore five specialty restaurants on property. All-day dining JW Cafe serves fresh local and international favorites from its lively open kitchen such as popular North Indian black lentil dish Kali Dal, lamb dish Nalli ki Nihari and the signature JW Burger and JW Club sandwich; Teppan is the contemporary, upscale restaurant serving Asian cuisine; Wisteria Deck is a cozy outdoor Italian trattoria serving wood fired pizzas, wines and sangria; Perch is a tea lounge offering some of the best single estate teas and coffees and Trout House Grill & Bar opens each evening to grill up the local catch of the day and offer a selection of exclusive cocktails including fresh fruit martini’s and frozen cocktails.

The resort also houses the Cedar Spa by L'Occitane, which features five lavish treatment rooms and an array of invigorating treatments inspired by the indigenous cedar trees of the region. Treatments include the Signature Cedarwood Body Massage, the repairing Shea Ultra Rich Softening Body Wrap and the Almond Silhouette Reshape to restore firmness. Salon by Warren Tricomi, a state-of-the-art fitness center will boast an indoor heated swimming pool to complete the well-being experience at the hotel.

The resort was specially designed with families in mind and features The Den – an entertainment center and kid’s club that spans over 12,000 square feet and includes a two-lane bowling alley, billiard and pool tables, gaming consoles, library, nap areas and a Market with fresh food and beverages. 

The hotel also holds one of the largest meeting spaces in the city with 3,300 total square feet across the Grand Orchard Ballroom, three break-out rooms and a spacious pre-function area. An on-site events team will ensure flawless coordination and execution, be it a lavish wedding or social event.

“The JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort & Spa, marks a major milestone for Mussoorie, one of the most stunning and serene parts of the Himalayas,” said Mr. Chandrashekhar Joshi, General Manager, JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort & Spa.  “Our hotel has the distinction of catering to the entire family with a plethora of entertainment, dining and relaxation amenities that showcase the best of local ingredients, all in the lap of international luxury.”

The JW Marriott Mussoorie Walnut Grove Resort & Spa offers the tranquility of nature, perfectly blended with the warmth of luxury hospitality, and will be the brand’s sixth property in India. Currently there are five other JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts properties in India, which are located in New Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Pune and Bengaluru. 

About JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts
JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio and consists of beautiful properties in gateway cities and distinctive resort locations around the world. These elegant hotels cater to today’s sophisticated, self-assured travelers, offering them the quiet luxury they seek in a warmly authentic, relaxed atmosphere lacking in pretense. JW Marriott properties artfully provide highly crafted, anticipatory experiences that are reflective of their locale so that their guests have the time to focus on what is most important to them. Currently, there are 70 JW Marriott hotels in 26 countries; by 2019 the portfolio is expected to encompass more than 100 properties in over 30 countries. Visit us online, on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

 

About Marriott International
Marriott International is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,000 properties and 690,000 rooms in 78 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands, including: Marriott Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Bulgari, EDITION, Renaissance, Gaylord Hotels, Autograph Collection, AC Hotels by Marriott, Moxy Hotels, Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Spring Hill Suites, Residence Inn, Towne Place Suites, Protea Hotels, Marriott Executive Apartments and Marriott Vacation Club timeshare brand.  Marriott has been consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business ethics.  The company also manages the award-winning guest loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® program, which together surpass 45 million members.  For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com

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