Marriott International has plans to launch its first luxury safari lodge in Africa: JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge. The luxury tented camp is located on the banks of Kenya’s Talek River at the edge of Masai Mara National Reserve and is slated to open in February 2023.
JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge will have 20 luxury private tents, including an Executive Suite canvas-topped pavilion and two interconnecting canopied suites, ideal for families, each with a private deck overlooking the river. Facilities include a restaurant, lounge bar, spa, gym, studio, garden and an outdoor deck with fire pits. Conservation of the land and its inhabitants is the core of JW Marriott Masai Mara’s values. As a result, a majority of people employed at the property will belong to the local Masai community. Guests looking for immersive experiences will also have plenty of learning opportunities.
Emerging Destinations and CornerSun Destination Marketing have been selected to lead all North American travel trade and media relations, respectively. The partner agencies will work together to support the launch of the new lodge through extensive trade, marketing and communications initiatives. The CornerSun team will spearhead public relations and media efforts, while Emerging Destinations will oversee trade activity.
“We are so excited to introduce the JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge to American and Canadian travelers with the help of CornerSun and Emerging Destinations,” said Barnabas Wamoto, general manager, JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge. “Their comprehensive knowledge of the North American travel trade and media landscapes and proven success in launching new tourist experiences to market will undoubtedly be critical in positioning our brand for long-term success.”
A joint venture with Baraka Lodges, JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge is JW Marriott’s first venture into the safari market and its third hotel in Africa, joining properties in Egypt and Mauritius. Overall, Marriott International operates over 120 hotels and resorts across the continent.
For more information, visit www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/nbomj-jw-marriott-masai-mara-lodge.