Vastint Lithuania UAB has received a building permit for a hotel in Palanga on the site of the former Jūratė swimming pool. The construction of the intended 173-room Marriott hotel with a SPA Vilnius wellness centre is due to start in the second quarter of 2018.

Vastint Lithuania, the developer of the hotel project, will soon organize a tender to select the general contractor. The selection procedure is due to be completed within five months and will be subject to strict quality and budget requirements.

‘The arrival of the global Marriott hotel chain in Palanga signifies international recognition of Lithuania’s largest resort town. The important thing is that, in addition to accommodation, food, and entertainment, the hotel will be offering spa services. That is one of the strategic directions of Palanga’s development. Another thing that concerns Palanga dwellers is that the facility will create over two hundred new jobs,’ Šarūnas Vaitkus, Mayor of Palanga, said.

Kęstutis Vedeckis, Vastint Lithuania’s Managing Director, said: ‘This is a highly complex project and the coordination and design phase has taken eighteen months to complete; during that entire period, we felt constant support and assistance from Palanga’s municipality. We believe that we have managed to strike a good balance between SPA Vilnius operator’s experience and vision, Marriott’s high quality standards and new contemporary style, the unique landscape of coastal Lithuania and the natural merging of the project with the urban architecture of the town.’

The project is being designed by Uostamiesčio Projektas UAB under architect Algirdas Stripinis and the interior is being designed by the London-based SparcStudio Design Consultants, in collaboration with an international team of Vastint’s architects as well as Marriott specialists.

SPA Vilnius operates three SPA centres in Lithuania; in Druskininkai, Anykščiai and Vilnius. It intends to bring its highest requirements for the quality and range of services as well as the recruitment procedure to Palanga. ‘For us, the bottom line is customer satisfaction and confidence in us, as well as the growth of the clientele. SPA Vilnius already boasts over 3,000 loyal clients from various countries, and with the launch of the SPA in Palanga, in combination with the Marriott brand, we boldly expect the base of our loyal clients to expand further still to include visitors from Lithuania or Eastern Europe and, as we highly expect, new customers from Western countries as well,’ said Valdas Trinkūnas, SPA Vilnius founder and CEO.