Starwood Hotels & Resorts has continued to expand in the Pacific region with the signing of its first ever hotel in Palau – the island nation located southeast of the Philippines.

Scheduled to open in March 2019, the new-build Sheraton Palau Resort will be located in Koror, Palau’s largest city. Starwood says it will be “steps away from the epicentre of the town”, while also overlooking the sea.[restrict]

“We are excited to partner with Palau Majesty Development, expanding Sheraton’s footprint in the Micronesia region of the western Pacific Ocean,” said Lothar Pehl, Starwood’s senior vice president of operations & global initiatives for Asia Pacific.

“Palau serves as a strategic market for Starwood given its lush tropical setting, turquoise waters and superb dive opportunities. The property is a valued addition to the portfolio.”

Once open, Sheraton Palau Resort will offer 114 rooms and nine suites, plus several F&B outlets including a rooftop restaurant and sushi bar. Other facilities will include a swimming pool, spa, fitness centre and 272m² of function space.

An archipelago of more than 500 islands located 650km southeast of the Philippines, Palau is surrounded by a 500,000m² protected marine park which has been dubbed the ‘Underwater Serengeti’ due to its abundance of marine life.

The signing follows the recent launch of Starwood’s second Sheraton hotel in Samoa. ( [/restrict[