Acquisitions & Hotel Openings

Developed by MG Holding, The St. Regis Astana Debuts in Kazakhstan

BETHESDA, MD. September 7, 2017 - St. Regis Hotels & Resorts today announced the opening of The St. Regis Astana, marking the debut of the brand in Kazakhstan. Developed by MG Holding, The St. Regis Astana seamlessly blends glamour, unparalleled luxury and bespoke St. Regis service with the local traditions, art and architecture of Kazakhstan.

“The country’s rich history and culture blend beautifully with The St. Regis Astana, whose design, services, and culinary offerings perfectly combine the rituals and traditions of St. Regis with those of Kazakhstan,” said Lisa Holladay, Global Brand Leader, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts. “Astana is a vibrant destination that continues to grow in popularity and we look forward to offering a truly luxurious experience to the growing ranks of business and leisure travelers visiting the capital city.”

Ideally located inside Astana’s Central Park, The St. Regis Astana offers a serene escape from the bustling downtown. Guests are in close proximity to landmarks including the Bayterek Tower and Independence Square, as well as the Khan Shatyr Entertainment Center, Astana Opera and foreign embassies.

“Astana continues to cement its role on the world center stage with its heritage, world-class architecture and the recent World Expo,” said Jenni Benzaquen, Vice President, Luxury Brands, Europe for Marriott International. “The St. Regis Astana is set to redefine luxury hospitality with its uncompromising services, modern luxury and refined elegance.”

Iconic Kazakh Elegance

Created by award-winning WATG and Wimberly Interiors, the hotel’s design takes inspiration from the horsemanship and nomadic culture of Kazakhstan, providing guests with a link to the country’s ancient past. A vision of contemporary living, guests are greeted by a courtyard layout inspired by that of an indigenous yurt. Set above the ground level, the courtyard connects the hotel, hotel residences, retail center and offices. The avant-garde interior combines modern and neo-classical elements with over 400 pieces of contemporary art created by both local and international artists. Catching the eye of visitors, a captivating hallmark mural found in The St. Regis Bar depicts the golden Samruk, a Phoenix-like bird, which is an important part of Kazakh mythology. Since the opening of the flagship hotel, The St. Regis New York, a hand painted mural has been at the centerpiece of all St. Regis Bars, providing guests with a captivating visual that pays homage to the rich history of the destination.

A deluxe room at The St. Regis Astana. The hotel’s design takes inspiration from the horsemanship and nomadic culture of Kazakhstan.

Opulent Accommodation and Exquisite Experiences

The St. Regis Astana boasts 120 luxuriously appointed guestrooms, including 23 suites with private Juliette terraces presenting unforgettable views of the Astana Park and Ishim River. An expansive Presidential Suite, measuring 510 square meters, occupies the top floor of the hotel, offering custom-designed furniture, a study, drawing room, dining room that can accommodate up to 10 guests, wine vault, a spacious bathroom that includes a sauna, and a 139-square-meter private outdoor terrace. All guestrooms and suites enjoy the signature St. Regis Butler service, one of the most visible representations of the brand’s famed level of service and attention.

The St. Regis Astana features two distinct dining venues including The Grill, a contemporary fine dining experience, and La Rivière, the city’s renowned restaurant, has found a new home at The St. Regis Astana.

Spanning 2,300 square meters, The St. Regis brand’s signature Iridium Spa enables guests to indulge in a range of decadent and specialty treatments in a tranquil environment.

The Address for Bespoke Events

With over 1,000 square meters of functional meeting space, including an exquisite Astor Ballroom, The St. Regis Astana is set to be the city’s premier venue for social and gala events. The pillar-less Astor Ballroom features 520 square meters to comfortably accommodate up to 575 guests, setting the stage for grand weddings and occasions. The Astor Ballroom also boasts a six-meter high ceiling, a separate VIP entrance, floor to ceiling windows and a custom chandelier inspired by Simurgh, the bird of magnificent size and beauty, adorning the pre-function area.

For more information, visit www.thestregisastana.com or follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/stregisastana/

About St. Regis Hotels & Resorts

Combining classic sophistication with a modern sensibility, St. Regis is committed to delivering exceptional experiences at nearly 40 luxury hotels and resorts in the best addresses around the world. Since the opening of the first St. Regis hotel in New York City over a century ago by John Jacob Astor IV, the brand has remained committed to an uncompromising level of bespoke and anticipatory service for all its guests, delivered flawlessly by signature St. Regis Butler Service. For more information and new openings, visit stregis.com or follow Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. St. Regis is proud to participate in the industry’s award-winning loyalty program, Starwood Preferred Guest®. Members can now link accounts with Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® at members.marriott.com for instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer.

About Marriott International

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,200 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 125 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®. For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com. In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.

About MG Holding

MG HOLDING is a Kazakh company founded in 2012. The St. Regis Astana and The Residences at The St. Regis Astana, is the first of a number of large, high-profile and far-sighted projects in Kazakhstan and across the CIS region, attracting growing interest from investors and potential business partners, both locally and internationally.

Contact:
Punnee Hall
punnee.hall@marriott.com

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