Marriott International, Inc. today announced that it has signed an agreement with Baraka Lodges LTD. enter the Africa safari segment. The JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge will be located within the Mara National Reserve, one of Africa’s most renowned wildlife and nature conservation areas. The facility is expected to open in 2023.
Overlooking the famous banks of the Talek River and on the edge of the reserve, the prime location of the JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge will provide guests with a distinctly elevated camp from which to experience the Masai Mara National Reserve, its stunning vistas, abundant wildlife and its endless plains. . Plans for the newly built pavilion include 20 private tents, including a canvas-covered presidential pavilion and two adjoining four-poster suites, ideal for families, each with a private terrace overlooking the river. The shared spaces will include a restaurant, lounge bar, spa and a large outdoor terrace with fire pits that will host traditional Masai dance performances in the evenings. The wild landscape will offer guests the opportunity to observe the “Big Five” that the Masai Mara is home to: lions, leopards, buffaloes, rhinos and elephants. Between June and September, the reserve also hosts the annual great wildebeest migration, when more than 10 million animals travel a distance of 1,800 miles from the Serengeti in neighboring Tanzania.
“As a brand steeped in mindfulness, we can’t think of a more perfect retreat for mind, body and soul than Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve,” said Bruce Rohr, vice-president. President and Chief Brand Officer, JW Marriott, Marriott International. “JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge will provide guests with a luxurious setting to create lasting memories as they connect with nature and wildlife like never before. We are thrilled that the JW Marriott brand will welcome adventure travelers including families, in this breathtaking part of the world.”
Conservation of the land and its people will be at the heart of the JW Marriott Masai Mara. The safari lodge aims to employ up to 50 locals from the Maasai community and will provide strong learning opportunities for guests wishing to immerse themselves in the destination.
“The signing of JW Masai Mara Lodge is an important step in Marriott International’s growth in Africa as the company enters the luxury safari segment. This landmark project responds to travelers’ growing desire to provide experiences that allow them to build a deeper connection with their chosen destination. JW Marriott encourages guests to be mindful and present, which lends itself perfectly to a meaningful safari vacation,” said Jérôme Briet, Director of Development, Europe, Middle East and Africa. , Marriott International.
A nod to the captivating surroundings, guests can expect an authentic sense of place through clever design and architecture. The sophisticated interiors will be led by Kristina Zanic. The location and surrounding landscape will reflect at every turn, creating harmony with the natural world and drawing inspiration from the elements: earth, wind, fire and water. Warm touches of neutral and natural materials will create a cozy ambience, while an earth color palette promises to sit in harmony with the landscape, inviting guests to connect with nature and focus on their well-being. .
During their stay, guests will appreciate the immersive and holistic approach to well-being while being aware of the environment and its impact on the territory.
“We are delighted to partner with Marriott International to launch this beautiful luxury lodge and their first Safari offering in the Masai Mara,” said Mr. Shivan Patel of Baraka Lodges LTD.
Marriott International currently operates over 120 properties in Africa in its portfolio. JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge will join Marriott Bonvoy’s growing portfolio of 8,000 hotels worldwide.