On January 19, 2023, Marriott International and MARAEY announced that they had struck a deal to deliver the first Ritz-Carlton Reserve to South America.
MARAEY, Brazil’s biggest tourist-residential sustainable project, is located on the Costa do Sol (Sun Coast) in the municipality of Maricá, Rio de Janeiro. The Ritz-Carlton Reserve in MARAEY will join a global collection of just five Ritz-Carlton Reserve hotels in Thailand, Japan, Indonesia, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. The construction is set to begin in the second part of this year.
“We are thrilled to bring the exclusivity of Ritz-Carlton Reserve to Brazil, creating a new luxury destination for our discerning guests in South America. The property is an important addition as we build out our luxury presence in the region,” said Laurent de Kousemaeker, Chief Development Officer for Marriott International in the Caribbean and Latin America.
The Ritz-Carlton Reserve in MARAEY will include 58 individual villas, each with its private pool and views of the ocean and the neighboring Atlantic Forest habitat. The homes will be completely sustainable, constructed of naturally certified wood, and elevated off the ground, allowing local plants and animals to flourish. Private pools of up to 60 m2 will be available in the 90 to 155 m2 units. In addition to a designated leisure and sports area, resort facilities are scheduled to feature a health spa, pools, and dining outlets.
An Environmental Reference Center and a native-regeneration nursery will provide visitors with even more opportunities to interact with the rich and diverse natural environment.
MARAEY’s CEO, Emilio Izquierdo states, “Welcoming Ritz-Carlton Reserve to South America is a milestone for tourism in Brazil, establishing a new paradigm for the market. For us at MARAEY, the partnership brings the perfect balance between ultraluxury travel and the rare natural heritage of one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet. We will combine the forest, ocean, and lagoon, elements of a unique scenic assemble, with the most exclusive and sophisticated guest experience imaginable.”
The MARAEY project will also include a JW Marriott All-Inclusive resort and the world’s first Rock In Rio branded Autograph Collection.