Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. and Xeresa Golf S.A. have announced the signing of a long-term management agreement under which Starwood will operate the 236-room Sheraton Real de Faula Hotel & Spa and the 224-room Westin Real de Faula Hotel & Spa in Benidorm, on Spainå‘s Costa Blanca Coast.
Located adjacent to the Terra Mitica theme park in Benidorm, Spain, near the city of Alicante, both hotels are currently under construction and are set to open in January 2005. The resort is inspired by Valencian architectural traditions with open plan buildings of low height and low density. The development has been designed by renowned Spanish architect Andres Pineiro and will reflect a typical Mediterranean village, while providing the latest technologies and international service levels.
In addition to the new hotels, the resort will include a luxurious full-service spa and health club, together with indoor/outdoor swimming pools and six tennis courts. There will be a meeting and convention centre and several themed food and beverage outlets located throughout the resort. Guests of both the Sheraton, and The Westin Real de Faula will have priority booking for tee times at the two18-hole Jack Nicklaus golf courses that are also under development by Xeresa Golf SA.
“This agreement is yet another sign of the commitment we have to the development and operation of hotels in Spain where we already operate eight hotels and we will soon open four more,” commented Roeland Vos, President of the Europe, Africa and Middle East Division of Starwood Hotels & Resorts. “With their high quality products and configuration, the Sheraton and The Westin Real de Faula will position the resort at the top end of the local market and are well within the category of Spain`s most upscale regional resorts. We acknowledge Xeresa Golf`s vision and express our appreciation for their trust in our brands as we proceed in this first, outstanding partnership.”
The construction of both hotels incorporates an ecological commitment including the use of renewable energies, optimal consumption of water, and recycling of sewage water for irrigation of the golf courses. Real de Faula is being developed on approximately 395 acres, with an estimated investment of approximately USD $98 million. Construction on the resort began in 2001.
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