BALI, Indonesia - (BUSINESS WIRE) - May. 9, 2013 - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) and PT Tiara Raya Bali International today announced the debut of Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran, the latest newly built Le Méridien resort to open during a year of substantial growth for the Paris-born brand. Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran, combines chic, modern design with a passion for the arts, culture and creative cuisine to offer travellers an enriching escape on Bali, Indonesia's famed Island of the Gods.
"Le Méridien is experiencing a year of significant growth," said Brian Povinelli, Global Brand Leader, Le Méridien and Westin. "With a refined Le Méridien brand positioning focused on unlocking the destination and our best portfolio and performance levels ever, we are proud to return to Bali in such an ideal setting as the culturally-rich Jimbaran area."
"We are excited about our partnership with Starwood Hotels & Resorts to officially launch Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran," said Richard Wiriahardja, Owner of PT Tiara Raya Bali International. "We took Le Méridien brand's vision of creativity to heart: arts in different mediums, designer furniture with stories to be told, and details in everyday objects that induce curiosity. We are pleased to welcome guests to explore our resort and the Jimbaran area."
Complementing its idyllic location, Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran juxtaposes rich elements of traditional Jimbaran heritage with sleek contemporary elements, inspiring art, and a relaxed, understated style. The resort features the newly developed Le Méridien Hub experience, which re-interprets the traditional lobby into a social gathering place for creative people to converse, debate and exchange views.
Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran offers four distinct dining venues in a three-story complex, including the signature restaurant Bamboo Chic, featuring Pan-Asian flavours fused with an authentic Balinese palate and made with organic ingredients sourced from the local Bedugul Mountain area; Smoqee Lounge & Sky Bar with hand-crafted cocktails, unparalleled sunset views, and soothing tunes from resident DJs; Latitude 8, offering coffee by day and wines and tapas by night in the hotel's Hub; and WALA, an casual spot for handcrafted gelato and perfect cups of coffee.
Surrounded by serene and refreshing water features, the hotel's 118 guest rooms and suites feature modern batik motifs and striking liquid art imagery by German artist Markus Reugels. Ground floor guest rooms open directly onto a uniquely designed 1,300 square meter organic form saltwater lagoon pool.
Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran provides the perfect backdrop for a range of events, from weddings to corporate functions. Located on the rooftop level, the glass encased Celebration Pavilion and Bale Banjar Ballroom affords panoramic views of Jimbaran Bay and its famous sunsets. A modern conference center provides 600 square meters of multi-purpose space, state-of-the-art audio-visual technology, a business center, and creative event staff.
Other amenities include Serenity, a rejuvenation spa with six 'Experience' treatment rooms and a lounge; a well-equipped fitness center with a variety of health programs; and J Kids Club that keeps young guests engaged with an array of activities, discovery programs, and a dedicated outdoor children's pool.
In addition, hotel guests will be welcomed at Kendra Art Gallery's exclusive exhibit space, as a partner of Le Méridien brand's UNLOCK ARTTM program.
Located on the southwest coastline of Bali, Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran is set by the pristine white sands of Jimbaran Bay, a secluded, tranquil locale that once housed a small fishing village. The famous Jimbaran Bay transforms itself at night as the world famous beach-side cafes cook up fresh seafood. A short drive from Denpasar International Airport, the hotel is situated near many of the island's natural and cultural attractions, including the majestic Pura Uluwatu, one of Bali's most sacred temples.
For more information, please visit www.lemeridien.com/balijimbaran. Follow Le Méridien on Instagram: @LeMeridienHotels.
Le Méridien, the Paris-born hotel brand currently represented by nearly 100 properties in more than 40 countries, was acquired by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) in November 2005. With more than 80 of its properties located in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific, Le Méridien provided a strong international complement to Starwood's then primarily North American holdings at the time of purchase. Since then, Le Méridien has gone through a brand re-launch, which included a large scale hotels product consolidation as well as redefining its brand strategy. Through creation of the LM100 artist community, Le Méridien has transformed numerous guest touch points, thus bringing unique, interactive and curated experiences to its guests. Plans call for dynamic expansion of Le Méridien Hotels and Resorts within the next five years, concentrating on markets in Asia-Pacific and the Americas. Le Méridien recently opened new hotels in Bali, Atlanta, Dallas, Istanbul, Oran (Algeria), Arlington (Virginia, USA), and Coimbatore (India), and will open in the next 12 months in Chicago, Zhengzhou (China), Mahabaleshwar (India), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Cairo (Egypt), Qingdao (China), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Tampa (Florida, USA) and Columbus (Ohio, USA). For more information, please visit www.lemeridien.com or www.facebook.com/lemeridien.
Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
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