JW Marriott Istanbul Marmara Sea: KCA International Design Philosophy and Vision

Posted in News, Projects on 5 July, 2022

Conceived by renowned interior designer, Khuan Chew of KCA International and her teams in Dubai and in London, the hotel interiors showcase a contemporary look, letting the light of the Marmara Sea flood in, fusing the very best of sophistication, precision, and simplicity, with the warmth of Turkish culture.

Opened in June 2022 and will a soft opening in May, JW Marriott Istanbul Marmara Sea is a five-star hotel offering a seaside location within the Sea Pearl complex, convenient to Istanbul International Airport, the city’s cultural, shopping and business district. JW Marriott Istanbul Marmara Sea is a member of Marriott International.

With 201 guestrooms and suites, the hotel displays a diverse collection of restaurants and bars that leave absolutely nothing to be desired. The hotel’s Spa offers luxurious holistic treatments from all over the world.

JW Marriott Istanbul Marmara Sea. Top: Lobby bar

Theming & Design Approach
KCA have chosen a theme of “water” representing the Bosphorus as a source of life, the lifeline of Istanbul through the centuries. It is reflected in the typical Turkish symbolic blue, captured in many of the finishes throughout the hotel.

Being in the centre of civilisation, and in between Asia and Europe, KCA have taken inspiration from both diverse cultures in the various areas within the hotel.


Lobby & Public Areas
The story of Istanbul is depicted as the guest walks through the entrance Sky Frame that is Central to the entire architecture and takes the eye to the end with stunning views to the sea. The “flying carpet chandelier” is a first – and is a welcoming note as it drops down to the floor. This is the main focal point to this magnificent space which divides the continent of Asia from Europe.


Food & Beverage Offering
The F&B areas interestingly vary vastly from Lebanese (very chic and contemporary), Turkish cuisines, to a very European Bar Lounge. The details are carefully designed to portray a more contemporary 21st Century take on relevant historical classical details, patterns, and motifs.

Modern and eclectic dining choices also include a fine dining specialty restaurant, an all-day dining venue, a classical tea lounge, and sea front terraces. Each and every area has a meaning, a story, or a reason for being. For Miss Chew, Interior Design is always key to a human’s relationship with space and therefore whether they are Grand spaces or intimate ones, the attention to detail and scale is of monumental importance, for the ultimate guest’s comfort and approval.

Guestrooms & Suites
Turkish hospitality is unique. Stylishly lavish rooms and suites provide generous space and feature balconies either facing the Marmara Sea or the city’s skyline. From the colours to the textures, the entwining influences of both Europe and Asia are present in each space. The Marmara Sea shimmers into view thanks to KCA’s emphasis on natural lighting and a selection of stunning light installations, ensuring guests have a real sense of place each time they return.

Cigar lounge

Function Areas
The Function areas are directly inspired by the life of the Bosphorus and connecting seas. It’s a celebration of the fishing tradition with the crystal hanging pendants and bar screens. Reflective metallic wall coverings representative of water and skies work in harmony, supporting and enhancing the scheme.

Spa entrance

Leisure and Spa
The Leisure and Spa areas offer a space of peace and tranquility. The layering of forms is inspired by the travertine terraces of Pamukkale. The interconnecting, abstract tree mosaic in the pool area is representative of the five forests of Istanbul. The natural environment is omnipresent.

Spa suites


  • Project Name: JW Marriott Istanbul Marmara Sea
  • Client: Kuzu Grup
  • Project Managers: Servotel
  • Architects: Evrenol Architects
  • Interior Design: KCA International
  • Main Contractor: MOB
  • Operator: Marriott
  • Brand: JW
  • Number of keys: 201 hotel rooms and suites
  • F&B Outlets: All day Dining, Lebanese Restaurant, Lobby Lounge/ Lobby Bar, Executive Lounge.
  • Banqueting facilities: 2200sqm, weddings, conferences & events.
  • Spa


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