Expansions & Renovations

St. Kitts Marriott Resort Undergoing Renovations

ST. KITTS, KN. May 1, 2017 - St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino in the Caribbean is currently undergoing multi-million dollar renovations, including all 389 guest rooms and suites (to be complete by August 2017), and a brand new lobby experience with a Marriott Great Room (slated for late 2017).

On the island of St. Kitts, “lime" is defined as "relaxing and hanging out". The word is associated with sitting under a lime tree, or having nothing more demanding to do than squeezing limes. For the design, the team took the idea of "liming" and infused the space with a relaxed simplicity, encouraging guests to embrace the ways of the island. Textures, colors and subtle patterns reflect the surrounding natural beauty.

The new design is also in line with Marriott’s branding, encouraging guests to “Travel Brilliantly” with sophisticated style that captivates and well-crafted details that delight. Changes include the elimination of the standard dresser, desk and chair in the rooms, replacing them with functional spaces designed with comfort in mind - ideal for lounging, doing some work or simply taking in the view. All rooms will have a relaxing seating area with a comfortable couch and chair, and the bathrooms will get simple, yet elegant touch-ups with quality materials like polished nickel, dark wood, white quartz counter tops and backlit mirrors.

The features that have made the Marriott rooms synonymous with comfort will remain, such as Marriott’s Revive bedding with luxurious linens and down comforters. The new color palette is made up of rich woods, ocean air blues, off-whites and splashes of sun-glow yellow.

St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino is located in the Frigate Bay area of the island, just a 10-minute drive from the airport and capital city Basseterre. The resort, offering 389 guest rooms and luxurious suites, comes packed with Kittitian hospitality and is an ideal jumping off point for island exploration. The golden sands of North Frigate Bay Beach, a championship golf course and the largest Vegas-style casino in the Caribbean help to provide an ideal island escape. The resort also features a revitalizing spa, eight restaurants and two lounges that make it a great destination for families, couples and solo travelers. For more information on the resort, visit www.stkittsmarriott.com.

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Hotel Law: Issues & Events
There is not a single area of a hotel’s operation that isn’t touched by some aspect of the law. Hotels and management companies employ an army of lawyers to advise and, if necessary, litigate issues which arise in the course of conducting their business. These lawyers typically specialize in specific areas of the law – real estate, construction, development, leasing, liability, franchising, food & beverage, human resources, environmental, insurance, taxes and more. In addition, issues and events can occur within the industry that have a major impact on the whole, and can spur further legal activity. One event which is certain to cause repercussions is Marriott International’s acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. This newly combined company is now the largest hotel company in the world, encompassing 30 hotel brands, 5,500 hotels under management, and 1.1 million hotel rooms worldwide. In the hospitality industry, scale is particularly important – the most profitable companies are those with the most rooms in the most locations. As a result, this mega- transaction is likely to provoke an increase in Mergers & Acquisitions industry-wide. Many experts believe other larger hotel companies will now join forces with smaller operators to avoid being outpaced in the market. Companies that had not previously considered consolidation are now more likely to do so. Another legal issue facing the industry is the regulation of alternative lodging companies such as Airbnb and other firms that offer private, short-term rentals. Cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and Santa Monica are at the forefront of efforts to legalize and control short-term rentals. However, those cities are finding it’s much easier to adopt regulations on short-term rentals than it is to actually enforce them. The December issue of Hotel Business Review will examine these and other critical issues pertaining to hotel law and how some companies are adapting to them.