NEW YORK—The Autograph Collection, Marriott International’s portfolio of independent hotels announced the addition of its 50th location with the inauguration of Hotel Punta Islita in Costa Rica. The milestone is a significant one for Autograph Collection, having reached 50 hotels in 13 countries in less than three years.
Representing the first hotel to join Autograph Collection in Central America, the 57-room Hotel Punta Islita rests on 85 acres along the Nicoya Peninsula in the southwestern part of Guanacaste province.
President and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International, Arne Sorenson, said, “To reach 50 hotels in less than three years is a testament to the vibrancy and success of Autograph Collection as an innovative business venture.”
Owned and operated by Grupo Islita, the Hotel Punta Islita specializes in sustainable tourism and programs involving guests on items including reforestation, animal protection, and water conservation. Support for local arts and education are signature elements of the Hotel Punta Islita experience, and the hotel’s Villafranca-Zurcher Foundation (Fundacion VZ) has championed ground breaking programs including the Islita Contemporary Art Museum and the Islita Creative Center. With a passionate dedication to help alleviate poverty and reverse environmental degradation in the region, local residents comprise more than 85 percent of the hotel’s staff.
Amenities include a nine-hole executive golf course, two swimming pools, spa, a secluded beach front with beach club, two restaurants, and small group meeting space. The hotel also has a private landing strip for small commuter aircraft, with commercial flights operating from San Jose on a regular schedule throughout the year.