Westin Continues Global Expansion with New Resorts Opening in Greece and Thailand This Summer

The Westin Resort Costa Navarino and The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa Join Renowned Resort Portfolio and Boost International Footprint

August 05, 2010 // Franchising.com // WHITE PLAINS, NY – Continuing its global growth trajectory, Westin Hotels & Resorts is set to open two new breathtaking resorts in premium locations this summer. The Westin Resort, Costa Navarino recently made its debut on Greece's scenic west coast and will be followed by the opening of The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa in Phuket, Thailand in August. This summer will also mark the opening of the brand's sixth property in Mexico - The Westin Santa Fe, Mexico City.

With the addition of these two new resorts in Greece and Thailand, Westin Hotels now boast a total of 40 resorts in the world's most sought-after vacation destinations. In addition, the brand is on track to add a total of 14 new properties to its global portfolio by the end of 2010, 85% of which are opening outside of North America. Latin America and Asia Pacific represent two of the most robust markets for the future expansion of the Westin brand.

"The growing depth and breadth of our global Westin portfolio underscores the strong appeal of our distinctive wellness positioning in diverse international markets," said Nancy London, Vice President and global leader for Westin Hotels. "The Westin brand is at a pivotal point in its life cycle, with an unprecedented opportunity for international growth and is well on its way to establishing itself as an international market leader. In addition to these two amazing resorts joining the portfolio this year we have opened new properties in China, Japan and India, introducing the brand's healthy-living initiatives to travelers in new cities with more on the horizon."

The Westin Resort, Costa Navarino

Breathtaking views of the Ionian Sea create an atmosphere of tranquility and renewal at The Westin Resort, Costa Navarino. The second Westin to open in Greece, this peaceful retreat offers 445 guest rooms and suites, including 123 with infinity pools. Inspired by old Messinian mansions, the resort's low-rise villa clusters use natural stone and local design elements to create a motif in perfect harmony with the virgin sandy beach and pristine hillside landscape. Amenities include four restaurants serving a range of international cuisine, several pools and lounges. The Anazoe Spa at Navarino Dunes offers a serene sanctuary, with an exceptional menu of specialty treatments based on ancient health and beauty practices, utilizing the area's exclusive natural ingredients and unique products and state-of-the-art conference facilities. The resort also boasts Greece's first signature, 18-hole championship golf course with magnificent sea and river views designed by U.S. Masters Champion and Ryder Cup Captain Bernhard Langer and managed by Troon Golf. Guests can stroll to an adjacent shopping village, home to a variety of exclusive boutiques, restaurants and bars.

The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa

The second Westin to open in Thailand, The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa occupies a prime location on Siray Island off the east coast of Phuket. Inspiring wellness and renewal, the idyllic resort boasts 261 rooms, suites and villas with panoramic ocean views, as well as a pristine beach, Heavenly Spa by Westin, the brand's signature WestinWORKOUT gym experience, Westin Kids Club and comprehensive meeting facilities overlooking Siray Bay.

The Westin Santa Fe, Mexico City

The Westin Santa Fe, Mexico City will be the brand's fifth hotel to open in Mexico and the seventh Westin in Latin America. Located in the heart of downtown Mexico City, this sophisticated, urban retreat is a short stroll from Expo Bancomer Convention Center, numerous corporate offices and the shops and restaurants at Centro Commercial Santa Fe. The hotel offers 265 guest rooms, a Heavenly Spa by Westin, a range of culinary experiences and a WestinWORKOUT gym.

About Westin Hotels & Resorts

With over 170 hotels and resorts in over 36 countries and territories, Westin Hotels & Resorts makes the healthiest choices irresistibly appealing, so guests leave feeling better than when they arrived. Starwood Hotels is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1000 properties in nearly 100 countries and territories with 145,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, and the recently launched Aloft®, and Element SM. Starwood Hotels also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts.

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