ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - September 19, 2013 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announces the debut of The St. Regis Abu Dhabi in the capital of the U.A.E, marking the brand's second hotel in Abu Dhabi and third St. Regis hotel to open in the Middle East since the brand was introduced into the region two years ago. Having more than doubled its global footprint in the last five years to 31 hotels, St. Regis continues to reinforce its position as a leader in luxury hospitality.
Exterior of The St. Regis Abu Dhabi with suspended 'Abu Dhabi Suite' between two towers (Photo: Business Wire)
“We are proud to be part of the continued development of Abu Dhabi's travel and tourism sectors. Since Starwood opened its first hotel in the region more than 30 years ago, we remain committed to growing our presence and strengthening our luxury portfolio,” commented Michael Wale, President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa and Middle East. “With the opening of The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, we look forward to offering to global travellers and local residents the bespoke guest experiences and unparalleled luxury for which the St. Regis brand is renowned.”
“We are thrilled to introduce the brand's second St. Regis hotel to Abu Dhabi - a destination that St. Regis guests, a new generation of luxury travellers, have recognized as being at the crossroads of culture, business and leisure,” said Paul James, Global Brand Leader, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, The Luxury Collection and W Hotels Worldwide.
The St. Regis Abu Dhabi boasts the world's highest suspended hotel suite, the first Gary Rhodes' restaurant in Abu Dhabi and the first Hommage Gentleman's Grooming Atelier in the United Arab Emirates. The hotel, owned by International Capital Trading, is part of Nation Towers on the vibrant Corniche and offers bespoke luxury combining the brand's unique legacy with contemporary Arabian hospitality.
The St. Regis Abu Dhabi features 283 sumptuously-appointed guest rooms, including 55 elegant suites, all offering panoramic waterfront views of the Arabian Gulf. Designed by Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) together with local designers, the hotel's understated interiors were inspired by the region's rich heritage and the St. Regis brand's legacy: designed with the colours of the local sands, the traditional cuisine and souks in mind, HBA has imagined a luxurious setting in Abu Dhabi that is steeped in a sophisticated Art Deco past.
The extravagant Abu Dhabi Suite is positioned a lofty 650 feet above ground between the two towers and offering magnificent panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf, the Corniche and the city skyline. Spanning over 11,600 square feet, the suite combines contemporary design with a traditional Arabic influence. The opulent suite features cascading strands of crystals, 24-carat gold leaf accents, leather wall tiles, jewel-toned velvet upholstered walls and intricate glass mosaic patterns. The Abu Dhabi Suite features three bedrooms, a grand majlis with a soaring ceiling, luxurious spa and movie theatre as well as a kitchen, dining room, fully-equipped gym and private elevator access.
All guests at The St. Regis Abu Dhabi have the opportunity to experience renowned hallmarks of the St. Regis brand, including signature St. Regis Butler Service, who provide anticipatory service and customize each stay according to specific tastes and preferences.
The St. Regis Abu Dhabi offers eight culinary venues including Rhodes 44, the first restaurant in Abu Dhabi by famed Michelin-starred chef Gary Rhodes. The hotel also introduces Villa Toscana serving regional specialties from Tuscany, Umbria and Emilia-Romagna in Italy. Guests may also enjoy unique dining experiences at Crystal Lounge, Cafe44, The Tea Lounge, Azura, Spa Café and the St. Regis Bar, which follows in the tradition of the St. Regis brand's iconic New York hotel bar and which will have its own signature Bloody Mary cocktail incorporating ingredients native to the region.
The hotel has over 32,200 square feet of leisure facilities, including the indulgent Remède Spa for ladies, two outdoor swimming pools and the first Hommage Gentleman's Grooming Atelier in the UAE. Guests can enjoy private access to the hotel's Nation Riviera Beach Club, which is poised to become one of the most sought-after leisure destinations in Abu Dhabi when it opens later this year. Ideal for special celebrations and functions, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi also offers approximately 52,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and event space.
The St. Regis Abu Dhabi is minutes from the Presidential Palace, the Marina Mall, as well as the business and administrative hub of the city. For more information on The St. Regis Abu Dhabi please visit www.stregis.com/abudhabi.
The St. Regis brand made its debut in the Middle East in 2011 with The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, also located in Abu Dhabi, and opened The St. Regis Doha in Qatar last year. St. Regis will also make its debut in Dubai and Amman in the next few years.
Starwood currently operates nearly 50 hotels in the Middle East and continues to strengthen its long-established position as one of the leading luxury hotel operators in the region. Starwood currently has over 30 hotels in the pipeline in the region of which more than 30% include hotels under the company's luxury brands - St. Regis, The Luxury Collection and W Hotels.
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, Cairo and Dubai. For more information on St. Regis Hotels & Resorts please visit 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.
International Capital Trading (ICT) is a private investment company based in Abu Dhabi. It's most recent development is Nation Towers, an exemplary addition to the capital's skyline, comprised of two towers that feature world class facilities including Nation Residences luxury apartments, deluxe office space, the Nation Galleria boutique mall, the Nation Riviera beach club and The St. Regis Abu Dhabi.
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Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
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