DUBAI—Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. has signed The St. Regis Dubai, The Palm, which is slated to open in 2018. Owned by Dubai developer Nakheel, the hotel will be part of The Palm Tower, a 52-story mixed-use luxury development and the centerpiece of the city’s Palm Jumeirah island. This landmark signing marks the fifth St. Regis hotel to open in the UAE.
“We look forward to building a long-term relationship with Nakheel as we introduce the St. Regis brand and its exceptional bespoke hospitality to this landmark destination in Dubai,” said Michael Wale, president, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa and Middle East. “This signing underlines the strong demand for high-end hotel accommodation in the UAE, and makes Dubai the first city in the world to boast three St. Regis hotels.”
“Palm Jumeirah is a global destination offering the ultimate in luxury living and leisure. Working with Starwood to open a St. Regis on The Palm reinforces what the island is all about: unrivalled, world-class facilities that set new standards for residents and tourists. The Palm Tower will be the jewel in the crown of this world-famous island and a new architectural wonder for Dubai. We are delighted that St Regis, another name synonymous with luxury, is to manage our flagship hotel, which is set to become one of the most sought-after establishments in the region,” said Ali Rashid Lootah, chairman, Nakheel.
The property will offer 289 guestrooms and suites, spanning the first 18 floors of Palm Tower, while the upper floors will comprise 504 luxury apartments. The hotel will feature two swimming pools, including an infinity pool located on the 50th floor, bordering all four sides of the building for a 360-degree view of the Palm Jumeirah, Arabian Gulf and Dubai skyline. Dining options will include a signature restaurant with city views on the 51st floor and an all-day restaurant. Other amenities include the hotel’s signature butler service.
The hotel will be accessible to Al Ittihad Park, Palm Jumeirah’s 1.1 million-sq.-ft. green space that features more than 60 varieties of plants indigenous to the UAE and a running track. The Palm Monorail, which is connected to the Dubai Tram and Dubai Metro, is also within reach.
One of 10 new hospitality projects by Nakheel that are underway in Dubai, St. Regis is the latest in a growing list of luxury hotel brands on Palm Jumeirah, which also includes Starwood’s W Dubai – The Palm that will open in 2017.
The Palm Tower will feature a public rooftop viewing deck on the 52nd floor. The tower will be connected to the new Nakheel Mall that spans 4.4 million sq. ft. with 350 shops, a 15-screen Vox cinema, 12 fine dining restaurants on its roof terrace, as well as a medical center and fitness complex. Construction is ongoing and completion is due in 2018. The Palm Tower Residences will feature 504 furnished studios and one, two and three bedroom apartments with island, sea and skyline views.
St. Regis made its debut in the Middle East in 2011 with The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi and has grown its portfolio in the Middle East with The St. Regis Doha; The St. Regis Abu Dhabi; and the newly opened St. Regis Dubai. In 2017, the brand will enter Jordan with The St. Regis Amman and will also open its first polo resort, The St. Regis Dubai Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club.