Starwood preferred guest members choose their 2013 Member Favourite Resorts List

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Exclusive Collection of Totes with kate spade new york Celebrate Member Favourite Resorts in Categories Including Spa Indulgence, Romantic Retreat, Island Paradise, and Golf Getaway.

Bangkok – June 27, 2013 – Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) and its award-winning Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®) programme announced the winners of the 2013 Member Favourite Resorts list. Selected by members worldwide, SPG’s third annual survey identifies their favourite 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-travelled 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 honour for our resorts. Our collaboration with kate spade new york allows us to further celebrate this year’s list and highlight our 2013 Member Favourites with a brand whose customers are as enthusiastic about travel as our members.”

Among the highlights for the 2013 SPG Member Favourites list:

  • In its very first year, The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort in Miami Beach has enamoured 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 colours inspired by four of the nine SPG Member Favourite 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 traveller.”

The kate spade new york Exclusively for Starwood Preferred Guest collection launched in early May coinciding with kate spade new york’s 20th Anniversary and “Things We Love” Travel and Adventure month. The totes are 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.

The full 2013 SPG Member Favourite Resorts list can be found at SPG.com/memberfavorites

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