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JW Marriott to Enter Luxury Safari Market in Masai Mara, Africa

(24 Mar 2022, 11:53 +07)  Marriott 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 Africas most renowned wildlife conservation and wilderness regions.

Scheduled to welcome guests in 2023, the luxury retreat overlooks the banks of the River Talek.

The 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 river.

Luxurious room at the JW Masai Mara Lodge. Click to enlarge.
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 Internationals 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, Marriott International.

Were 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 Bonvoys growing portfolio of 8,000 hotels globally.

See also: Exclusive Travel Industry Interview with Kurt Ekert, President of Sabre.

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