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GREENWICH, CT-As part of its newly launched Baccarat Hotels and Resorts luxury hotel brand, Starwood Capital Group reports it expects to open the line’s first property in Hawaii by 2010.

Starwood Capital chairman and CEO Barry Sternlicht says the new Baccarat Hotels and Resorts line will feature between 80 to 250 rooms/residences. The first property to be located in Wailea, HI, will consist of 193 condominium homes ranging in size from 980-sf, one-bedroom units to 3,330-sf, four-bedroom residences. The Baccarat Wailea will be followed by other Baccarat properties planned for locales in the Caribbean, US, Europe and the Far East, Starwood Capital officials say. Among the many amenities planned for the Baccarat properties will be signature Baccarat crystal chandeliers.

A controlled affiliate of locally based Starwood Capital owns 86% of the shares of the Baccarat company, which it acquired as part of the firm’s purchase of Societe Du Louvre in 2005. Starwood Capital Group’s Sternlicht also serves as chairman of Societe Du Louvre.

“Baccarat Hotels and Resorts will personify the pride and impeccable attention to detail that has made baccarat one of the world’s select few names that define and shape luxury,” Sternlicht states. “I am extremely excited for the opportunity to display Baccarat’s extraordinary and distinctive pedigree in a new and unique way at some of the most breathtaking locations around the world. These hotels will serve as living innovation labs for the Baccarat brand as we move the parent company into today’s fashion and design world.”

Marc Leclerc, managing director of Baccarat, adds, “Building on our heritage as the provider of crystal to kings, we look forward to creating a new luxury living experience for sophisticated travelers that will be unique and personal as each product we produce. We take great pride in Baccarat’s legendary reputation for excellence, and look forward to working with [Sternlicht], one of the hotel industry’s great innovators, to create what we believe will truly be the preeminent name in luxury hotels.”

Starwood Capital Group is also developing two other luxury international hotel brands, Crillon and 1 Hotels & Resorts.

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