'RunWestin' team to lend signature style to Dubai Marathon

Published January 19th, 2008 - 12:20 GMT

35 employees of the Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina participated in the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon on January 18, under the mantle of RunWestinTM, and emphasising that fitness forms an integral component of the hotel's famed value offering to guests.

"The RunWestin concept embodies the world renowned WestinWORKOUT and ties into the core values of our brand – it is personal, it is renewable, and it is instinctive. Just as our guests are committed to maintaining the highest levels of fitness, so are we committed by providing them the best," explains general manager Michael Scully. Participating in the marathon with a core team of hotel employees underlines our commitment to our guests and their needs, he added.

RunWestin will feature a team of 35 employees from Dubai's newest beach property, and the marathon runners will embody the universal RunWestin concept of 'rising to new challenges every day with a fitness routine that is both challenging and rewarding.'

According to Scully, fitness is an essential component of the hotel's legendary guest services menu, with a dedicated 'Running Hotel Concierge' featuring high on the list of their special guest services. "A trained fitness expert has been allocated to this role, and like elsewhere in the world, Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Hotel & Resort will offer guests a personal brand of care and instruction in fitness through our ongoing RunWestin programme. Guests can choose to join him on morning runs, or simply seek his professional advice on how best to stay fit while travelling. We also provide maps of scenic run routes in the city for committed runners," he said.

Inside the hotel, WestinWORKOUT will feature state-of-the-art equipment and high-performance workouts as the perfect solution for people committed to maintaining personal wellness.

The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina will offer the full array of  Westin's other signature products, services and amenities including The Heavenly Bed®, Unwind®, Heavenly Spa, Kids Club®, One Call®, Service Express®,Express Checkout®, and the new Sensory Welcome®, comprising white tea scents, mood music, soft lighting and botanical products.

The property will feature 294 rooms, including 216 deluxe rooms, 52 Westin Executive rooms, and 24 suites, apart from a spa, a health club, four bars and four themed restaurants. State-of-the-art conference and banqueting facilities include an 8,999 square feet ballroom, an Italian designed conference centre with 7 meeting rooms, an outdoor beachside amphitheatre, and a variety of lawn and barbecue locations accommodating up to 5,000 guests.

The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina is located on a stunning 1,200 metre private shoreline, and will feature a 238-berth marina, five swimming pools, a water sports centre, a sailing academy, and facilities for deep sea fishing, golf and polo.  The hotel is expected to open during the second quarter of 2008.

About Westin Hotels & Resorts
Westin Hotels & Resorts, with more than 135 hotels and resorts in more than 31 countries and territories, is owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT). Starwood Hotels & Resorts is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with approximately 850 properties in more than 95 countries and 145,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood® Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels and resorts with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, Sheraton®, Westin®, Four Points® by Sheraton, W®, Le Méridien® and the recently announced AloftSM and ElementSM. Starwood Hotels also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com.


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