News for the Hospitality Executive
ALHEL and GIM Desarrollos Building the 124 room St. Regis
& Residences on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula near Playa del Carmen
NEW YORK - March 30, 2009 - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced plans to open a new St. Regis resort in Kanai, Mexico, an exclusive beachfront community surrounded by the natural beauty of the Mayan Rivera’s lush lagoons and pristine mangroves. Part of the Yucatan Peninsula’s celebrated ecological wonders, The St. Regis Kanai, Resort & Residences will open in 2011 and will feature 124 exquisitely appointed guest rooms and suites, 32 exclusive villas, four restaurants, a signature Remède Spa, oceanfront swimming pools, and two 18-hole signature golf courses designed by award-winning professional golf players Jose Maria Olazabal and Nick Faldo. Owned by ALHEL and GIM Desarrollos, The St. Regis Kanai will offer an unrivaled dimension of luxury, bespoke service and refined elegance at one of the best addresses in the world.
“Today we are proud to introduce The St. Regis Kanai Resort, featuring the iconic luxury, unmatched privilege and bespoke services for which the St. Regis brand is renowned,” said Paul James, Global Brand Leader, The St. Regis and The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts. “Truly one of the world’s most desirable destinations, Mexico is rich in culture and heritage and offers our discerning global guests an exotic array of world-class cuisine, art and stunning natural surroundings.”
"The signing of The St. Regis Kanai is another sign of Starwood’s commitment to develop all its brands in Latin America,” said Osvaldo Librizzi, President of Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Latin America “The development of this spectacular resort represents a critical milestone for Starwood as we continue to build on our industry-leading presence in the luxury and upper-upscale segments in Latin America.”
“The St. Regis brand is at an important moment in time as we continue to enhance its extraordinary reputation by adding highly sought after addresses to its global portfolio by working with best-in-class, proven partners like ALHEL and GIM Desarrollos,” said Simon Turner, President of Global Development for Starwood Hotels & Resorts. “We look forward to working in partnership with them on this remarkable development, which is sure to be a premier destination that will attract travelers from around the world.”
Nestled on the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, The St. Regis Kanai offers guests exclusive access to white sandy beaches, breathtaking ocean views, lush landscapes, and luxury amenities. Only six miles from Playa del Carmen and 24 miles from Cancun International Airport, guests can choose from the resort’s extraordinary line up of recreation activities including tennis, swimming, golf, and personalized spa treatments. Dining at The St. Regis Kanai indulges the senses with a diverse menu of sophisticated and distinct culinary options. The resort’s 32 exclusive villas include private swimming pools and indigenous Mexican design accents with full access to the hotel’s luxury facilities.
Designed by renowned architecture firm Hill Glazer, The St Regis Kanai boasts an eco luxury landscape which adheres to the highest standards of sustainable and conservation-oriented development. The Mayan Riviera is a world-renowned paradise complete with mangroves and lagoons, ancient Mayan cities, ecological reserves and the world's second largest coral reef.
An ideal choice for weddings, meetings and special events, The St. Regis Kanai will have 15,000 square feet of event space including a 10,000 square feet main ballroom. The resort’s two boardrooms will feature state-of-the-art modern technologies and outdoor terraces with stunning views of the Mayan Riviera mangroves and Caribbean Sea.
Following in the tradition of the legendary The St. Regis Hotel New York, The St. Regis Kanai will feature the famed hallmarks of The St. Regis hotels including the iconic St. Regis Butler Service, bespoke guest experiences and luxury accommodations tailored to meet global travelers’ needs. Trained in the English tradition, the butlers provide ever-present, yet unobtrusive service while anticipating guest needs and customizing each guest’s stay according to his or her specific tastes and preferences.
The new St. Regis Kanai will be the newest addition to The St. Regis portfolio of hotels and resorts in the most coveted destinations around the world including Punta Mita, Aspen, Singapore, New York, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, London, Rome, Bora Bora, Bali, Beijing and Shanghai.
For more information on The St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, please visit, www.stregis.com
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