The new property is called the Westin Mission Hills Resort &Villas, offering weekly time-shares in this community near PalmSprings.

The resort is the first Westin-branded vacation timeshare inCalifornia and the fourth that Starwood has built or underconstruction, according to Raymond L. "Rip" Gellein Jr., chairmanand co-chief executive officer of Starwood Vacation OwnershipInc.

The new resort occupies just over 20 acres and will feature 158two-bedroom villas, each with full kitchens, separate living roomand dining room, and a whirlpool tub. The first phase, which openedTuesday, includes 16 villas, with a second phase of 40 villas dueto open in January and the balance to open in late 2003 and in2004.

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