JW Marriott Luxury Brand Heads to Turks and Caicos

WESTON, Fla.—JW Marriott Hotels and Resorts announced today during the Caribbean Hotel and Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS) its plans to open a new 380-room JW Marriott Hotel and Casino, which will include 16 residential condos located on the island of Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. The property will be operated by Marriott International under a long-term agreement with DesarrollosHotelco Turks and Caicos Ltd., a group made up of prominent regional investors. The nine-story hotel, scheduled to open in early 2016, will be built on an 11-acre site and is located on the Grace Bay beach along the north coast of Providenciales.

Walter Stipa, the majority investor of Desarrollos Hotelco Turks and Caicos Ltd, is also the majority shareholder of the 269-room JW Marriott Hotel Caracas, the 207-room Venezuela Marriott Hotel Playa Grande, and the 212-room Renaissance La Castellana Caracas. Additionally, Stipa owns the 320-room Ritz-Carlton Aruba, which is currently under construction and expected to open at the end of 2013.

“We are fortunate to have partners like Mr. Stipa and his team, who have an amazing eye for great sites and destinations with potential in the region,” stated Laurent de Kousemaeker, chief development officer for Marriott International Inc. in the Caribbean and Latin America “Turks and Caicos is a fabulous luxury Caribbean destination that currently has no supply of internationally renowned luxury brand hotels that offer the range of resort amenities which leisure and incentive guests are looking for.”

In addition to 380 guestrooms and suites, the hotel will feature a gourmet specialty restaurant, a three-meal-a-day restaurant, a lobby bar and lounge, and a pool bar and grill. It will have 1,300 square meters of meeting space, including a ballroom; as well as a 962-square-meter spa and fitness center, a kids/teen club, three swimming pools, and a 901-square-meter casino. The primary architect for the project is Robert M. Coleman and Partners, who also designed the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans, the Marriott’s Aruba Surf Club timeshare resort, the recently-opened Renaissance Curaçao Resort and Casino, and the Ritz-Carlton Aruba, currently under construction.

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