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The Westin Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal will begin renovation

Starwood Hotels opens first all-inclusive resort

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced the opening of its first all-inclusive resort – The Westin Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal in Costa Rica. The property formerly known as the Paradisus Playa Conchal Resort will begin renovation on the hotel’s 406 spacious suites and all public areas, which will be conducted in phases through December 2011. The Westin Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal marks the

return of Starwood Hotels to Costa Rica after 20 years, and is the newest member of the Westin brand’s resorts portfolio, which offers 40 resorts in the world’s most sought-after vacation destinations.

"The opening of The Westin Resort & Spa Playa Conchal accelerates the brand’s expansion in Latin America where Westin will open three more properties by the end of 2011 and double its portfolio by 2014," said Brian Povinelli, global brand leader for Westin Hotels & Resorts. "The Westin brand’s emphasis on wellness plays well in diverse international markets and has fueled our phenomenal global growth. More than 90% of Westin hotels currently in development will open outside the United States."

Centered around an expansive, lagoon-style pool, The Westin Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal is adjacentto the championship Robert Trent Jones II golf facility and is easily accessible from the international
airport in Liberia, Guanacaste. Inspiring wellness with its signature Westin The Spa, the resort features beautiful gardens, luxurious suites, thatch-roofed bungalows, as well as breathtaking vistas. Guests will enjoy a variety of outdoor recreation and nightly entertainment and several restaurants serving both local and international cuisine.

"Costa Rica is an increasingly popular destination for tourists and leisure travelers and a terrific location for our first all-inclusive Westin Resort," said Osvaldo Librizzi, President of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Latin America. "Recent growth in the all-inclusive luxury resort market in Mexico and Central America, coupled with increasing demand from our SPG members for vacation packages have created fertile conditions for our entry in the all-inclusive market."

Westin currently has six hotels in Mexico and one in Guatemala, and will be opening four more in Latin America during the next two years including The Westin Lima Hotel & Convention Center, Peru; The Westin
Guadalajara, Mexico; and two in Panama: The Westin Panama and The Westin Playa Bonita.

"We are especially proud to be associated with Starwood in the management of The Westin Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal," said Helmuth Sauter, Director of Reserva Conchal. "The conversion of this scenic and restful retreat allows us to maintain our commitment of bringing outstanding all-inclusive service to our guests, while introducing the Westin brand’s signature services and amenities to one of Costa Rica’s most desirable destinations."

The soothing Westin Sensory Welcome creates an oasis of calm as guests enter the resort with its subtle White Tea by Westin fragrance, gentle music, botanicals and mood lighting. The brand’s world-renowned 10-layer Heavenly BedTM is designed to provide guests with a deep, undisturbed night’s sleep that energizes body and brain. The Westin Heavenly Bath experience transforms guests’ shower or bath time into an intensely rejuvenating spa-like experience.

An ideal venue for weddings, social galas and business functions, The Westin Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal features6,500 square feet of meeting and banquet facilities, as well as a WestinWORKOUT gym,
enabling guests to maintain their exercise program and stay in the best possible shape, physically and mentally.

The Resort was selected by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine as one of the Top 25 Foreign Golf Resort in 2010.