DUBAI, UAE—The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has announced the brand’s latest property in its North Africa portfolio. The Ritz-Carlton Marrakech is owned by Jnan Amar Company, a subsidiary of Al Amal Investment Company (SIAMA) part of Azmi Abdelhadi Group of Saudi Arabia.
The resort will be developed around the Jenan Amar Polo Fields, which is part of an upscale community that’s nearby the city center of Marrakech and Lalla Takerkoust lake and nature reserve. The fortress-style resort will feature 60 hotel suites and 20 hotel villas of two, three and five bedrooms, bars and restaurants, a luxury spa and related leisure facilities. Jnan Amar Polo Resort development is envisaged as a powerful growth driver for tourism in the Marrakech region of Morocco, and the varied luxury components of the project coupled with its world-class polo fields will create a new lifestyle dynamic to the region.
Godwin Austen Johnson is the lead architect and interior designer, with the project already at the detailed design stage. The master development of the community has been completed including the roads, and the main polo field. Construction of the property is due to commence in the fourth quarter of 2013, with completion of the hotel projected for the third quarter of 2016.
Further properties currently under construction in North Africa are The Ritz-Carlton, Rabat, a 120-room hotel situated within the Royal Golf Dar Es Salam; The Ritz-Carlton, Tunis, a resort featuring 129-suites, situated close to the world heritage site of Carthage and Tamouda Bay; and Morocco a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Morocco a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Tamuda Bay, an upscale resort nestled along the Mediterranean, featuring a 98-luxury room hotel with 35 pool villa suites, a beach club, and an 18-hole Nicklaus design golf course.