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Westin to Debut in Dominican Republic

PUNTA CANA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC—Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. plans to debut its Westin brand in the Dominican Republic by year’s end at the Puntacana Resort & Club.

Starwood’s development partner, Grupo Puntacana, is working on the hotel.

“The Westin Puntacana Resort & Club is a highly anticipated addition to our growing resorts portfolio…” stated Brian Povinelli, global brand leader for Westin Hotels & Resorts, noting the new resort will offer the brand’s signature programs and amenities.

The 204-room resort will offer 16 suites, meeting and wedding facilities, outdoor pool, poolside grill, lobby bar, cigar bar, children’s club and walking trails. Additional amenities will include a full-service spa, 24-hour business center and gym.

Guests also will have access to the amenities available at Puntacana Resort & Club, including three miles of beaches, 45 holes of championship golf, nine restaurants, a Six Senses Spa, and a 1,500-acre ecological reserve.

The development of Grupo Puntacana dates back to 1969 when Dominican businessman Frank R. Rainieri and Theodore W. Kheel, the New York attorney and labor mediator, created a partnership to construct a resort and real estate community that respects the natural habitat of Punta Cana while offering a vacation experience. Maintaining a dedication to sustainable tourism, Puntacana Resort & Club has since grown to encompass more than 26 square miles and now includes Tortuga Bay; Six Senses Spa; the Punta Cana Ecological Foundation; four residential communities (Corales, Hacienda, Marina and Arrecife); a full-service marina; nine restaurants; a shopping village; 45 holes of championship golf and Punta Cana International Airport.

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