Westin Kicks Off $35 Million Expansion; New Villas To Be Completed by January 2015

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Artist renderings show the planned upgrades to the Westin Resort main pool, above.

Starwood Vacation Ownership, a division of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc, and The Westin Resort and Villas last week announced a $35 million renovation project including the launch of luxury Coral Vista Villas and enhancements to the resort’s guestrooms, dining facilities, meetings space, pool area and more.

“The Westin St. John Resort & Villas is one of the most successful resorts in the Caribbean,” said Steve Williams, chief operating officer for Starwood Vacation Ownership. “As the resort and the on-site vacation ownership continue to play a pivotal role in St John’s expansive tourism market, we are thrilled to enhance our presence and commitment to the island.”

Starwood Vacation Ownership will expand at The Westin St. John Resort and Villas with the conversion of 79 guestrooms into 54 luxury vacation ownership villas.

The new project overlooking Great Cruz Bay will introduce 30 two-bedroom villas, six two-bedroom lofts, and 18 studio villas commencing December 1, 2013 with expected occupancy beginning in January 2015.

Artist renderings show the brand new Beach Cafe.

Upon completion, a total of 200 villas will grace the resort’s lush Caribbean landscape.

Additionally, the resort will further its commitment to leisure travelers, groups, and weddings with renovations to the quarter-acre swimming pool, meetings space, watersports area, WestinWORKOUT® fitness center, dockside check-in, spa, Westin airport lounge and dining facilities. The resort’s commitment to sustainability will also be maximized with the planned installation of solar panels throughout the property.

With the guest experience at the forefront, the renovations will follow a rolling timeline to ensure that travelers receive the same level of comfort while the resort continues to update the infrastructure and exterior. These renovations will add to the resort’s 96 guestrooms that are currently being refreshed, thus further elevating the ultimate Caribbean retreat.

“The significant investment in the renovation of The Westin St. John Resort & Villas will raise the standard of this premier resort with stylish and contemporary accommodations, unique amenities and a world-class guest experience,” said Governor John deJongh. “These efforts will ensure that The Westin St. John Resort and Villas continues to be one of the top destinations of choice for business and leisure travelers.”

With eight Westin-branded vacation ownership resorts, Starwood Vacation Ownership’s portfolio consists of The Westin St. John Resort and Villas, The Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort Villas & Spa, The Westin Riverfront Mountain Villas, The Westin Kierland Villas, The Westin Ka‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas, The Westin Ka‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas North, The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas and The Westin Desert Willow Villas, Palm Desert.

For more information visit www.starwoodhotels.com.