Wed, 22 June 2016

Starwood Signs Westin Resort in Australia

Starwood has signed an agreement with Sekisui House Australia to plan and operate The Westin Coolum Resort & Spa in Queenslands Sunshine Coast.

 Slated to open in 2021, The Westin Coolum Resort & Spa, located on pristine Yaroomba beach, will be part of a proposed mixed use development featuring shops and luxury apartments.

We are really excited to partner with Sekisui House Australia to open The Westin Coolum Resort & Spa Australias first resort property under the Westin Hotels & Resorts banner, said Sean Hunt Vice President of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Pacific. The Westin brand is enjoying phenomenal growth both due to its innovative wellness offerings and lifestyle. By the time it welcomes its first guests, The Westin Coolum Resort & Spa will be the first new build five star hotel to open on the Sunshine Coast in 27 years, supporting tourism growth and providing significant employment opportunities to the community.

Positioned less than 200 metres from the sea with direct access to the beach, The Westin Coolum Resort & Spa will feature 220 guestrooms, including nine spacious suites.

 Fourdining venues, including an all-day dining restaurant and a specialty restaurant, will provide a variety of healthy culinary options, alongside the brands nutrient-rich and delicious SuperFoodsRx menus.

The resort will also have a spa with six treatment rooms, an infinity edge swimming pool, fitness centre as well as a kids swimming pool and Westin Kids Club.

For meetings, the resort will feature 850 sqm of conference and event space, including pre-function areas, a large flexible ballroom, which can be divided into three, plus a chapel for weddings.

The Westin Coolum Resort & Spa will be a five-minute drive north of the Sunshine Coast Airport, which offers direct flights to and from Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland and has just received State government approval for the addition of a new international runway to be completed by 2020.

 Renowned for its surf beaches, thriving art and food scene, quality world class golf courses and stunning landscape, Coolum is a popular retreat for singles, couples, groups and families. Due to its central location in the Sunshine Coast, visitors can take advantage of nearby attractions including Noosa, which is 15km north of Coolum, the Big Pineapple and Australia Zoo.

The Sunshine Coast accommodation market continues to get stronger and the timing of the Westin Coolum Resort & Spa is perfect given the growing visitor numbers and appeal of this destination, especially with the proposed expansion of the Sunshine Coast Airport, which continues to gather momentum, said Andrew Taylor, Director of Acquisitions & Development for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Pacific. Its a great time to invest in the region and this is the perfect location for Westins first resort style property in Australia. 

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