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New Westin Resort and Residences to Grace the Caribbean Island of St. Maarten

New Westin Resort and Residences to Grace the Caribbean Island of St. Maarten

Category: North America & West Indies / Carribean islands -
This is a press release selected by our editorial committee and published online for free on 2005-12-06


Located on the Dutch side of the Island, The Westin St.
Maarten Dawn Beach Resort & Spa And The Westin St.
Maarten Dawn Beach Residences are Slated to Open Fall 2006

Starwood Hotels & Resorts' Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) upper-upscale Westin brand continues its expansion in the Caribbean with the recent groundbreaking of The Westin St. Maarten Dawn Beach Resort & Spa and the adjacent Westin St. Maarten Dawn Beach Residences on the scenic island of St. Maarten. Slated to open Fall 2006, The Westin St. Maarten Dawn Beach Resort & Spa will offer 310 luxurious guest rooms, suites, oceanfront dining, a full-service spa, casino, a wide array of amenities and expansive meeting and event venues. The 99-unit Westin St. Maarten Dawn Beach Residences will be located on the resort grounds offering owners full access to the resort's services and amenities. The property will fly the Westin flag under a license agreement and is owned and managed by Columbia Sussex, owner, developer and operator of more than 85 hotels around the world.

"This hotel will be a welcome addition to Westin's Caribbean resort expansion in choice destinations and we are thrilled to have a presence on St. Maarten, one of the world's most popular tropical vacation spots," said Sue Brush, Senior Vice President, Westin Hotels & Resorts. "St. Maarten, like Westin, carries a rich history and we're delighted to be able to offer our guests the Westin experience on this lovely island."

"We have successfully built and operated properties in the Caribbean, as well as gaming properties in the U.S., said Columbia Sussex President, William Yung. "Our new St. Maarten resort and residences will allow us to leverage our extensive experience in developing resorts and gaming hotels with the same unparalleled attention to detail bestowed upon our other developments, including The Westin Casuarina Las Vegas Hotel, Casino & Spa, which for the past quarter has ranked #1 of all Westin hotels in North America in customer surveys, and The Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa Grand Cayman."

Situated on the Dutch side of the island and high up on one of the island's pristine 37-plus beaches on just 37 square miles, The Westin St. Maarten Dawn Beach Resort & Spa and The Westin St. Maarten Dawn Beach Residences will be a luxurious tropical paradise in a scenic setting. While most accommodations boast ocean-views, all of the exquisitely appointed guest rooms and suites will feature balconies with French doors, upscale amenities and oversized bathrooms. All of the resort's guestrooms and the residences will feature the Westin brand's signature Heavenly Bed(R) and Heavenly Bath(R). Guests of the resort will be able to enjoy the WestinWORKOUT(R) Powered by Reebok fitness facility and recently introduced WestinWORKOUT(R) Rooms, giving them the opportunity to work out in the privacy of their own rooms. Additional guest services include WestinKid's Club(R) for tiny travelers three to 12 with activities, both on and off property.

Resort dining and entertainment will fuse local island flavor with uncompromising service and quality, with spectacular ocean views at every dining outlet in the resort. Whether guests prefer to spend their days soaking up the island's sun as they lounge by the turquoise Caribbean waters or testing their luck at the full-service on-site casino with slots and all table games, The Westin St. Maarten Dawn Beach Resort & Spa will have something for everyone. Amenities also will include a luxurious, full-service, European-style Hibiscus Spa, several retail shops with duty-free shopping, fresh water pool complete with swim-up bar and whirlpool, 18-hole golf at Mullet Bay, and water sports galore.

The resort will boast more than 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor flexible meeting and event space, including a 10,000 square-foot ballroom, making it a popular destination for weddings and honeymoons as well as business conference venues.

Westin Hotels & Resorts, with 121 hotels and resorts in 31 countries and territories, is owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. and was ranked "Highest in Guest Satisfaction Among Upscale Hotels Chains." in the J.D. Power and Associates' 2004 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Study(SM) and voted Best Domestic Hotel Chain by Global Traveler Magazine. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with approximately 850 properties in more than 95 countries and 145,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood(R) Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels and resorts with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis(R), The Luxury Collection(R), Sheraton(R), Westin(R), Four Points(R) by Sheraton, W(R), Le Meridien(R) and the recently announced aloft(SM). Starwood Hotels also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information, please visit

Please contact Starwood's new, toll-free media hotline at (866) 4-STAR-PR (866-478-2777) for photography or additional information.

(Note: This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities regulations. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance or events and involve risks and uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated at the time the forward-looking statements are made. These risks and uncertainties include the risk that developers who delivered the non-binding letters of interest referred to above will not develop the properties indicated as well as other risks and uncertainties presented in detail in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although we believe the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, we can give no assurance that our expectations will be attained or that results and events will not materially differ. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.)

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SOURCE: Starwood Hotels & Resorts' Worldwide, Inc.

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