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Sands Cotai Central to Mark Next Milestone with September Opening of Macao’s Largest Hotel

2012-08-23 15:02
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Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central

MACAO, Aug. 23, 2012/PRNewswire-Asia/ -- The Sands® Cotai Central integrated resort will officially unveil the second phase of its development to the public on September 20, with a grand celebration. The opening will take place one month after the 5th Anniversary celebration of The Venetian® Macao and the Cotai Strip®, as well as Sands Cotai Central’s own five-month anniversary.

The highlight of the September 20 event is the opening of the Polynesian-themed Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central - the largest Sheraton in the world, and Macao's single-largest hotel. The first of Sheraton Macao’s two hotel towers - Sky - will open to the public, while the second tower - Earth - will open in early 2013, bringing the total guestroom count to 3,896. The hotel opening also marks a major milestone for Sheraton as the brand celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.

The addition of Sheraton Macao to Sands Cotai Central means Sands China's integrated resorts on the Cotai Strip will soon have a combined 9,000 rooms on offer - a significant boost to Macao's hotel capacity, in line with elevating Macao's status as a world centre of business, tourism and leisure.

The last few years have witnessed the birth of a fully integrated resort city on the Cotai Strip, with Sands Cotai Central joining its sister Cotai properties - The Venetian Macao and The Plaza™ Macao - to create a unique and innovative experience offering a variety of business and leisure travel amenities. The diversity of accommodation available at the Sands Cotai Central offers a wide range of choices for travellers to find exactly what they’re looking for - from affordable luxury to personalised high-end service. Located at the heart of Sands Cotai Central, Sheraton Macao offers guests convenient access to all the exciting entertainment, retail, dining and convention offerings of the Cotai Strip, with quick and convenient access to Macao’s ports of entry and to its UNESCO heritage sites.

"Sands China Ltd. is very excited about this latest benchmark of our company's development of the Cotai Strip," says Edward Tracy, President and Chief Executive Officer, Sands China Ltd. "Sheraton is one of the world’s great hotel brands, and we are pleased to introduce it to Macao as part of the magnificent Sands Cotai Central. Sheraton’s signature personalised service and unique amenities will now give business and leisure travellers a new gathering place at the absolute centre of the Cotai Strip, from which to explore the pathways to adventure, fun and fortune that await - all within reach at Sands Cotai Central."

"As the Sheraton brand marks its 75th anniversary, we are thrilled to be opening our largest hotel in the midst of one of the world’s most vibrant cities," says Hoyt Harper, Global Brand Leader, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts. "Sheraton Hotels is a pioneer in the region with unparalleled brand recognition and a loyal following and is the perfect addition to Sands Cotai Central. The rapid development in the Cotai area has transformed Macao into an all-round leisure, meetings, incentives and entertainment 'hot-spot' which will now feature Starwood’s largest and most global brand."

With signature Sheraton service and an emphasis on personalization, Sheraton Macao Hotel offers a new way of enjoying Macao. The hotel will feature the largest Sheraton Club lounge in the world, with a suite of exclusive services and amenities for club members. With 570 rooms and suites located on the upper floors of the towers, the Sheraton Club will offer members exclusive access to the Club Lounge, complimentary full buffet breakfast and cocktails, free Wi-Fi, complimentary use of the poolside cabanas and more.

Guests looking for special pampering can indulge in the Sheraton brand's signature spa offering, Shine Spa for Sheraton, offering unique and relaxing spa experiences with treatments inspired by Chinese zodiac and the balancing principles of Feng Shui.  The holistic Sheraton Fitness Programmed by Core Performance™ features an expansive state-of-the-art fitness facility with a fully-equipped gym, specialized in-room and restaurant dining options, a custom website with online fitness programs and more.  Vacationing families will appreciate Sheraton Macao's signature Kids' Program, featuring a wide variety of fun-filled and age-appropriate professionally supervised activities and programs for children of all ages along with a Comfyland Experience™ play area for toddlers.

With its location at Sands Cotai Central, Sheraton Macao is able to offer its guests easy access to a world of duty-free shopping at Shoppes Cotai Central, featuring a unique tropical theme abundant with natural light, lush vegetation, and cascading waterfalls. A footbridge will soon connect it to the rest of the Shoppes Cotai mega-mall, which also features Shoppes at Four Seasons and Shoppes Grand Canal, giving shoppers a staggering choice of 600 outlets to choose from while being entertained by lively and engaging street performers. Add to that food court options, a lounge and a diversity of restaurants - including Bene, Feast, Xin and Palms  - and guests will find everything they’re looking for is all under one roof.

Sheraton Macao's Kashgar grand ballroom offers nearly 53,000 square feet (4,900 square metres) of pillarless space with the capacity to host over 5,000 guests in theatre style, and is divisible into 16 soundproofed partitions. Sands Cotai Central offers a further three junior ballrooms and with Sheraton Macao's six additional junior ballrooms opening in early 2013, meeting and event planners will have access to over 215,000 square feet (20,000 square metres) of meeting and convention space. The expert and international event teams at Sheraton Macao and Sands Cotai Central work to deliver world-class meeting and convention experiences that demonstrate the highest level of professionalism and service-oriented culture, making Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central the ideal business venue.

Everything kicks off with a spectacular opening ceremony on September 20, in celebration of this significant benchmark for Sheraton, Sands China and Macao. More information is available at www.sandscotaicentral.com and at www.sheraton.com/macao.

Exterior view of the 3,896-room, Polynesian-themed Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central, opening September 20 at the Sands Cotai Central integrated resort. The hotel is the largest for both Macao and Starwood Hotels & Resorts.
Exterior view of the 3,896-room, Polynesian-themed Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central, opening September 20 at the Sands Cotai Central integrated resort. The hotel is the largest for both Macao and Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

The Sheraton Club King Room at Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central, part of the Sands Cotai Central integrated resort.
The Sheraton Club King Room at Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central, part of the Sands Cotai Central integrated resort.

The Sala pool at Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central.
The Sala pool at Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central.

For high resolution versions of these and other related photos, please access the Sheraton online media library:

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About Sands® Cotai Central

Launched in 2012, Sands® Cotai Central is the centre point of the Cotai Strip® - the pathway to adventure, fun and fortune. Featuring three celebrated hotel brands - Conrad, Sheraton and Holiday Inn - Sands Cotai Central offers visitors to the Cotai Strip an expanded offering of affordable luxury available nowhere else in Macao, with approximately 6,000 hotel rooms and suites, and 1.2 million square feet (111,000 square metres) of retail, entertainment and dining facilities, and meetings and convention space. With nearly 100 retail outlets, Shoppes Cotai Central joins Shoppes Grand Canal and The Shoppes at Four Seasons to offer a total of over 600 luxury duty-free stores to choose from - the most in any one single location in all of Macao. And with two spas, three health clubs and 300,000 square feet (28,000 square metres) of gaming space in two, uniquely-themed gaming centres, Sands Cotai Central provides a new level of luxury and accessibility to the Cotai Strip*.

For more information, please visit www.sandscotaicentral.com.

* All numbers based on completion of all phases of development in early 2013.

About Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central

Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central is the largest hotel in Macao, and Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ largest managed property in the world. Owned by Las Vegas Sands Corp., a Fortune 500 company and leading global developer of integrated resorts, Sheraton Macao Hotel is located within the Sands® Cotai Central complex, providing instant access to high-end retailers, diverse dining venues, and world class entertainment. The hotel boasts 3,896* stylish guestrooms and also offers the largest Sheraton Club in the world, with 570 exclusive rooms and suites, and a well-appointed Club Lounge for guests to relax, socialize and work. Sheraton Macao Hotel features expansive state-of-the-art meetings facilities offering over 15,000* m² of meeting space with access to a further 5,000 m² within the Cotai Central complex; three signature restaurants, Bene, Feast, and Xin, offering fine Asian and international cuisine; Link@SheratonSM; Shine Spa for Sheraton; three swimming pools; the holistic Sheraton Fitness Programmed by Core Performance®; a Kids’ Program; and other amenities catering to business and leisure travelers and families. Like all brands within Starwood’s robust portfolio, Sheraton Macao Hotel is proud to offer the Starwood Preferred Guest® program, which made headlines when it launched in 1999 with a breakthrough policy of no blackout dates on Free Night Awards. For more information, please visit www.sheraton.com/macao.

* Numbers based on additional guestrooms and meeting space with opening of second tower in early 2013.

Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts
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