SYDNEY—Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide announced that it has signed definitive management agreements to operate the Aggie Grey’s Hotel and Bungalows and Aggie Grey’s Lagoon, Beach Resort and Spa on the island of Upolu Samoa. The hotels will join the Starwood Hotels and Resorts group immediately, and will relaunch as the Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel and the Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Resort, respectively, by mid-2014 following extensive renovations. The signings mark Starwood’s debut into the region, with Sheraton once again the first international hotel brand to enter the market.
Owned by the Grey family, who also have an association with Starwood on the Le Meridien Resort in Tahiti, the Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel and the Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Resort, will undergo multi-million dollar renovations to bring them up to Sheraton brand standards.
“We are delighted to announce this partnership and build on our already strong relationship with the Grey Family,” said Sean Hunt, regional vice president, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Pacific. The Grey family has been an institution in Samoa providing superior service and amenities since the early 1900s.
Aggie Grey’s Hotel and Bungalows has been closed since December 2012 and will reopen in 2014 after a complete redevelopment. The iconic hotel was founded by Aggie Grey in 1933 and is steeped in rich history.
The Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel will feature 198 guestrooms and suites, situated in a stunning waterfront location in the centre of Apia, Samoa’s largest commercial hub and capital. Located 45 minutes from the airport, the hotel will also offer over 17,000 square feet of meeting space.
The Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Resort is positioned five minutes from the airport, and will feature 140 guestrooms and suites all set on lagoon beachfront on the west coast of Upolu. Each guestroom will offer white sand beach and ocean views. The resort will have tennis courts and offer nearby golf facilities.
Both properties will offer Sheraton Fitness Programmed by Core Performance, LINK @ Sheraton experienced with Microsoft, a signature restaurant and bar, full service casino, and a large outdoor resort style fantasy pool and pool bar.