Marriott signs 2 all-inclusive Caribbean resorts

Marriott International has signed contracts with hotel developers to open two all-inclusive oceanfront resorts in the Caribbean: an 800-room Marriott Hotel in Jamaica and a 283-room Autograph Collection on Curaçao.

The 800-room Marriott Hotel Al Amaterra will be part of the Amaterra Resort, a mixed-use development along the North coast of Trelawney, Jamaica. 

The hotel’s owner/developer, Amaterra Group, expects to start construction in early 2020. “The Amaterra Group is excited to sign the first Marriott Hotels-branded all-inclusive resort and work with Marriott International to manage the property,” said Amaterra Group Chairman Keith Russell in a statement, calling the deal “a great step not only for Amaterra but also the Jamaican tourism industry.”

In Curaçao, Marriott International signed an agreement to open a 283-room, all-inclusive Autograph Collection resort on an oceanfront site, marking its first contract for a franchised all-inclusive resort. The resort will be in the historical Pietermaai district of Willemstad, the capital of Curaçao. Construction is expected to begin in June 2020, with completion by 2024.

The signings of the Marriott Hotel Al Amaterra and the Autograph Collection property in Curaçao are the latest deals the company has signed since launching an all-inclusive platform in August. Since the launch, the company has signed contracts for seven all-inclusive resorts with nearly 3,200 rooms across four countries. 

Four new-build all-inclusive resorts with an estimated 2,000 rooms under four brands are planned for Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit near Cancun. The resorts, expected to open between 2022 and 2025, will be part of The Ritz-Carlton, Autograph Collection, Westin Hotels and Marriott Hotels brands. In the Dominican Republic, a 650-room Autograph Collection is expected to open in 2022.

In October, the company made an offer to acquire Elegant Hotels, which owns and operates seven hotels in Barbados with 588 rooms and a beachfront restaurant; the majority of the properties are operated as all-inclusive resorts. Completion of the transaction is subject to satisfaction or waiver of the offer conditions set out in the offer announcement, including approval by Elegant shareholders.