Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Plans to Open a New St. Regis Resort in Kanai, Mexico, in 2011

The St. Regis Brand Makes the Next Stop on Its Global Expedition with the Deal Signing of the St. Regis Kanai Resort and Residences in Mexico
Opening in 2011, The St. Regis Kanai Resort & Residences will Offer an Unrivaled Dimension of Luxury, Sophistication and Unparalleled Service in One of the World’s Exclusive Beach Enclaves

NEW YORK — Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) 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

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 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 properties in Atlanta, Buckhead, Baja Mar, the Bahamas, Bahia Beach, Puerto Rico, Bal Harbour and Deer Crest, in the US, and in Buenos Aires, Costa Rica, Kanai, and Mexico City in Latin America. St. Regis has also announced plans to open properties in Bangkok, Jakarta, Lhasa, Macau, Osaka, Chengdu, Sanya Yalong Bay and Tinajin. In the Middle East, the St. Regis brand will continue to expand in Cairo, Doha and Bahrain. The distinctive trait of the St. Regis experience is customized service and attention, coveted locations and luxurious design. For more information on The St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, please visit www.stregis.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 more than 940 properties in approximately 97 countries and 145,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, and the recently launched Aloft®, 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.

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