The Third Annual Member Favorite List Features Most Beloved Resorts in Categories Including Spa Indulgence, Romantic Retreat, Island Paradise, and Golf Getaway
MALDIVES – April 26, 2013 – Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) and its award-winning Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®) program today announced the winners of the 2013 Member Favorite Resorts list. Selected by members worldwide, SPG’s third annual survey identifies their favorite Starwood worldwide resorts across nine categories. Seventy one unique destinations from the Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa in Dubai to the W Singapore-Sentosa Cove made the list with 11 resorts appearing on the list for the first time ever.
W Retreat & Spa – Maldives earned the most votes and appeared in five categories, the most of any resort which included Most Romantic Retreat, Best Island Paradise, Best Exotic Escape, Best Small Wonder and Best Spa Indulgence. Sheraton Maldives made it in three categories which included Most Romantic Retreat, Best Island Paradise and Best Beach Resort.
“The SPG Member Favorites List represents some of the most luxurious destinations worldwide. We are delighted that Sheraton Maldives and W Maldives have been selected by our members and are deeply honored to be recognized with this distinction in so many categories." said Peter Foreman, Director of Sales & Marketing for Sheraton Maldives and W Maldives.
The annual list recognizes the most loved luxury resorts chosen from more than 200 properties as part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ portfolio of more than 1,100 destinations globally including The Luxury Collection, St. Regis, W Hotels, Westin, Le Méridien and Sheraton resorts. Members vote on the resorts they adore most from the Maldives, to Costa Rica, Hawaii, Phuket and beyond each year to curate a list of must-see destinations of - Best Beach Resorts, Most Romantic Retreats, Best Exotic Escapes, Best Family Experiences, Best Golf Getaways, Best Island Paradise, Best Spa Indulgences, Best Winter Adventures and Best Small Wonders.
“The list allows our well-traveled members to identify their most beloved resorts around the world,” said Chris Holdren, Senior Vice President of Starwood Preferred Guest. “Being recognized by our members as a part of this distinguished list is a true honor for our resorts.”
Among the highlights for the 2013 SPG Member Favorites list:
• In its very first year, The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort in Miami Beach has enamored our members so much it found its place in two categories – Best Beach Resorts and Best Spa Indulgences.
The W Retreat & Spa – Maldives earned the most votes and an appearance in five categories, the most of any resort.
• The W Retreat Koh Samui, Thailand and The St. Regis Princeville Resort, Kauai followed with placement in four unique categories.
The full 2013 SPG Member Favorite Resorts list can be found at SPG.com/memberfavorites and for more information about Sheraton Maldives and W Maldives, visit starwoodhotels.com/maldives.