The Arabella Sheraton Grand Hotel in
Cape Town, South Africa, has been rebranded as the Westin Grand
Cape Town Arabella Quays, the first Westin in that country. The
hotel, which is connected to the Cape Town International Convention
Centre, has a ballroom and 10 meeting rooms; the property's 483
guest rooms and suites have been refurbished.
The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center
opened this week across from the city's Sandler Performing Arts
Center. The 38-story property features 236 rooms and 120
Westin-branded residences. Among the hotel's offerings are 10,000
square feet of meeting space featuring wireless Internet, an
Executive Club floor and a restaurant.
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts will
manage a luxury resort currently under construction in San Miguel
de Allende, Mexico, a colonial town northwest of Mexico City.
Scheduled to open in late 2009, the 63-room Rosewood San Miguel de
Allende will include 46 suites and two 1,700-square-foot
presidential suites. All rooms will offer fireplaces and outdoor
terraces. Also planned onsite: a Rosewood spa, casual and
fine-dining restaurants, a rooftop lounge and tapas bar, and a wine
and tequila cellar that will be available for private events.
The 575-room JW Marriott Starr Pass
Resort & Spa in Tucson, Ariz., is adding a lazy river, other
water amenities and a "riverside" restaurant, to open in the
spring. Two island patios are being built in the middle of the
river and will accommodate receptions for almost 500 people. The
current pool area and the lazy river will take up just over an acre
Marriott International will open its
first resort in the Maldives, in the Indian Ocean, in 2009. The
Renaissance Maldives Gaakoshibee Resort & Spa will have 100
villas, including some over-water bungalows, an over-water spa with
eight treatment rooms, several pools, five food-and-beverage
outlets and recreational facilities. The resort will be built in
the Shaviyani Atoll, which is a 55-minute flight from Male, the
capital city of the Maldives.
The 1,334-room Rosen Centre Hotel in
Orlando has been designated a Florida Green Lodging property.
Hotels accepted into the program must meet certain "green"
criteria, including using Energy Star appliances, installing
programmable thermostats, and running water conservation and
recycling programs. The hotel offers 106,000 square feet of meeting