Turkey is gearing up for its first Four Points by Sheraton property, following a franchise agreement between Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and Ever Group for the new-build Four Points by Sheraton Istanbul Dudullu. With an opening scheduled for the end of 2014, the The 182-room property is to be the inaugural Starwood hotel to open on the Asian side of Istanbul.
W Hotels is planning to debut its third hotel in Thailand with W Retreat Phuket - Phang Nga Bay. Scheduled to open in January 2018, the W Retreat will offer a lobby lounge, an all-day dining restaurant and a specialty restaurant and bar. It will feature 120 square metres of modern meeting and event space; FIT, a well-equipped workout facility and swimming pool; and a contemporary spa with six treatment rooms.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Blue Ocean Park has announced the debut of the world-renowned Westin brand in Mauritius with the opening of The Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa, Mauritius. Nestled in lush tropical gardens, the resort enjoys a pristine beachfront location in the historic Turtle Bay of Balaclava on the North West coast of the island.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts has opened a St Regis hotel in Chengdu. The 279 room property, which stands at 29 storeys tall, marks the brand’s sixth hotel in China, and 33rd worldwide. “The St. Regis Chengdu marks a significant milestone for the brand with plans to double the St. Regis portfolio in Greater China in the next five years,” said Paul James, global brand leader, St. Regis, The Luxury Collection and W Hotels Worldwide.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts will debut the St. Regis brand in Kazakhstan’s lively capital city with the opening of The St. Regis Astana and The Residences at The St. Regis Astana. Developed by MG Development, the project is scheduled to open in 2017, underscoring Starwood’s strategy to open the best hotels in emerging markets.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts has signed a dual-hotel development in London. Scheduled to open in early 2017, the new-build Aloft and Element hotels will offer an exciting range of accommodation in the heart of the historic Tobacco Dock area of East London.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts has announced the appointment of a new area manager for the Indian Ocean, and general manager for The St. Regis Mauritius Resort. Damon Page will lead development of the company portfolio in the region, including Mauritian properties The St. Regis Mauritius Resort, The Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa, Le Meridien Ile Maurice and Le Méridien Fisherman’s Cove, Seychelles.
Starwood Preferred Guest has introduced an innovative and inspiring new app for iPad as well as an exciting new design to support iOS7. The SPG App for iPad joins the SPG App for iPhone, extending SPG’s digital suite of products and gives today’s connected traveler a visually rich, personalised experience on every step of their journey from imaginative destination exploration to the details of their trip before, during and after a visit.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has announced that it has signed an agreement with Tanriverdi Mensucat Sanayii to open a new-build Sheraton hotel in Samsun, Turkey. Scheduled to debut late 2014, Sheraton Samsun Hotel will mark Starwood’s entry into the emerging city and will be the company’s eleventh hotel in Turkey.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has announced the debut of Le Méridien Columbus, The Joseph, adding this cosmopolitan Midwest city to Le Méridien brand’s rapidly expanding global portfolio. Owned by The Pizzuti Companies and operated by Wischermann Partners, the new build ten-story hotel will offer 135 modern rooms with all of the Paris-born brand’s signature amenities and services.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts has announced that the iconic Palacio del Inka in Cusco has joins its Luxury Collection portfolio following an extensive $15 million renovation. Owned by Libertador Hotels, Resorts & Spas, Palacio del Inka has been redesigned for a new generation of luxury travellers, offering discreet and personalised service in the in the iconic ancient capital of Peru.