Starwood Hotels & Resorts has continued to expand in the Pacific region with the signing of its first ever hotel in Palau – the island nation located southeast of the Philippines.
Scheduled to open in March 2019, the new-build Sheraton Palau Resort will be located in Koror, Palau’s largest city. Starwood says it will be “steps away from the epicentre of the town”, while also overlooking the sea.
“We are excited to partner with Palau Majesty Development, expanding Sheraton’s footprint in the Micronesia region of the western Pacific Ocean,” said Lothar Pehl, Starwood’s senior vice president of operations & global initiatives for Asia Pacific.
“Palau serves as a strategic market for Starwood given its lush tropical setting, turquoise waters and superb dive opportunities. The property is a valued addition to the portfolio.”
Once open, Sheraton Palau Resort will offer 114 rooms and nine suites, plus several F&B outlets including a rooftop restaurant and sushi bar. Other facilities will include a swimming pool, spa, fitness centre and 272m² of function space.
An archipelago of more than 500 islands located 650km southeast of the Philippines, Palau is surrounded by a 500,000m² protected marine park which has been dubbed the ‘Underwater Serengeti’ due to its abundance of marine life.
The signing follows the recent launch of Starwood’s second Sheraton hotel in Samoa.