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Starwood Hotels' Westin Brand Unveils First Property in the Dominican Republic

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced the landmark debut of its world-renowned Westin brand in the Dominican Republic. Owned and developed by Grupo Puntacana, The Westin Puntacana Resort & Club boasts an ideal location within the exclusive Puntacana Resort & Club property. The newly constructed hotel offers 200 luxurious rooms and suites with breathtaking ocean views, as well as direct beach access, two dining experiences and access to Puntacana Resort & Club's world-class facilities. It is the newest resort to join the Westin brand's rapidly expanding resorts portfolio, which now boasts more than 50 resorts in key destinations around the world.

"The Westin Puntacana Resort & Club is an outstanding addition to our portfolio in the Caribbean, where we now offer five world-class Westin resorts," said Brian Povinelli, Global Brand Leader for Westin Hotels & Resorts and Le Meridien. "In this spectacular beachfront location, guests can enjoy all of the Westin brand's signature programs and amenities, designed to inspire well-being and send them home feeling better than when they arrived."

The Westin Puntacana Resort & Club is situated within the picturesque Playa Blanca area of Puntacana Resort & Club, just minutes from the Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ). The hotel features an expansive outdoor pool, poolside grill, lobby bar, cigar bar, children's club, meeting and wedding facilities, and walking trails. Additional amenities include a full-service spa, 24-hour business center and the brand's signature Westin WORKOUT gym. Guests at the new Westin resort will also enjoy complete access to all the amenities of Puntacana Resort & Club, including three miles of white sand beaches, 45-holes of championship golf, a full-service marina, nine restaurants, a Six Senses Spa, horseback riding and a 1,500 acre ecological reserve featuring twelve fresh water lagoons.

"We are delighted to expand our partnership with Starwood Hotels & Resorts to introduce the Westin brand to the Dominican Republic," said Alberto Abreu, executive director of hospitality at Puntacana Resort & Club. "At The Westin Puntacana Resort & Club, guests from across the globe can experience the one-of-a-kind beaches, weather, and activities available in our country and at our resort."

The sensory-rich environment at The Westin Puntacana Resort & Club offers a respite from the rigors of travel and sets a welcoming tone. The Westin brand's innovative programs and instinctive service transform every aspect of a guest's stay into a revitalizing experience. The hotel's 200 guestrooms, including 10 suites, are outfitted with the world-renowned Westin Heavenly Bed - complete with lush sheets, down cushioning and a patented pillow-top mattress, which cradles and contours to the body for complete comfort. Guests can revive in the Heavenly Bath enhanced with the brand's Heavenly Shower, Heavenly Robe and White Tea Aloe bath amenities, in-room and high-speed Internet access. Guests will also have access to the Westin brand's signature SuperFoodsRX menu, which includes nutrient-rich and delicious options to tempt every palate.

The Westin Puntacana Resort is the second Starwood property developed in partnership with Grupo Puntacana to open in the Dominican Republic, following the opening of Four Points by Sheraton Puntacana Village Hotel in 2012.

For more information on Westin Hotels & Resorts, please visit www.westin.com or www.facebook.com/westin. For more information on Puntacana Resort & Club, please visit www.puntacana.com.

About Westin Hotels & Resorts

Westin Hotels & Resorts offers innovative programs that transform every aspect of a stay into a revitalizing experience. All Westin signature services - like the Heavenly Bed, delicious SuperFoodsRx and WestinWORKOUT studio - have been designed with the guests' well-being in mind. Westin hotels, with more than 190 hotels and resorts in nearly 40 countries and territories, is owned by 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.

About Puntacana Resort & Club

The development of Grupo Puntacana dates back to 1969 when Dominican businessman Frank R. Rainieri and Theodore W. Kheel, the prominent New York attorney and labor mediator, created a partnership to construct a resort and real estate community that respects the natural habitat of Punta Cana while offering a world-class vacation experience. Maintaining a dedication to sustainable tourism, Puntacana Resort & Club has since grown to encompass over 26 square miles and now includes Tortuga Bay; Six Senses Spa; the Puntacana Ecological Foundation; four residential communities (Corales, Hacienda, Marina and Arrecife); a full-service marina; nine restaurants; a shopping village; 45 holes of championship golf and Punta Cana International Airport, a modern facility that incorporates innovative and eco-friendly design. In 1997, Julio Iglesias and Oscar de la Renta joined the Group as co-investors and have made Puntacana Resort & Club their home. Currently, Punta Cana is the most highly visited Caribbean destination and is easily accessible from all over the globe.

SOURCE: BUSINESS WIRE



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