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3 Marriott Hotels Coming to Rio’s Sun Coast

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Marriott announced that it would expand significantly in the Rio de Janeiro region with the opening of 3 new luxury properties.

Here’s what you need to know!

Ritz-Carlton Reserve, JW Marriott, Autograph Collection Coming to Rio Area

Marriott has signed agreements with MARAEY, a Brazilian developer, to construct these new hotels in Maricá. Dubbed the Sun Coast of Brazil, Maricá is located just 27 miles east of Rio. The properties include:

  • Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Marriott’s first Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Brazil and South America
  • JW Marriott at MARAEY Rio de Janeiro, one of JW Marriott‘s first all-inclusive hotels
  • Rock in Rio, Autograph Collection, which will see the Autograph Collection collaborate with the eponymous festival brand

The hotels will feature more than 1,100 rooms and are expected to attract more than 300,000 guests per year. Construction begins later this year, though there’s no word about when the properties will open. It’s also unclear how many Marriott Bonvoy points will be required for an award stay when the hotels open.

The JW Marriott will boast 120 guest rooms, with some offering sweeping rooms featuring patios and swim-up pools, as well as 164 branded residences. This resort will feature multiple dining options, a spa, a gym, and other entertainment. Additionally, Marriott anticipates building nearly 250 branded homes comprised of apartments, duplexes, and villas.

Rock in Rio will have more than 900 rooms and, as Marriott says, will bring “one of the biggest music and entertainment festivals in the world to life” by offering live entertainment.

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“This agreement reinforces our commitment to create a tourist center of excellence just a short distance from Rio de Janeiro, in Maricá,” MARAEY CEO Emilio Izquierdo said in a statement. “Each hotel has complementary visions and the highest quality infrastructure, an exclusive leisure experience, comfort, and well-being by the sea and the lagoon, surrounded by the exuberant nature of the region.”

Marriott doesn’t have the most extensive presence in Rio currently, as the chain has just 5 branded hotels in and around the region currently. These include the JW Marriott Hotel Rio de Janeiro, Courtyard Rio de Janeiro Barra da Tijuca, and Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort

Hot Tip: Check out our guide to learn how to fly to Brazil using points and miles.

Final Thoughts

Marriott’s expansion in Rio, one of the most popular destinations in South America for tourism, is excellent news for travelers. We don’t know much about the resorts just yet, but Marriott says it plans to break ground later this year. We’ll keep you informed as we learn more about these exciting new hotel openings in the Sun Coast region of Brazil!

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About Victoria M. Walker

Victoria holds a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from the Howard University School of Communications and is an award-winning journalist, travel reporter, and the founder of the “Carrying On with Victoria M. Walker” newsletter.


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