ASPEN, Colo. - December 17, 2013 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - As a spectacular year of polo comes to a close, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: HOT) is pleased to announce that it will be the official hospitality partner for The Piaget World Snow Polo Championship in the glamorous high-goal tournament, hosted by the Aspen Valley Polo Club. Celebrated polo player and St. Regis Connoisseur Nacho Figueras will captain the St. Regis polo team against Audi and Piaget teams on December 19th and 20th at the snow-packed Wagner Park, across from The St. Regis Aspen Resort. The Piaget World Snow Polo Championship follows on the heels of spirited polo matches and marquee events hosted by the St. Regis brand in the United States, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Bangkok, Beijing and Abu Dhabi.
"Polo is an innate part of the St. Regis legacy, and it is exciting to see how this social tradition manifests in Aspen among a new generation of global travelers and their families," says Paul James, Global Brand Leader for St. Regis Hotels & Resorts. "We are delighted to have Nacho Figueras captaining the St. Regis team for the first time here in Aspen; it is sure to be a thrilling day."
The St. Regis Aspen Resort will bring a taste of the brand’s signature style to polo for its guests, residents and the local community, who will be invited to experience a day of world-class polo from inside the VIP hospitality tent with such signature brand rituals as the St. Regis Bloody Mary cocktail and legendary St. Regis Afternoon Tea service. The event will be the final stop on the 2013 calendar for the World Polo Tour, where top ranked players from around the globe will earn valuable points towards the final world rankings.
Following the polo tournament, guests will be invited to the unveiling of the hotel’s new mural, "Strong Wind: The Myth of the Aspen Trees," by renowned contemporary artist Bo Bartlett, who was commissioned to create a vibrant and whimsical mural as the focal point for the bar and lounge. The mural is symbolic of the brand’s evolution: a modern iteration of the iconic King Cole Mural at The St. Regis New York, commissioned by St. Regis founder John Jacob Astor IV in the early 1900s. The new mural will be the centerpiece of Shadow Mountain Lounge and a cornerstone to the comprehensive redesign of The St. Regis Aspen Resort completed earlier this year by award-winning designer Lauren Rotett.
"Mr. Bartlett’s mural is the perfect fit for The St. Regis Aspen Resort: embracing the rich heritage of the St. Regis brand while capturing the beauty of the destination in a contemporary way," said Heather Steenge-Hart, General Manager of The St. Regis Aspen Resort. "We are thrilled to showcase his artwork to our guests, residents and neighbors who mix and mingle at Shadow Mountain Lounge for après-ski, live music and handcrafted cocktails."
The mural unveiling and The Piaget World Snow Polo Championship kicks off Aspen’s bustling holiday season, where The St. Regis Aspen Resort sits at the center of the city’s social scene. Global travelers and locals alike will flood Chefs Club by FOOD & WINE at The St. Regis Aspen Resort, an innovative new restaurant concept that brings together four of the magazine’s signature Best New Chefs bi-annually to create an exclusive, seasonally-inspired menu.
Families visiting the hotel will have the opportunity to experience custom-tailored activities for younger guests, part of the new Family Traditions at St. Regis program, including an exhilarating snowmobile tour to the base of the renowned Maroon Bells with expert guides, who will host a two-hour tour with hot cocoa and sweet treats at the picturesque Maroon Lake. Another option for adventurous families is a two-hour dog sled ride through the scenic Aspen Snowmass trails with 10 Alaskan sled dogs, an expert musher guiding you through the wilderness and the hotel’s executive chef curating a bespoke lunch for your experience.
For more information about The St. Regis Aspen Resort, please visit www.stregis.com/aspen. To learn more about the Family Traditions at St. Regis program, please visit www.stregis.com/familytraditions. To book a reservation at Chefs Club by FOOD & WINE, please visit www.chefsclub.com.
The St. Regis Aspen Resort has been recognized by Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure as a leading destination resort and has been named a Platinum Choice Award Winner by Smart Meetings magazine. With elegant décor, unrivaled luxury and the trademark bespoke service for which the St. Regis brand of hotels is known, guests enjoy an unparalleled experience at this quintessential mountain retreat. Resort amenities include Shadow Mountain Lounge, Chefs Club by FOOD & WINE, Remède Spa, an outdoor heated pool, fitness center, world class resort concierge services and 25,000 square feet of meeting space. For reservations or more information, call 1.888.454.9005 or 970.920.3300 or visit the website at www.stregis.com/aspen
Combining classic sophistication with a modern sensibility, St. Regis is committed to delivering exceptional experiences at 31 luxury hotels and resorts in the best addresses around the world. Since the opening of the first St. Regis Hotel in New York City over a century ago by John Jacob Astor IV, the brand has remained committed to an uncompromising level of bespoke and anticipatory service for all of its guests delivered flawlessly by signature St. Regis Butler Service. From Bal Harbour to Bangkok, Saadiyat Island to Shenzhen, the St. Regis brand caters to a new generation of luxury travelers and continues to thoughtfully build its portfolio in the most sought after destinations at the heart of today’s grand tour. Plans for the brand to expand its legacy include much-anticipated St. Regis Hotels & Resorts in the Riviera Maya and in Asia, where St. Regis has announced plans to open hotels in Changsha, Chengdu, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Lijiang, Nanjing, New Delhi, Qingshui Bay and Zhuhai. In the Middle East, St. Regis will continue to expand in Amman, Dubai and Istanbul. For more information on St. Regis Hotels & Resorts please visit www.stregis.com, to explore our recent debuts visit stregis.com/newgrandtour and for the privilege of residential ownership please visit stregis.com/residences. Connect with St. Regis on instagram.com/stregishotels, facebook.com/stregis, pinterest.com/stregishotels, and youtube.com/stregishotels
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