> Marriott signs up in Indonesia’s new capital city, hits Thai milestone, opens iconic Macau property

Marriott signs up in Indonesia’s new capital city, hits Thai milestone, opens iconic Macau property

Marriott International has signed a Hotel Management Agreement with Indonesian real estate developer, PT. Pakuwon Jati Tbk. to open three properties in Indonesia’s new capital city, Ibu Kota Negara Nusantara.

Marriott has also celebrated the milestone opening of its 50th property in Thailand, a portfolio that comprises a mix of hotels and resorts across 15 distinct brands across major destinations in the Kingdom including Bangkok, Phuket, Koh Samui, Chiang Mai, and debuted its iconic W Hotels brand in Macau.

Marriott open three properties in Indonesia’s new capital city, Ibu Kota Negara Nusantara

Marriott International has signed a Hotel Management Agreement with Indonesian real estate developer, PT. Pakuwon Jati Tbk. to open three properties in Indonesia’s new capital city, Ibu Kota Negara Nusantara.

Meaning “archipelago” in ancient Javanese, Nusantara is a symbol of national identity and planned as a smart forest city, in line with Indonesia’s commitment to achieve zero carbon emissions and 100% new and renewable energy by 2060.

With the agreement, Marriott expects to debut three brands – Four Points by Sheraton, Westin Hotels & Resorts and Tribute Portfolio – in the destination, featuring transformational experiences and destination-rooted authenticity.

Slated to be the first of these three openings, the Four Points by Sheraton in Nusantara is expected to boast 300 rooms with facilities that ranges from an outdoor pool, function spaces with natural daylight and a gym with state-of-the-art equipment.

Designed for the smart independent traveller, Four Points offers a casual and relaxed ambiance where classic and industrial elements meet modern design, creating spaces that are sophisticated and carefree in character.

The Westin in Nusantara is anticipated to have 200 rooms and suites featuring the brand’s iconic Heavenly Bed. Plans also call for three restaurants, three bars & lounges, function spaces, meeting rooms, swimming pool and a fitness studio and spa.

Guided by Westin’s six pillars of well-being, the brand continues to evolve and deliver its signature wellness programs to adapt to the needs of the modern traveller and offering what it describes as “industry-leading experiences designed to empower guests to be the best version of themselves”.

Plans for the Tribute Portfolio in Nusantara include 150 rooms and suites, including a signature destination dining venue, a café, pool bar and lobby lounge. The property amenities expect to feature an outdoor swimming pool, gym and spa.

Tribute Portfolio is a growing global family of independent hotels drawn together by their individuality, passion for captivating design, and their drive to create distinct, vibrant social settings for guests and locals alike, says Marriott.

Marriott celebrates 50th property milestone in Thailand

Marriott has this month (Sep-2023) celebrated the milestone opening of its 50th hotel in Thailand with the Madi Paidi Bangkok, Autograph Collection.

The opening reflects Marriott’s long-term vision for “robust expansion, grounded in a firm belief in the industry’s recovery, and Thailand’s position as a world-leading travel destination”. Marriott expects to add a further 10 hotels by the end of 2024 across its luxury, premium, select and longer stay brands.

The Autograph advocates for the original, championing the individuality of each of its over 280 independent hotels. Each hotel, says Marriott, is a product of passion, inspired by a clear vision, soul, and story that makes it individual and special.

Madi Paidi Bangkok, Autograph Collection

Source: Marriott International

The Madi Paidi Bangkok, Autograph Collect represents the brand’s debut in Thailand and is a boutique property that Marriott describes as “bringing the art of storytelling to life” in Thong Lor, Sukhumvit, one of the city’s most vibrant districts.

The design concept of Madi Paidi Bangkok is inspired by the “juxtaposition between the street’s relaxing, residential charm and the lively vibe of Thong Lor,” says Marriott, and includes a timber-clad exterior, tumbling foliage and verdant roofline which blend with the natural surroundings.

With 56 guest rooms and suites the property is located in Soi Pai Dee Ma Dee (Soi Sukhumvit 53), a tree-lined residential street that runs parallel with Soi Thong Lor (Soi Sukhumvit 55).

Marriott plans further openings in Thailand

Looking further ahead, the Ritz-Carlton brand is set to debut in Bangkok in 2024 with the opening of The Ritz-Carlton Bangkok. Occupying the first 24 floors of a 50-storey tower in the upcoming One Bangkok mixed-use development on the prestigious Wireless Road, the hotel will blend the brand’s service with the best of Thai hospitality, design, culture, and cuisine.

Marriott’s Tribute Portfolio brand is also expected to debut in the Thai Kingdom with the opening of the Tribute Portfolio Metropole Bangkok in 2024.

Other expected openings include two Marriott Executive Apartments in Sukhumvit 50 and 101, alongside the Le Méridien Phuket Mai Khao Beach Resort – all in 2023. Additionally, the flagship Marriott Hotels brand is also anticipated to debut in the resort town of Khao Lak in 2024.

Additionally, Courtyard by Marriott expects to add another two new hotels, delivering “flexible design and modern comfort” to both business and leisure travellers – one near the Suvarnabhumi International Airport and in Phuket, expected in late 2023 and 2024, respectively.

Marriott debuts iconic W Hotels brand in Macau

Marriott has confirmed the opening of W Macau – Studio City, marking the debut of the iconic W Hotels brand in Macau, part of Melco Resorts & Entertainment’s integrated resort of Studio City on Cotai Strip.

Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, the property takes inspiration from the glamour of 1950s Hollywood, with rich detailing, geometries and contemporary representations of Macau’s unique East-meets-West culture and history. Blue and white waves swirl across the Welcome Desks, wall structures feature picturesque seashores and mirrored ceilings to create wondrous perspectives of undersea scenes.

W Macau – Studio City

Source: Marriott International

The design of the hotel’s 557 distinct guestrooms and suites takes its cue from classical cinema as well as Macau’s maritime history. Ranging in size from 37 to 258 sqm, all 430 rooms and 127 suites offer views of bustling Cotai or the city.

W Macau – Studio City also features Greater China’s very first W Sound Suite, the brand’s signature recording studio experience. Located within the hotel’s destination bar Blind Tiger, the W Sound Suite lets guests explore their musical side and lay down tracks with professional grade sound equipment, an example of the brand’s long-standing passion for music and support of the artistic community.

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