STARWOOD HOTELS & RESORTS STRENGTHENS PORTFOLIO IN THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES WITH DEBUT OF AJMAN SARAY, A LUXURY COLLECTION RESORT IN AJMAN
The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts Enters the Emirate of Ajman with Captivating Beachside Resort Offering Exceptional Arabian Hospitality
DUBAI, UAE, 6 April 2014 – The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: HOT), celebrated yesterday the grand opening of Ajman Saray, a Luxury Collection Resort, Ajman with a glamorous ceremony. Located along a natural stretch of beach, Ajman Saray is within easy access to Dubai and Sharjah international airports. With this opening, Starwood expands its footprint in the UAE where it now operates 23 hotels and resorts, including three under The Luxury Collection brand.
Set outdoors under the canopy of the resort’s Arabian inspired exterior and against the impressive backdrop of the turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf, General Manager Michele Frignani, welcomed distinguished guests, including His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the Economic Department, as well as senior management from Starwood. Local and international influencers enjoyed epicurean delicacies alongside musical entertainment and revelry throughout the evening.
“We are delighted to celebrate Starwood’s entry into the emirate of Ajman with the opening of Ajman Saray,” said Guido de Wilde, Senior Vice President, Regional Director, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Middle East. “This milestone strengthens our footprint in the United Arab Emirates where we already operate Grosvenor House Dubai Hotel and Al Maha Desert Resort under The as Luxury Collection brand, providing global explorers with more unique and authentic experiences across this dynamic destination.”
“As the first beachside Luxury Collection resort in the Middle East, Ajman Saray is an enchanting coastal sanctuary and we look forward to welcoming discerning travellers and local residents,” said Michele Frignani, General Manager, Ajman Saray. “The resort will be the leading luxury leisure destination in Ajman, offering guests diverse dining venues and indigenous travel experiences through our impeccable signature Luxury Collection Concierge service.”
Ajman Saray features refined palatial Arabian architecture and design while taking inspiration from the natural beauty of the emirate. The contemporary and elegant interiors include Arabian accents such as Mashrabiya motifs and intricate zellij tiles, as well as lush courtyards, tranquil oases and cooling fountains.
All 205 rooms and suites are equipped with modern amenities and many feature spacious outdoor balconies offering sweeping views of the Arabian Gulf. The exquisite Royal Suite covers an expansive 193 square metres, including a living room with Arabian-inspired patterns, a separate bedroom with a pillow-top bed, as well as dining area, private study and a spa treatment room. The Royal Suite’s private terrace measures 60 square metres and boasts the loftiest sea views from Ajman Saray.
Executive Chef Christophe Gavois oversees the resort’s five restaurants and lounges, each offering a distinct epicurean experience. This includes Mejhana, a specialty restaurant focused on authentic Middle Eastern delicacies and Safi Restaurant & Bar, a contemporary seafood restaurant with views of the pool and gardens. Located at the heart of the resort, Al Shorfa lobby lounge provides an ideal meeting space serving coffee, tea and delicious pastries while Escape, an equestrian-inspired lounge, is perfect for intimate conversations. Vista, the resort’s all-day dining venue, serves Mediterranean cuisine with live cooking stations, while Bab Al Bahar beach bar and grill offers a relaxed ambiance with a DJ playing in the evenings.
An ideal destination for business travellers and families alike, Ajman Saray offers a range of leisure and meeting facilities. The UAE’s first GOCO Spa provides the ultimate destination for relaxation and rejuvenation and features 17 treatment rooms across 1,250 square metres. Other leisure facilities include an outdoor swimming pool and private white sandy beach, as well as a range of water sport activities, a fully-equipped fitness centre and a dedicated children’s club. Spanning nearly 1,000 square metres, the meeting and event space includes six meeting rooms and an opulent ballroom, all with natural daylight, and is ideal for corporate events and opulent weddings.
To celebrate the opening, Ajman Saray offers an attractive introductory package for guests, starting from AED 870. The promotion includes overnight accommodation and complimentary buffet breakfast, as well as an AED 100 food and beverage voucher which can be redeemed at any of the hotel’s restaurants and lounges. For more information, visit www.ajmansaray.com.
Starwood in the Middle East
Along with Ajman Saray, Starwood currently operates four Luxury Collection properties in the Middle East, including Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa, Grosvenor House in Dubai and Sheraton Kuwait. Starwood has a portfolio of nearly 50 hotels and resorts in the Middle East and has plans to further expand its footprint in the region with a pipeline of over 35 hotels due to open by 2017.
About The Luxury Collection
The Luxury Collection® is an ensemble of hotels and resorts offering unique, authentic experiences that evoke lasting, treasured memories. For the global explorer, The Luxury Collection offers a gateway to the world's most exciting and desirable destinations. Each hotel and resort is a unique and cherished expression of its location; a portal to the destination's indigenous charms and treasures. Magnificent decor, spectacular settings, impeccable service and the latest modern conveniences combine to provide a uniquely enriching experience. Originated in 1906 under the CIGA brand as a collection of Europe's most celebrated and iconic properties, today The Luxury Collection brand is a glittering ensemble of more than 85 of the world's finest hotels and resorts in more than 30 countries in bustling cities and spectacular destinations around the world. The Luxury Collection includes award-winning properties that continuously exceed guest expectations by offering unparalleled service, style and class while celebrating each hotel's distinctive heritage and unique character. All of these hotels, many of them centuries old, are internationally recognized as being among the world's finest. For more information, please visit www.luxurycollection.com