Sheraton Samui Resort eyes December opening in Koh Samui, Thailand

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide's Sheraton brand will continue to expand its footprint in Thailand with the signing of Sheraton Samui Resortin Koh Samui, Thailand's second largest island after Phuket. The agreement with TCC Hotels Group, a member of the TCC Land Group, marks the conversion of the existing 141-room Imperial Samui Beach Resort to a Sheraton, anticipated to take place by December 2014.

Sheraton Samui Resort marks the seventh property managed by Starwood under the ownership of TCC Hotels Group. The other six properties that have resulted from the partnership in Asia Pacific includes the Le Meridien Angkor, Le Meridien Bangkok, Le Meridien Chiang Mai, Vana Belle, a Luxury Collection Resort, Koh Samui and The Westin Kuala Lumpur; alongside Plaza Athenee, a Royal Meridien Hotel that recently re-committed to an extension under Starwood's management.

Approximately a 15-minute drive from the Koh Samui International Airport, Sheraton Samui Resort sits on Chaweng Noi Beach. The town of Chaweng, a shopping and entertainment area, is also only 1.8 miles away.

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On completion of the rebranding works, guests can access Sheraton brand's amenities and services, including the signature [email protected] experienced with Microsoft. In addition, all 141 guestrooms will have the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed. In addition, the resort will open the brand's signature Shine Spa for Sheraton and also include a gym with the brand's health and fitness program, Sheraton®Fitness by Core Performance.

Sheraton Samui Resort will also have a Kids' Club and Feast, the brand's all-day dining concept; alongside other dining venues including the beach and pool bars, Sky Light Lounge and Tara Restaurant. Guests can also continue to access the resort's swimming pools – a fresh water swimming pool and the saltwater swimming pool that offers views of the Gulf of Thailand.

Sheraton Samui Resort is the newest addition to Starwood's portfolio of 23 properties in Thailand under eight of its brands: St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, W Hotels, Sheraton, Westin, Le Méridien, Aloft and Four Points by Sheraton. Sheraton currently operates five hotels in the Thai kingdom, including Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa, Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas, Sheraton Krabi Beach Resort, and Sheraton Pattaya Resort.

Sheraton Samui Resort will be Starwood's fourth property on Thailand's second largest island following Vana Belle, A Luxury Collection Resort, Koh Samui, W Retreat Koh Samui, and Le Meridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa.