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Marriott Signs Three Luxury New-Build Resorts in Vietnam

(26/10/23)  Marriott has signed three luxury new-build resorts in Vietnam, with two of the signings marking the expected debut of two new brands in the country: Ritz-Carlton Reserve and The Luxury Collection on the tropical paradise of Hon Thom Island in Phu Quoc.

The other signing is for Vietnam’s third JW Marriott hotel which will be located in Trang An, an UNESCO World Heritage destination in the north of the country.

The agreements were signed by Anthony Capuano, President and CEO of Marriott International, during a recent visit to the country.

He was joined by President for Asia Pacific (excluding China) of Marriott International, Rajeev Menon, and Area Vice President for Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia, Jakob Helgen.

Ritz-Carlton Reserve Hon Thom Island in Vietnam. Click to enlarge.
Ritz-Carlton Reserve Hon Thom Island in Vietnam

Chairman Vu Quang Hoi from BITEXCO Group and Chairman Dang Minh Truong from Sun Group also oversaw the signings during two ceremonies that took place in Hanoi and Phu Quoc.

Hon Thom is set in turquoise seas just off the south coast of Phu Quoc, and is connected to the main island by a cable car.

Trang An is located approximately 90km east of Hanoi and is famed for its sugarloaf mountains, rice fields, caves, rivers and wetlands, as well as its historical temples and palaces.

JW Marriott Trang An Resort & Spa: Slated to open in 2028, the JW Marriott Trang An Resort & Spa is being developed by BITEXCO Group, which also owns the JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi. Nestled amid lush wetlands and verdant hills, the luxury retreat includes plans for 150 rooms and suites, plus a collection of 35 one and two-bedroom villas, with options for private pools. Plans for the resort also include two restaurants, a café, lobby lounge and two bars, while leisure facilities are expected to include two pool zones, the brand’s signature Spa by JW with six treatment rooms, a fitness center, kids’ club with outdoor playground, and a recreational activity center. In addition, the hotel is slated to feature 850 square meters of event space, comprising a 500-square meter ballroom and two meeting rooms.

The Luxury Collection Resort, Hon Thom Island: Owned by Sun Group, the resort on Hon Thom Island will be part of The Luxury Collection brand and is slated to open in 2029. Located on the northwest coast of Hon Thom Island, the luxury resort is expected to feature 305 rooms and suites, ranging in size from 50 to 250 square meters. Plans call for two pool areas, a kids’ club, activity center, fitness center and a spa with seven treatment rooms, whirlpools, saunas and steam rooms. There will also be six restaurants and bars, as well as 1,690 square meters of flexible event space, including a 900-square meter ballroom and three smaller function rooms. Sun Group also owns the JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa.

Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Hon Thom Island: Anticipated to open in 2028 and slated to be designed by Bill Bensley, the new Ritz-Carlton Reserve will be located on an intimate estate close to the south tip of Hon Thom Island, with stunning sea views of Phu Quoc’s southern archipelago. The resort is expected to feature 40 pool villas, two resort pools, a spa, salon, fitness center, three restaurants, three bars and Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment educational program for kids, which will feature a two-storey activity center and garden. In addition, the resort will feature a 300-square meter event space suitable for beach front weddings. The resort is owned by Sun Group.

“We are delighted to continue expanding our portfolio in Vietnam, particularly in the luxury space,” said Rajeev Menon. “Vietnam is a growing market for luxury travel, with rising demand from both international and domestic sectors. For overseas guests, Vietnam’s status as a destination with many natural and cultural wonders makes it ideal for visitors seeking one-of-a-kind experiences. The country’s domestic market interested in luxury travel is driving a rise in demand for global luxury brands. These signings further underscore our commitment to the future of hospitality and luxury in Vietnam.”

The three signings add to Marriott’s robust pipeline in Vietnam, accounting for more than 50 properties in the country. Today, Marriott operates close to 20 hotels in the country, across eight brands and 10 destinations.

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