Autograph Collection Hotels And Andrew Ashcroft Announce Alaia In Belize


With Belize’s clear blue waters and Caribbean culture along with endless historic offerings and variety of adventures, It’s the perfect place to head to for a vacation. Thanks to Autograph Collection Hotels and Andrew Ashcroft, you will soon have a new reason to visit the gorgeous island.

Autograph Collection Hotels, in partnership with owner and developer Andrew Ashcroft, announced they will debut in Belize with the 2020 opening of Alaia, a one-of-a-kind boutique resort in the midst of the beautiful and culturally rich southern part of Ambergris Caye island. Alaia will join the 135 independent hotels in the brand’s diverse collection.


“With the forthcoming opening on Alaia, I am thrilled to begin this real estate and hospitality lifestyle brand in the inspiring place I have called home for nearly 20 years,” said Andrew Ashcroft, Managing Director. “Joining Marriott will provide future owners and guests of Alaia a unique opportunity to intimately connect to their surroundings while embodying the high-quality standards of the Autograph Collection brand: heartfelt design, mark of craft and sense of place.”

In the historic town of San Pedro, Alaia broke ground at the end of 2017 with a launch plan of five phases. The beachfront resort will feature a conversion of 35 units, 56 two-bedroom condominiums with lock off option and eight oceanfront villas, totaling 155 keys when completed in 2020. When it is finished, Alaia will have world-class amenities, including a beach club exclusive to guests and residents, a rooftop suspended pool and lounge with ocean views, full-service spa, fitness center, kids club, dive shop and live art gallery.


“Celebrating individuality by curating one-of-a-kind travel experiences, the Autograph Collection brand continues to experience strong growth globally and in Central America,” said Laurent De Kousemaeker, Chief Development Officer, Marriott International Caribbean and Latin America. “The unique Alaia boutique resort is defined by unique design in one of the most desirable locations in the world. We are excited to partner with Andrew Ashcroft on this Autograph Collection project, which marks an important milestone for the company in Belize.”

Alaia is crafted by an experienced design team, including interiors by Brazilian designer Debora Aguiar, who is known for her eco-luxury aesthetics. Designed to highlight the splendor of its natural surroundings, the residences will feature about 70 percent of fabrics and raw materials from Belize, including rustic marbles and stones, reclaimed wood, linen curtains, textured beige walls and earth-toned hues to complement the views of the Caribbean Sea.