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Marriott Opens First Resort in Belize: Alaia Belize Offers Four Diamond Luxury on Amergris Caye

May 23, 2021
Set among the beautiful and culturally rich southern part of the island of Ambergris Caye in Belize, Alaia debuted as the first Marriott International Autograph Collection hotel in Belize.

AMBERGRIS CAYE, BELIZE– For those with a zeal to discover the outdoors and live with purpose, owner and developer Andrew Ashcroft, in partnership with Autograph Collection Hotels, announces the grand opening of boutique resort Alaia Belize, Autograph Collection. Spanning over 20+ acres and the first in San Pedro Town to sit on more than 1,000 feet of beachfront access, Alaia Belize is a 155-unit complex operating as the first true four diamond resort on Ambergris Caye. The eco-luxury development is the first-ever Marriott International property in the country and evokes the founder’s passion, thoughtfulness of design, inherent craft and connection with the locale.

“With deep family roots in Belize and the hidden gem being my home for over 20 years, I wanted to ensure that Alaia Belize captured the lively spirit, genuine hospitality and friendliness of the destination and locals. My team and I worked closely with the Marriott International team to bring it all to fruition and allow our future guests and owners an opportunity to immerse themselves into the Belizean culture,” said Andrew Ashcroft. “No detail went unnoticed as we wanted to ensure that our travelers will be able to experience a new level of luxury on one of the world’s most photogenic yet untapped destinations. We are now ready to show the world all that Alaia Belize has to offer and take the country to new heights.”

Eco-Luxury Aesthetics 

Situated in the historic town of San Pedro – dubbed La Isla Bonita after the 1987 Madonna’s song about the island – Alaia Belize enables hotel guests and residential owners to intimately connect with their surroundings as it was designed to stimulate all five senses. With interiors curated by renowned Brazilian designer Debora Aguiar, the boutique resort is meant to invite guests to touch, stay and feel connected to Mother Nature, from the warm and harmonious ambiance, woven textures, natural fibers and touches of greenery. The design-forward hotel features 155 guest rooms and suites, ranging from studios to three bedrooms, with a natural color scheme to complement the stunning oceanfront views. Seamlessly blending the indoor and outdoor settings, the rooms offer an average of 1,200 square feet indoors and almost 900 square feet in open air, per unit. 

On the residential end, Alaia Belize is comprised of 71 stylish studios, two- and three-bedroom condominiums and eight oceanfront villas. Owners who don’t live full-time in Belize can put their condominiums or villas into a rental program booked through Marriott International’s reservation system and allow guests to live with a backdrop of deep blue waters. With exterior designs led by International Environments, the branded development features vertical green walls, specialty textured walls and crystal-clear glass windows to not interrupt any views of the tranquil Caribbean Sea and wild tropical foliage.

Autograph Collection Hotels advocates for the original, championing the individuality of each of its 200+ independent hotels located in the most desirable destinations across more than 30 countries and territories. Each hotel is a product of passion and a personal realization of its individual founder’s vision, making each hotel singular and special:  Exactly LikeNothing Else. Hand-selected for their inherent craft and distinct perspectives on design and hospitality, Autograph Collection hotels offer rich immersive moments that leave a lasting imprint. 

First of its Kind Experiences

Raising the luxury bar in Belize, hotel guests and owners have full access to first-of-its-kind amenities in the country, including Belize’s first-ever suspended rooftop pool and lounge with 360-degree views, the only luxury resort in Belize with a dive shop that also allows guests to receive a PADI certification onsite, K’in Spa & Wellness Center, a piano bar with a self-playing baby grand piano, kids’ club, adventure concierge, swimming pools with live DJs, branded golf carts and bicycles, and a live art gallery with local weavers, woodworkers and pottery makers to create custom handicrafts for guests to take a piece of Belize home with them.  

Catering to foodie travelers, Alaia Belize has endless dining and bar options with five different concepts. Sea Salt is the crown jewel of the property with fresh catches of the day, high-quality seafood and meat with a Belizean twist. For those looking to enjoy the tropical weather and gorgeous 360-degree views of the Caribbean Sea, Alaia has a Vista Rooftop restaurant concept with small plate offerings, such as sushi, poke bowls and conch for lunch, dinner and late nights. The beachfront hotel also has The Deck and Beach Bar restaurant for those looking for an open-air beachside lunch or dinner with local favorite dishes, such as tacos, ceviche, burgers, fish sandwiches, wraps, salads, pizza and classic cocktails. Alaia Belize also has a Piano Bar to offer an upscale lounge setting for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night with small pastries, cocktail snacks and high-end wine and cocktails offerings from Alaia’s very own mixologist. Lastly there is the The Terrace Bar for lunch and dinner with flavorful items, such as burgers, sandwiches, salads, ceviche and more. In true Belizean celebratory fashion, this area of the hotel has a lively spirit with DJs and in-pools cabanas for a VIP experience.

Un-Belize-Able Destination

“My team and I had a chance to visit with Andrew Ashcroft at the Alaia Belize earlier this year, while the property was still under construction. I am pleased that the day has finally come to open the doors of this beautiful four-diamond resort on the island of Ambergris Caye. It is a great milestone for the team and the country, as it is a testament of our growth to see high-end brands like Autograph Collection from Marriott International migrating into Belize, elevating our travel scene,” said Hon. Anthony Mahler, Belize’s Minister of Tourism and Diaspora Relations. “The government is fully supportive of hotel developments and legacy projects such as Alaia Belize, and we are incredibly proud of all the positive steps the Belize tourism industry is making to restore the confidence in travel among our international visitors.”

In October 2020, Belize officially reopened Philip Goldson International Airport to international visitors for leisure travel. As of January 2021, Belize moved on to Phase 4 of its reopening plan with the full reopening of the overnight tourism sector and allowing visitors to move around the country freely. In December 2020, Belize received a Safe Travel Stamp by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) in recognition of the country’s enhanced health and safety protocols. To uphold the certification, the Belize Tourism Board created the Tourism Gold Standard program to ensure that all hotels, restaurants and tour operators adapt and maintain health and safety policies, including sanitation practices, social interactions and standard operating procedures while ensuring minimal impact on the guest experience.

Known as the hidden gem of Central America and Caribbean, Belize’s clear blue waters and Caribbean culture is home to endless historic offerings, a variety of adventures and a melting pot of cultures. Just moments away from Alaia, owners and visitors can experience more than 200 caves filled with several preserved Mayan Temples, including Xunantunich (the second tallest ruin in the country), lush jungles, rainforest canopies, and archaeological sites including the Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave. For those looking to take a deeper dive and explore the beauty of Belize’s natural underwater locations, Alaia is 600 meters away from the world’s second largest barrier reef and a few minutes away from the ultimate world-class and unrivaled destination – The Great Blue Hole.

Ambergris Caye and Alaia Belize can be reached via Philip Goldson International Airport in Belize City. Then, travelers have to take a short 10-minute flight to San Pedro Airport or book tickets for a water taxi. Alaia Belize’s hotel concierge is available to help all guests book travel arrangements. A location for every traveler and every generation, Alaia Belize is offering an Un-Belize-Able Offer with special rates on a Vista Studio King Room, starting at $299.

For more information about Alaia Belize and/or to book your reservation, visit For information on Marriott International’s Autograph Collection Hotels, visit

Autograph Collection participates in Marriott Bonvoy, the global travel program from Marriott International. The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, exclusive experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and benefits including free nights and Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit

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Marriott Orlando Resorts Offer New Family Getaway Package

June 24, 2011

Explore Orlando’s hottest new attractions in the vacation capital of the world this summer including the new Grand Reef at Discovery Cove with the new Orlando Resort Family Getaway package through Marriott © 2011 Karen Rubin/

Explore Orlando’s hottest new attractions in the vacation capital of the world this summer including the new Grand Reef at Discovery Cove; 1,200-foot Screamin’ Gator Zip Line high-flying adventure at Gatorland; or The Cypress SkyCycle, a new ecotourism experience at Forever Florida (first of its kind in the U.S!)

Available at JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes®, Orlando World Center Marriott®, and Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld® through September 30, 2011, The Orlando Resort Family Getaway package includes:

• Resort accommodations with upgrade to pool view room
• Overnight self-parking
• Daily breakfast for two adults
• $25 nightly resort credit (can be applied towards resort purchases including food and beverage, spa services, golf green fees and merchandise at any resort shop)

JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes is set amidst 500 acres of lushly landscaped grounds, Grande Lakes Orlando is a unique destination with a level of service and facilities appealing to the sophisticated traveler.  With a luxury 582-room Ritz-Carlton and deluxe 1,000-room JW Marriott, an 18-hole Greg Norman designed championship golf course featuring the Golf Caddie Concierge Program, as well as a 40,000-square-foot spa and extensive meeting facilities, Grande Lakes truly redefines the Orlando experience.   Guests at both hotels have access to all the facilities at the resort. Grande Lakes is located 15 minutes from the Orlando International Airport, five minutes from the Orlando/Orange County Convention Center, and minutes from all the major theme parks. For more information or reservations, call 407-206-2300 or visit

Orlando World Center Marriott is a world beyond compare! An official hotel partner of SeaWorldâand home to over one-million gallons of liquid refreshment with six pools, including a lagoon pool with a 106-foot waterslide (Voted one of the World’s Coolest Hotel Pools by Forbes) and six whirlpool spas, the resort is an oasis of fun. Championship golf course, full-service spa, fitness center, tennis, basketball, volleyball and 10 diverse restaurants and lounges including a food court for families on the go. The Four-Diamond, 2000-room resort is located only 1.5 miles from Walt Disney World® and just minutes from SeaWorld® Orlando, Discovery Cove®, Aquatica™ and Universal Studios® Orlando. For more information or reservations, call 888-99-WORLD or visit

Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld boasts a prime location across from SeaWorld Orlando and adjacent to Discovery Cove and Aquatica.  The 781-room property expertly combines superior amenities and service with imaginative style in an ocean-themed setting.  Oversized guestrooms offer contemporary retreats that blend seamlessly with modern conveniences.  The property’s five dining outlets satisfy every palate including signature restaurant Mist Sushi & Spirits featuring creative cocktails and freshly prepared sushi.  The lavish nèu lotus spa offers a luxurious, tranquil respite for complete relaxation.  Featuring 185,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space, the property can accommodate groups both large and small.  Near all major Orlando attractions, shopping, golf, dining and more, Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld offers full-service amenities such as high-speed Internet access, resort-style pool, Shamu Game Room, Orlando attractions desk, FedEx Office Print & Ship CenterSM, a Starbucks® Coffee Shop and more.

For reservations, call 1-800-MARRIOTT or visit and request promotional code V2X. 

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October 15, 2010

Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando

The Orlando World Center Marriott Resort provides near access to Universal Studios and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter; special holiday rates © 2010/Karen Rubin/

Celebrate the joys of the season at the Four-Diamond, Orlando World Center Marriott Resort and unwrap the amazing savings of Holiday Advance Purchase Rates. Enjoy any one of the most popular and joyous occasions:

Thanksgiving stays, available Nov. 19-Dec. 2, rates are from $149 per room, per night.

Christmas and New Year’s stays, from Dec. 19, 2010 through Jan 2, 2011 are from $139 to $209 per room per night.

The family friendly 200-acre playground will be decked out in holiday style with festive and themed events and activities throughout the resort. Cheers to holiday drinks and dining specials in the restaurants. Kids can participate in holiday crafts, or watch their favorite holiday movie, before making a splash at the tropical lagoon pool with its 106-foot waterslide, cascading rock waterfalls and grotto, the resort’s hot spot for plenty of cool pool games. The world-class adventure continues with an indoor pool; secluded spa pool; two kid’s pools, and six whirlpool spas. Play a game of volleyball, basketball, tennis, ping-pong or venture a round of golf on the 18-hole championship course. Guests can also experience the full service Spa and 10 diverse restaurants and lounges including a food court, and a Starbucks® for families on the go.

The Orlando World Center Marriott Resort is located only 1.5 miles from Walt Disney World® and just minutes from SeaWorld® Orlando, Discovery Cove®, Aquatica™, and Universal Studios® Orlando.

For more information or reservations, call  888-99-World and ask for rate code ADP, or visit Orlando World Center Marriott Resort.

See also:  Inside Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter