Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announces that the St. Regis brand will expand its partnership with Sentebale, by joining the charitable polo match played in Brazil for the first time this March. The Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup aims to raise support for the improved healthcare and education of the children of Lesotho, and will have HRH Prince Harry, playing for the Sentebale team, against St. Regis Connoisseur Nacho Figueras, who will captain the St. Regis team.
”As our global portfolio grows, so does the global nature of our guests. Particularly a new generation of affluent Brazilians, who are increasingly staying with the St. Regis brand around the world, so we are thrilled to have the opportunity to host an exciting day of polo on their own turf, with Sentebale,” says Paul James, Global Brand Leader, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts. “With the World Cup and the Olympics on the horizon, this is an electric time to be in Brazil and we are looking forward to an exhilarating polo match, which is sure to raise awareness and funds for Prince Harry’s charity.”
In 2010 Prince Harry attended an “Evening to Honor Sentebale” at The St. Regis New York City, celebrating the St. Regis brand’s and the charity’s connection with New York City and polo. This March will mark the third Sentebale Polo Cup and the continuation of the charity’s relationship with the St. Regis brand. Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho launched the event in Barbados in 2010 to raise awareness and funds for, Sentebale – the charity they founded to continue the legacy of their late mothers’ charitable work with children.
“We are delighted to be holding our annual polo event in Brazil this year, and are very pleased to be working once again with such prestigious brands to deliver the event,” says Philip Green, Chairman, Sentebale Board of Trustees. “We look forward to a very successful event so that we can continue to improve the lives of the disadvantaged children of Lesotho.”
“Prince Harry’s charity Sentebale is close to my heart, and I am delighted to be captaining the St. Regis team in this year’s match,” says St. Regis Connoisseur Nacho Figueras. “As an ambassador for Sentebale and St. Regis, I am looking forward to playing polo against Prince Harry in Brazil to help raise funds or this very worthy cause.”
St. Regis has long been associated with the world of polo, beginning at the turn of the last century when polo matches on Manhattan’s Governors Island were the highlight of the New York social calendar and where St. Regis’ founding family, the Astors, were a prominent fixture. As St. Regis continues to grow globally, the brand expands its polo presence in nearly as many destinations: hosting spirited polo matches and marquee events in the United Kingdom, the United States, Bangkok, Singapore, Buenos Aires and now Brazil.
For more information on the St. Regis brand’s exclusive polo offerings and events, please visit www.stregis.com/polo.