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Starwood Hotels Debut Sheraton Bailuhu Resort, Huizhou

Sheraton Strengthens its Presence in Huizhou, Bringing Signature Comforts and Connectivity to a Popular Resort Destination.

Friday, January 03, 2014
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Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today announced the opening of Sheraton Bailuhu Resort, Huizhou in China’s southern Guangdong province, a holiday destination renowned for its beautiful lake and scenic mountains. Owned by Agile Property Holdings Limited Company (stock code: 3383), the resort is the second Sheraton hotel in Huizhou city, representing Starwood’s vigorous strategic planning to fulfill domestic demand for quality accommodations in this increasingly popular resort destination.

As the newest addition to Sheraton’s dynamic portfolio of over 60 properties in Greater China, the opening of Sheraton Bailuhu Resort also marks the iconic brand’s continuing growth in the country as well as its robust expansion plans across Asia Pacific, where Sheraton recently celebrated its 100th hotel milestone.

“We are very excited to partner with Agile Property Holdings on Sheraton Bailuhu Resort following our milestone achievement -- a platform for Sheraton to underscore its success in connecting guests in the region, while reinforcing the brand’s proposition as ‘the world’s gathering place’,” said Qian Jin, President, Greater China, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. “Local demand for Sheraton’s brand is surging, driven by the region’s robust economic growth and rapid infrastructure development, and our new resort is well positioned to serve increasingly refined hospitality needs in Guangdong province.”

Part of the Pearl River Delta, Huizhou borders Shenzhen to the south and Guangzhou to the west. Sheraton Bailuhu Resort is an easy 1-hour-45 minute drive from Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport and Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport. Hong Kong International Airport is just a 2-hour drive away, making it an ideal resort and weekend getaway destination. Sheraton Bailuhu Resort is located along the waterfront of Bailuhu Lake, providing tranquil waterscape views amidst verdant surroundings. It is also part of an integrated golf community spread over 1,000 hectares. “We firmly believe that with the strategic location and strong Sheraton brand, our hotel will become the gathering place in Pearl River Delta, or even in China”, said .Mr. Lee Wang, General Manager of Sheraton Bailuhu Resort.

Designed by WATG Company and Wilson Company, the 8-storey Sheraton Bailuhu Resort structure reflects a romantic interplay between the architecture, lake front environment and sub-tropical climate, resulting in a feel similar to that found in Como and Portofino in Italy. The resort boasts 449 stylish guestrooms, including 44 suites ranging in size from 80 to 1,000 square meters. Rooms feature the signature Sheraton Sweet Sleeper™ Bed with a plush mattress and cozy duvet; 42-inch LED flat-screen TV; and spacious work area equipped with broadband Internet access. Balconies in each guestroom also allow for unencumbered views of Bailuhu Lake.

Sheraton Bailuhu Resort features the Sheraton brand’s popular amenities and services, including Link@SheratonSM experienced with Microsoft, where guests can connect and socialized in relaxed settings. The resort also offers extensive leisure facilities, encompassing the revolutionary health and fitness program, Sheraton® Fitness by Core Performance™; a heated indoor pool; two outdoor swimming pools with a total of 1,900 square meters in space – the largest of its kind in Huizhou; a fully equipped gym; sauna; and Jacuzzi. The ELM Spa provides specially designed relaxation areas and private treatment suites, as well as spa pools. Other recreational facilities include a Kid’s Club, comprehensive water sports center, man-made beach and 18-hole golf course.

Three restaurants serve a range of world class cuisine. Feast®, the Sheraton brand’s signature all day dining restaurant, indulges guests with international favorites, while Yue® Chinese restaurant specializes in true Cantonese fare, focusing on locally sourced and sustainably produced ingredients. Italian restaurant Bene, which will open in 2014, showcases premium imported steaks in an authentic Italian style, and the comfortable Lobby Lounge presents refreshing cocktails, premium spirits and freshly brewed coffee.

For discerning guests who require extra comfort and personalized service, the Club Floor located on the top level offers complimentary continental breakfast, all-day refreshments and evening happy hour.

Additionally, Sheraton Bailuhu Resort boasts 22,000 square meters of function and banquet space, including two 1,050 square meter pillar-less Grand Ballrooms, one of which will open in 2014; and 12 multi-functional rooms with 3,000 square meters of versatile space for any meeting or event of up to 600 people. The resort is also the only hotel in Huizhou with a unique lakeside wedding chapel.

In celebration of the resort’s opening, a special opening package for a one-night stay in a Deluxe Garden View Room starts from RMB 888 net. This includes breakfast for two guests, a set menu meal (lunch or dinner) at YUE for two, RMB 100 credit per room per night for the Lobby Lounge, and double SPG points. This offer is valid until June 30, 2014.

For more information on Sheraton Bailuhu Resort, Huizhou, please visit sheraton.com/huizhoubailuhu, or call +86 752 587 8888.

About Sheraton Hotels & Resorts
Sheraton helps guests make connections at more than 400 hotels in nearly 70 countries around the world and recently completed a $6 billion global revitalization and is now in the midst of an $8 billion global expansion over the next three years. Sheraton is owned by and is the largest and most global brand of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1,169 properties in nearly 100 countries and 171,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood 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, Aloft®, and Element®. The Company boasts one of the industry’s leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com

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