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Starwood Opens Cuba Four Points by Sheraton

When the US and Cuba were allies, the island state was awash in US expatriates and hotel chains; now that the legacy of the Cold War is finally winding down here, we bear witness to the return of the big hoteliers, starting with Starwood’s Cuba Four Points by Sheraton. With the restoration of diplomatic ties just last year, Starwood’s taking over management of a luxury hotel in central Havana is a step towards cementing the normalization of relations. As we reported in our story about choice destinations this year, now is perhaps the most interesting time to visit.

Previously owned by the Cuban military, the establishment known as Quinta Avenida hotel has been newly christened Cuba Four Points by Sheraton. This makes Starwood the first US chain set up shop in Cuba in 55 years, and is now one of 1300 properties under Starwood, one of the world’s leading hospitality companies. Starwood also counts the Meridien, W, Westin and Sheraton hotel chains under its management.

For interested parties planning a foray into Cuba, the hotel is located in Havana’s Miramar district, with rooms available from $246 each night. This is, however, not the sole Cuban venture from Starwood. The company has its eyes set on another iconic Cuban hotel, the Inglaterra, and will assume management of the 83-room property soon.

“This is just one deal, but what we want to keep seeing is a steady increase in these kinds of investments – certainly in the tourist infrastructure for Cuba,” noted Mark Toner, spokesperson for the US State Department. As we keep saying, it is time for a visit to the Caribbean island.

Four Points by Sheraton Havana –  Avenida 5ta A 76 – 80 Havana Cuba

Sheraton Chuzhou Hotel

First Sheraton Hotel opens for business in Chuzhou

Sheraton Chuzhou Hotel

Starwood Hotels & Resorts recently announced its debut in Chuzhou, a city in Anhui Province, China, with the opening of Sheraton Chuzhou Hotel.

The hotel features 348 contemporary rooms and suites, featuring all of the brand’s signature amenities and a wide range of on-property facilities.

Chuzhou

Chuzhou is situated in the east of China in the Anhui Province and the site for the new hotel was selected to ensure that visitors, whether traveling for business or pleasure are close to both the central business district and to historic sites such as Zhu Yuanzhang’s imperial tomb.

The Sheraton Chuzhou Hotel

“The opening of the first Sheraton hotel in Chuzhou underscores Starwood’s continued commitment to aggressively expanding its footprint in the region and builds on the Sheraton brand’s long legacy as a first-mover in markets across China and Asia Pacific,” said Vincent Ong, Senior Brand Director, Asia Pacific Brand Management, Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

Sheraton Chuzhou Hotel Shine Spa

As well as a fitness center, the hotel offers an indoor pool, spa and two restaurants.

Sheraton Grand

Sheraton Grand officially launched

Sheraton Grand

Starwood Hotels and Resorts has moved to clarify the consumer confusion surrounding what a Sheraton hotel actually represents by launching the Sheraton Grand brand for top-tier properties.

It’s actually a significant development for tourists looking to make the most of a luxury holiday around the world. In this case, travelers will now direct themselves to the “Sheraton Grand” catalog to choose their stays.

This new division guarantees tourists “an exemplary hotel offer.”

Only establishments equipped with extraordinary gyms, spas that dreams are made of and rooms with “sophisticated design and precision workmanship,” and that are in specific locations “ranging from big cities to spectacular beaches,” can be a part of this network of addresses. They must also stand out in customer satisfaction.

100 hotels are set to receive the “Sheraton Grand” label before 2017.

The first to be so designated are the Bangalore Hotel – Brigade Gateway in India, the Beijing Dongcheng Hotel in China, the Sheraton Hotel Dubai, the Sheraton Hotel Edinburgh in Scotland, the Rio Hotel & Resort in Brazil, the Sheraton Grande Ocean Resort in Japan, the Sheraton Sukhumvit in Thailand, the Sheraton Taipei Hotel, the Tokyo Bay Hotel and the Sheraton Grande Walkerhill in South Korea.

Hilton Molino Stucky Venice

Top 25 most sought-after hotel brands

Hilton Molino Stucky Venice

After a cull through more than 133 million online searches on Google, Bing, Yandex in Russia and Baidu,Hilton Hotels and Resorts has emerged as the most sought-after luxury hotel brand in the world.

That’s according to the recently released World Luxury Index Hotels report, which looked at the top 70 brands in the world and ranked them in a tidy list that ranks their online popularity.

Here are the top 25 most sought after hotel brands in the world:

1. Hilton
2. Sheraton
3. Westin
4. Four Seasons
5. Hyatt
6. Hyatt-Regency
7. Ritz-Carlton
8. Embassy Suites
9. Renaissance
10. InterContinental
11. Fairmont
12. JW Marriott
13. Sofitel
14. Grand Hyatt
15. Loews
16. Shangri-La
17. Mandrain Oriental
18. St. Regis
19. Le Merdien
20. Regent
21. Park Hyatt
22. Kempinski
23. Jumeirah
24. Langham
25. Taj Hotel

Aspria Hotel in Hannover

Top 10 hotels for health-minded travelers

Aspria Hotel in Hannover

For travelers looking for a healthy getaway, here are a few good places to stay along the way.

1. InterContinental has launched a new hotel brand called EVEN, the first mainstream hotel brand to focus exclusively on wellness. Exercise options include in-room touches such as a coat-rack that doubles as a pull-up bar, well-equipped gyms, personalized fitness advice for all guests and a “Wellness Wall” with exercise ideas, walking distances and equipment rental information on display.

The first EVEN hotel is slated to open in New York by the end of 2014, while the company envisions opening another 100 US locations over the next five years, InterContinental announced late last year.

2. Four Seasons in Canada uses wellness concierges, who plan your daily wellness itinerary, including spa appointments, healthy meals, and workouts. In addition, Four Seasons Resort Whistler offers a Path to Wellness package, a three-night stay offering meditation, aromatherapy, and a yoga mat, as well as a fitness plan and outdoor guide to direct guests on mountain adventures.

3. At the New York boutique hotel INK48, guests can borrow the new “Forgot It? We’ve Got It – Runner’s Edition” kit, which includes a music-filled iPod shuffle, a sports watch with a built-in pedometer, a running belt, and water bottles, and a map of the Hudson River running path. Return from your run and you’ll find a Gatorade and a Power Bar waiting in your room.

4. Perks being offered at Sheraton Hotels & Resorts include a “workout in a bag,” which includes instructional cards, foam rollers, and a mat.

5. Westin Hotels and Resorts will loan guests a pair of New Balance sneakers and workout clothes just in case they’ve forgotten theirs at home. If you need a running buddy, a “running concierge” can lead the way.

6. Launched as a health club business in 2000, Europe’s Aspria recently added four urban wellness hotels — Berlin, Brussels, Hanover, Hamburg — that offer a sports club, spa, and healthy meals at its “vital lounges.”

7. Las Vegas’s MGM Grand recently converted numerous rooms into “Stay Well” rooms, chock full of 16 health amenities. Expect personalized spa menus, wake-up light therapy, air purification and aromatherapy, vitamin C-infused showers and wellness videos from Deepak Chopra.

8. Fairmont Hotels & Resorts now offer a new “Fairmont Fit” program, rolling out in 80 of their hotels around the world this year. The package includes fitness gear, mp3 players, and cruiser bikes to borrow, with some hotels offering group fitness and “run clubs.”

9. London’s Eccleston Square Hotel offers Hastens’ “Mind Spa” relaxation programming, which broadcasts sleep-inducing natural images and sounds in your room to promote better sleep.

10. Hotel Rio Sagrado, Peru also offers a package called “A Good Night’s Sleep,” where yoga instructors meet guests in their room for sleep-inducing yoga sessions and herbal massage sessions.

New York INK48

Sheraton Qiandao

The most searched-for luxury hotel brands in China

Sheraton Qiandao

Sheraton is the most sought-after luxury hotel brand on the Internet in mainland China, followed by Hilton and Shangri-La, according to a recent report released by Geneva-based luxury market research firm Digital Luxury Group (DLG).

According to the survey, Sheraton, a Starwood brand, came on the top of the list with almost 14 percent of the overall searches.

The report attributes the success of the brand to the fact that Sheraton was the first western hotel brand to arrive in China.

The brand arrived in 1985 right after the economic opening of the country. Sheraton has plans to open 12 new hotels across China in 2012 and expand its portfolio to 80 properties by 2015.

Among the non-western brands, Hong-Kong based Shangri-la comes in third position followed by The Peninsula, also based in Hong Kong, in seventh position.

The Nikko Hotels brand, based in Japan and originally owned by Japan Airlines, came in ninth position.

Under the name “The world luxury index China: Hotels,” the report carried out by Digital Luxury Group, analyzed more than 170 million online searches during the first trimester of 2012.

Top 10 list

1. Sheraton
2. Hilton
3. Shangri-La
4. InterContinental
5. Westin
6. Four Seasons
7. The Peninsula
8. Kempinski
9. Nikko
10. Ritz-Carlton

sheraton macao hotel

Sheraton Maco Hotel to be World’s Largest

sheraton macao hotel

This fall, Sheraton will unveil the 3,863-room Sheraton Macao Hotel, which will be the largest Sheraton — and Starwood — hotel in the world.

Located on the Cotai Strip, the new hotel will boast three restaurants with poolside cafes, two outdoor swimming pools and 140,000 square feet of meeting space.

Sands Cotai Central also features a Conrad and Holiday Inn. The Conrad Macao features over 600 rooms and suites in a 39-floor tower, while the Holiday Inn Macao holds more than 1,200 rooms and suites.
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Starwood's Preferred Guest

Starwood Preferred Guest points most valuable

Starwood's Preferred Guest

Starwood’s Preferred Guest program has topped a list of the ‘best value’ reward programs from US website NextAdvisor.

Preferred Guest, a loyalty program which rewards hotel guests for their stays in Starwood-operated brands such as W Hotels, Sheraton, Westin, Le Meridien and St Regis, offered a worth of $0.021 per point when redeemed for a hotel stay.

It isvconsiderably higher than competing programs such as Marriott Rewards and Hilton HHonors, whose points were worth $0.008 and $0.005 respectively.
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Sheraton launches fitness program

Hotel chain Sheraton has announced a major revamp of its fitness offerings around the world in partnership with fitness and lifestyle brand Core Performance.

As part of the brand’s $6 billion global revitalization, Sheraton’s new Fitness Centers will feature “themed” workouts, designed to appeal to time-pressed travelers staying in the brand’s hotels.

Guests will also be able to access Sheraton Fitness online at Sheratonfitness.com, enabling them to continue their workout both at home and in hotels.
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Sheraton launches new spa concept

Sheraton Hotels is to roll out a new spa concept globally, the chain announced September 7.

“Shine for Sheraton” spas will be introduced across the chain’s hotels around the world over the next few years, including 12 openings in the next 15 months.

The spas will offer products by spa and skincare brand Germaine de Capuccini, as well as five signature treatments including a massage, facial, body treatment, manicure/pedicure and a treatment for two.
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