Marriott Opens Southern Arizona’s Newest and Largest Resort – JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa, Tucson

575-Room Luxury Resort Features Spa, Golf and Expansive Views of Tucson National Park

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 /PRNewswire/ — Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) today announced the opening of the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa, the first new resort in Tucson, Ariz., in 18 years. Starr Pass features 575 spacious guest rooms, including 35 deluxe suites; a 20,000-square-foot full-service spa with 23 treatment rooms; seven dining venues; a 27-hole Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course; and more than 88,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. Owned by Starr Pass Resort Development, LLC and managed by Marriott International, Starr Pass is the 34th property to join the world-class collection of distinctive JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, the most elegant and sophisticated hotels carrying the Marriott brand name.

“We are thrilled to add Starr Pass to the JW Marriott luxury collection,” said John Adams, general manager of the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa. “With a wide range of business and leisure options and a truly unique desert setting, this resort appeals to golfers, spa-goers, families, executives, groups and nature enthusiasts.”

An Idyllic Location in the Tucson Mountains

After winding along a scenic, mile-long road, guests arrive at Starr Pass, located beside Tucson Mountain Park. Dramatic three-story windows in the resort lobby offer stunning views of the Tucson valley. From natural stone flooring to ceilings created from the spine of Saguaro cacti, the resort’s decor draws on the Mexican, Spanish and Native American heritage of the Tucson area and captures the beauty of the natural surroundings.

Outside, the Sonoran Desert and its majestic Saguaro cacti invite adventures in mountain biking, horseback riding and hiking with trailheads conveniently located on-property. Inside, guests enjoy luxurious touches such as elegant baths and fixtures, oversized bath towels, deluxe bedding and furnishings created from the rich jewel-toned palette of desert colors.

Each of the guest rooms and suites features a private balcony or patio — many with seating — to take advantage of the views, as well as a spacious work desk, high-speed internet access, two-line telephones, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, in-room coffee, refreshment bar and safe. In addition, guests can enjoy a host of on-property amenities, including three swimming pools, outdoor chimeneas, concierge service, a children’s activity center, a Starbucks Cafe and 24-hour room service.

Newly Redesigned Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course

At Starr Pass, golfers can experience championship golf in lush, Sonoran Desert terrain, on a course that traverses canyons, ravines and desert washes. Built in 1986, the Starr Pass Golf Club has long been a favorite of challenge- seeking golfers and played host to the PGA tour’s Tucson Open from 1986 to 1996. It is consistently ranked among the top 10 Arizona courses and in the nation’s top 100. Palmer Course Design Company recently completed a renovation of the current 18 holes and added nine holes, making it a 27-hole Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Facility. Starr Pass offers state-of-the-art teaching facilities and a modern practice area with a putting green, chipping area and driving range.

Desert-Influenced Treatments at Hashani Spa

Inspired by the healing properties of the Sonoran Desert and named for its revered Saguaro cacti (hashani is the Native American word for Saguaro), Hashani Spa at Starr Pass features treatments incorporating elements of the spa’s surroundings and combines the latest beauty and health technologies with ancient healing techniques. The interior reflects the desert, with soothing Southwestern colors, fabrics and design. A dramatic stone reception area and spiral staircase set the stage for the spa’s signature three-story Saguaro Cactus sculpture rising from the ground floor pool below. The facility includes a comprehensive fitness center, whirlpool, steam room and sauna, as well as a movement studio that features a large outdoor terrace, perfect for yoga or tai chi overlooking the desert. Outdoors, guests can enjoy the spa’s private pool and al fresco dining at the spa’s cafe, Blossom.

The Largest Meetings Resort in Southern Arizona

For corporate meetings and groups, Starr Pass offers the most complete conference facility of any hotel or resort in Tucson, including the largest ballroom, at 20,000 square feet, as well as a second ballroom of 15,000 square feet. Expansive foyers, 22-foot ceilings and outdoor catering patios with spectacular city and mountain views are among the facility’s features. In keeping with JW Marriott’s renowned service, the resort will feature state-of- the-art technology, including wireless internet access, and a business center located steps from the meeting rooms.

For more information about JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa or to make reservations, call (520) 792-3500 or visit http://www.jwmarriottstarrpass.com/ or http://www.marriott.com/. Marriott Hotels & Resorts properties participate in the company’s award-winning Marriott Rewards(R) frequent guest program. Members earn their choice of points toward free vacations or frequent flyer mileage for dollars spent at more than 2,300 Marriott hotels worldwide.

MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. (NYSE:MAR) is a leading lodging company with more than 2,600 lodging properties in the United States and 64 other countries and territories. Marriott International operates and franchises hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, Residence Inn, Courtyard, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites, and Bulgari brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club International, Horizons, The Ritz-Carlton Club and Marriott Grand Residence Club brands; operates Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; and operates conference centers. The company is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has approximately 128,000 employees. It is ranked as the lodging industry’s most admired company and one of the best places to work for by Fortune(R) magazine. In fiscal year 2003, Marriott International reported sales from continuing operations of $9 billion. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at http://www.marriott.com/.

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