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TORONTO — Marriott International has announced plans for a second new luxury resort in Belize, and this one will open with Marriott Hotels’ namesake brand.
The 203-key Belize Marriott Ambergris Caye Resort and Residences will offer an upscale experience on Belize’s largest island, known for its world-class scuba diving, fishing, water sports and white sandy beaches.
The news comes less than two months after another Marriott International brand, Autograph Collection Hotels, announced plans for boutique resort Alaia, set to open on Ambergris Caye in 2020.
“We are thrilled to bring the Marriott Hotels’ brand to Ambergris Caye, one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful island destinations with famed access to the Belize Barrier Reef and dive sites,” said Michael K. Cobb, Chairman and CEO of ECI Development, speaking about the new plans for the Belize Marriott Ambergris Caye Resort and Residences.
The new hotel, along with the Marriott Hotels-branded residential component, will fuse old-world British charm and modern amenities while keeping an eye towards the heritage and history of Belize, he added.
Resort guests will have access to restaurants, a rooftop lounge, conference and event space, a spa, fitness centre and retail outlets. Amenities will also include a dive shop to cater to the island’s many visitors who come to explore the Belize Barrier Reef, the largest reef system in the northern hemisphere and a UNESCO World Heritage designated site.
“As Belize emerges as a top tourist and business destination, the Belize Marriott Ambergris Caye Resort and Residences will contribute to the positive evolution of one of the jewels of the country,” added Cobb. “After 20-plus years of sustainable development in the region, we view this opportunity as a meaningful way to serve tourists now coming to Belize.”
Marriott International isn’t the only big-name hotel company going big in little Belize. Belize’s first luxury resort from a global brand, Mahogany Bay Resort & Beach Club, Curio – A Collection By Hilton, opened its doors in December 2017.
Meanwhile Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is already at work on Four Seasons Resort and Residences Caye Chapel, Belize. The luxury retreat on Belize’s island of Caye Chapel will include 100 guest rooms and suites.