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Starwood to Open St. Regis Lhasa Resort in November

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Starwood is expanding its global St. Regis portfolio with a new hotel in Tibet. The St. Regis Lhasa Resort, scheduled to open in November 2010, will be the first St. Regis resort in China.

Located on Jiangsu Road and situated in the famous ancient Barkhor area, The St. Regis Lhasa Resort is just minutes away from the holy Potala Palace and 75km away from Gongga Airport.

The hotel features 150 rooms and villas and 12 suites including the Presidential Suite, as well as restaurants, bars, an exclusive Iridium Spa, ballroom and state-of-the-art meeting space.

"Lhasa is truly one of the world's most fascinating destinations; the rich culture and spiritual history make it quite captivating to our global St. Regis guests," said Qian Jin, Senior Vice President of Operations, China & Taiwan, Starwood Hotels & Resorts. "The St. Regis Lhasa Resort will undoubtedly be heralded as one of the most extraordinary luxury resorts not only in Asia, but in the entire world."

All the hotel guest rooms are accented by local artifacts and distinctive décor reflecting rich Tibetan culture and heritage. Plasma TVs, multi-channel cable, high speed internet access, spacious marble bathroom, exquisite furnishings and exclusive amenities create a soothing yet luxurious setting for discerning global travelers.

The St. Regis Lhasa Resort will also offer an array of epicurean tastes and experiences including; Social - an all-day dining restaurant offering a wide selection of international cuisine; Si Zi Kang a Tibetan restaurant where guests are invited to savor authentic Tibetan and Nepalese cuisine in a sophisticated yet relaxed setting; Yan Ting Chinese Restaurant has six private dining rooms specializing in Cantonese and Sichuanese cuisine; The unique Tea Room, the first of its kind, offering different blends of local and imported teas, and serving vintage teas aged from 10-25 years; Decanter by Haut-Brisson, the first wine bar serves over 140 labels of wine, liquors and aged cigars, aim to entice the adventurous' palate.

The exclusively designed Iridium Spa combines a 5-star spa experience with traditional Tibetan herbal treatments. Guests can choose to immerse themselves the gold-leaf immersion pool, or partake in Yoga or Pilates in the Meditation Garden.

The St. Regis Lhasa Resort has put great effort into reducing its' carbon footprint and saving energy. By utilizing solar energy and underground water, the St. Regis Lhasa Resort can save on diesel energy consumption every year by 93,000 kg and 75,000 kg respectively. The hotel also operates a fleet of high-efficiency hybrid and turbo-diesel vehicles, which helps to reduce emission by 30%.

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