By Louise Birchall
Starwood CEO Frits van Paasschen announces date for new luxury property in UAE capital
Starwood CEO Frits van Paasschen has announced that the St Regis Abu Dhabi, part of the Nation Towers complex on the Corniche, will open on August 15.
Van Paasschen revealed the date upon a pre-opening inspection of the property, during which he met the hotel team, led by general manager Oliver Key, and UK celebrity chef Gary Rhodes, who will be opening his Rhodes 44 restaurant at the property.
Rhodes will also oversee the food offering at the hotel, including the signature St Regis Afternoon Tea, The St Regis Bar and the in-room dining experience.
The hotel will feature 283 guestrooms, including 40 suites, with The Abu Dhabi Suite situated high on the sky bridge between the two Nation Towers, providing a 360 degree panoramic view.
Van Paasschen and the Starwood leadership team are currently based in Dubai, as part of a month-long global headquarters relocation.
The St Regis Abu Dhabi is the third property under Starwood's luxury St Regis brand in the Middle East; the other two being the St Regis Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi and the St Regis Doha, Qatar.
Other facilities at the St Regis Abu Dhabi include Villa Toscana, a restaurant inspired by the summer residences seen in the rustic Tuscany region of Italy, a ballroom, five conference rooms, the Nation Riviera Beach Club, a Reméde Spa, a Hommage Gentleman’s Atelier, and the signature St Regis butler service.For all the latest travel news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.