Starwood Hotels continues expansion in Thailand

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Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide recently announced that its global powerhouse Sheraton brand will re-enter Phuket with the signing of Sheraton Phuket Kalim Beach Resort.  Scheduled to open in early 2018, the agreement with Phuket Advance Development Ltd. follows closely behind the recent announcement of the debut of the W Hotels brand in Phang Nga Bay, representing Starwood Hotels’ growing presence in the region.

“We are committed to growing Starwood’s brands in Thailand and, as one of the kingdom’s most popular resort destinations, we are excited to reintroduce the Sheraton brand in Phuket,” said Lothar Pehl, the company’s Senior Vice President, Operations and Global Initiatives and Regional Vice President, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.  “From digital connectivity to personalized service delivery, Sheraton Phuket Kalim Beach Resort is set to become the epitome of the contemporary Sheraton brand.”

Stephen Ho, President of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific (front left), and Sawit Ketroj, Managing Director of Phuket Advance Development Ltd (front right) pose with Starwood senior regional management during the contract signing ceremony for the development of the Sheraton Phuket Kalim Beach Resort.  Lothar Pehl, Starwood Senior Vice President of Operations and Global Initiatives and Regional Vice President, Hotels & Resorts, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, stands 3rd from left.Stephen Ho, President of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific (front left), and Sawit Ketroj, Managing Director of Phuket Advance Development Ltd (front right) pose with Starwood senior regional management during the contract signing ceremony for the development of the Sheraton Phuket Kalim Beach Resort.  Lothar Pehl, Starwood Senior Vice President of Operations and Global Initiatives and Regional Vice President, Hotels & Resorts, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, stands 3rd from left.

The 230-room new build Sheraton Phuket Kalim Beach Resort will feature a mix of private villas and guests rooms and sit on a gentle hill, offering elevated stunning views of the Andaman Sea.  Upon completion, the hotel will boast 3,444 square feet of meeting and function space suitable for intimate weddings and conferences.  Recreation facilities will include two salt water swimming pools and a well-equipped gym.

“We are thrilled to bring the Sheraton brand to the beautiful island of Phuket, and believe this underscores a key milestone for the brand in the region,” said Rajit Sukumaran, Vice President of Acquisitions & Development, Asia Pacific.  “The signing of Sheraton Phuket Kalim Beach Resort strengthens Starwood’s current and growing footprint in the country where we already have 22 properties across eight of our nine brand flags.”

Sheraton Phuket Kalim Beach Resort is the newest addition to Starwood’s portfolio  of properties in Thailand under eight of its brands: St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, W Hotels, Sheraton, Westin, Le Méridien, Aloft and Four Points by Sheraton.  Sheraton currently operates five hotels in the kingdom, including Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa, Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas, Sheraton Krabi Beach Resort, and Sheraton Pattaya Resort.