Autograph Collection Hotels has announced that the brand is expected to debut in Belize with the 2020 opening of Alaia, a luxury boutique resort located near the southern part of Ambergris Caye island.
Alaia will join the 135 independent hotels in the brand’s collection. The Autograph Collection Hotels is part of Marriott International, Inc. and includes hotels in nearly 30 countries and territories.
“With the forthcoming opening on Alaia, I am thrilled to begin this real estate and hospitality lifestyle brand in the inspiring place I have called home for nearly 20 years,” said Andrew Ashcroft, managing director, in a written release. “Joining Marriott will provide future owners and guests of Alaia a unique opportunity to intimately connect to their surroundings, while embodying the high-quality standards of the Autograph Collection brand: heartfelt design, mark of craft and sense of place.”
Situated in the historic town of San Pedro, Alaia broke ground at the end of 2017 with a launch plan of five phases. The beachfront resort will feature 56 two-bedroom condominiums with lock off option and eight oceanfront villas, totaling 120 keys when completed in 2020.
When completed, Alaia will offer a beach club exclusive to guests and residents, a rooftop suspended pool and lounge with ocean views, a spa, a fitness center, a kids club, a dive shop and a live art gallery.
“Belize’s tourism is booming, with 2017 being a record year and vastly surpassing the 400,000-annual visitor threshold,” said Manuel Heredia, Belize’s minister of tourism. “With the industry playing an integral role on the country’s economy, Alaia has the government’s full support as it will take our country to new heights by boosting the employment growth, generating awareness around the destination, and allowing visitors to immerse themselves in Belize’s vibrant culture.”