The company is poised to expand its luxury footprint with nearly 190 properties in the development pipeline, including the 30 hotels expected to open in 2022, in destinations from Mexico to Portugal and Australia to South Korea.
“Our guests are seeking deeper, more immersive experiences that allow them to indulge in global exploration while sparking personal regeneration,” said Chris Gabaldon, SVP, luxury brands, Marriott International.
Luxury is entering a new era of regeneration
A global luxury trends study conducted in collaboration with creative agency Team One revealed that today’s affluent travelers are shifting from a “box checking” mindset to a “traveling well” mindset, taking a more thoughtful, intentional approach to trip planning. Gabaldon observed, “As people reexamine and reprioritize what matters to them most, a shift that has accelerated over the past two years, we’re seeing a real embracing of deeper travel. Our guests are focusing more on where they travel and why they make the journey, seeking to foster a more meaningful connection to the destination as well as the people they meet.”
With a truly global footprint, Marriott International is poised to meet this evolving set of aspirations, inviting people to view travel as a canvas for regeneration that leads to lasting positive impact on locals and destinations. “From the world’s most desirable destinations to undiscovered gems, we strive to go beyond offering moments of transformation for our guests and hope to create experiences that will inspire a newfound sense of personal wellbeing and joy,” he said.
With a focus on destination-driven design and unparalleled service, The Ritz-Carlton continues to drive innovation and set the standard for luxury hospitality. In 2021, the brand was introduced in the Maldives, Turks & Caicos, Mexico City and others. In 2022, the brand expects to expand in Arizona with The Ritz-Carlton Paradise Valley, The Palmeraie, as well as in New York City, debuting in the NoMad neighborhood, where guestrooms feature city views. The Ritz-Carlton, Melbourne is slated to grow the brand’s footprint in Australia. Ritz-Carlton Reserve anticipates expanding its highly curated portfolio, debuting its sixth rare estate in the Chinese valley of Jiuzhaigou. In keeping with the brand’s forward-looking design aesthetic, The Ritz-Carlton Moscow, The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman and The Ritz-Carlton, Naples are all expected to celebrate major renovations in the year ahead. Additionally, the brand expects to mark the inaugural voyage of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection in May 2022.
Through its celebrated rituals, rich heritage and glamorous spirit, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts is blazing a path from iconic hospitality brand to a global luxury icon and in the year ahead expects to debut its 50th property, according to the company.
In 2021, the brand grew its footprint in the Middle East by introducing two properties each in Cairo and Dubaiand. In the year ahead, it anticipates further expanding the brand in the region with the opening of The St. Regis Marsa Arabia Island, The Pearl in Qatar. In 2022, St. Regis is slated to debut in Chicago, with a Jeanne Gang–designed building that has already become a new icon on the Windy City’s skyline, and the brand also expects to bring its bespoke service and avant-garde style to Belgrade.
The brand continues to grow in leisure destinations, expecting to nearly double its number of resort properties over the next five years. This year saw the debut of The St. Regis Bermuda Resort, Marriott International’s first luxury property on the island and, in the year ahead, the brand anticipates marking the opening of The St. Regis Kanai Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico, which will feature ocean views from nearly every vantage point. The St. Regis San Francisco also expects to celebrate the completion of a comprehensive renovation, debuting a new look and feel in 2022.
In 2021, W Hotels brought its unique lens on luxury to destinations including Nashville, Osaka, Philadelphia, Melbourne, Xiamen and Rome, where a 162-room hotel comprised of two 19th century palazzos marked the brand’s debut in Italy. With nearly 60 hotels around the globe, W is defined by detail-driven design, inspiring energy, a buzzing cocktail and dining culture, as well as elevated programming localized by destination, the company reports. With a continuous focus on redefining and elevating the W experience, the brand is slated to open in exciting destinations next year including the Algarve, Sydney, Dubai and Toronto.
An unexpected and refreshing collection of one-of-a-kind hotels that redefine the concept of luxury, EDITION Hotels brought its personal and intimate hospitality experience to Reykjavik and Dubai in 2021. The brand expects further international expansion in 2022 with the slated opening of six new properties, including sites in Madrid, Rome, Doha, Tampa, Riviera Maya in Kanai and Ginza, the second property in Tokyo. With 14 hotels worldwide currently, the brand is expected to reach a footprint of 20 properties globally by the end of 2022.
The Luxury Collection
The Luxury Collection is a growing ensemble of nearly 120 hotels in more than 40 countries and territories around the world. In 2021, the brand made its debut in Hungary with the opening of the transformed UNESCO world heritage site Matild Palace in Budapest, expanded its footprint in North America, brought elevated alpine interiors and Rocky Mountain vibrancy to Vail through The Hythe, and showcased distinct, heritage-inspired design in South Korea with the opening of Josun Palace. With each hotel offering unique experiences and serving as a portal to the destination’s indigenous charms, The Luxury Collection is slated to debut properties next year in captivating locations that span the globe, including Spain, India, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Tbilisi, Georgia.
JW Marriott celebrated recent openings in Charlotte, Monterrey, Shanghai and Tampa. In the coming year, the brand has set new openings in destinations from Cairo to Istanbul, and Mexico to Jeju Island, South Korea.