FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON MAKES ITS DEBUT IN SANDAKAN, MALAYSIA
The Only International Hotel Brand in the city of Sandakan, Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan Offers Comfort and Convenience amid Stylish Settings
Sandakan, Malaysia (May 30, 2012) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) and ICSD Ventures Sdn Bhd, a wholly owned subsidiary of London-listed Aseana Properties Limited, announced the opening of the only international brand hotel - Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan - in Sandakan, Malaysia. The 300-room hotel represents Starwood’s first Four Points by Sheraton in the state of Sabah, bringing uncomplicated comfort and exceptional value to a rapidly growing eco-tourism destination.
Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan is the third Four Points by Sheraton in Malaysia, following the opening of Four Points by Sheraton Langkawi in November 2011 and Four Points by Sheraton Kuching in March 2009. Starwood currently has 9 properties in Malaysia with additional five hotels in the pipeline under a range of its compelling brands : Aloft Kuala Lumpur–Sentral; Four Points by Sheraton Kota Kinabalu, Sabah; Sheraton Desaru Resort; The St. Regis Kuala Lumpur; and W Kuala Lumpur.
“The opening of the Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan signifies Starwood’s commitment to grow its footprint in Malaysia. With its timeless and stylish comfort offerings, Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan caters to the upper scale leisure and meetings market. We believe the hotel will help elevate Sandakan’s hospitality industry to international levels,” says Chuck Abbott, Regional Vice President of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, South East Asia.
Situated on Sandakan’s prominent waterfront overlooking the Sulu Sea, Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan offers a comfortable, relaxed stay for value-oriented business and leisure travelers. Part of the award-winning integrated commercial development - Sandakan Harbour Square, a joint venture between ICSD Ventures Sdn Bhd and the Sandakan Municipal Council, the hotel is located amidst the city’s new Central Business District and with many points of interest close to its doorstep, including the Central Market and Harbour Mall Sandakan shopping center.
As the second largest city in Sabah, Sandakan is gaining in popularity as an eco-tourism venue in South East Asia. Unique attractions include the Sandakan Heritage Trail, Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary, Turtle Islands Park, Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary, Kinabatangan River, and Gomantong Caves.
“We are thrilled to bring in the Four Points by Sheraton brand, for its presence will enhance the city’s modernization and tourist appeal in line with Sandakan Harbour Square’s social rejuvenation objective,” says Lai Voon Hon, President and CEO of Ireka Development Management Sdn Bhd, Aseana Properties Ltd’s development manager for Sandakan Harbour Square.
Each of the hotel’s 300 stylish contemporary guestrooms is filled with thoughtful touches that contribute to an unencumbered, comfortable stay. Each guestroom features the Four Points by Sheraton Four Comfort™ Bed: a plush mattress, down pillows, cosy duvet, and crisp 250-thread-count sheets and LCD flat screen television. For serious work and play, the hotel offers complimentary wireless high speed internet throughout the hotel.
Set to be the ultimate hotel of choice for business travellers and families, Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan is the only hotel in the city to offer The Presidential Suite – a well-appointed one-bedroom unit featuring a lounge area, dining facilities, separate kitchenette, and study. Other options include the simple comforts of the Deluxe Room and Deluxe Sea View Room; the more spacious Executive Club Room and Executive Deluxe Club Room; and The Executive Suite.
Hotel guests also enjoy use of a fully equipped gym and outdoor pool on the 13th floor, with expansive views of the bustling harbor and city.
Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan is proud to introduce the renowned brand’s signature restaurants and Best Brew™ program – both of which are set to elevate dining scenes of Sandakan. Indulge in a variety of three world-class dining venues: The Eatery - the brand’s signature restaurant – brings in a wide array of tantalizing local and international dishes throughout the day; The Best Brew pub – Four Points by Sheraton’s renowned Best Brews™ program that offers a varied selection of hand crafted beers from around the world, including local favorites in a lively and fun atmosphere. The Wrapped Deli and Lobby Lounge offer beverages, light meals, and sweet treats.
For Every Occasion
Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan houses the largest state-of-the-art function space in the city. The ballroom and meeting room, totaling close to 1,600 square meters in space, can host any event, from business meetings and conferences to banquets and wedding receptions. Catering and wedding specialists are on hand to ensure that special occasions go off without a hitch. The hotel also offers a comprehensive Business Center that provides additional support services, as needed.
The Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan is offering a special introductory rate of RM208++ per night in a Deluxe Room for stays between now and December 31, 2012. This introductory offer includes a buffet breakfast for two persons, complimentary in-room Wi-Fi internet access, late 4pm check out (subject to availability), free bottled water, plus coffee or tea.
For more information, please call +60 89 244 888 or visit www.fourpoints.com/sandakan. For reservation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1,103 properties in nearly 100 countries and 154,000 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 ElementSM. 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 Four Points by Sheraton
Great Hotels. Great Rates: With 161 Four Points by Sheraton hotels in 27 countries, travelers can find the timeless style and comfort they’re looking for with genuine service and everything that matters most, all around the world. From Santiago to Shanghai and Milan to Milwaukee, Four Points hotels can be found in big urban centers, by the airport, near the beach, and in the suburbs. A recent $1 billion invested in renovations, conversions, and new-build hotels has made the brand stronger than ever.
Four Points by Sheraton, like all brands within Starwood’s portfolio, is proud to offer the Starwood Preferred Guest® program, which offers a breakthrough policy of no blackout dates on Free Night Awards. To learn more, visit www.spg.com.
About the Development Manager – Ireka Development Management Sdn Bhd
Founded in 1967, Ireka Corporation Berhad is a multi disciplinary company with three core businesses - Infrastructure, Real Estate, and Technologies. Under Real Estate, Ireka initiated the listing of Aseana Properties Limited (the first Malaysian-based property fund to be listed on the London Stock Exchange) in 2007 which undertakes property development activities in Malaysia and Vietnam.
Ireka’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Ireka Development Management Sdn Bhd is the exclusive development manager for Aseana Properties Limited. Ireka’s portfolio includes the award-winning Sandakan Harbour Square (Asia Pacific Property Awards 2009 - Commercial Redevelopment category), SENI Mont’ Kiara (Asia Pacific Property Awards 2012 - Residential High-Rise Development category), i-ZEN@Villa Aseana, i-ZEN@Kiara II, i-ZEN@Kiara I, Luyang Perdana, Tiffani by i-ZEN and 1 Mont’ Kiara. Ireka also takes pride in the creation of the i-ZEN brand of luxury properties. The i-ZEN 6S philosophies of Style, Service, Security, Sophistication, Soul and Sustainability, are demonstrated in its portfolio of properties.