Starwood Hotels & Resorts Continues Expansion in Thailand with the Signing of Sheraton Phuket Kalim Beach Resort

Scheduled to Open in Early 2018, Sheraton Phuket Kalim Beach Resort Will Mark the Re-Entry of the Sheraton Brand into Thailand's Largest Island

PHUKET, Thailand - October 28, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) announced its global powerhouse Sheraton® brand will re-enter Phuket, Thailand's largest island, with the signing of Sheraton Phuket Kalim Beach Resort. Scheduled to open in early 2018, the agreement with Phuket Advance Development Ltd follows closely behind the recent announcement of the debut of the W® Hotels brand in Phang Nga Bay, representing Starwood Hotels' growing presence in the region.

"We are committed to growing Starwood's brands in Thailand and, as one of the kingdom's most popular resort destinations, we are excited to reintroduce the Sheraton brand in Phuket," said Lothar Pehl, Senior Vice President, Operations and Global Initiatives and Regional Vice President, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam; and Japan, Korea and Guam. "From digital connectivity to personalized service delivery, Sheraton Phuket Kalim Beach Resort is set to become the epitome of the contemporary Sheraton brand."

The 230-room new build Sheraton Phuket Kalim Beach Resort features a mix of private villas and guests rooms and sit on a gentle hill, offering elevated stunning views of the balmy Andaman Sea. Upon completion, the hotel will boast 3,444 square feet of meeting and function space suitable for intimate weddings and conferences. Guests will also be able to enjoy all the Sheraton brand's popular amenities and services, including guest rooms fitted with the signature Sheraton Sweet Sleeper™ Bed with a plush mattress and luxurious sheets. In addition, the resort will open the brand's signature Shine Spa for Sheraton™ alongside one of the brand's signature restaurants; and two other dining venues including one on a beachfront location. Recreation facilities will include two salt water swimming pools and a well-equipped gym with the brand's revolutionary health and fitness program, Sheraton Fitness.

"We are thrilled to bring the Sheraton brand to the beautiful island of Phuket, and believe this underscores a key milestone for the brand in the region," said Rajit Sukumaran, Vice President of Acquisitions & Development, Asia Pacific. "The signing of Sheraton Phuket Kalim Beach Resort strengthens Starwood's current and growing footprint in the country where we already have 22 properties across eight of our nine brand flags."

Ideally located on a 4.3 hectares site on the western coast of Phuket, Sheraton Phuket Kalim Beach Resort will sit on the charming Kalim Beach, north of the famous Patong beach. The hotel will be easily accessible via an approximately 45-minute drive from the Phuket International Airport, and will be a leisurely 20 minute walk to numerous entertainment outlets.

"The signing is testament to Phuket Advance Development Limited's confidence in the burgeoning Thai tourism industry; and we are delighted to partner with Starwood Hotels to bring back Sheraton to Phuket – an island with growing needs for branded upper-upscale hotels," highlighted Khun Khun Sawit Ketroj, Managing Director of Phuket Advance Development Ltd.

Sheraton Phuket Kalim Beach Resort is the newest addition to Starwood's dynamic portfolio of 22 properties in Thailand under eight of its brands: St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, W Hotels, Sheraton, Westin, Le Méridien, Aloft and Four Points by Sheraton. Sheraton currently operates five hotels in the Thai kingdom, including Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa, Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas, Sheraton Krabi Beach Resort, and Sheraton Pattaya Resort. Sheraton Phuket Kalim Beach Resort will mark Starwood's latest addition on Thailand's largest island following the successes of The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa, Le Méridien Phuket Beach Resort and The Naka Island, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa.

About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with more than 1,200 properties in 100 countries, and 181,400 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood 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, Aloft®, and Element®. The Company boasts one of the industry's leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com

About Sheraton Hotels & Resorts

Sheraton helps guests make connections at more than 400 hotels in nearly 70 countries around the world. The brand recently completed a $6 billion global revitalization and is now in the midst of an $8 billion global expansion over the next three years. Sheraton is owned by and is the largest and most global brand of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with more than 1,200 properties in 100 countries and 181,400 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood 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, Aloft®, and Element®. The Company boasts one of the industry's leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com.

SOURCE Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Contacts: 

Daryl Pan
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
+65 6335 4879
Specialist, Corporate Communications
daryl.pan@starwoodhotels.com

Alethea Lam
Director, Corporate Communications
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific
alethea.lam@starwoodhotels.com

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