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Wed, 2 December 2015

Starwood Signs Sheraton Hotel in Okinawa, Japan

Starwood has signed an agreement with Sunmarina Operations Co., Ltd., part of Ishin Hotels Group, to debut the Sheraton brand in Okinawa, Japan.

The 200-room Sheraton Okinawa Sunmarina Resort will be located directly on Sunmarina Beach, boasting panoramic views of the East China Sea.

Sheraton Okinawa Sunmarina Resort is scheduled to open in mid-2016 after an extensive re-branding of the existing Sunmarina Hotel, with an additional 45 rooms being added in early 2017 through the construction of a new-build tower.

Starwood is thrilled to be re-entering Okinawa with its most global and iconic brand, Sheraton, said Lothar Pehl, Senior Vice President, Operations and Global Initiatives, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific. Sheraton is set to add more than 150 new hotels globally by the year 2020, and the signing of Sheraton Okinawa Sunmarina Resort underscores the brands accelerated growth trajectory.

With its contemporary design, signature amenities and a wide variety of leisure, sports and marine activities, the Sheraton Okinawa Sunmarina Resort will feature 245 guestrooms, including 18 suites with balconies that offer views of the East China Sea.

The resort will offer guests more than 3,800 square feet of modern meeting and event space, as well as a large outdoor pool, a marina, fitness facilities, tennis courts and a spa.

In addition, the hotel will offer guests a variety of culinary experiences, including an all-day dining destination, a specialty restaurant and a lobby lounge.

Located on the Okinawa main island, guests at Sheraton Okinawa Sunmarina Resort can look forward to enjoying the areas tropical climate, broad white sand beaches, pristine coral reefs and rich native culture.

The beachfront hotel is approximately an 80-minute drive from Naha Airport via Route 58, and it provides easy access to Okinawas famed attractions, including Churaumi Aquarium, home to whale sharks and manta rays; as well as traditional villages.  

Okinawa is ever-popular with local and international visitors, and has evolved into a highly sought-after beach resort destination for increasingly affluent global travelers, said Michael Nigitsch, CEO of Ishin Hotels Group. Our partnership with Starwood and its iconic Sheraton brand will allow us to cater to travelers needs while raising the bar for Okinawas upper-upscale hospitality offerings.

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