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St. Regis Hotels & Resorts Continues Global Growth with the Debut of Ten New Properties
in the Next Twelve Months in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East



NEW YORK, Apr 13, 2011  -- St. Regis Hotels & Resorts continues its plans to grow globally with the debut of ten new hotels and resorts in the next twelve months in vibrant gateway cities and exotic resort destinations including Bangkok, Florence, Tianjin, Doha and Abu Dhabi this year. With this milestone, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. (NYSE: HOT) continues to stand out as the world's leader in luxury hospitality, with more hotels in more markets than any competitor in the luxury segment, offering guests and residents exceptional service levels and luxury experiences in a wide range of destinations across the globe.

St. Regis' expanded footprint will span Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East and feature new construction as well as a magnificent and meticulous restoration of the Grand Hotel in Florence, which will open as The St. Regis Florence this fall. Offering St. Regis' signature bespoke services, luxury amenities, modern sophistication and refined elegance, these spectacular new hotels join the brand's distinguished portfolio as the best addresses around the world.

"This is an extraordinary time for St. Regis as we open ten new hotels and resorts, making it the most important year in the brand's history since John Jacob Astor first opened the St. Regis Hotel in New York City over a century ago -- a legacy we are committed to honoring with our brand's signature hallmarks in the world's most exciting and diverse global destinations," said Paul James, Global Brand Leader, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts and The Luxury Collection. "Featuring exceptional custom-tailored guest experiences and services, each new property will further position St Regis as the luxury hotel brand of choice for today's global elite."

The St. Regis Bangkok and The Residences at The St. Regis Bangkok (April 2011)
Ideally located along Rajadamri Road, in the heart of Bangkok's commercial corridor and the address of choice for businesses and elite financial institutions, The St. Regis Bangkok offers unprecedented excellence in standards of hospitality and elegance. Recently opened, and featuring 176 luxuriously appointed guestrooms, 51 exquisitely styled suites and 53 private residences, guests and residents at The St. Regis Bangkok will indulge in a fabulous sojourn of pampering at the hotel's Elemis spa and enjoy a world of epicurean experiences at Social, a fine dining restaurant reflecting the elegance of a stately home. Additionally, the Decanter offers wine enthusiasts an extensive cellar filled with vintages from the world's most heralded vineyards as well as a private room for tastings. With timeless elegance and Thai hospitality, The St. Regis Bangkok promises the traditions and flawless service that hallmark a St. Regis experience.

The St. Regis Florence (September 2011)
Formerly the Grand Hotel, Florence, The St. Regis Florence will officially open in September following a meticulous restoration. Designed in 1432 by Filippo Brunelleschi, the architect of the Duomo Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, The St. Regis Florence is considered one of the most significant buildings in artistic and historical value in the heart of the city. Located in the center of Florence, just off the Arno River, guests will enjoy an unforgettable experience steeped in Italian culture and the signature luxuries of St. Regis. The hotel features 81 luxurious guest rooms, in addition to 19 extraordinary suites, in which the antique décor reflects the artistic culture of Florence. Guests will be immersed in the culture of Florence from nearby landmarks such as the Uffizzi Gallery and Duomo, and will be able to easily partake in the shopping for which Florence is renowned. The St. Regis Florence will also boast an Iridium spa, some of Florence's finest dining and a magnificently restored ballroom, whose frescos and chandeliers will sparkle again with renewed brilliance.

The St. Regis Tianjin (Fall 2011)
Situated along the picturesque Hai River in one of China's fastest growing areas, The St. Regis Tianjin is the epitome of sophistication, where traditional Chinese hospitality meets modern luxury. An exquisite sanctuary of unsurpassed elegance and anticipatory service, The St. Regis Tianjin is located at the most coveted address in this historic and cosmopolitan city. The hotel features 284 guest rooms with distinctly Oriental style, fine dining restaurants and a Remède Spa fully equipped with a health club and indoor heated swimming pool. The ancient city of Tianjin is renowned for its historical sites, museums, and famous antique market, partnering a rich cultural heritage with the vibrant cosmopolitan energy of the business and financial district. The St. Regis Tianjin is conveniently located in the city's business district and promises to establish the luxury lifestyle brand in one of China's key ports.

The St. Regis Sanya Yalong Bay Resort (Fall 2011)
The St. Regis Sanya Yalong Bay Resort is situated on an exclusive beachside location on China's premier resort destination, Hainan Island, located in the southern-most point of China. Often referred to as the "Hawaii of the East," the area is an exotic tropical destination, boasting generous stretches of some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The resort's amenities include a luxurious spa, five unique epicurean experiences, extensive boutique shopping, a business center, a magnificently appointed health club, and the uncompromising service provided by St. Regis Butler Service which promises to provide an exquisite sanctuary of relaxation. Located between the crystal water and undulating hills of China, The St. Regis Sanya Yalong Bay Resort offers 33 luxurious guest rooms in addition to 40 suites and 28 impeccably adorned beachside villas.

The St. Regis Shenzhen (Fall 2011)
Rising high above the prestigious financial district in one of China's most burgeoning cities, The St. Regis Shenzhen is a refined landmark with spectacular views set in the cities business center where guests will experience a rarified atmosphere and gracious service. The 289 guest rooms and suites offer residential-style sanctuary in a discerning and contemporary setting, with lavish appointments and magnificent city views. St. Regis Butler Service is available any time, day or night, and whether savoring a wealth of sumptuous dining choices in one of the five restaurants and lounges, indulging in a blissful spa treatment, or stimulating mind and body in the health club, expect uncompromising pampering and elegant style.

The St. Regis Doha (Fall/Winter 2011)
In the brand's Middle Eastern debut, The St. Regis Doha promises to bring the legendary St. Regis luxury to this thriving commercial and business region. Bordered by dazzling blue waters with a sweeping desert backdrop, The St. Regis Doha promises to be one of the finest hotels in Doha and will feature the signature St. Regis Butler Service, a world class spa, exclusive water sports, three fine dining restaurants, including a signature restaurant by renowned chef Gordon Ramsay and a state of the art fitness center. Overlooking the Persian Gulf, The St. Regis Doha is designed as two 14-story beachfront reflecting towers containing 336 rooms, a landmark in Qatar's beautiful city. The hotel is part of an exciting urban development, which will include luxury hotel and residential apartments.

The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort and The Residences at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi (Fall/Winter 2011)
The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort and The Residences at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi promises to bring unparalleled luxury and bespoke service to Saadiyat Island, a resort destination located off the coast of Abu Dhabi. Featuring 380 luxurious guest rooms and suites and 292 private residences, St. Regis guests and residents will be delighted with the contemporary interior design, which has been inspired by many of the natural surroundings. The resort will offer an array of dining options at six themed restaurants and lounges featuring various international cuisines and more than 32,000 square feet of dedicated banquet and meeting facilities. Guests and residents will relax and rejuvenate at the luxury spa, health and fitness facilities at the St. Regis Athletic Club, and delight in having every desire met with the help of signature St. Regis Butler Service. Saadiyat is a premier island destination with myriad attractions including pristine beachfront, vibrant cultural centre with the Louvre, Guggenheim and Maritime museums, a Gary Player-designed 18-hole championship golf course, and an active business hub, all designed with an environmentally sensitive mindset.

The St. Regis Abu Dhabi (Spring 2012)
The St. Regis Abu Dhabi is the second St. Regis development in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, providing an entrance into a captivating world of opulence offering a unique expression of its location. Offering extensive waterfront views over the Gulf, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi will be located on the Corniche in downtown Abu Dhabi as part of Nation Towers, the iconic two-tower mixed-use development. Located at the top of one tower beginning at the 33rd floor, the hotel will feature 281 luxurious guest rooms, including 56 suites, signature restaurants, a destination bar, sky bridge suite, more than 50,000 square feet of ultra-modern meeting and event space and a 32,000 square foot health club facility including an outdoor swimming pool.

The St. Regis Mauritius (Spring 2012)
The St. Regis Mauritius, located on a remote island off the coast of Madagascar, promises to provide guests with an enchanting escape from reality at what is destined to be the finest resort in the Indian Ocean. Situated on one of the last beachfront properties on the island, on idyllic white sand at a UNESCO World Heritage site in Le Morne, and bordered by a turquoise lagoon, the resort features the signature St. Regis' Butler service, a luxurious Remède Spa, an extensive variety of leisure activities, and five exclusive fine dining venues, each with its own definitive style and all led by the hotels highly acclaimed chefs. The resort offers 173 luxurious guest rooms and is designed in keeping with the traditional colonial style of the island, complimented by indigenous and contemporary touches, while also including high-tech amenities. The resort is located within easy reach of The Black River Gorge, Chamarel Waterfalls, and other natural wonders on the beautiful island of Mauritius, one of the top three kite surfing destinations in the world.

The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort and The Residences at The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort (Spring 2012)
Located at one of Miami's most distinguished and prestigious South Florida beach front addresses, the much anticipated St Regis Bal Harbour will debut in Spring 2012. The resort will feature 251 elegant rooms and suites, including 37 condominium-hotel suites, and 269 private residences in three all-glass towers, which rise 27 stories above an expansive stretch of beach on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Designed by Sieger Suarez Architectural Partnership, The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort and The Residences at The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort is a structure of masterful design and incomparable details. This exclusive enclave is directly across from the celebrated Bal Harbour Shops and mere minutes from the whirlwind energy of South Beach and Miami. The signature St. Regis Butlers will offer service beyond expectations and a 12,000 square-foot Remède Spa will provide exceptional experiences and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Additional amenities include fine dining restaurants, childcare, and poolside cabana and beach services.

About St. Regis Hotels & Resorts
Combining classic sophistication and modern luxury, the St. Regis brand remains faithful to its commitment to excellence. Founded by John Jacob Astor IV, with the opening of the first St. Regis Hotel in New York City over a century ago, the St. Regis brand of hotels and residences is known for its unique luxury dimension, customized service and refined elegance in the best destinations worldwide. Plans for this brand to globally continue its legacy include long-awaited St. Regis US and Latin American hotels and resorts in Bal Harbour, Buenos Aires and the Riviera Maya. In Asia, St. Regis has also announced plans to open hotels in Changsha, Chengdu, Kuala Lumpur, Sanya Yalong Bay, Shenzhen, Tianjin and Zhuhai. In Europe, Africa and the Middle East, the St. Regis brand will continue to expand in Florence, Abu Dhabi, Amman, Cairo, Doha and Mauritius. The distinctive trait of the St. Regis experience is customized service and attention, coveted locations and luxurious design. For more information on St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, please visit www.stregis.com, and for the privilege of residential ownership, please visit www.stregisresidences.com

About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1025 properties in 100 countries and territories with 145,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis(R), The Luxury Collection(R), W(R), Westin(R), Le Méridien(R), Sheraton(R), Four Points(R) by Sheraton, and the recently launched Aloft(R), and Element SM. Starwood Hotels also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com

Note: This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities regulations. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated at the time the forward-looking statements are made. Further results, performance and achievements may be affected by general economic conditions, including the duration and severity of any global or regional economic downturns, the availability of financing alternatives at acceptable terms, the impact of war and terrorist activity, business and financing conditions, foreign exchange fluctuations, cyclicality of the real estate (including residential) and the hotel and vacation ownership businesses, operating risks associated with the hotel, vacation ownership and residential businesses. These risks and uncertainties are presented in detail in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Further, there can be no assurance that agreements will be entered into for the hotels in the Company's pipeline and, if entered into, the timing of any agreement and the opening of the related hotel. Although we believe the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, we can give no assurance that our expectations will be attained or that results will not materially differ. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

SOURCE: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc.
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Contact: 

Meg Connolly Communications
Meg Connolly
212-505-8200
meg@mcc-pr.comor

St. Regis Hotels & Resorts
Katie Roberts
212-380-4049
katie.roberts@starwoodhotels.com


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