South America gets first Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Marriott International has signed an agreement with MARAEY, Brazil’s principal sustainable tourist-residential destination and enterprise, to debut a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in South America.   

Located in Brazil’s Costa do Sol, the tourist-residential sustainable project will become a part of the global collection comprising only five Ritz-Carlton Reserve properties in destinations like Mexico, Puerto Rico, Thailand, Indonesia and Japan.    

The property’s construction is set to begin in the second half of the year.

Located 45 kilometers from Rio de Janeiro, The Ritz-Carlton Reserve in MARAEY will comprise 58 sustainable villas with total privacy and ocean views surrounding the Atlantic Forest ecosystem. The villas will be constructed from naturally certified wood and raised above the ground to allow wildlife and vegetation to thrive. The villas will have private pools and will range in size from 90 to 155 square meters. 

The property will also offer residential options featuring 80, 250 and 520 square meter residences. The two- to five-bedroom units will have balconies, private pools and gardens. The residential area will also consist of leisure and sports areas, which include a gym, event and grilling spaces, pools, meeting areas, a beach club and a spa. Residents will have access to over 400 square meters of beachfront and personalized services such as a butler and chef. 

The property will also include a spa, dining venues, a pool, a separate leisure and sports area, an environmental reference center and a native-regeneration nursery. 

“For us at MARAEY, the partnership brings the perfect balance between ultraluxury travel and the rare natural heritage of one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet. We will combine the forest, ocean, and lagoon, elements of a unique scenic assemble, with the most exclusive and sophisticated guest experience imaginable,” said Emilio Izquierdo, MARAEY’s CEO.  

The MARAEY development will also include a JW Marriott All-Inclusive resort and the first global Rock In Rio-branded Autograph Collection. The JW Marriott will consist of 120 rooms, more than 2,500 square feet of patios and swim-up pools and 164 branded residences. The Rock in Rio, Autograph Collection, part of Autograph Collection Hotels, will comprise 912 rooms, wellness areas, a convention center and recreational sporting activities.  

The three properties are projected to offer more than 1,100 rooms, with an annual visitor count of 300,000 direct and 150,000 indirect. Abacus Group, an architecture and urbanism consultancy, will lead the design of the three hotels and branded residences.