(24 Mar 2022, 11:53 +07)
has signed an agreement with Baraka Lodges to enter the
safari market in Africa.
The JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge will be
located within the Mara National Reserve, one of Africa’s most
renowned wildlife conservation and wilderness regions.
Scheduled to welcome guests in 2023, the luxury
retreat overlooks the banks of the River Talek.
new-build lodge is expected to have 20 private tents, including one
presidential canvas-topped pavilion and two interconnecting
canopied suites, each with a private terrace overlooking the
Luxurious room at the JW Masai Mara Lodge
Shared spaces will include a restaurant,
lounge bar, spa, and a large outdoor terrace with fire pits that
will play host to traditional Masai dance performances in the
evening. Interior design is being led by Kristina Zanic.
“As a brand rooted in mindfulness, we cannot think
of a more perfect retreat for the mind, body, and soul than the
Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya,” said Bruce Rohr, Vice
President and Brand Leader, JW Marriott, Marriott International.
“JW Marriott Masai Mara Lodge will offer guests a luxurious
backdrop to make once-in-a-lifetime memories as they connect with
nature and wildlife as never before. We are thrilled that the JW
Marriott brand will be welcoming adventure travellers, including
families, to this breath-taking part of the world.”
The untamed landscape will offer guests the opportunity
to observe the “Big Five” that Masai Mara (also known as Maasai
Mara) is home to: lions,
leopards, buffalos, rhinoceros and elephants.
Between June and
September, the reserve is also host to the annual great wildebeest
migration, when more than 10 million animals travel a distance of
1,800 miles from the Serengeti in neighbouring Tanzania.
The safari lodge is expected
to employ up to 50 locals from the Masai community.
“The signing of JW Masai Mara Lodge is a milestone
in Marriott International’s growth in Africa as the company enters
the luxury safari segment. This landmark project is in response to
travellers’ growing desire for experiential offerings that enable
them to build a deeper connection with their chosen destination.
JW Marriott encourages guests to be mindful and present, which
perfectly lends itself to meaningful safari holidays,” said Jerome
Briet, Chief Development Officer, Europe, Middle East & Africa,
“We’re delighted to collaborate with Marriott
International to debut this stunning luxury lodge and their first
Safari offering in the Masai Mara,” said Mr. Shivan Patel of
Baraka Lodges LTD.
Marriott International currently operates more
than 120 properties in Africa across its portfolio. JW Marriott
Masai Mara Lodge will join Marriott Bonvoy’s growing portfolio of
8,000 hotels globally.