Families Come Together For Meaningful Moments And Enriching Experiences With Family By JW Program
Phuket – July 23, 2019 – JW Marriott, part of Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR), today announced the launch of the Family by JW program in the Asia-Pacific region. Inspired by the legacy of JW Marriott founders, J. Willard and Alice Marriott, Family by JW is a global initiative for children 5 -12 years old. Through vibrant partnerships and non-profit collaborations, and with exclusive on-property experiences, Family by JW is an innovative program designed for multi-generational families traveling together, whether they are exploring a bustling city or seeking relaxation on a tranquil beach.
Families traveling on vacations appreciate the combination of convenience, balance, discoveries and delightful experiences. Family by JW addresses these needs with a variety of meaningful and unforgettable experiences that will benefit all the family, long after vacation ends. Each of the almost 83 JW Marriott hotels and resorts around the world offers authentic opportunities for families to spend quality time together through engaging programming, brought to life by the brand’s three core pillars: Be Mindful and Present, Come Together, and Nourish the Soul.
“Family by JW has been created specifically to cater to families traveling together, adding an extra dimension of fun and enriching experiences during their stay with us,” said Bruce Ryde, Vice President, Luxury Brands and Brand Marketing Asia Pacific, Marriott International. “Across our luxury portfolio of 43 beautiful properties across Asia Pacific, we have seen an increased interest in family-oriented travel, and JW Marriott hotels are responding to this trend with a great series of curated experiences unique to each destination. By engaging children and parents through meaningful activities that are interesting and enjoyable for everyone, Family by JW lets every family create their own wonderful holiday memories that will last a lifetime.”
Mindful & Present
With JW Marriott, the journey is simplified so families can do less and enjoy more. Great vacations begin with thoughtful touches such as In-Room Check-in at JW Marriott Hotel Kolkata and JW Marriott Phuket Hotel & Spa (upon request), Prioritised Check-in at JW Marriott Hotel Medan, and VIP kids check-in with mini steps at JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai Changfeng Park. Kids’ Clubs at selected JW Marriott hotels offer babysitting services while parents get to be mindful and present in the moment with some well-deserved ‘me’ time at the spa. JW Marriott Hotel Mumbai Sahar gives kids fun and educational behind-the-scenes hotel tours, and JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai Changfeng Park arranges kids-only weekend stays with LEGOLAND Discovery Center. Kids can also have sleepovers at the Ocean Park aquarium just opposite the hotel. The fun continues for kids and parents with in-room tents at JW Marriott hotels in Macau, Surabaya and the soon to be opened JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Shanghai Pudong, where playtime spent together creates precious childhood memories.
At JW Marriott, spending quality time together becomes interesting and engaging, with fun activities designed to appeal to the whole family. JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa offers easy cycling tours for all ages. JW Marriott Hotel Mumbai Sahar and JW Marriott Hotel Kolkata organize informative city tours and heritage walks. JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa offers Family Shibori tie dyeing, fish feeding, an on-site turtle shelter and educational center and beach clean-up activities.
Nourish The Soul
Healthy bodies and healthy minds go together with JW Marriott’s deliciously nourishing menus. Kids are encouraged to take an interest in healthy food choices with cooking classes with the whole family, and discover new taste sensations with local flavors. At JW Marriott Hotel Kolkata, JW Marriott Hotel Mumbai Sahar, JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul and JW Marriott Jaipur Resort & Spa, kids get to make their own cupcakes and pizzas. Delightful hotel-specific programs also include a ‘Picnic on the lawn’ at JW Marriott Macau, an intriguing costumed ‘Travel Through Time’ family high tea at JW Marriott Hotel Qufu, and a memorable ‘Kukas ki Chaupar’ evening high tea with entertainment and elephant rides at JW Marriott Jaipur Resort & Spa.
Family by JW Asia-Pacific launch
The Asia-Pacific launch of the Family by JW program was held at the JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa from 18 to 21 July 2019. The launch was celebrated with an outstanding array of activities over the weekend, which included a VIP Insider’s Tour of the resort, a ‘Come Together’ dinner featuring 200 year-old ancient family recipes, ‘Mindfulness Mornings’ featuring mindful bike rides, yoga and meditative walks, a live cooking demonstration at the Andaman Grill, learning about local produce and planting in the JW Garden, and visits to some of Phuket’s most iconic natural wonders. Guests had the opportunity to visit enchanting Bang Pae waterfall, go on a Mangrove Forest kayaking trip, and Phuket’s Gibbon Rehabilitation Center. Parents and kids also met Australian Swimmer & Triple Olympic Gold medalist Stephanie Rice for exclusive masterclasses at the South Pool, where she also shared her inspirational tips on how to live a healthy, positive life. As a closing feast, a Farm-to-Table dinner was held by the Andaman Grill, featuring sustainable, locally-sourced fresh ingredients for an unforgettable meal under the stars.
As part of the launch celebrations, JW Marriott hotels across Asia Pacific will offer over twenty five dedicated packages and activities for the entire family with Olympic swimming gold medalist and world record holder Stephanie Rice touring eight JW Marriott hotels and resorts in Asia to conduct swimming, fitness, and stretching classes including exclusive experiences for Marriott Bonvoy loyalty program members, from now until late August “It’s a dream come true to be working with JW Marriott and I’m very excited to be sharing my knowledge & experiences with a new generation of travelers and their families.” I hope to be able to inspire others to live a health, happy & fulfilling life and encourage people to step outside their comfort zones and try new things, because I know personally how rewarding it can be” said Stephanie. The masterclasses will take place at JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort & Spa, JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa, JW Marriott Hotel Surabaya, Jakarta, JW Marriott Phu Quoc, JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai at Tomorrow Square, JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai Changfeng Park, JW Marriott Mussouri and JW Marriott Hotel New Delhi Aerocity.
(Left) Mr. Matthias Y. Sutter, General Manager, JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa (Middle) Stephanie Rice, 3-Time Olympic Gold Medallist Swimmer and 5-Time World Record Holder (Right) Patricia Cheung, Senior Director, Luxury Brands and Brand Marketing, Marriott International, Asia Pacific
Children enjoyed the swimming master class, conducted by Australian 3-time Olympic Gold Medallist, Stephanie Rice
Family travelers tucked into the Bang Pae Waterfall, visited Phuket Gibbon Rehabilitation Center and enjoyed the Mangrove walking trail and kayaking trip