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.
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.
For the first time, SPG has teamed up with kate spade new york to design four limited edition totes inspired by the 2013 Member Favorite Resort categories. The kate spade new york Exclusively for Starwood Preferred Guest collection combines travel and whimsical phrases to celebrate Starwood’s most exotic destinations around the world.
“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. Our collaboration with kate spade new york allows us to further celebrate this year’s list and highlight our 2013 Member Favorites with a brand whose customers are as enthusiastic about travel as our members.”
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.
Travel in Style with Limited Edition Totes from kate spade new york & Starwood Preferred Guest
The kate spade New York Exclusively for Starwood Preferred Guest tote collection is the ideal bag for on-the-go essentials for a chic vacation to one of the many resorts deemed worthy of SPG members’ praise. The collection features punchy phrases and bright colors inspired by four of the nine SPG Member Favorite Resort categories including; Spa Indulgence “Rest & Relaxation,” Romantic Retreat “Love Is In The Air,” Island Paradise “Paradise Island,” and Golf Getaway “Par For The Course.”
“Our collaboration with Starwood Preferred Guest is the perfect way to celebrate our Travel & Adventure month as a part of our 20th Anniversary celebration and “Things We Love” campaign,” said Deborah Lloyd, President and Chief Creative Officer kate spade new york. “As frequent jetsetters ourselves, The Starwood Preferred Guest Member Favorites list gave us the perfect inspiration to create our fun totes for the frequent traveler.”
The kate spade new york Exclusively for Starwood Preferred Guest collection launches in early May coinciding with kate spade new york’s 20th Anniversary and “Things We Love” Travel and Adventure month. The totes will be available in kate spade new york stores and online in the United States, Canada and Japan. The collection will also be available at kate spade new york stores in the United Kingdom and Hong Kong. The totes will retail in the US for $199 and prices may vary by region. One lucky winner from each of the following markets: United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Japan will have the opportunity to travel to the Starwood resort of their choice through kate spade new york and SPG’s ‘Off We Go’ sweepstakes launching May 6, 2013. More information about the collaboration and the sweepstakes can be found at SPG.com/katespade.
The full 2013 SPG Member Favorite Resorts list can be found at SPG.com/memberfavorites.
About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1,134 properties in nearly 100 countries and 171,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft®, and ElementSM. The Company boasts one of the industry’s leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com.
About Starwood Preferred Guest
Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®) is an innovative, award-winning frequent traveler program that unites each of Starwood’s 9 distinctive hotel brands and includes more luxury hotels in more destinations around the world. SPG reinvented the hospitality loyalty landscape when it launched in 1999 with its breakthrough policy of no blackout dates, and over the years has continued its tradition of innovation with enhancements such as Cash + Points, SPG MomentsSM, and most recently Your24™ and SPG Lifetime™. In addition to Free Night Awards at over 1,100 hotels and resorts and Award Flights on over 350 major airlines without blackout dates, the Starpoints® that members earn through SPG can be redeemed for access like to no other to experiences in music, sports and the arts through SPG Moments. SPG also has an ongoing commitment to digital innovation to meet the needs of today’s connected global traveler – from the SPG app for iPhone that utilizes state-aware technology to create a more personalized hotel stay to Starwood’s Best Rate Guarantee on SPG.com, to SPG’s integration within various social media platforms. Offerings such as these have helped SPG build a passionate member base among the world’s most frequent travelers. Learn more at spg.com and spg.com/moments and connect with us on facebook.com/spg, twitter.com/spg, foursquare.com/spg, pinterest.com/spglife, and youtube.com/spg.
About kate spade new york
in 1993, kate spade designed the utilitarian bag she’d been craving for years but couldn’t find anywhere and so began a revolution in the accessories market. simple silhouettes with clever details and crisp palettes soon established a visual shorthand for the brand that’s recognizable the world over. in 2007, kate spade turned the reins over to design powerhouse liz claiborne inc.- now fifth & pacific companies inc. (NYSE: FNP) and deborah lloyd, formerly of banana republic and burberry, took the helm as creative director with an aim to broadening the line while honoring kate’s rich history. today you’ll find the brand on the arms of women everywhere – with 45 specialty shops in the united states, a thriving e-commerce business, over shops internationally, new flagships in brazil and london and distribution in more than 400 doors worldwide.