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Starwood expands in Australia and the Pacific with six new openings in 2014
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has announced that it plans to forge ahead with expansion in Australia and the Pacific, opening six new hotels and resorts this year.
Within this region, Starwood is targeting both established markets, such as Australia; and increasingly popular resort destinations, including Fiji, Samoa and New Caledonia. The six new properties to open in 2014 include Sheraton Melbourne Hotel and Four Points by Sheraton Brisbane in Australia; Sheraton Resort & Spa, Tokoriki Island, Fiji; Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Resort & Spa; Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey's Resort and Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey's Hotel.
Starwood currently operates 14 hotels in the Pacific region, with nine hotels in Australia, including Sheraton on the Park in Sydney; The Westin Sydney; The Westin Melbourne; Sheraton Mirage Resort & Spa, Gold Coast; Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas Resort; and Sheraton Noosa Resort & Spa. In addition, there are three hotels in Fiji and two in New Caledonia. At year-end 2014, the company expects to have 20 operating hotels and resorts. In addition, The Westin Perth is in the pipeline for 2017 openings.
Australia presents significant growth opportunities for Starwood in 2014. The hospitality landscape is characterized by a lack of new supply, even in the face of steady demand growth. Sheraton Melbourne will mark the Sheraton brand's return to the city after nearly a decade. Located at the Paris end of the CBD, the hotel will feature 174 well-appointed guest rooms; a bistro-style signature restaurant; The Terrace Bar; a heated indoor pool; a well-equipped Business Centre and over 650 square metres of meeting spaces. Sheraton Melbourne provides guests with the brand's signature amenities, including the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed, Link@Sheraton experienced with Microsoft for connectivity, the Sheraton Fitness Programmed by Core Performance programme, a heated indoor pool, and signature spa.
In time for the G20 Summit, which will take place in Brisbane this November, Four Points by Sheraton Brisbane will open in March, marking the first internationally branded property to enter the Brisbane CBD market in over ten years. A new-build property, the 246-room hotel will offer meeting rooms, a fully-equipped gym and an all-day dining restaurant and casual cafe/bar.
Starwood is leveraging the popularity of the Pacific islands among increasingly affluent global travellers, with the openings of Sheraton Resort & Spa, Tokoriki Island, Fiji and Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Resort & Spa this year. Sheraton will also debut in Samoa, marking the introduction of the first international hospitality brand to the market, through the recently signed management agreement of Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey's Resort and Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey's Hotel.
Situated five minutes from the airport on the island of Upolu's western coast, Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey's Resort will feature 1,000 metres of white sand beachfront and ocean views from the comfort of 140 guest rooms and suites. The resort, which is expected to be re-launched by mid-2014, will also offer tennis courts, a large outdoor fantasy pool, multiple restaurants and bars, and two well-equipped meeting spaces. Additionally, the resort will have easy access to a full-service casino and nearby golf courses.
Also on Upolu, Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey's Hotel will house 198 guest rooms and suites on a waterfront location in Apia, Samoa's commercial hub and capital. The property will cater to a range of events, from intimate executive meetings to large social gatherings. In addition to signature amenities, the resort will provide a restaurant and bar, a large outdoor fantasy pool, pool bar and will be located in close proximity to a full-service casino.
Nestled within Fiji's idyllic Mamanuca group, Sheraton Resort & Spa, Tokoriki Island, Fiji will enhance Starwood's positioning in Fiji, complementing the existing Sheraton Denarau Villas, Sheraton Fiji Resort and The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa Fiji. The resort, scheduled to open in March 2014, will feature 101 guest rooms, an outdoor swimming pool, a "Gold Class" style theatre/cinema accommodating up to 50 guests, three distinctive dining venues, a modern day spa and several function spaces.
With a distinctive Melanesian-French flavour amidst natural splendour, the new build Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Resort & Spa will open on New Caledonia's Grande Terre in July 2014. The 180-room resort will have two large meeting spaces and a house reef that offers diving and snorkelling opportunities. Guests can also partake in many aquatic and land sports, join ocean or river excursions, and hike on lush trails, among other recreational pursuits.
All properties will feature Sheraton signature amenities, including Sheraton Fitness Programmed by Core Performance; Link@Sheraton experience with Microsoft; and the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed, LCD flat panel television and generous work spaces in each guest room.
The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi reopens in Maldives
The 21 February 2014 re-launch of The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi in the Maldives is the first and flagship branded property of the NEW Sun Siyam Resorts.
The new-look Iru Fushi is the first ‘The Sun Siyam' property, the premier brand of Sun Siyam Resorts that also includes the boutique ‘Beach House Collection' and the cool, quirky ‘Sun Ray' brands together with five further luxury resort openings planned, across three countries, in the next few years.
A paradise beach resort located in the Noonu Atoll Maldives, The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi features 221 luxury ocean-front villas, including 70 over-water bungalows, 11 bar and restaurant choices, a 20-room tropical spa, and range of activities and local explorations.
All ‘Villa' guests can now personally tailor their accommodation with the introduction of pillow and fragrance menus; while ‘Retreat' accommodation guests receive the added benefit of a foot massage on arrival and services of a 24-hour butler. The Spa has enhanced its offering to include traditional Chinese medicine and Maldivian treatments; opened a Spa Café serving healthy cuisine and designed a foot reflexology path. For the traveller looking for villa privacy, the resort has launched 22 new Deluxe Beach Villas with private pools (total compliment now 44). The food and beverage menus have seen the introduction of new dining experiences that include an ice-cream parlour and ‘destination dining' options. The resort is also now home to a dedicated family dining area.
The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi, Maldives is also a symbolic property for Mr. Siyam, given its location in the Noonu Atoll, his childhood home. Celebrating and honouring his roots, the resort is deeply committed to enhancing the lives of Maldivians. In addition to contributing a portion of net revenue to local preschools, the resort's GIVE philosophy (Get Involved, Visionary Experiences) enables guests to explore the local community and experience its intrinsic relationship to the resort: from visiting a local fruit farm to hearing first-hand the origins of a local village grandmother's recipe used in the restaurants' kitchens.
From humble beginnings to becoming the Maldives' leading entrepreneur, Mr Siyam began his career working his way up the ranks in hotels around the country. His first solo venture was the launch of a now very successful tour operating business, Sun Travels. Today, alongside managing an award-winning portfolio of tourism products, Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort, Vilu Reef Beach & Spa, Beach House Iruveli and Beach House Pasikudah opening in Sri Lanka in 2014, under the new Sun Siyam brand, he is also an Executive Board Member of the Maldives Association of Tourism Industry.
Gladstone welcomes new hotel: Oaks Grand Gladstone
The launch of the brand new Oaks Grand Gladstone hotel in Queensland has arrived, with the 4.5 star property officially open for business.
Cobblestone Hotels signs franchise agreement for seventh hotel in Iowa
Cobblestone Hotels has signed a 20 year Franchise Agreement for the future Cobblestone Inn and Suites in Fort Dodge, Iowa. It is the brand's seventh hotel in Iowa.
The hotel has 45 rooms including rooms with suites. Amenities in each room include a 40-inch flat-panel TV, DVD player, microwave, refrigerator, coffee service, upgraded bedding and free high-speed internet. Guests of the hotel will also enjoy an on-site beer and wine bar, hot breakfast buffet, weekday newspaper, guest laundry, and on-site convenience store.
Cobblestone Hotels currently has twelve hotels under construction, two of which are in Iowa.
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