Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has signed definitive management agreements to operate the Aggie Grey’s Hotel & Bungalows and Aggie Grey’s Lagoon, Beach Resort and Spa on the Upolu island of Samoa.
The hotels will join the Starwood Hotels and Resorts group, and will be re-launched as the Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel and the Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Resort, by mid-2014.
The two hotels will undergo multi-million dollar renovations. They are owned by the Grey family, who also have an association with Starwood on the Le Meridien Resort in Tahiti.
Starwood Asia Pacific acquisitions and development senior vice-president Matthew Fry said: "The signing of Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel and Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s resort further solidifies Starwood’s position as a market leader in the Pacific Region and we are proud to be the first international brand to offer accommodation in Samoa."
Aggie Grey’s Hotel and Bungalows has been closed since December 2012. It will re-open as Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel featuring 198 guest rooms and suites.
The hotel is situated in a waterfront location in the centre of Apia, Samoa’s largest commercial hub and capital. It will also feature 17,000ft² of meeting space.
The Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Resort will feature 140 guest rooms and suites at the lagoon beachfront on the west coast of Upolu.
The resort will also include tennis courts and offer nearby golf facilities.
Both properties will feature Sheraton Fitness, a restaurant and bar, full service casino, and a large outdoor resort style fantasy pool and pool bar.
Starwood also announced the signing of Sheraton Fiji Resort & Spa, Tokoriki Island, which will join the list of 2014 hotel openings in the region, including Sheraton Melbourne Hotel, Four Points by Sheraton Brisbane and Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Resort & Spa.
Starwood currently operates 14 properties across the Pacific region, with nine hotels in Australia, three in Fiji and two in New Caledonia. It manages under brands such as Westin, Sheraton, Le Meridien, and Four Points by Sheraton.
Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide includes around 1,169 properties in nearly 100 countries under brands such as St Regis, The Luxury Collection, Four Points by Sheraton, Aloft, and Element.