August 02, 2006

The 640-suite Pointe South Mountain Resort has been sold to Grossman Company Properties, which plans a $50 million renovation to the Phoenix hotel. The details of the work are being drawn up by the same team that recently redeveloped the Arizona Biltmore, another GCP holding. The Pointe South Mountain offers 117,000 square feet of meeting space, the Oasis water park, a golf course and a spa with 15 treatment rooms.

Hilton Hotel will manage a new 358-room golf resort and spa in Thailand. The Doubletree Golf Resort & Spa Near Sriracha, scheduled for an early 2008 opening, features rooms overlooking the Gary Player-designed fairways of Sriracha Golf Club. The golf resort, Hilton's fourth property in Thailand, will feature indoor and outdoor meeting space, day and night golf, squash and tennis courts, a bar and a pool, plus a traditional Thai spa and a Japanese pool spa.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts has signed on with two new hotels in the People's Republic of China: the Four Points by Sheraton Tianjin, Zhongshan, and the Four Points by Sheraton Hangzhou, Binjiang. Scheduled to open in 2008, the 300-room Tianjin property will feature 7,500 square feet of meeting space, three F&B outlets, a business center, an indoor heated swimming pool, a health club and a spa. The 350-room Hangzhou hotel, also set to open in 2008, will have 17,100 square feet of meeting space, two restaurants, a business center, a health club and an indoor swimming pool.
A major residential resort to be built in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, has been granted approval from the USVI Department of Planning and Natural Resources. Along with a number of residences, the 367-acre Preserve at Botany Bay will feature a 66-suite boutique hotel with beach club, spa and dining options.The hotel opens in mid-2008.

The Sheraton Seattle Hotel last week welcomed its first group to the property's new ballroom and meeting space, which marked the completion of the first phase of its $130 million expansion project that began last August. The "ballroom phase" included the expansion of the Grand Ballroom to 18,200 square feet and the addition of several pre-function areas, midsize meeting rooms and three new kitchens. The next and final phase of the expansion, which includes a new 415-room tower as well as a new restaurant, should be completed in spring 2007.