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The Luxury Collection Heralds a New Beacon of Sophistication and Vibrancy in the Rocky Mountains with the Debut of The Hythe, a Luxury Collection Resort, Vail

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The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 extraordinary hotel brands, today announced the opening of The Hythe, a Luxury Collection Resort, Vail. Owned by DiamondRock Hospitality Company, the brand-new luxury resort concept in the heart of the Rocky Mountains debuts after undergoing a $40 million transformation, including an entirely revamped arrival and lobby experience, reinvigorated outdoor spaces and four brand-new culinary concepts. The resort marks Marriott International’s only Luxury Collection alpine resort in North America.

“With over 5,200 acres of world-renowned terrain, Vail, Colorado has become one of the most popular mountain resort communities in North America,” said Philipp Weghmann, Vice President and Global Brand Leader for The Luxury Collection. “The addition of The Hythe, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Vail to this legendary destination is an extension of the unique experiences available in the region. We are proud to announce the opening of the resort as the only Luxury Collection alpine resort in this iconic destination.”

Boasting 344 rooms, inclusive of 22 suites and 16 spacious residences, guests are situated just steps from the base of Vail Mountain where they can explore a plethora of outdoor experiences designed for every season or take in the charming and bustling cobblestone streets of Lionshead Village, which offers countless shops and art galleries. The Hythe serves as a gateway to Vail’s most exciting and desirable experiences, whether guests are looking to partake in exclusive alpine excursions or rejuvenate at the on-site recovery-focused spa. Inspired by the legendary founders of Vail Ski Resort, Pete Seibert and Earl Eaton, The Hythe reimagines the revelry, camaraderie, and hospitality of après ski, infusing the “good-time-was-had-by-all” spirit into all aspects of the guest experience, no matter the time of day or season.

Elevated Alpine Interiors
Helmed by Wilson Ishihara Design, the interiors of The Hythe are inspired by the origins of Vail, those who built it in the 1960s, and the beautiful surrounding nature that drove people to the destination. A pioneering spirit, hospitality, and a mutual love of skiing can be felt in each elevated design element. Adorned with elegant custom furniture and art pieces, entering the lobby brings guests into a majestic and serene Rocky Mountain design scheme. Punctuated with glamorous 60’s touches and historic ski references, the space brings guests a sense of unparalleled authenticity. Visitors will be pulled in by thoughtful, clean design details such as local Colorado calacatta marble quarried from the Rocky Mountain, carved wood feature art inspired by the local shepherding tradition of Arborglyphs, marble flooring textured to evoke snow fall on the landscape, carved black stone walls, and Douglas fir siding wood panels inspired by an alpine chalet.

The Hythe’s namesake, “haven,” is fully realized in the resort’s 344 guest rooms, which offer elegant and opulent spaces, creating a true respite. With a focus on design elements that invite relaxation and recovery from a day spent on-mountain, picture windows boast the same views of Vail Mountain that inspired the passion of Pete Siebert and Earl Eaton many years ago. Wood, stone, leather, and faux fur bring a welcoming sanctuary to lay one’s head or simply spend the whole day.

Mountain-Forward Cuisine with Colorado-Sourced Fare
Offering a series of unforgettable epicurean moments, The Hythe is home to four brand-new culinary spaces, all inspired by the Après All Day spirit and infusing an air of celebration into every meal. With a convivial atmosphere, the dining concepts at The Hythe are set to serve as the must-visit destination in Vail – for both hotel guests and visitors alike. The Hythe are grounded in a deep appreciation for the local land, its nourishing properties and the passion shared over a meal.

Most notably, The Hythe’s farm-to-table dinner concept, Margie’s Haas, is a tribute to the World War II local home cook, Margie Haas. Celebrating her flair for hosting, the restaurant is inspired by troopers from the 10th Mountain Division often driving through the valley on their way to Denver and stopping at the Haas’ home for one of Margie’s home-cooked meals after World War II began. The restaurant offers contemporary alpine cuisine with a fresh approach to classic recipes and ingredients. Lit by modern chandeliers accompanied by long farmhouse tables, wood, earth tones with pops of metallic bronze, the cozy homemade feeling in an atmosphere of effortless sophistication will serve couples, families, friends and business groups alike. Helmed by Executive Chef Patrick Dahms, the menu brings a modernized concept of his 35 years of experience in Alpine cuisine, inspired by his upbringing in Germany and his travels in South Tyrol in Italy and the Austrian Alps.

The Hythe’s lobby bar, 10th Mountain, is in the resort’s opulently transformed entrance welcoming in windswept guests. Partnering with local 10th Mountain Whiskey and Spirit Company, the bar is a place for guests to gather for an après cocktail around the custom lobby fireplace after days well-spent immersing themselves in Vail excursions. As guests imbibe, they have the opportunity to learn about the 10th Mountain Division in tandem with the history and importance of whiskey in the region. Guests looking to fuel up for a day on the slopes can visit Mountain Ration – the property’s grab & go concept inspired by the 1942 10th Mountain Division M-ration during winter combat or alpine training. And serving as the hub for gathering and celebration, Revel Lounge is The Hythe’s lounge bar slated to evoke a convivial atmosphere that will have guests wanting to linger longer. Revel infuses unique cocktails and exciting programming that will inspire guests to unwind during their stay.

Unforgettable Experiences
With memorable expeditions that can only be found in Vail, guests of The Hythe will find that every activity uncovers their passion for the destination. Whether guests are looking for beginner ski lessons or extreme off-roading with professionals, The Hythe is the perfect destination for every kind of alpine traveler. For those that wish to experience Vail in a completely immersive way, “Personal Adventure Stewards” will be available to help plan the ultimate itinerary, connecting guests in rare and exclusive ways to Vail’s unique topography. Most notably, Personal Adventure Stewards will schedule once-in-a-lifetime excursions through the resort’s partnership with Adventure IO. Hosted by pro athletes, local experts and global brand ambassadors, guests can partake in unforgettable expeditions paired to their interest and skill level. For those looking to make the most of Vail’s extreme sports: heliskiing, fly fishing, mountain biking and outdoor climbing experiences await. And for those looking for extreme adventures of the culinary variety, mushroom foraging and tours of local 10th Mountain Whiskey distillery are available. Not to be missed – the property touts a lively all-seasons pool and hot tub for guests to enjoy a well-earned soak after a day spent battling the elements.

Mountain Meetings & Events
If coming to The Hythe for a meeting-of-the-minds or celebration, the resort’s 29,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space comprises more than 20 sophisticated venues with alpine-modern style. Highly personalized service, unique arrival and departure gifts and distinctive offerings are shared with guests to honor the same passion that Pete Seibert and Earl Eaton felt upon summiting the peak. Event guests have access to The Hythe’s “Inspired Stewards,” providing masterful execution, innovation, and service to all attendees. For couples seeking an unparalleled venue to say “I do,” The Hythe offers rare experiences and truly one-of-a-kind wedding packages. All coupes will be paired with a “Romance Steward,” to meet all aspects of their wedding needs, from selecting a venue and booking a musical act, to arranging unforgettable moments for their guests while they’re on property.

Mile High Wellness
Guests of The Hythe have access to world-class spa and recovery-focused wellness offerings from the signature Well & Being Spa. The spa is home to a curated Recovery Lounge designed to prime and recuperate mountain explorers using indigenous ingredients, such as pin cherry and pine. It also offers innovative treatments such as an altitude-combatting oxygen bar, Vail’s only Himalayan salt lounge to provide anxiety relief, improved circulation, bone health and other benefits, as well as recovery treatments, to name a few. With a sleek and calming design scheme, the Well & Being Spa is tonal, textured and infused with scents of alpine flora, changing seasonally to match the scents of the forest outside.

High resolution images available HERE (credit: The Hythe, a Luxury Collection Resort, Vail)

About The Hythe, a Luxury Collection Resort, Vail
Nestled in the heart of the majestic Rocky Mountains, The Hythe, a Luxury Collection Resort, Vail boasts 344 rooms, 22 suites and 16 luxurious residences, while offering 29,000 square feet of unparalleled meeting and event space. Guests can dine at one of the four brand-new culinary concepts or indulge a day of wellness at the signature Well & Being Spa. Located at the base of Vail Mountain, just steps from the Eagle Bahn Gondola, visitors can enjoy countless activities year-around, including skiing, biking, taking a scenic gondola ride up to expansive views of Colorado’s renowned peaks, or exploring the cobblestone streets of Lionshead and Vail Village, offering hundreds of shops, boutiques and art galleries.

About The Luxury Collection®
The Luxury Collection®, part of Marriott International, Inc., is comprised of world-renowned hotels and resorts offering unique, authentic experiences that evoke lasting, treasured memories. For the global explorer, The Luxury Collection offers a gateway to the world’s most exciting and desirable destinations. Each hotel and resort is a unique and cherished expression of its location; a portal to the destination’s indigenous charms and treasures. Originated in 1906 under the CIGA® brand as a collection of Europe’s most celebrated and iconic properties, today The Luxury Collection brand is a glittering ensemble of nearly 120 of the world’s finest hotels and resorts in more than 35 countries and territories. All of these hotels, many of them centuries old, are internationally recognized as being among the world’s finest. For more information and new openings, visit theluxurycollection.com or follow Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. The Luxury Collection is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy, the global travel program from Marriott International. The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, exclusive experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including free nights and Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit MarriottBonvoy.marriott.com.

About Marriott Bonvoy®
Marriott Bonvoy’s extraordinary portfolio offers renowned hospitality in the most memorable destinations in the world, with 30 brands that are tailored to every type of journey. From The Ritz-Carlton and St. Regis to W Hotels and more, Marriott Bonvoy has more luxury offerings than any other travel program. Members can earn points for stays at hotels and resorts, including all-inclusive resorts and premium home rentals, and through everyday purchases with co-branded credit cards. Members can redeem their points for experiences including future stays, Marriott Bonvoy Moments, or through partners for luxurious products from Marriott Bonvoy Boutiques. To enroll for free or for more information about Marriott Bonvoy, visit marriottbonvoy.com.

About DiamondRock Hospitality Company
DiamondRock Hospitality Company is a self-advised real estate investment trust (REIT) that is an owner of a leading portfolio of geographically diversified hotels concentrated in top gateway markets and destination resort locations. The Company owns 31 premium quality hotels with over 10,000 rooms. The Company has strategically positioned its hotels to be operated both under leading global brand families such as Hilton and Marriott as well as unique boutique hotels in the lifestyle segment. For further information on the Company and its portfolio, please visit DiamondRock Hospitality Company’s website at www.drhc.com.

About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading global mountain resort operator. Vail Resorts’ subsidiaries operate 37 destination mountain resorts and regional ski areas, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Crested Butte in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada; Perisher, Falls Creek and Hotham in Australia; Stowe, Mount Snow, Okemo in Vermont; Hunter Mountain in New York; Mount Sunapee, Attitash, Wildcat and Crotched in New Hampshire; Stevens Pass in Washington; Liberty, Roundtop, Whitetail, Jack Frost and Big Boulder in Pennsylvania; Alpine Valley, Boston Mills, Brandywine and Mad River in Ohio; Hidden Valley and Snow Creek in Missouri; Wilmot in Wisconsin; Afton Alps in Minnesota; Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and Paoli Peaks in Indiana. Vail Resorts owns and/or manages a collection of casually elegant hotels under the RockResorts brand, as well as the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning and development subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com.

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Super Bowl, Super Charged: Marriott Bonvoy Gives Football Fanatic Members VIP Access To Pinch-Yourself Experiences at Super Bowl LVI

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Today Marriott Bonvoy Moments launches a series of amazing Super Bowl LVI packages for members to redeem using points

Football fans have something to celebrate today as exclusive NFL Moments go live on the Marriott Bonvoy Moments platform. These money-can’t-buy packages allow members of Marriott Bonvoy’s award-winning travel program to use their points to access incredible experiences at Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles – something no other travel program can offer.

The Marriott Bonvoy Moments platform gives members the chance to use Marriott Bonvoy points earned from travel and everyday activities such as hotel stays at Marriott’s 30 extraordinary hotel brands, cobrand credit card purchases, ride-sharing, or food delivery, to gain VIP access to bucket list experiences all over the globe. Members may redeem their points for either fixed-price experiences or use them to bid on packages through auctions.

Starting today, the Marriott Bonvoy Moments platform will offer multiple exclusive Super Bowl LVI experiences that will give members an unforgettable way to enjoy the biggest weekend in football. This includes the chance to meet NFL Legends, gain field access at Super Bowl LVI and attend Super Bowl LVI in style in the Courtyard by Marriott stadium suite. Two lucky winners will even get the VIP treatment at the iconic Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show.

These Moments experiences are the culmination of a series of money-can’t-buy packages offered by Marriott Bonvoy Moments throughout this year’s football season, which has included everything from attending NFL Draft, to learning how to “make the call” on plays with the NFL’s VP of Officiating, Training and Education.

The full list of Super Bowl Marriott Bonvoy Moments experiences available starting today are:

  • Stand in for NFL players at the Super Bowl dress rehearsal + Super Bowl LVI Stadium Suite Tickets (1 x package available): Kick off your Super Bowl LVI weekend on Friday, when you stand in for NFL players as the NFL Game Presentation team rehearses player introductions for Super Bowl Sunday. You’ll walk through the endzone tunnel and run out onto the Super Bowl field and feel what it’s like to be an NFL player. On Sunday, join a brunch with fellow Marriott Bonvoy members to talk football and share predictions for the game. Then, attend the biggest game of the year with suite tickets.
  • VIP access to the Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show (2 x packages available): Enjoy a VIP experience at the Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show.
  • Walk the Red Carpet and Attend NFL Honors + Super Bowl LVI Stadium Suite Tickets (2 x packages available): Attend the star-studded red carpet at the NFL Honors event, the league’s annual awards show recognizing the NFL’s best players, performances, and plays from 2021. This package also includes suite tickets for the Super Bowl.
  • Pregame field access + Super Bowl LVI Stadium Suite Tickets (2 x packages available): Kick off this bucket list experience with the ultimate pregame access to Super Bowl LVI and enjoy the game afterwards from suite seats.
  • Super Bowl LVI Stadium Suite Tickets + Postgame field access (2 x packages available): After watching the game from a suite, see what championship confetti looks like firsthand as you feel the turf under your feet with your postgame field access.
  • Members-only Game Day Brunch + Super Bowl LVI Stadium Suite Tickets (12 x packages available): Experience a VIP weekend in Los Angeles, kicking off with a brunch with fellow Marriott Bonvoy members to talk football. Then take in the biggest game of the year from suite seats.
  • Tickets to Courtyard House presented by Visa, exclusively for Marriott Bonvoy Visa Cardholders (Multiple Packages Available): See and be seen with some of the greatest names in the NFL at this exclusive pre-game party which includes premium food, drinks and a live, intimate performance by a soon-to-be-announced artist. A select number of packages will include the opportunity to attend a private meet-and-greet with the artist during the party. Dance and mingle with fellow football fanatics while talking all about the upcoming game as you kick off this epic weekend in style. Members must be a Marriott Bonvoy Visa cardholder to redeem these packages.
  • Coming Soon: Virtual Super Bowl LVI Chalk Talk with an NFL Legend (25 x packages available): Those unable to be at Super Bowl in person don’t need to miss out on the fun. Join an NFL Legend in an exclusive virtual experience as they explain how the NFL teams prepare for Super Bowl weekend and listen to firsthand stories from playing in the NFL to competing to be Super Bowl Champion.
  • Coming Soon: Have an NFL Legend Coach Your Youth Football Team (1 x package available): As well as Super Bowl LVI Moments, members will also have the chance to have an NFL Hall of Famer coach a session with one member’s youth football team in the lead up to the big game.

“Our members are passionate football fans excited take their passion for the game back on the road this NFL season and for the return of in-person football experiences,” said David Flueck, Senior Vice President, Marriott Bonvoy. “We’re thrilled to be able to offer these once-in-a-lifetime Marriott Bonvoy Moments at the Super Bowl once again through our longtime partnership with the NFL, giving our members the chance to use their points to make unforgettable memories with friends, family, and new connections.”

Marriott Bonvoy has been offering members exclusive access to the NFL’s most coveted events since 2016. To date, football fanatics have redeemed more than 94M points to pursue their passion for football with exclusive access to luxury suite seats, hands-on master classes, meet and greets and more.

To bid on one of the Super Bowl LVI experiences, or to find out what else Marriott Bonvoy Moments has to offer, visit https://moments.marriottbonvoy.com/

About Marriott Bonvoy®
Marriott Bonvoy, Marriott International’s award-winning travel program and marketplace, gives members access to transformative, eye-opening experiences around the corner and across the globe. Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 extraordinary brands offers renowned hospitality in the most memorable destinations in the world. Members can earn points for stays at hotels and resorts, including all-inclusive resorts and premium home rentals, as well as through everyday purchases with co-branded credit cards. Members can redeem their points for experiences including future stays, Marriott Bonvoy Moments, or through partners for luxurious products from Marriott Bonvoy Boutiques. With the Marriott Bonvoy app, members enjoy a level of personalization and contactless experience that allows them to travel with peace of mind. To enroll for free or for more information about Marriott Bonvoy, visit marriottbonvoy.com. To download the Marriott app, go here. Travelers can also connect with Marriott Bonvoy on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa Unveils New Family Suites With Lofted Beds and Kid-Friendly Elements Designed to Create Family Moments

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JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa today introduces its new collection of Family Suites, four suites specially created to encourage moments of family togetherness and connection. When the day is over, the Family Suites offer exclusive amenities to promote a healthier, more restful sleep for all. A part of JW Marriott’s Family by JW programming, each suite will boast two separate rooms with kid-approved loft beds, whimsical design elements and interactive surprises.

Designed by Bilkey Llinas Design, the Family Suites sleep up to nine and feature two bedrooms, one with a queen bed and full-sized, lofted bunk beds and one with a king bed with a pull-out twin sofa sleeper. The suites also include two bathrooms with tubs and separate showers as well as a living area with a guest bathroom and additional sofa bed. First-of-their-kinds for JW Marriott, the suites showcase kid-friendly elements like chalkboard walls to express creativity, a play table with a giraffe lamp and just-the-right-size blue and orange stools, as well as the perfect book nook: a cozy, circular built-in seating area with an inviting, curved orange cushion. The connecting room layout gives adults their own retreat, one still close enough to ensure quality time with little ones. Like all Family by JW offerings, the Family Suites are inspired by J. Willard “J.W.” Marriott, the namesake of the JW Marriott brand, who always made time for creating lasting memories with family and friends.

“We have received requests for larger, family-style rooms at JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek due to our location within the gates of Walt Disney World, our kid-friendly amenities and the ongoing trend of multigenerational travel,” said Sam Basu, General Manager of JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa. “The Family Suites help fulfill this need and encourage families to spend quality time together during their stay. Along with a curated, in-room ‘Sleepy Snack’ menu prepared by our chef, these rooms promote quality rest so everyone can be recharged for another day in the Orlando sun.”

From Playtime to Bedtime, Family Suite Well-being Amenities
Even after a long day at a theme park, the excitement of a vacation makes it hard for little ones to settle their minds. To make nap and bedtime easier, the resort’s newly appointed Executive Chef Melissa Sallman has created an exclusive “Sleepy Snack” in-room dining menu to inspire sweet dreams. With healthy options for the entire family, the menu includes a berry yogurt smoothie and crackers & cheese for kids, as well as tropical fruit skewers, rosemary & sea salt roasted cashews and herbal hot tea for adults—all ingredients recommended by the Sleep Foundation to promote relaxation and a better sleep.

In addition, to encourage little ones to fall and stay asleep, JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek has collaborated with Skip Hop, an innovative brand with grow-with-baby designs and must-haves that make life with little ones easier (and more fun!) for everyone. In each suite, guests will find a Skip Hop Moonlight & Melodies Nightlight Soother Owl to lull children to dream.

“The Family Suites at JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek are a first for JW Marriott and a reflection of the way families want to travel together today,” said Bruce Rohr, vice president and global brand leader of JW Marriott. “The new suites speak to the importance our brand places on family togetherness through Family by JW as well as our commitment to well-being, and will allow families to create and cherish memories with us.”

Booking is now open for the Family Suites and rates start at $999.

About JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa
JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek is luxury with a purpose, paired with inspiring architecture, contemporary design and associates who warmly welcome you and anticipate your needs. It’s a chance to connect with nature and find amenities and activities that nurture the soul. It is both approachable and authentic. An elevated experience that’s equally uplifting. A location that engages the Walt Disney World action, with pathways to harness your inner energy, find greater clarity and create mindful moments that make you feel whole. Learn more at jwmarriottorlandobonnetcreek.com.

About JW Marriott
JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio of brands and consists of beautiful properties and distinctive resort locations around the world. Inspired by the principles of mindfulness, JW Marriott is a haven designed to allow guests to focus on feeling whole – present in mind, nourished in body, and revitalized in spirit – through programs and offerings that encourage them to come together and experience every moment to the fullest. Today there are more than 100 JW Marriott hotels in more than 30 countries and territories worldwide that cater to sophisticated, mindful travelers who come seeking experiences that help them be fully present, foster meaningful connections and feed the soul. Visit JW Marriott online, and on Instagram and Facebook. JW Marriott is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy, the global travel program from Marriott International. The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, exclusive experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including free nights and Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit MarriottBonvoy.marriott.com.

About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of roughly 7,900 properties under 30 leading brands spanning 138 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company offers Marriott Bonvoy®, its highly-awarded travel program. For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com. In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.

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Marriott International Signs Agreement with Wasl to Open W Dubai – Mina Seyahi

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Marriott International, Inc. today announced it has signed an agreement with wasl Hospitality & Leisure LLC, a subsidiary of wasl Asset Management Group, to bring the W Hotels Worldwide brand to Dubai’s sought-after Jumeirah Beach coastline. Expected to welcome its first guests in 2022, W Dubai – Mina Seyahi is set to become an iconic addition to Dubai’s skyline and a new buzzing, urban escape in the cosmopolitan city.

“We are seeing increasing demand for luxury lifestyle brands in Dubai, and with its mix of culture and high-energy lifestyle, the emirate is the perfect destination for the trend-setting W Hotels brand,” said Candice D’Cruz, Vice President – Luxury Brands, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Marriott International. “With its unexpected design and iconic, socially driven Whatever/Whenever® service, W Dubai – Mina Seyahi will become a destination within a destination.”

His Excellency Hesham Al Qassim, CEO of wasl Asset Management Group, said: “We are pleased to sign this agreement and introduce W Dubai – Mina Seyahi to the renowned Mina Seyahi complex in Dubai Marina. This new property, which is among several other Marriott International hotels that wasl brought and launched in the emirate, will be an exciting addition to Dubai’s hospitality sector. We continue to look forward to developing further hotels to cement our position as a key player in the hospitality sector”.

Located close to Dubai’s thriving leisure destinations, such as Dubai Marina and JBR Walk, W Dubai – Mina Seyahi is well-situated to offer guests a vibrant and playful escape. The 31-storey hotel is expected to feature 318 guestrooms, including 26 suites and an Extreme WOW Suite (W’s take on a Presidential Suite). The W Lounge (the brand’s signature take on the hotel lobby) is anticipated to draw inspiration from a Middle Eastern gathering place and will be a dynamic and lively space, where guests can mix and mingle over crafted cocktails and light bites. Anticipated plans include a new sunset destination experience by the pool overlooking the stunning Mina Seyahi bay, as well as a signature outlet on the 31st floor, with unsurpassed views of Dubai’s world-famous Palm Jumeirah Island.

FUEL, the W brand’s high-energy, social take on wellness that allows guests to focus on mind and body, will be at the heart of the BAR-B spa, which is expected to feature three treatment rooms and a beauty bar. The FIT Fitness Centre will see UK-born 1Rebel, the ultimate sport-luxe fitness experience, make its debut in the UAE, with a 2500-square-metre, dual-storey studio in the hotel.

“We are thrilled to strengthen our relationship with wasl Group to open W Dubai – Mina Seyahi in such an important leisure destination in Dubai,” said Sandeep Walia, Chief Operating Officer, Middle East, Marriott International. “This new hotel underscores our commitment to growing our luxury portfolio in the Middle East, while signifying the demand for the W Hotels brand in the region.”

Marriott International currently operates six properties and residences under the W Hotels brand across the Middle East. W Dubai – Mina Seyahi is anticipated to be the brand’s second property in Dubai.

For more information, please visit www.whotels.com.

About W Hotels Worldwide
Born from the bold attitude and 24/7 culture of New York City, W Hotels, part of Marriott International, Inc., has disrupted and redefined the hospitality scene for over two decades. Trailblazing its way around the globe, with nearly 60 hotels, W is defying expectations and breaking the norms of traditional luxury wherever the iconic W sign lands. With a mission to fuel guests’ lust for life, W ignites an obsessive desire to soak it in, live it up and hit repeat. The brand’s provocative design, iconic Whatever/Whenever service and buzzing Living Rooms create an experience that is often copied but never matched. Innovative, inspiring and infectious, the brand’s super-charged energy celebrates guests’ endless appetite to discover what’s new/next in each destination, to see more, feel more, go longer, stay later. For more information on W Hotels, visit whotels.com/theangle or follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. W Hotels Worldwide is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy®, the global travel program from Marriott International. The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, exclusive experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including free nights and Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit MarriottBonvoy.marriott.com.

About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of roughly 7,900 properties under 30 leading brands spanning 138 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company offers Marriott Bonvoy®, its highly-awarded travel program. For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com. In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.

About wasl Asset Management Group
wasl Asset Management Group, one of the largest real estate management companies in Dubai, was established by the Dubai Real Estate Corporation (DREC) in 2008 to oversee the management of its assets and grow its real estate portfolio. Through its three subsidiaries; wasl properties, wasl hospitality and leisure and dubai golf; wasl operates in various real estate, lifestyle, leisure, hospitality, and business sectors. wasl’s main objective is to strengthen Dubai’s position as the premier hub to live and work in and at the same time be the ultimate destination for tourists.

wasl hospitality and leisure’s portfolio constitutes of 7,204 hotel rooms, of which 5,531 rooms are distributed among 20 hotels and 1,673 hotel apartments among 10 hotels.

For further information please visit: www.wasl.ae

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Aloft Hotels Turns Up the Volume on Breakfast with New Menu Across More Than 150 North American Hotels

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Today, Aloft Hotels, the innovative brand for music enthusiasts and tech-savvy travelers part of Marriott Bonvoy’s diverse portfolio of 30 extraordinary brands, announces a rebooted breakfast concept at over 150 hotels across North America, beginning this November with a full rollout by January 2022.

Driven by recent insights gathered by Aloft Hotels from guests and hotel owners, the new breakfast concept is purposefully designed to meet the needs of today’s next-Gen travelers, complete with plant-based menu items and more on-the-go options, catering to the socially conscious and transient lifestyle. Aloft’s breakfast is part of Re:fuel by Aloft℠, the 24/7 one-stop shop for snacks and bites.

“Aloft’s new breakfast concept was rebooted with current consumer tastes and preferences in mind. The pandemic presented a unique opportunity for us to holistically reassess how we can deliver a fun breakfast experience to our guests with emphasis on quality and speed,” said Jeff Tomczek, Vice President and Global Brand Leader, Distinctive Select Brands at Marriott International. “Rather than scaling back F&B, we wanted to introduce a new, differentiated Re:fuel breakfast menu that is tasty and convenient so that both business and leisure travelers stay satisfied while on the road.”

Breakfast Vibes are High with a New Twist on Sweet & Savory Favorites

For the first time since the brand’s launch in 2008, Aloft is offering a plant-based menu option. The Plant-Based Sandwich features Beyond Meat’s signature breakfast sausage, along with its JUST egg patty and savory vegetables on an everything bagel.

Also on the menu is the Egg & Chorizo Wrap, which includes hash browns, cheddar and fire roasted salsa, and The OG B.E.C. sandwich combining bacon, fried egg, and cheddar with roasted tomato and spinach on a brioche bun – both made with cage-free eggs. Travelers can also munch on the Funfetti and Maple-Glazed Cinnamon Rolls with cream cheese icing or The Breakfast Biscuit, a homestyle buttermilk biscuit sandwich with pork sausage and egg from certified woman/BIPOC-owned Mason Dixie.

The enhanced breakfast menu also serves up Nutella Waffles with mixed berries and powdered sugar, gluten-free Baked Bacon Egg Bites, and Steel Cut Oatmeal topped with dried fruit.

A New Hot Sauce Bar Heats Things Up

Re:fuel is getting saucy with a new fiery hot sauce bar featuring Yellowbird, the cult-favorite, Texas-born-and-based sauce brand. According to recent Instacart purchase data[1], hot sauce is one of the most popular condiments online shoppers buy in many U.S. cities – in fact, the grocery delivery service reportedly delivered enough hot sauce to fill 14,000 kiddie pools over the past year. Travelers who like it hot can top off their breakfast with a choice of organic Sriracha, Serrano, Habanero, or Ghost Pepper hot sauce.

New Grab-and-Go Options Make Busy Mornings a Breeze

Aloft’s grab-and-go offering has expanded to include fast and fresh breakfast that make for a delicious dive into the day, including superfood options like the immune-boosting Sambazon Açaí Bowls and Dragon Fruit Coconut Chia Oats, as well as Chobani yogurt parfaits, baked goods and more.

Guests Can Perk Up with Cold Brew Made with Oatly

In collaboration with Oatly, the original Swedish oat drink company, Aloft is debuting cold brew for the first time with flavors including Signature Toasted Marshmallow, French Vanilla and Roasted Hazelnut for a morning mood boost.

The Aloft breakfast menu is part of Marriott Bonvoy’s enhanced suite of offerings, which invites more possibilities that propel the guest experience from ordinary to extraordinary than ever before. With its vast network of 30 leading brands and endless experiences, Marriott Bonvoy is a catalyst for transforming one’s view of the world – giving meaning through travel, sparking connection, and fueling understanding.

For more information about Aloft Hotels and Re:fuel, please visit https://aloft-hotels.marriott.com. Join the conversation @alofthotels and #AloftHotels.

About Aloft Hotels®
Aloft Hotels currently operates more than 200 hotels in 29 countries and territories. Catering to a tech-savvy, music-loving crowd, the brand offers vibrant, eclectic spaces that thrive off bringing people together. A brand for music lovers and music makers alike, Aloft is best known for its emphasis on innovative music programming through its Live at Aloft platform. Signature brand amenities include WXYZ® bar, Re:mix® lounge, grab-and-go breakfast concept Re:fuel by Aloft®, and pet-friendly program Arf® (Animals R Fun). Aloft moves to its own beat – it is Different. By Design. – using technology and design to enhance experiences and evolve with the needs of its guests. For more information, visit www.alofthotels.com and follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Aloft is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy®, the global travel program from Marriott International. The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, exclusive experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments, and unparalleled benefits including free nights and Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit MarriottBonvoy.com.

About Marriott Bonvoy®
Marriott Bonvoy encompasses Marriott International’s extraordinary portfolio of brands – including the largest collection of luxury properties, award-winning loyalty program, Homes & Villas by Marriott International, online retail shop with 13 branded boutiques, and access to endless experiences – all available through the Marriott Bonvoy Mobile app. Members can earn and redeem points for stays and accelerate the points they earn with co-branded credit cards from JP Morgan Chase and American Express. For more information about Marriott Bonvoy or to enroll in the loyalty program for free and receive member benefits, visit marriottbonvoy.com and to download the Marriott Bonvoy Mobile app, visit mobile-app.marriott.com. Travelers can also connect with Marriott Bonvoy on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

[1]https://www.instacart.com/company/company-updates/controversial-condiments-a-dip-dive-into-americas-love-hate-relationship-with-saucy-spreads/

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A Feast for the Senses: W Hotels Starts a New Scene with the Debut of W Xiamen

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W Hotels Worldwide, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 extraordinary hotel brands, today announces the opening of W Xiamen. Owned by Powerlong Group, the hotel is set in Xiamen’s trendy, downtown East Business District where sunset reveals an edgy, creative street culture and an upscale dining scene. This makes it the ideal locale for a design-led hotel that provides guests the ultimate insider access to all the design, fashion, fuel and music in its destination.

“Xiamen is a dynamic and highly charged city with a youthful energy and drive that is an ideal fit for the W Hotels brand,” said Tom Jarrold, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels Worldwide. “Our playful and intriguing nature comes to life through immersive art and design, Happenings like live music performances and our Whatever/Whenever service, which we know will be embraced by local creatives and international travelers alike.”

Look + Listen
The hotel’s design by Hirsch Bedner Associates pays tribute to Xiamen’s tropical surroundings, natural beauty of its harbor and its transformation from an industrial port city to a modern music mecca. Here, the mixing of people over millennia has inspired an idiosyncratic culture that embraces wildly varied musical forms and young, rebellious attitudes which W Xiamen captures through show-stopping digital installations and specially commissioned art pieces.

At W the Store, the iconic look of Gaojia opera singers is reimagined as contemporary art, with hypnotic faces rendered in oil paint on curved metal walls. Before stepping into the Living Room (W’s signature take on the lobby), guests find themselves in an electric forest made of neon glass pillars, their hushed stillness contrasted with sudden bursts of flute notes played every time guests approach the lobby centerpiece — an interactive art piece inspired by the musical instruments displayed at a local organ museum.

Among the highlights of W Xiamen’s 293 guest rooms and suites are feature walls that use digitally rendered artworks to bring the city’s tropical nature indoors by means of RGB (red-green-blue) illustrations that work as a color puzzle with pieces falling into place once the ambient light shifts from one color to the next, as well as consoles and coffee tables inspired by Bo Bing, a popular local dice game. The Extreme WOW Suite is a 262-square-meter contemporary art-filled venue that sets the scene for private parties. An expansive entertainment area is anchored by a plush L-shaped sofa, and the suite’s party trick activates with a flick of a switch, amping up the drama with underwater ripples across the room.

Touch + Taste
W Xiamen’s four distinctive dining concepts are set to captivate travelers and locals with innovative fare and eclectic beverage offerings. At HEAT, the destination bar by WET (the pool), music curator Marc Lussier spins as guests sip on Champagne in a hot tub. On the menu are modern street food-inspired bar bites and cocktails that pay homage to the island’s ancient Amoy heritage. Nestled within the lobby-level Living Room is SOUNDSCAPE, a socially-responsible community hub to recharge with organic brews and healthy beverages to the soundtrack of W-curated music.

Thrill-seekers can dive into a fusion of Cantonese and Minnan flavors at MIN YEN, which hosts private Cognac tastings paired with mystery menus. For all-day dining, all roads lead to NINE, an upscale food hall by day with nine interactive stations that tempt with fresh baked goods and handmade noodles during the day. At night, NINE serves premium steaks and seafood. In the afternoons, a sophisticated HI TEA @ NINE highlights Fujian’s tea culture with a selection of rare infusions, along with customized craft beers.

GATHER
The hotel’s 1,000 square-meter Great Room with avant-garde art and cutting-edge technology features a 110-square-meter LED screen, the largest in the city, to create events like no other. Color-changing starburst ceiling bulbs add extra sparkle to every celebration. W Xiamen also offers highly customizable Studios for smaller events with décor featuring floral resin tables and abstract oil paintings, a reminder that art and commerce often go hand in hand.

DETOX.RETOX.REPEAT.
At FIT, W Xiamen’s 24/7 fitness center, a dramatic speaker wall keeps both casual gym-goers and fitness obsessives in the groove. WET — a rainbow-hued aqualand — features a mosaic wall reflecting gently filtered sunlight, sending a prism of lilacs and canary yellows dancing on the surface of the pool. AWAY SPA sits on the highest floor and offers a tranquil antidote to Xiamen’s hustle and bustle with calming spaces inspired by a colony of egrets. In addition to couple’s massages, manicures and pedicures, the hotel’s signature spa treatment, Egret Does Massage soothes the body and mind with a pampering foot ritual followed by the gentle application of essential oils using feathers in a light motion resembling an egret’s flight.

“With W’s arrival in Xiamen, luxury-minded jetsetters with a passion for music and design will find all the things that make Xiamen such a compelling destination,” said Henry Lee, President, Greater China, Marriott International. “To make it possible for the local and international tastemakers to experience this forward-looking city through W lens, we distilled the most exciting sounds, flavors and ideas and interpreted them through iconic design, visionary dining and carefully-curated music.”

For more information or to make a reservation, please visit wxiamen.com.

About W Hotels Worldwide
Born from the bold attitude and 24/7 culture of New York City, W Hotels, part of Marriott International, Inc., has disrupted and redefined the hospitality scene for over two decades. Trailblazing its way around the globe, with nearly 60 hotels, W is defying expectations and breaking the norms of traditional luxury wherever the iconic W sign lands. With a mission to fuel guests’ lust for life, W ignites an obsessive desire to soak it in, live it up and hit repeat. The brand’s provocative design, iconic Whatever/Whenever service and buzzing Living Rooms create an experience that is often copied but never matched. Innovative, inspiring and infectious, the brand’s super-charged energy celebrates guests’ endless appetite to discover what’s new/next in each destination, to see more, feel more, go longer, stay later. For more information on W Hotels, visit whotels.com/theangle or follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. W Hotels Worldwide is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy®, the global travel program from Marriott International. The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, exclusive experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including free nights and Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit MarriottBonvoy.marriott.com.

About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of roughly 7,800 properties under 30 leading brands spanning 138 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company offers Marriott Bonvoy®, its highly-awarded travel program. For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com. In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.

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The Ritz-Carlton Debuts in Mexico City, Shining a New Light on This Center of Commerce and Culture

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The Ritz-Carlton, Mexico City is located along the Paseo de Reforma and features uninterrupted views of Chapultepec Park.
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The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is excited to announce the debut of The Ritz-Carlton, Mexico City, providing discerning travelers with a new way to discover one of the world’s most dynamic destinations. Transforming the city’s skyline and sitting amongst the country’s tallest buildings, the hotel is centrally located along the iconic Paseo de Reforma and showcases uninterrupted views of the famed Chapultepec Park. Featuring the legendary service of the brand’s Ladies and Gentlemen, each detail of the hotel is thoughtfully designed to immerse guests in the city’s rich culture and offer a unique perspective on this beloved destination.

“We are thrilled to bring The Ritz-Carlton brand to Mexico City, exemplifying our commitment to delivering unparalleled experiences and creating meaningful memories in the world’s most exciting markets,” said Donna McNamara, Vice President and Global Brand Leader, The Ritz-Carlton. “Whether enjoying a hotel tour with a local historian to be immersed into the Mexican rituals and celebrations that inspired the hotel design, or allowing our Ladies and Gentlemen to curate a day of exploration in the city, we are excited to provide both guests and locals with a unique lens on this incredible destination.”

Soaring 58-stories high, The Ritz-Carlton, Mexico City is located in a stunning building concepted by Taller G and features 153 guest rooms and suites. Capitalizing on its enviable location and views, a double glass façade provides unique open-air terraces, inviting guests to discover a new perspective on the enchanting city. The interiors, designed by Chapi Chapo Design, were created to serve as a looking glass into Mexico City’s dynamic past, present, and future. Paying homage to the city’s profound influence on the surrealist art movement, the hotel embraces the way famed Mexican artists like Frida Kahlo, Gunther Gerzso and Leonora Carrington celebrated their indigenous roots and broke away from colonial influences. At The Ritz-Carlton, Mexico City, the use of metals, mirrors and glass serve to reflect the exterior into the interior, creating a surrealist experience by playing with perspective and distorting the surrounding, traditional architecture. While a neutral color palette invokes a sense of calm, shades of smokey ash, deep blues, and metallic fibers are woven in throughout the hotel as a nod to Mexican storytelling and folklore.

“The Ritz-Carlton, Mexico City will act as a literal and figurative gateway along the Paseo de Reforma, welcoming and encouraging guests to learn about the colorful history, dynamic present and bright future of Mexico City,” stated Luis Lopez, General Manager at The Ritz-Carlton, Mexico City. “The Ladies and Gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton, Mexico City are eager to welcome our guests and accompany them on a memorable journey during their stay.”

Featuring unparalleled service, The Ritz-Carlton, Mexico City celebrates legendary Mexican hospitality and offers guests a highly personalized experience. The hotel features a wide range of carefully curated amenities designed for cultural discovery and epicurean adventures or business travel, including The Ritz-Carlton Club® Lounge with an exclusive Club Concierge, a heated indoor swimming pool, large fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment and a signature Ritz-Carlton Spa with six luxurious treatment rooms. Bringing the destination to life in a unique way, The Ritz-Carlton Spa thoughtfully sources local ingredients and botanicals, which are then coupled with the healing and spiritual traditions of Mexico City’s Aztec culture. In addition to relaxing and rejuvenating treatments, the spa features an assortment of wellness areas, including steam rooms, saunas, and a timeless capsule room.

Dining at Samos, the Mediterranean inspired restaurant on the 38th floor of The Ritz-Carlton, Mexico City, guests can enjoy cuisine featuring dynamic local flavors for a one-of-a-kind experience. Bringing vast luxury experience and expertise in Mexican, Italian, French, Peruvian and Argentinian cuisines, Chef Jonathan Felix has carefully created each dish to offer a culinary journey where flavors and sensations are elevated with every bite. The epicurean experiences continue through the dessert course with delicate sweets like Nido, an airy mango and passion fruit mousse encased in white chocolate and cradled by a spun sugar nest.

The Ritz-Carlton, Mexico City also offers more than 4,300 square feet of meeting space with floor to ceiling windows overlooking Chapultepec Park, ideally suited for a variety of events from meetings to celebratory occasions. The spaces have been designed to foster inspiration and connection whether a large gathering in the ballroom or an intimate board meeting.

For more information or to reserve a stay, please visit the hotel’s website here.

Media Contacts:
Lee Edelstein
The Brandman Agency
lee@brandmanagency.com
+1(212)683-2442

Virginia Rojas/Mariana Garmendia
The Ritz-Carlton, Mexico City
virginia.rojas@ritzcarlton.com/ Mariana.Garmendia@ritzcarlton.com

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Bethesda, MD, part of Marriott International, Inc., currently operates more than 100 hotels in 32 countries and territories. For more information or reservations, visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com, for the latest company updates, visit news.marriott.com and to join the live conversation, use #RCMemories and follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR). The Ritz-Carlton is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy®, the global travel program from Marriott International. The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, exclusive experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including free nights and Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit MarriottBonvoy.marriott.com.

About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of roughly 7,800 properties under 30 leading brands spanning 138 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company offers Marriott Bonvoy®, its highly-awarded travel program. For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com. In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.

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The Spotlight on Iceland’s Capital City Shines Even Brighter with The Arrival of the Reykjavik Edition

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Tides, the signature restaurant and The Reykjavik EDITION. Film: EDITION Introduces Reykjavik
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A flourishing culinary hotspot with cool cafés, a rollicking nightlife and an epic music scene, the spotlight is shining brightly on Iceland’s hip capital city and, with typical finesse, the arrival of The Reykjavik EDITION further cements EDITION Hotels’ uncanny ability to land in just the right place at the right time. “Reykjavik is a really cool, young city -perfect for our brand,” says Ian Schrager, the visionary pioneer of the boutique hotel concept, PUBLIC and EDITION creator. “We think this is Reykjavik’s time and we’re right here at the very heart of it and at the perfect time.”

Opening in preview on November 9th, 2021, The Reykjavik EDITION will set a new standard as the city’s first truly luxury hotel experience, combining the best of the Icelandic capital with the personal, intimate and individual experience that the EDITION brand is known for. The result is a vibrant and sophisticated urban hub with 253 rooms, an outstanding line-up of bars, signature restaurant and nightclub and, in true EDITION style, the introduction of a new kind of modern social wellness concept. In the land of hot springs, mineral waters and natural fjords, this creative innovation, visceral emotional experience and authenticity of Ian Schrager, together with Marriott International’s long-standing operational expertise and global reach, results in a totally distinct offering that further boosts Reykjavik’s growing allure as a world class international cosmopolitan destination.

Iceland is an aspirational destination for many, in-between North America and Western Europe – increased flight routes, and its otherworldly landscape, drawing visitors from far and wide. The Reykjavik EDITION is the first true luxury brand entering the market which has facilities and services like no other. First appearing on the map when American chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer won the World Chess Championship in Reykjavik in 1972, Schrager, who was following the event at the time, says he was taken aback by the country’s unspoiled, natural beauty. Indeed, marooned in the North Atlantic Ocean, just beneath the Arctic Circle, Iceland is quite literally in the making, its constantly evolving landscape the result of rumbling volcanoes, bubbling hot springs, erupting geysers and shifting tectonic plates. All of this has resulted in a spectacular, mystical medley of bright green moss-carpeted lava fields, soaring glaciers and rugged mountains sliced by deep, river-cut valleys. “In Iceland, you’re getting to see things you won’t see anywhere else,” says Schrager. “More so than any other place in the world, it’s a real opportunity to get in touch with earth and nature and we’re proud to further expand the EDITION brand in an incredible place with an incredibly exciting hotel that gives you a true sense of place.”

Using his Midas touch, Ian Schrager has carefully conceived, concepted and programmed the hotel to create an alchemy and sense of magic exclusive to this hotel. The Reykjavik EDITION designed in partnership with local architecture firm, T.ark and New York-based studio, Roman and Williams with guidance of ISC (Ian Schrager Company) design, subtly captures the spirit of Reykjavik while avoiding the clichés and remaining firmly rooted in the EDITION brand’s strong sense of refined sophistication and style. On a harborside perch, against glorious mountain views, the hotel is in a flawless location at the heart of the city: adjacent to Harpa, the landmark concert hall and conference center – whose multicolored glass façade was designed by the celebrated Icelandic and Danish artist Olafur Eliasson – and just minutes from Laugavegur, the main shopping street in downtown Reykjavik.

From the outside, The Reykjavik EDITION is a striking addition to this downtown neighborhood. Its ebony façade of shou sugi ban timber has been charred to be blacked using an ancient Japanese technique, and blackened steel frames is a clear nod to Iceland’s dramatic lava landscape. The simple, clean-lines of the building itself have been angled to make the most of the views and its lively harborside setting with a double-entrance lobby accessible either from the pedestrian Harpa plaza, or the Harbor. The latter – in a grand sense of arrival similar to The Times Square EDITION – features a canopy, its underside illuminated by 12,210 glass LED nodes.

As with all EDITION hotels, the lobby is a dynamic, social space that subtly reveals a sense of place and sense of time. Here, basalt stone – or volcanic rock – is prominent, appearing on the flooring, which has been laid with an intricate pattern inspired by Icelandic geometry, and a standout sculptural reception desk. In the lobby center piece, the ISC team have added Icelandic lava stone sculptural totem to balance the warm materials such as tactile saddle leather wrapped around concrete columns – and white oak flooring, ceiling beams and slats, which flank the lobby bar. Lobby bar beverage menu focuses on global wines by the glass selection and classic cocktails with an Icelandic twist. The lobby lounge features a central open-flame fireplace which is the hearth of the space, surrounded by seating and a collection of custom-made furniture in intimate seating groups, such as the Jean-Michel Frank-inspired armchair in white shearling and Pierre Jeanneret-inspired chairs in black velvet. As ever, there is a strong emphasis on warm, indirect lighting, which has been thoughtfully considered to create a soft glow and to illuminate fixed furnishings like the bar and the reception desk and Christian Liaigre white bronze floor lamps to create a likeness to a jewelry box installation.

Inside the entrance of the hotel, ISC has collaborated with local artisans to create a totem sculpture of stacked, columnar basalt slate from the south of Iceland. Rising close to four meters high, the sculpture’s inspiration is found in the traditional Cairns that act as landmarks across Iceland’s countryside. Dramatically lit by both electric and candlelight and surrounded by a basalt bench, the totem is layered with lush black sheepskins, black damask and silk pillows, becoming a gathering place to see and be seen, at the center of the lobby. Right next to this, inspired by the spectacle of the aurora borealis (Northern Lights), ISC has video mapped the Northern Lights and has created an immersive, three dimensional and atmospheric digital artwork of beautiful green and purple dancing waves. Located in the lobby, it stirs a reaction and emotion, similar to witnessing the natural phenomenon in the Icelandic night sky…but in the comfort, warmth, and intimacy of the lobby and lobby fireplace. We call it Northern Lights on demand.

Accessible from the lobby, the ground floor is also home to Tides, the signature restaurant with private dining room, and café with homemade baked goods, and Tölt, an intimate bar that takes its cues from The London EDITION’s award-winning Punch Room. Tides, which has an outdoor terrace and its own waterfront entrance, is helmed by Gunnar Karl Gíslason – the chef behind Dill, Reykjavik’s much-celebrated New Nordic Michelin-starred restaurant. The rich and sophisticated interiors have been thoughtfully considered for a seamless transition from day to night, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows that, during the day, shed natural light onto fluted concrete columns and oiled ash wood details such as the dramatically lit ceiling panels, various furnishings, and a central hexagonal-shaped bar- over which hangs a custom-made bronze and alabaster chandelier by the renowned French artist, Eric Schmitt. In the mornings, breakfast is a fresh, healthy mix of clean juices, pastries, fruit, cereal and skyr (Icelandic yoghurt) supplemented by an à la carte menu of hot dishes and a selection of open-face sandwiches. For lunch and dinner, Gíslason serves modern Icelandic cuisine, with subtle hints of traditional cooking methods, focused on seasonal local products and the highest quality of global ingredients mainly cooked over an open fire. Alongside an extensive global wine list, expect dishes such as a vertical salad topped with fried oyster mushrooms aged soy sauce and roasted almonds, whole Arctic char stuffed with lemon, dill and garlic butter, baked Atlantic cod, grilled potatoes, mixed herbs and butter and lamb shoulder braised and slowed grilled, pickled onions mint and apples, and for dessert, Tides carrot cake, buttermilk ice-cream, carrot and sea buckthorn jam, with roasted caraway oil. There is also a weekend brunch menu and three nights a week, The Counter, overlooking the theatrical open kitchen, will serve an eight-course tasting menu with wine pairings for up to 10 people. Meanwhile those looking for something more casual can pop into the bakery and café for a coffee and a selection of freshly baked crowberry scones to delicious sourdough or rye bread sandwiches where guests can dine in or take away.

On the opposite side of the lobby, away from prying eyes, Tölt – named after the unique fifth gait Icelandic horses are best known for – is a cozy bar, designed as a hidden sanctuary with three intimate nooks featuring colorful custom rugs with a pattern inspired by traditional Icelandic geometry, teak tambour walls, burnt orange banquettes and pony hair poufs that surround a central fireplace. Outside of the alcoves, the space is cocooned with rich walnut ceiling panels, and flooring, a custom-made walnut chandelier and floor-to-ceiling windows that frame views of Harpa. Behind the green marble-topped bar are backlit aged bronze shelves suspended from the ceiling, which create a warm glow under which to enjoy a menu of cocktails inspired by Icelandic culture using local Icelandic spirits.

Set to be a destination of its own, The Roof is located on the hotel’s 7th floor and offers panoramic mountain, North Atlantic Ocean and old town vistas. A versatile space that can be divided by a glass door for private events allows it to be the best place from which to enjoy the endless bright summer evenings as well as the magical northern lights in the colder months. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors open onto a large wrap-around seasonal outdoor terrace, scattered with comfortable seating and a large fire pit, while the slick all-black interiors create a discreet background that doesn’t detract from the views. Here, the casual vibe is supplemented by a small menu of comfort foods like grilled flatbreads, toasted sandwiches and fresh salads. From this vantage point, it is evident that Ian Schrager designed the hotel based on the views from the property.

Unfolding over the floors under the rooftop, the hotel’s 253 guestrooms and suites have been designed as warm retreats, each with their beds facing floor-to-ceiling windows that frame various views of the surrounding neighborhood. Some come complete with an outdoor terrace, while all of them are an embodiment of the EDITION brand’s approach to modern luxury with a subtle local flavor. A muted palette of ash wood and pale grey oak serves as a warm foundation for a feature formwork concrete wall, Italian custom-made furniture, copper bed light sconces, faux fur rugs, and artwork and accessories from local craftsmen, such as the colorful bed throw by local wool company, Ístex, ceramics by artist Guðbjörg Káradóttir, and in room art by famous Icelandic artists Pall Stefansson and Ragnar Axelsson showcasing Icelandic landscapes, exclusive to EDITION. Meanwhile, the monochrome bathrooms with custom handmade white ceramic tiles made in Italy, are furnished with a white marble vanity, matte black accessories, and fittings alongside custom Le Labo toiletries of EDITION’s exclusive scent. From its prime corner spot on the 6th floor, the one-bedroom Penthouse Suite – with its own private terrace has magnificent harbor, Harpa and mountain views that are further complemented by bright, light-filled elegant interiors of plush custom furnishings in creamy oatmeal tones. The Penthouse Suite is also accessorized with an oversized bathroom with Italian white marble and a central fireplace too.

The Reykjavik EDITION offers modern meeting and event spaces, including flexible studios, a boardroom with natural light, bleach oat-wide plank floorings, and a grand ballroom with pre-function space. The flexible ballroom with floor-to-ceiling glass windows can be divided into two separate spaces, while large glass doors are wide enough to accommodate a car. Within the ballroom is a hanging alabaster chandelier paired with natural felt overwraps draped around the ballroom.

The lower ground floor is home to Sunset, opening later this year, a cool underground night spot with a state-of-the-art sound system and theatrical lighting that illuminates a dark and edgy black concrete interior with a black cast concrete bar. Sunset can be divided into three spaces with access from the hotel and Harpa square. Along with a killer cocktail menu and an ongoing roster of events, the club will play host to some of the world’s top DJs and performers, earmarking it as the latest unmissable destination in Reykjavik’s thriving nightlife scene. There is also a private entrance for those in need of the utmost discretion. “It would have been a dream to have opened Studio 54 here where darkness lasts 6 months rather than the 8 hours as it does in New York City. It would have been the perfect place for it” says Schrager.

Also, on the lower ground floor is a gym, which is kitted out with state-of-the-art black strength training, weight, and cardio equipment, however, it is the social concept at the Spa that is one of the most unique aspects at the hotel and truly sets The Reykjavik EDITION apart. Alongside three treatment rooms, a hammam, steam room, sauna, and plunge pool which offers hydrotherapy, there is also a central lounge with a spa bar, which by day serves a fresh healthy menu of post-workout Viking shakes, champagnes and, delicious moss vodka infusions alongside snacks like volcano bread with black lava salt. This is best enjoyed in the Geothermal water splash pool together with the 60-minute Sundown Spa treatment, which includes an invigorating body massage and a cool onyx scalp massage. Located directly opposite Sunset, the Spa is the perfect pre-party pamper space to get you thoroughly prepared for an epic evening of revelry. “A spa and wellness facility with a bar is something we haven’t really seen before,” says Schrager. “But going down there and socializing and drinking and then getting into the thermal waters is, again, a response to being in Iceland. And combining this in a tasteful and elegant way underpins what the EDITION brand is about.”

Along with its legendary service, The Reykjavik EDITION is another innovative addition to the EDITION brand and truly redefines luxury in Iceland’s cool capital city.

The hotel will be open in Preview from November 9th, 2021. An exclusive Preview Rate is available for 25% off Flexible Rates, available for a limited time only. Room rates start from 53,438 ISK per room, per night. Terms and conditions apply.

The Reykjavik EDITION, Austurbakki 2, 101 Reykjavik, IcelandReservations: +354 582 0025 | eh.rekeb.reservations@editionhotels.com Hotel Inquiries: +354 582 0000 | info.rek@editionhotels.com

ABOUT EDITION HOTELS
EDITION Hotels is an unexpected and refreshing collection of individualized, customized, one-of-a-kind hotels which redefines the codes of traditional luxury. Displaying the best of dining and entertainment, services and amenities “all under one roof,” each EDITION property is completely unique, reflecting the best of the cultural and social milieu of its location and of the time.

Conceived by Ian Schrager in a partnership with Marriott International, EDITION combines both the personal and intimate experience that Ian Schrager is known for, with the global reach, operational expertise and scale of Marriott. The authenticity and originality that Ian Schrager brings to this brand coupled with the global reach of Marriott International results in a truly distinct product sets itself apart from anything else currently in the marketplace. Each hotel, with its individuality, authenticity, originality, and unique ethos, reflects the current spirit and zeitgeist of its location. Although all the hotels look completely different from each other, the brand’s unifying aesthetic is in its approach and attitude to the modern lifestyle rather than its appearance. EDITION is about an attitude and the way it makes you feel rather than the way it looks. Sophisticated public spaces, finishes, design and details serve the experience, not drive it. For an underserved market of affluent, culturally savvy and service-savvy guests, the EDITION experience and lifestyle explores the unprecedented intersection and the perfect balance between taste-making design and innovation and consistent, excellent service on a global scale.

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Residence Inn by Marriott Debuts in Playa del Carmen, Bringing Residential Comfort and Personalized Service to the Heart of Riviera Maya

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Residence Inn by Marriott Playa del Carmen has officially opened its doors, with a prime location on the Federal Highway Cancun, Chetumal, and close proximity to world-renowned beaches and breathtaking views. With a global presence of over 860 hotels in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Central America, Residence Inn is the world leader of the longer stay lodging segment, arriving for the first time in Playa del Carmen.

The hotel also marks the arrival of the third Residence Inn in Mexico, debuting at a time when guests are looking for alternative lodging options to a traditional hotel stay for longer stays. Residence Inn Playa del Carmen is the ideal destination for executives and leisure travelers who are in the city for both business and leisure with more room to spread out, for family and even pets.

Located in the Playacar complex, Residence Inn Playa del Carmen offers 149 pet-friendly spacious suites combining comfort and style with fully equipped kitchens complete with a refrigerator, cooktop, microwave, dishwasher, residential-size appliances, dishes and cookware. Guests can settle into their home away from home with separate areas for living and sleeping paired with personalized service and amenities including a complimentary American breakfast for all guests.

“Cancun and Playa del Carmen continue to be top destination choices for national and international travelers visiting Mexico. The region has become an aviation hub attracting top-of-the-line tourism and hospitality investments, a key driver in the growth of the region. Previously, there were no longer-stay hotel options in the area, so our new hotel comes just at the right time,” said Arturo Cruz, Sales Director of Residence Inn by Marriott Playa del Carmen. “Conveniently located 58 kilometers from the Cancun Airport, our guests have the option of enjoying the beaches, dining in a relaxed setting, and soaking in the comfort of our expansive suites so they can feel right at home.”

The hotel offers additional amenities including complimentary grocery delivery service, The Market open 24 hours for gab-and-go options, a self-service laundry room, mobile app, fitness center, outdoor swimming pool, and complimentary high-speed WiFi.

Residence Inn Playa del Carmen offers 54.27 square meters of event and meeting space filled with natural light and built-in multimedia technology.

For more information about Residence Inn Playa del Carmen visit: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/cunrp-residence-inn-playa-del-carmen

About Residence Inn by Marriott
Residence Inn by Marriott is the global leader in the longer stays lodging segment with more than 860 properties in 17 countries and territories. Guests have the freedom to travel the way they live with Residence Inn’s spacious suites featuring distinct living, working, and sleeping spaces. Travelers can maximize their time and thrive while on the road with fully equipped kitchens in each suite, grocery delivery service, 24/7 grab-and-go markets and complimentary breakfasts. The warm and inviting public spaces feature modern residential design allowing guests to feel right at home, paired with the added amenities of upscale hotel living. Residence Inn is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy, the global travel program from Marriott International. The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, exclusive experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including free nights and Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit MarriottBonvoy.com. For more information or reservations, visit residence-inn.marriott.com.

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Marriott International Announces David Rodriguez to Retire as Global Chief Human Resources Officer

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Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) announced today that Executive Vice President and Global Chief Human Resources Officer David Rodriguez, Ph.D. will step down from his role at the end of October and retire at the end of 2021 after a distinguished 23-year career with the company. The company also announced that long-time Marriott Human Resources executive, Ty Breland, Ph.D., has been named to succeed Rodriguez.

“David’s impact on Marriott – our business, our associates and our culture – has been significant,” said Anthony Capuano, Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International. “He has partnered with our company’s leaders to take Marriott to new heights, always with a focus on the heart of our business – our people. Among David’s many accomplishments, I think the one that has touched the most lives is his work to build our TakeCare culture. David believes that the surest path to sustainable success is to promote the wellbeing of our people. His intuitive sense of what our associates need, coupled with his work analyzing best human resources practices, is the foundation of Marriott’s award-winning approach to associate wellbeing. David will be sorely missed, but his work will live on in Marriott’s people first policies and practices, and the genuine care that exists among our associates across the world.”

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David Rodriguez

Rodriguez began his career at Marriott in 1998 as a Senior Vice President, Human Resources, where he played a key role in creating the talent and organizational capabilities to fuel Marriott’s international expansion. In 2003, he was appointed Executive Vice President with responsibility for corporate HR as well as for the human resources function for North America Lodging. Rodriguez was named a corporate officer in 2000, and in 2006, he was named to his current role leading Marriott’s global talent strategy. Rodriguez was instrumental in co-founding Marriott’s Board of Directors’ Inclusion and Social Impact Committee (formerly known as the Committee for Excellence), which oversees efforts undertaken by the company to promote associate wellbeing and inclusion and to address environmental, social and governance issues. Rodriguez also serves as Marriott’s Chief Diversity Officer.

Under Rodriguez’s leadership, Marriott is the only hotel company to be named to Fortune’s 100 Best Places to Work For list every year since its inception in 1998, the first hotel company to be ranked #1 by DiversityInc, and the only hotel company to be named to the organization’s Hall of Fame. During Rodriguez’s tenure, Marriott has been recognized by America’s Best Employers for Women (Forbes), 50 Best Companies for Latinas to Work for in the U.S. (LATINA Style), Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality (Human Rights Campaign Foundation) and Best Places for Disability Inclusion (Disability: IN), among many other accolades.

Rodriguez routinely blogs on a range of human resources issues. The proud son of immigrants, he has drawn on his own experiences to drive home the importance of advancing associate wellbeing and inclusive opportunity. In recognition of his career achievements, in 2014 he was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources, the highest honor in the field. In 2019, Rodriguez was named HR Executive of Year by Human Resource Executive magazine.

Prior to joining Marriott International, Rodriguez held various human resources leadership positions at Citicorp (now Citigroup). He graduated from New York University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts and in 1987 earned a Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology. Rodriguez is a long-time board member and Vice Chair of the HR Policy Association and serves as Chair of the American Health Policy Institute. Rodriguez is also a member of the Board of American Woodmark.

Ty Breland Named EVP and Chief Human Resources Officer

Marriott also announced that Ty Breland has been named Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, effective at the end of October. A 17-year Marriott veteran, Breland has held a number of senior roles with the company spanning corporate and continent responsibilities. Since 2016, Breland has served as Global HR Officer for Talent Development & Organizational Capability. In this role, he has executive oversight for talent management, including leadership development, organizational capability and change management. Breland also oversees The Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center, including its business strategy and sales efforts, and serves as the senior Human Resources leader for the company’s Global Development, Design & Operations Services disciplines.

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“Hospitality is all about people, and Ty has the expertise, the background and the passion to continue to strengthen Marriott’s people first culture as we grow our footprint globally,” said Capuano. “He is widely respected across the company for his visionary leadership, problem-solving skills, and humility. Ty and I both see human resources as critical in creating business value and I know that he will bring an innovative approach to Marriott’s HR practice around the world. I’ve known Ty and worked closely with him for a number of years, and I’m delighted to welcome him to my leadership team.”

Breland joined Marriott in 2004 as a member of the company’s Talent Management and Analytics group and over the next 11 years held a variety of senior Human Resources leadership positions. He was the company’s Global HR Integration Officer, responsible for the Human Resources integration for Marriott’s merger with Starwood Hotels and Resorts. As a part of that effort, Breland developed and launched the company’s digital learning platform, which has become instrumental in providing learning experiences that enable professional and personal development to the company’s global workforce.

From 2011 to 2015, Breland served as Regional Vice President of Human Resources for the Eastern Region of the U.S. Prior to that, he was responsible for HR support for multiple global disciplines including Sales, Marketing and Revenue Management. Breland helped launch Marriott’s Emerging Leaders Program, a signature initiative aimed at accelerating diversity and inclusion efforts within the executive and general manager ranks. He also was responsible for initiating the company’s Workforce Innovation effort, which provided a blueprint for reshaping frontline roles at the company’s portfolio of properties worldwide.

Prior to joining Marriott, Breland worked for the Human Resources Research Organization as a research consultant. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Virginia Tech, where he is a board member for the Virginia Tech Hospitality Business School.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of roughly 7,800 properties under 30 leading brands spanning 138 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company offers Marriott Bonvoy®, its highly-awarded travel program. For more information, please visit Marriott’s website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

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