WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Starwood Hotels & Resorts said it will
expand in Asia through an agreement to manage a resort under
construction in Pattaya, Thailand, under its Sheraton brand.
Owned by Amburaya Resorts, the 156-room Sheraton Pattaya Resort
is scheduled to open in October 2004 between Pattaya and Jomtien
beaches, a little more than a mile south of central Pattaya.
The property will be Starwood's eighth resort in Thailand.
During the last year, Starwood added the Rayavadee in Krabi under
its Luxury Collection brand, the Westin Grande Sukhumvit in Bangkok
and the Sheraton Krabi Beach Resort.
Pattaya is located southeast of Bangkok, about 90 minutes by car
from Bangkok Airport. Pattaya is Thailand's largest and one of its
most popular beach destinations, attracting a mix of corporate and
leisure visitors, including families.
The resort's location is a popular spot for water sports,
particularly windsurfing. It also has a wide selection of
restaurants specializing in Thai and international cuisine.
Of the resort's rooms, 54 will be categorized as "deluxe,"
measuring 700 square feet with a 129-square-foot balcony. The
resort also will feature two villas.
Facilities will include three restaurants, a spa and fitness
center, a children's club, 4,575 square feet of meetings and
banquets space, a business center and shops.
Meanwhile, Starwood entered Malaysia with the debut of the
384-room Westin Kuala Lumpur, located in the city's main shopping
and entertainment district.
All rooms feature the brand's Heavenly Bed and broadband
Internet access. The property has three restaurants, a
6,458-square-foot ballroom, 12 meetings rooms, a business center, a
fitness center and a Westin's Kids Club.
Starwood also said it will reflag the Sheraton Nusa Indah Resort
in Bali as the Westin Resort, Nusa Dua, effective Dec. 1. The
353-room resort is undergoing a $4.5 million renovation that will
elevate it to the Westin brand's standards.
Located on Bali's southern coast, the resort is at the tail end
of a top-to-bottom refit that includes rooms and public spaces. The
upgrade will include the addition of Westin's Heavenly Bed in all
Other upgrades will include high-speed Internet access in all
rooms and the Westin's Kids Club.
The Westin Resort, Nusa Dua is connected to the Bali
International Convention Center.
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