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Starwood expands in India, signs a Westin at Pushkar


Starwood Hotels & Resorts worldwide today announced the signing of The Westin Pushkar Resort & Spa marring the seventh Westin hotel in the country. Owned by Paradise Properties, the newly built resort is slated to open in 2016.

“Rajasthan has emerged as one of India’s most popular tourist destinations for both domestic and foreign tourists, which has primed the region for further development and increased the demand for accommodations designed with well-being in mind,” said Sudeep Jain, vice president, Acquisitions & Development, South Asia, Starwood. “We are confident that the Westin brand’s entry into this market will enhance the hospitality landscape of this destination.”

Surrounded by the picturesque Aravali Hills and close to the holy lake at Pushkar, the new Westin, is set across 11 acres of land.  It features 98 guestrooms, including 80  suites. Among the suites, 20 will offer private pools overlooking the grounds. In addition to signature amenities, the resort will feature four dining venues, including a specialty restaurant, a bar and a roof-top tea lounge.

About 9,500 square feet will be devoted to function spaces, with two ballrooms and meeting rooms, ideal for corporate events and weddings. Recreational facilities at the resort will include a 10,000 square-foot signature “Heavenly Spa” by Westin, offering local and international therapies. The WestinWORKOUT®Fitness Studio and a swimming pool will complement the wellness experience at the resort.

“We are delighted to partner with Starwood, marking our entry into the upper upscale hotel segment with the globally renowned Westin brand,” says Pankaj Prabhashankar Saboo, managing partner, Paradise Properties, a part of Paradise Group. “We aim to create a unique experience based on Westin’s philosophy of holistic well-being and leisure that will complement the spiritual ambience of Pushkar.”

One of the oldest existing cities of India, Pushkar is separated from Ajmer by the Nag Parbat, known locally as the snake hill. Its attractions include its annual camel fair in November and the famous Brahma Temple which dates back to the 14th century.

Musafir Namah Bureau



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