Marriott’s Autograph Collection, Alaia, Lures High-End Buyers to Belize

by Carolee Chanona

With the future of travel looking brighter each day through positive vaccine news and better testing, new hotel properties press on during the pandemic to welcome guests, buyers, and more. Pre-pandemic, Belize had one of the fastest growing tourism rates in the Caribbean; major airlines may likely increase the number of direct international flights over the next few years. High-net-worth buyers have certainly taken notice as brands move in with property developments, including Alaia Belize, Autograph Collection® in San Pedro—Marriott’s first-ever property in Belize. Within August and September, all villas and studios have sold out; that is, according to Myles Newell of Waypoint Real Estate, which is marketing the project. Already, 2020 figures have outpaced 2019’s with 28 sales as of October 3, despite the on-going pandemic and then-travel restrictions.


Slated to debut in March 2021, Alaia Belize will be the newest boutique community resort and residential property in Belize. As the first to sit on 1,000 feet of beach, the Autograph collection hotel will also be one of the largest master-planned waterfront properties, spanning over 20 acres. A total of 155 swanky units offers residents exclusive access; including a beach club, Belize’s first rooftop suspended pool and lounge, a live art gallery, a fitness center, a full-service spa, and a dive shop.

“You can get a similar property that you would find in Turks and Caicos for a third of the price in Ambergris Caye. Everything is improving on the island; from the upgraded airports and water taxi terminals, to the streets which were once all sand that are now cobblestone. The quality of building and the product and the amenities are becoming more luxurious.”

– Debbie Wade, broker at Sancas Realty, an affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate said in a statement

Drawing inspiration from its natural surroundings, the eco-luxury property will feature interiors by renowned Brazilian  designer  Debora Aguiar, renowned for her eco-luxury aesthetics. The project sourced aproximately 70% of fabrics and raw materials in Belize; rustic marbles and stones, reclaimed wood, linen curtains, textured beige walls and earth-toned hues combine to complement sweeping Caribbean Sea-scapes.


While villas and studios have since sold out, the property features 56 two-bedroom condominiums ranging from US$349,000, with financing available. Besides, Belize is now open for international travel; while Alaia Belize pivoted marketing during the pandemic’s onset to include virtual sales, potential buyers are now scheduling their visit to the island. The bite-sized Caribbean nation continues to see a steady return of flight carriers and even inaugural routes, with flights to major U.S. hubs in 2.5 hours or less. Taking safety precautions and protocols into effect, construction presses on after delays from an industry-wide construction shutdown in the early months of COVID-19 in Belize. After being delayed three months from its original debut date, Alaia Belize is slated to open in March 2021.

All photos courtesy of Alaia Belize

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