Thursday, April 30, 2015

The St. Regis Langkawi Hosts Exclusive Pre-Opening Preview for the ASEAN Leaders Summit

  • Malaysia’s First St. Regis Hotel Opens Exclusively for the ASEAN Leaders Summit, with full completion by November 2015
  • Langkawi Elevates its Profile as a World-Class Luxury Destination, with Langkawi International Convention Centre (LICC) as a Landmark of its New Integrated Coastal Development
  • Rendering of The St. Regis Langkawi


On the heels of the ASEAN Leaders Summit, The St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT), exclusively previewed The St. Regis Langkawi, welcoming dignitaries from the Summit. Owned by Integrated Nautical Resort Sdn Bhd (INR), the resort is a joint-venture between Rajawali Group, Malaysia Ministry of Finance and Langkawi Development Authority. Following the private hosting of the ASEAN Leaders Summit dignitaries, The St. Regis Langkawi will be officially open to the public in November 2015.

“I am delighted to host ASEAN leaders at The St. Regis Langkawi, to present first-hand the tremendous potential of our islands,” said Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia. “The St. Regis Langkawi and Integrated Nautical Resorts, as anchor investments, will greatly elevate Malaysia’s luxury hospitality landscape, bringing it on par with the likes of Monaco and Bali. And with the integration of the ASEAN Economic Community later this year, as well as Malaysia’s position as the ASEAN Chair in 2015, we are committed to transforming Langkawi into a world-class nautical tourism destination, showcasing the depth of Malaysian hospitality.”

Unveiling Langkawi’s Exclusive Address: The St. Regis Langkawi
Scheduled to open its doors in November 2015, The St. Regis Langkawi is situated within an idyllic cove in close proximity to Kuah town, Langkawi’s shopping and commercial centre, and is approximately a 20-minute drive from Langkawi International Airport. The resort will include 85 well-appointed suites and 3 water villas, each boasting a spectacular view of the Straits of Malacca. Each guestroom will also feature the signature St. Regis Butler Service. Trained in the English tradition, St. Regis butlers provide discerning guests with around-the-clock customized services, anticipating each guest’s every need.

“St. Regis is a game-changer to Langkawi’s luxury tourism offerings,” said Stephen Ho, President, Asia Pacific, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. “Its rich heritage, refined sophistication and bespoke services, coupled with Starwood’s strong membership loyalty program Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG®) , will enhance Langkawi’s efforts to become an international nautical holiday destination and gathering place of affluent global travellers.”

“Langkawi is emerging as a world-class luxury destination,” added Tan Sri Peter Sondakh, Chairman of Rajawali Group. “It is among the world’s best islands, and we feel that it’s a great opportunity to introduce the St. Regis brand and its uncompromising services, offering bespoke service to worldly, well-heeled travellers.”

Dato Dr. Isa, Chairman of INR, also lauded the development of The St. Regis Langkawi as an excellent platform to bolster the Langkawi Blueprint strategy, to strengthen the luxury travel segment in the islands, as well as to enhance the vibrancy of the country’s north-western coast.

A myriad of culinary experiences, with five food and beverage venues, will keep up with the rich heritage and legacy of the St. Regis brand. The resort’s signature bar will serve the legendary Bloody Mary cocktail, born at the flagship St. Regis New York hotel in the early 1900s. The resort will also create a local version of the Bloody Mary, a tradition that every St. Regis around the world cherishes.

Guests at The St. Regis Langkawi will also be able to indulge in a range of luxurious specialty massages and well-being treatments, crafted to pamper and allure their weary senses in a tranquil and private Spa Salon. Other resort amenities will include a swimming pool, gym and function space, with access to expanded meeting facilities at the ultra-modern Langkawi International Convention Centre (LICC).

Upon its full completion later this year, The St. Regis Langkawi will join a growing portfolio of over 30 distinguished St. Regis hotels around the world. The resort will also further strengthen Starwood’s footprint on the island, where the company currently operates four properties under Sheraton, Westin, The Luxury Collection and Four Points by Sheraton brands. Starwood continues its aggressive expansion in Malaysia, and is on track to add eight more hotels in the next four years, including The St. Regis Kuala Lumpur and W Kuala Lumpur.

For more information, please visit www.stregis.com/Langkawi.

Raising the Bar: Langkawi International Convention Centre
In addition to The St. Regis Langkawi, the island also witnessed a new integrated coastal development, which encompasses the Langkawi International Convention Centre (LICC), an extensive, 6,100 square metres meeting and conference venue. Featuring state-of-the-art facilities amidst luxurious surroundings, LICC recently hosted high profile functions, including the ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting in March 2015 and the ASEAN Leaders Summit this April. With its largest meeting area boasting 1,600 square metres of space, LICC is ready to raise the bar on Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) in the region.

The integrated coastal development also offers existing and new facilities that complement LICC’s services, enhancing visitors’ lifestyle experiences in Langkawi. These include the Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa, Royal Langkawi Yacht Club, a high end retail hub, improved landscaping of Eagle Square Park and much more.

About St. Regis Hotels & Resorts
Combining classic sophistication with a modern sensibility, St. Regis is committed to delivering exceptional experiences at over 30 luxury hotels and resorts in the best addresses around the world. Since the opening of the first St. Regis hotel in New York City over a century ago by John Jacob Astor IV, the brand has remained committed to an uncompromising level of bespoke and anticipatory service for all of its guests, delivered flawlessly by signature St. Regis Butler Service. From Bal Harbour to Bangkok, Saadiyat Island to Shenzhen, the St. Regis brand caters to a new generation of luxury travelers and continues to thoughtfully build its portfolio in the most sought after destinations at the heart of today’s grand tour. Plans for the brand to expand its legacy include much-anticipated hotels and resorts in Asia, where St. Regis has announced plans to debut in Changsha, Haikou, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi, Lijiang, Macao, Mumbai, Nanjing, Qingshui Bay, Sanya Haitang Bay and Zhuhai. Additionally in Europe and the Middle East, St. Regis will continue to expand in Amman, Astana and Dubai.

For more information, please visit www.stregis.com, for the privilege of residential ownership, please visit www.stregis.com/residences, and to learn how the brand celebrates the art of play visit www.stregis.com/familytraditions.

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 1,200 properties in some 100 countries and over 180,000 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®, element® and the recently introduced Tribute Portfolio™. 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 recently announced plans to spin off its Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc. business, a premier provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands, into a standalone public company by the end of 2015.  For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com.

About Rajawali Group
The Rajawali Group is one of Indonesia’s largest investors. Driven by the philosophy of value creation, the Group has successfully engaged across a wide range of industries, including hotel & property, agriculture, mining, infrastructure, transportation, and media. Over the last three decades, the Group has built a solid reputation for strategic investments, including Indonesia’s first privately-owned television network Rajawali Citra Televisi Indonesia (RCTI) and the nation’s first private mobile services operator PT Excelcomindo Pratama Tbk, and growing PT Express Transindo Utama Tbk into the country’s second largest taxi operator by fleet size with a business model recognized by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) as an effective poverty reduction program for emerging economies.

The group’s track record of value creation includes the turnaround of PT Perusahaan Rokok Tjap Bentoel and partnering the Government of Indonesia to significantly increase the shareholder value the country’s largest cement maker PT (Persero) Semen Gresik Tbk. As part of the Group’s vision of a sustainable future for Indonesia and Asia, it established the Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia and initiated the Harvard Kennedy School Indonesia Program to enhance research and education in public policy and governance issues.

About Integrated Nautical Resort Sdn Bhd
Integrated Nautical Resort Sdn Bhd is a strategic the Joint-Venture Company owned by Government of Malaysia and the Rajawali Group. It is being tasked to develop The St Regis Langkawi on a fast-track basis with target full completion by November 2015.

With Malaysia assuming the Chairmanship of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2015, the Joint-Venture Company is formed to design and develop The St. Regis Langkawi as the venue for the Summit.

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