Starwood Preferred Guest Members Choose Their 2013 Member Favorite Resorts List

  Starwood Preferred Guest Members Choose Their 2013 Member Favorite Resorts

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

Business Wire

STAMFORD, Conn. -- April 25, 2013

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

Among the highlights for the 2013 SPG Member Favorites list:

  *In its very first year, The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort in Miami Beach
    has enamored 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 colors inspired by four of the nine SPG
Member Favorite 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 20^th 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 traveler.”

The kate spade new york Exclusively for Starwood Preferred Guest collection
launches in early May coinciding with kate spade new york’s 20th Anniversary
and “Things We Love” Travel and Adventure month. The totes will be 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. One lucky winner from each of the following
markets: United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Japan will have the
opportunity to travel to the Starwood resort of their choice through kate
spade new york and SPG’s ‘Off We Go’ sweepstakes launching May 6, 2013. More
information about the collaboration and the sweepstakes can be found at

The full 2013 SPG Member Favorite Resorts list can be found at

About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and
leisure companies in the world with 1,134 properties in nearly 100 countries
and 171,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully
integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences
with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury
Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton,
Aloft®, and Element^SM. The Company boasts one of the industry’s leading
loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), allowing members to earn and
redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout
dates. Starwood also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier
provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and
privileged access to Starwood brands. For more information, please visit

About Starwood Preferred Guest

Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®) is an innovative, award-winning frequent
traveler program that unites each of Starwood’s 9 distinctive hotel brands and
includes more luxury hotels in more destinations around the world. SPG
reinvented the hospitality loyalty landscape when it launched in 1999 with its
breakthrough policy of no blackout dates, and over the years has continued its
tradition of innovation with enhancements such as Cash + Points, SPG
Moments^SM, and most recently Your24™ and SPG Lifetime™. In addition to Free
Night Awards at over 1,100 hotels and resorts and Award Flights on over 350
major airlines without blackout dates, the Starpoints® that members earn
through SPG can be redeemed for access like to no other to experiences in
music, sports and the arts through SPG Moments. SPG also has an ongoing
commitment to digital innovation to meet the needs of today’s connected global
traveler – from the SPG app for iPhone that utilizes state-aware technology to
create a more personalized hotel stay to Starwood’s Best Rate Guarantee on, to SPG’s integration within various social media platforms. Offerings
such as these have helped SPG build a passionate member base among the world’s
most frequent travelers. Learn more at and and connect
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About kate spade new york

in 1993, kate spade designed the utilitarian bag she’d been craving for years
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over. in 2007, kate spade turned the reins over to design powerhouse liz
claiborne inc.- now fifth & pacific companies inc. (NYSE: FNP) and deborah
lloyd, formerly of banana republic and burberry, took the helm as creative
director with an aim to broadening the line while honoring kate’s rich
history. today you’ll find the brand on the arms of women everywhere – with 45
specialty shops in the united states, a thriving e-commerce business, over
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more than 400 doors worldwide.


Maire Griffin, 203-964-5994
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