Starwood Hotels & Resorts announced its debut in Ajman with the opening of Ajman Saray, a Luxury Collection Resort, Ajman in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). With this opening, Starwood expands its footprint in the UAE where it now operates 23 hotels and resorts, including three under The Luxury Collection brand.
Situated along a natural stretch of pristine beach a short distance from Dubai and Sharjah international airports, Ajman Saray has 205 guestrooms and suites with views of the Arabian Gulf. The Royal Suite boasts an expansive private terrace with sea views. Spanning 2,077 square feet, this presidential suite offers a living room with Arabian-inspired patterns, a separate bedroom, dining room, private study and a spa treatment room.
Throughout the hotel, the palatial Arabian architecture and interior design draws inspiration from the natural beauty of the Emirate brought to life through Mashrabiya motifs and intricate Zellij tiles, as well as courtyards, oases and cooling fountains.
Ajman Saray features five restaurants and lounges, each offering a distinct epicurean experience. This includes Mejhana, a specialty restaurant focused on authentic Middle Eastern delicacies; and Safi Restaurant & Bar, a contemporary seafood restaurant with views of the pool and gardens. Located at the heart of the resort, Al Shorfa provides a space for breakfast; while Escape is an equestrian-inspired lounge. Vista, the resort's all-day dining venue, serves Mediterranean cuisine with live cooking stations; while Bab Al Bahar beach bar and grill offers a relaxed ambiance with a DJ playing in the evenings.
Ajman Saray also offers a range of leisure and meeting facilities. The UAE's first GOCO Spa features 17 treatment rooms across 13,455 square feet. Other leisure facilities include an outdoor swimming pool and private white sandy beach, as well as a range of water sport activities, a fully-equipped fitness center, and a dedicated children's club. Spanning nearly 10,764 square feet, the meeting and event space includes six meeting rooms and a ballroom.
In addition to Ajman Saray, Starwood currently operates four Luxury Collection properties in the Middle East, including Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa, Grosvenor House in Dubai and Sheraton Kuwait. Starwood has a portfolio of nearly 50 hotels and resorts in the Middle East and has plans to further expand its footprint in the region with a pipeline of over 35 hotels due to open by 2017.