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Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts' Expansion Plans Continue

14 new hotels currently in the pipeline to open during 2006 and beyond

February 2006
Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts, part of the Starwood Hotels & Resorts portfolio, continues its worldwide expansion, with 14 new properties currently in the pipeline to open during 2006 and beyond. This expansion, located throughout Europe, the Americas, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa, follows on from the five new Le Meridien hotels that opened during 2005.

A few months after Starwood acquired Le Meridien in November 2005, the brand has continued to go from strength to strength. The 14 new hotels will reflect the marriage of Le Meridien’s classic French heritage with a contemporary flair, offering guests a chic, cultured experience that helps them discover the destination. Le Meridien, currently with over 120 hotels globally, has a healthy development pipeline in place, with further development announcements expected this year, in particular in destinations such as India, Thailand, North America and China.



  • Le Meridien St Julians, Malta (March 2006 - 276 rooms) Situated on the seafront of the picturesque Balluta Bay, guest rooms offer spectacular sea or country views over typical Mediterranean terraced fields. Facilities will include a selection of food and beverage outlets including The Villa Brasserie with menus developed by the two-Michelin-starred chef, Michel Rostang, business centre, shops, spa, indoor and roof-top pools, beauty treatment rooms and exercise studios, plus a conference centre.
  • Le Royal Meridien Shanghai, China (Summer 2006 - 770 rooms) Situated on Shanghai’s famous Nanjing Road in the heart of the commercial centre and main shopping area. The impressive range of hotel facilities will reflect the very best of modern-day Shanghai, and is to include the latest in-room technology, a plethora of international restaurants and bars, two ballrooms and multiple function rooms. Le Royal Meridien Shanghai will be the tallest building in Shanghai’s Puxi central business district.


  • Le Meridien, Split, Croatia (Q3 2006 - 381 rooms) The only internationally affiliated hotel in the Split area, the hotel is currently being redeveloped to re-open as a fully integrated sea front resort destination offering three restaurants, four bars and the largest conference space in Croatia – 2,000 square meters. There will also be indoor and outdoor pools, spa facilities, a private beach with water sports and tennis courts.
  • Le Meridien Dahab, Egypt (Q3 2006 - 200 rooms) An internationally acclaimed diving and surfing destination, Dahab overlooks the Gulf of Akaba, just a 45-minute drive from Sharm el Sheikh. All rooms at the seafront hotel, which has its own private beach, will have terraces and stunning sea views. Facilities are to include tennis and squash courts, two swimming pools, shops, a ballroom, three restaurants and a bar.


  • Le Meridien Ibom Resort, Nigeria (Q4 2006 - 151 rooms) Situated on a plateau with commanding views of the surrounding forest, this luxury resort, just five kilometres from Uyo, in Nigeria’s oil-producing region, the hotel is to be designed in elegant, contemporary African style. Key features will include 1,200 square meters of flexible conference space, two fine-dining restaurants, a fitness centre, swimming pool and 18-hole golf course.
  • Le Meridien Marhaba-Casablanca, Morocco (Q4 2006 - 300 rooms) A new property in the heart of Casablanca’s business and cultural district, the 21-storey hotel will have a technically-advanced business and conference centre, fitness club and pool, a discotheque, meeting rooms and a ballroom accommodating up to 300. A range of dining outlets will cater for events from informal gatherings to elegant, fine dining, and will include a rooftop bar with panoramic views over the Old Medina, the Hassan 2nd Mosque and seaport.



  • Le Meridien Bangkok, Thailand (Q4 2007 - 273 rooms) Located in the central business hub of Bangkok within close proximity of prominent business and banking headquarters, embassies, major entertainment and shopping centres, the hotel will be located 30-minutes from Bangkok International Airport and five minutes walk from the Sky Train. The hotel will feature state-of-the-art technology and restaurants and bars, a ballroom, a choice of meeting rooms, fully equipped business centre, health club and a separate spa.
  • Le Meridien Chiang Mai, Thailand (Q4 2007 - 391 rooms) Located in the heart of Thailand’s second city, next to the famous Night Bazaar and the main shopping district at Chang Klan Road. This new build will offer 391 state-of-the-art guestrooms, a choice of restaurants and bars, meeting and banqueting facilities, swimming pool and fully equipped spa.
  • Le Meridien Karachi, Pakistan (2007 - 320 rooms) Located five minutes from the new airport on a 10-acre site, the 140-room main hotel is surrounded by single-storey colonial-style buildings, which will provide an additional 180 rooms. There will be a choice of four restaurants, an Olympic-size swimming pool, retail outlets, health club and two banqueting suites for 1,000.
  • Le Meridien Towers Makkah (2007 - 1320 rooms) The hotel will be built in eight adjacent buildings on the outskirts of Makkah. Eight towers will make this the largest all suite hotel in Makkah, attracting families and individuals during the Umrah and Haj season. The suites will range from one to three bedrooms.
  • Le Meridien Shimei Bay Beach & Spa Resort, People’s Republic of China (late 2007 – 268 rooms) Located on a six kilometre stretch of white sand beach on Hainan Island - Asia’s fastest growing beach holiday destination. The five-star resort will incorporate luxury accommodation, the latest in-room technology and extensive recreational facilities.


2008 and beyond

  • Le Royal Meridien Prague, Czech Republic (opening early 2009 - 165 rooms) Situated in the old part of town, the five-star hotel will be located in a listed building currently used as the head office of a bank. When the redevelopment of the property is completed, the hotel will include 18 suites; meeting rooms; restaurant, bar and street café; a fitness club and parking.
  • Le Meridien Pattaya Resort, Thailand (opening early 2009 - 250 rooms) This new resort along Jomtien Beach, will be part of one of Pattaya’s foremost upscale beachfront resort developments, located in a prime position, only 1.5 hours’ drive from Bangkok. The resort will feature three food and beverage outlets, 11,000 square feet of meeting space, an outdoor swimming pool, and a full service spa.
  • Le Meridien Barbados (opening 2010 - 200 rooms) Located on the waterfront at the Pierhead in Brdigetown and 20-minutes from the airport, this new five star hotel will be part of a mixed development project that will include 200 apartments, 180-berth marina, tax free shopping outlets, parking and a maritime museum. The hotel will offer banqueting for 500, a marina-side restaurant, beachside pool terrace & bar, health & fitness club, roof top bar, pool and dedicated parking.

Hotel reservations may be made at any Le Meridien property, via Global Reservation Centres, Global Sales Offices, through travel agents, or online at For any further press information, please contact:
Amalie Craig
Le Meridien Press Office
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7290 7105

Note to Editors: In 2005 new Le Meridien hotels opened in Miami, USA; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Kathmandu, Nepal; Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia and Shanghai, China.

Le Meridien
Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts, with its portfolio of more than 120 luxury and upscale hotels in 53 countries worldwide, is owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. In the 2005 Luxury Brand Status Index survey Le Meridien was recognised as one of the top 15 luxury hotel brands. For more information, please visit

Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. 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. 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