W Hotels Worldwide has announced plans to open W Retreat & Spa Kanai in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

The 180-room will be owned by ALHEL and GIM Desarrollos, and designed by architect Richard Meier.

The hotel will offer 975m² of spa space, 696m² of event space and a 278m² ballroom.

W Kanai will be the centre of the Kanai Resort, which will include four hotels comprising of 600 rooms and a beach club built on a 135-acre site with more than a mile of private beach.

W Hotels is planning to increase its portfolio to 50 hotels by the end of 2012.