Verbier, Switzerland - August 29, 2013 – Starwood Hotel & Resorts will debut the W brand in Switzerland with the opening of W Verbier and The Residences at W Verbier. Slated to open in December 2013, W Verbier will be W's first alpine and ski resort and will mark the entrance of W Hotels into Switzerland, further strengthening its position as a global lifestyle brand. Located at the base of the mountain in the 'Medran' area of Verbier, W Verbier and The Residences at W Verbier are part of a multi-component luxury development project owned by Les Trois Rocs.
"We are delighted to be working with Les Trois Rocs on this spectacular development, underlining our confidence in the market as a luxury tourism destination," says Roeland Vos, President of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe Africa and Middle East. "Verbier is one of the leading ski destinations in the world, known for its world-class skiing and vibrant nightlife and we are thrilled to add this fantastic property to the W portfolio."
W Verbier will offer 123 rooms for jet setters seeking extraordinary travel experiences. Situated in four adjacent characteristic chalets on the Place Blanche, the heart of the Medran Project, the hotel will be conveniently located next to the main gondola offering immediate access to the resort's ski slopes, making it the perfect ski-in and ski-out experience. The Residences at W Verbier, with 15 W-branded, full-service residences, are located right next to the hotel. W Verbier will also offer W's signature Whatever/Whenever service, the hotel's 24-hour concierge that can provide whatever guests want -- from state-of-the-art ski equipment to private jet service - whenever they want it.
"W Verbier and The Residences at W Verbier will offer a lifestyle concept that is completely new to Switzerland," explains Vincent Luisier, Chairman of Les Trois Rocs SA. "With the globally reknown W brand, we are targeting global trend setters looking for a fashionable and luxuriously designed residence for their holidays with extraordinary yet informal service."
Owners of The Residences at W Verbier will also enjoy access to the facilities at W Verbier including W signature offerings such as the destination bar, W Cafe, W Living Room, and an Away Spa and Sweat (W's take on the traditional fitness centre) and an indoor/outdoor Wet deck (W's take on the traditional pool deck). The Residences at W Verbier will be inspired by the contemporary design of the hotel, offering an exciting new addition to the destination. The signature restaurant at W Verbier will be in collaboration with two-Michelin Star Chef Sergi Arola, known for his modern, urban Spanish cuisine. The restaurant at W Verbier is set to become a local hot spot, featuring a dining and bar area where stylish holidaymakers and residents can mingle over a variety of cocktails and contemporary tapas with a modern Swiss twist.
Verbier is located in Switzerland in the heart of the Alps and enjoys an exceptionally sunny climate due to its south-westerly exposure. Renowned for its extensive and well-maintained ski slopes, Verbier is one of the leading ski resorts in Europe. The Verbier ski area features 410 kilometres of well groomed slopes and its highest point, the Mont-Fort (3'330 meters altitude) offers extraordinary views of the valley and major peaks in the Alps. Verbier plays host to a number of international events all year round including the world famous Verbier Festival and Xtreme Verbier. It also offers a variety of guest activities including mountain biking, hiking, climbing and golf. Situated only 45 minutes from Sion airport and 2 hours from Geneva International Airport, Verbier is easily accessible and offers the perfect location for some relaxation and fun in stunning surroundings. During winter season, Verbier attracts as many as 40 000 visitors from all over Europe and beyond and has also earned a worldwide reputation for its vibrant nightlife. In the summer months, guest activities include mountain biking, hiking, climbing, golf and the world famous Verbier Festival.
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W Hotels is a contemporary, design-led lifestyle brand and the industry innovator with 43 hotels and retreats, including 17W-branded residences, in the most vibrant cities and exotic destinations around the world. Inspiring, iconic, innovative and influential, W Hotels provides the ultimate in insider access, offering a unique mix of cutting-edge design and passions around fashion, music and entertainment. W Hotels offers a holistic lifestyle experience that is integrated into the brand's sensibility through contemporary restaurant concepts, glamorous entertainment experiences, stylish retail concepts, signature spas and inspiring residences. With more than 13 years of proven success, W Hotels is on track to reach 60 hotels by the end of 2015. W Hotels have been announced for Bangkok, Guangzhou, Milan, Shanghai, Beijing, Bogota, Abu Dhabi, Mumbai, Dubai, Jakarta, Panama, Muscat, and Sante Fe, Mexico, while upcoming W Retreats include Verbier, Goa, and Mexico's Riviera Maya. For more information, visit www.whotels.com. To live the W Hotels lifestyle 24/7/365, visit www.wresidences.com. Follow @WHotels on Twitter.