Starwood opens first all-inclusive resort in Costa Rica

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has opened its first all-inclusive resort – The Westin Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal in Costa Rica.

The property formerly known as the Paradisus Playa Conchal Resort will begin renovation on the hotel’s 406 suites and all public areas, which will be conducted in phases through December 2011.

The Westin Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal marks the return of Starwood Hotels to Costa Rica after 20 years, and is the newest member of the Westin brand’s resorts portfolio, which offers 40 resorts in the world’s most sought-after vacation destinations.

“The opening of The Westin Resort & Spa Playa Conchal accelerates the brand’s expansion in Latin America where Westin will open three more properties by the end of 2011 and double its portfolio by 2014,” said Brian Povinelli, global brand leader for Westin Hotels & Resorts. "More than 90% of Westin hotels currently in development will open outside the United States.”

Centered around a lagoon-style pool, The Westin Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal is adjacent to the championship Robert Trent Jones II golf facility and is easily accessible from the international airport in Liberia, Guanacaste.

In addition to the signature Westin The Spa, the resort also features lush gardens, spacious suites, thatch-roofed bungalows and sweeping views. Guests will enjoy a variety of outdoor recreation and nightly entertainment and several restaurants serving both local and international cuisine.

“Recent growth in the all-inclusive luxury resort market in Mexico and Central America, coupled with increasing demand from our SPG members for vacation packages have created fertile conditions for our entry in the all-inclusive market,” said Osvaldo Librizzi, President of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Latin America.

Westin currently has six hotels in Mexico and one in Guatemala, and will be opening four more in Latin America during the next two years including The Westin Lima Hotel & Convention Center, Peru; The Westin Guadalajara, Mexico; and two in Panama: The Westin Panama and The Westin Playa Bonita.

The Westin Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal features 6,500 square feet of meeting and banquet facilities, as well as a WestinWORKOUT gym, enabling guests to maintain their exercise program.

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