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Westin spending $10 million on refurbishments



All 419 suites at The Westin Resort & Spa will be sporting a new look in time for the arrival of guests this winter as well as guests arriving for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

The $10 million investment includes new wall, floor and window coverings, furnishings, fixtures and the latest generation of Westin's famous Heavenly Bed, complete with white linen and the industry's first five pillows.

"It's an exciting time for us and one that we anxiously look forward to unveiling to our guests this November," said Trevor Graham, general manager of the twice-named #1 ski resort hotel in North America. "The new colours and fabrics are absolutely stunning and a beautiful complement to our mountain resort destination. There is no doubt that our guests will immediately feel the warmth and comfort when they enter the guest room."

The CHIL Design Group, based in Vancouver, was selected to undertake this refurbishment program, which in addition to all 419 guest rooms also includes the hallways on each floor.

"CHIL was the ideal interior design company to work with us on this project, not only because of their reputation as leader in the hotel and resort design arena but also because of their promotion of "green" design," said Bryce Beatty, director of operations for The Westin Resort & Spa and the hotel's "green champion."

"Their commitment to reduce the use of non-renewable resources and minimizing the impact on the environment closely aligns with our environmentally-friendly initiatives, so this project is truly a collaboration to reduce our overall carbon footprint."

The refurbishments, which are being completed floor by floor, have already started in the 192-suite East Tower with the four 1,600 sq. ft. Penthouse Mountain suites on the 11th floor being readied first. By summer, the refurbishments will begin in the 247-suite nine-floor West Tower with an overall hotel completion date of Nov. 30.  There are two mock up rooms which guests are invited to view during their stay.

Managed by O'Neill Hotels & Resorts, The Westin Resort & Spa is one of the nine celebrated brands of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Le Scandinave Spa breaks ground

Work is underway on Le Scandinave Spa, a day spa located in the woods above Riverside Campground.

Opening in the fall and situated on the edge of Lost Lake and Spruce Grove Parks, it's a spot that allows you to relax while overlooking the vast mountains and valleys of Whistler.

It works like this. You take a few hours out of your day to take a tour through three outdoor baths. You start by heating the body in a Norwegian steam bath with eucalyptus or a wood-burning Finnish dry sauna. That part of the process "opens pores, stimulates blood circulation and releases toxins," according to a news release.

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