Marriott International’s Autograph Collection® Hotels set to debut in Belize – Alaia

by McNab Editorial Team
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Alaia, Belize’s newest beachfront real estate property development, joins Marriott International’s Autograph Collection® Hotels family.

Ambergris Caye, Belize (March 7th, 2018): Autograph Collection Hotels in partnership with owner and developer Andrew Ashcroft, today announced the Marriott brand will debut in Belize with the 2020 opening of Alaia – a one-of-a-kind boutique resort, set amidst the beautiful and culturally rich southern part of Ambergris Caye island. Alaia will join the 135 independent hotels in the brand’s diverse and dynamic collection. Each hotel celebrates the founder’s passion, thoughtfulness of design, inherent craft, and connection with the locale. This is the first for this brand in Belize and a significant milestone for all parties involved.

Andrew Ashcroft, Managing Director states.

“Joining Marriott will provide future owners and guests of Alaia [Belize] a unique opportunity to intimately connect to their surroundings while embodying the high-quality standards of the Autograph Collection brand: heartfelt design, a mark of craft, and sense of place.”

Laurent De Kousemaeker, Chief Development Officer, Marriott International Caribbean, and Latin America highlights in his remarks: “The unique Alaia boutique resort is defined by unique design in one of the most desirable locations in the world. We are excited to partner with Andrew Ashcroft on this Autograph Collection project, which marks an important milestone for the company in Belize.”

Alaia Will Emerge as a Boutique All-Villa Resort with Exquisite Residences

With a launch plan of five phases, this idyllic beachfront resort will feature a conversion of 35 units, 56 two-bedroom condominiums with lock-off options, and eight oceanfront villas, totaling 155 keys when completed.

Units blend indoor and outdoor space with 1,200 square feet indoors and almost 900 square feet in the open air. Prices range from $349,000 to $1.3 million, with the opportunity to extend the experience to others through a rental management program available for residents.

Other amenities include a beach club exclusive to residents, rooftop suspended pool and lounge with spectacular ocean views, full-service spa, fitness center, kids club, dive shop, and live art gallery.

In line with the Autograph Collection brand’s value for authenticity, Alaia will be crafted by an experienced design team with a worldly, eclectic sensibility, including i.E. Architecture and interiors by renowned Brazilian designer Debora Aguiar, who is known for her eco-luxury aesthetics. Designed to highlight the splendor of its natural surroundings, the residences will feature approximately 70% of fabrics and raw materials from Belize. This includes rustic marbles and stones, reclaimed wood, linen curtains, textured beige walls, and earth-toned hues to complement the awe-inspiring views of the Caribbean Sea.

For more information about Alaia, please visit For information on Autograph Collections Hotels, visit

About Autograph Collection Hotels

Autograph Collection Hotels, part of Marriott International, Inc., celebrates individuality by curating one-of-a-kind travel experiences at more than 135 independent hotels in nearly 30 countries and territories, among the world’s most desirable destinations. Exactly like nothing else, Autograph Collection Hotels are hand-selected for their rich character and uncommon details. A personal realization of an individual founder’s vision, these hotels are defined by unique design, differentiated guest experiences, and their meaningful role in locality.

Autograph Collection Hotels is proud to participate in the industry’s award-winning loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®. Members can now link accounts with Starwood Preferred Guest® at for instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer. For more information, please visit, and explore our social media channels on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to learn more about championing the independent spirit that is #ExactlyLikeNothingElse.

Source: Autograph Collection Hotels

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