BETHESDA, Md., Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Autograph Collection, Marriott International's (NYSE: MAR) exclusive portfolio of independent hotels, continues its global growth with the opening of its first property in Asia Pacific. Newly opened, The Stones Legian, Bali, in Indonesia, represents the debut of Autograph Collection in the region. This new luxury hotel, located in one of the world's most idyllic destinations, continues to position Autograph Collection as the premium collection for the independent-minded traveler.
The Stones marks the 36th hotel to be added to the collection's rapidly expanding roster of independent hotels in key destinations throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. The portfolio is on track to include nearly 40 hotels by year end – marking an average of one property joining per month since the collection's inception in 2010.
"We are thrilled to introduce Autograph Collection to Asia," said Simon Cooper, president of Asia Pacific for Marriott International, Inc. "Bali represents the ideal location to launch this dynamic new concept for Marriott International, developed for travelers who seek an extraordinary independent hotel experience. We are confident travelers will respond positively to Autograph Collection as yet another offering within the Marriott International portfolio in the region."
Each Autograph Collection hotel possesses its own distinct identity and appeals to discerning travelers who are looking for a creative experience that only an independent hotel can deliver. Joining Autograph Collection allows each property to further showcase its own extraordinary personality. Through the collection, each hotel gains access to Marriott International's global sales and marketing channels, including the award winning Marriott Rewards loyalty program.
Autograph Collection's proven track record of driving reservations and increasing revenue through its international sales force and powerful marketing channels, while also promoting each property's autonomy, has helped evolve the business model that appeals to both existing property owners and developers in the early stages of building new hotels.
"The Stones will offer premier accommodations, amenities and services, as well as exclusive, tailored experiences, in a world class destination," said Tina Edmundson, senior vice president of lifestyle brands for Marriott International. "Welcoming this hotel to Autograph Collection provides us with the opportunity to continually present outstanding travel options to people all around the world. It's exciting for us to make our Asia debut in such a remarkable area of the region."
Located on the southern tip of Legian Beach on the resort island of Bali, The Stones opens as a brand new hotel, blending beach simplicity with urban chic. Where iconic architectural design meets eclectic sophistication, The Stones offers 308 stylishly appointed guest rooms and 22 suites, including a palatial Presidential Suite. Spread across three floors with a total size of 1,950 square meters, the Presidential Suite features the latest in-room entertainment systems, four guest rooms, luxurious rain forest shower, stylish artwork, and many other extraordinary touches.
The focal point of the property is the 3,000 square meter pool surrounded by private cabanas. The hotel features a wide selection of culinary offerings at three innovative restaurants: Stones Kitchen – a contemporary-designed restaurant serving European café food and beverages; Long Rice Table featuring authentic Indonesian dishes served in a casual and vibrant atmosphere with modern, Indonesian-inspired design; and Big Fish Bar & Grill, a casual poolside grill serving cocktails and snacks which transitions into an alfresco restaurant specializing in local seafood in the evening.
Guest can explore the indigenous elegance of the hotel's dazzling vertical gardens as well as find tranquility and relaxation in the hotel's Celestine Spa, offering five treatment rooms and three massage lounges. Finding inspiration in traditional Balinese massage and body treatments, the spa features natural spa products by Ritual Alami. Located adjacent to one of the island's most popular beaches, The Stones is situated 20 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport and within walking distance to shopping, restaurants and leisure activities located in Kuta, Legian and Seminyak.
About Autograph Collection
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