Sip, Sway, and Play “En Francais”: Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts Invites Travelers to French-Inspired Summer Soirees around the World

From Monaco to Manhattan, Pétanque Courts Available for Guests to Enjoy Traditional French Pastime This Summer

NEW YORK - July 14, 2016 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Bastille Day - Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Inc. (NYSE:HOT), today announced the launch of Summer Soirées, a global series of events that celebrates summer and brings the brand’s French heritage to life for guests and locals. At Le Méridien hotels from Palm Springs to Piccadilly and Manhattan to Mauritius, travelers will be transported to the Côte d’Azur with styled spaces that offer refreshing effervescent apéritifs, part of the brand’s Sparkling programme; exclusive summer playlists from French bossa nova collective Nouvelle Vague, Le Méridien’s global music partner; and a modern twist to the game of Pétanque.

Pétanque, the beloved French pastime, will be at the centre of the Summer Soirée experience. Similar to British lawn bowling or Italian bocce, Pétanque is played with metallic balls in an often outdoor social gathering spot. Le Méridien hotels around the world will introduce signature Pétanque courts, which will be complimentary for guests, in destinations, including London, New York City, Palm Springs, Abu Dhabi, Monaco, Bora Bora and Seychelles. Summer Soirées will occur nightly, weekly or at celebratory moments throughout the summer in additional destinations as diverse as Split and Saigon, Malta and Mauritius.

“Summer Soirées are a light-hearted yet chic way for guests and locals to connect to the French heritage of Le Meridien, as we reveal the renovation of the brand’s iconic flagship hotel in Paris this September,” said Brian Povinelli, Global Brand Leader, Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts. “Inspired by the classic 1970s French Riviera style, when the first Le Méridien hotel debuted in the City of Light, this series of events is poised to unlock the magic of the Côte d’Azur at our hotels around the world.”

Spectacular Summer Soirées Around the World

  • Earlier this summer, Le Méridien Piccadilly in London transformed its skylit terrace into a scene from the south of France. Summer Soirées at Le Méridien Piccadilly will continue through the summer and are open to the public nightly through 20 September, offering guests and locals the opportunity to play Pétanque while enjoying a special small plates menu in collaboration with Eric Brujan, Executive Chef at Le Méridien Nice and a signature Sparkling cocktail menu.
  • Beginning today, Le Parker Méridien New York will feature a Pétanque court on the pool deck of the hotel, which will be available for guests to use all summer. Through Labor Day, the public can enjoy the pool and the Pétanque court by purchasing a $150 day pass, which also includes access to the hotel's gym, gravity fitness.
  • Le Parker Méridien Palm Springs will offer an exclusive package, “Pastis and Pétanque,” whereby guests will receive access to the hotel’s Pétanque court, a complimentary room upgrade, a round of signature Pastis cocktails for two, and breakfast for two one morning in-room or at Norma’s Restaurant. Rates begin at $219+ per night, visit http://www.parkerpalmsprings.com/ to book.
  • At Le Méridien Fisherman’s Cove in the Seychelles, weekly on Wednesdays, guests are invited to play traditional Pétanque or the local twist using coconuts with locally-crafted Sparkling cocktails and small bites.
  • At Le Méridien Beach Plaza in Monaco, hotel guests are encouraged to join in a game of Pétanque while enjoying an array of regional drinks and small plates, available to guests free of charge. Summer Soirées at Le Méridien Beach Plaza occur every Monday through 15 August.

For a complete calendar of events and for more information about Le Méridien’s Summer Soirées, please visit www.lemeridien.com/summer and follow along on social media with #LMSummer.

About Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts

With more than 100 Hotels & Resorts worldwide and the strongest, most globally diverse portfolio in its history, the Paris-born Le Méridien brand connects the curious and creative-minded traveller to unexpected and engaging experiences within their destination. With its brand promise of “Destination Unlocked”, Le Méridien has transformed numerous guest touch points through global partnerships with creative minds such as illy, the LEGO® Group, Johnny Iuzzini, Gray Malin, and Nouvelle Vague. Plans call for dynamic portfolio expansion within the next five years in some of the world’s most exciting destinations, concentrating on markets in Asia-Pacific and the Americas. For more information, please visit LeMéridien.com or follow us on social media – Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

This Smart News Release features multimedia. View the full release here: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160714006111/en/.

SOURCE Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Media Contacts:

Katie Roberts
Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts
212-380-4049
Katie.Roberts@starwoodhotels.com

Jacob Taylor
Day One Agency
203-246-5059
Jacob@D1A.com

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