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Le Paradis Named Best Golf Development in the Caribbean

Praslin Bay, St. Lucia (Nov. 17, 2008) – Le Paradis Beach, Golf & Marina Resort, a premier new golf development on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, was recently honored with the prestigious Americas Property Award at the CNBC International Property Awards Gala held in association with The New York Times.

Le Paradis received 4-stars and was named Best Golf Development in the Caribbean at the 2008 Gala held on Friday, November 7th, 2008 at the Ritz Carlton in Orlando, Florida. Almost 200 professionals from no less than 27 countries gathered for the ceremony.

“We are truly honored to receive this recognition,” said Kierron Dolby, Managing Director of DCG Properties Ltd., Le Paradis’ developer. “The award speaks to our passion and determination to bring world-class golf to St. Lucia while ensuring that the course compliments and preserves St. Lucia’s natural beauty and environment.”

Now in its 14th year, The International Property Awards, dubbed the “Oscars” of the property industry, is one of the world’s largest and most prestigious competitions. The objective of the awards is to encourage excellence in the property industry worldwide and to recognize and promote an international standard. Each year, the prestigious competition receives hundreds of entries. Each entry is judged by a 36 member panel with specific expertise within the property field.

This year’s panel of judges was chaired by British Member of Parliament Eric Pickles for the ninth year. Pickles was joined by the Editor-in-Chief of International Homes, Helen Shield, as well as distinguished experts in the fields of property, design and construction, property writers and fellow sponsors. Their collective knowledge of the property industry is second to none and unsurpassed by any other property awards.

Le Paradis sits on 554 lush acres overlooking St. Lucia’s spectacular Praslin Bay. An ultra-exclusive multi-phased luxury residential development, Le Paradis features a Greg Norman Signature golf course, world-class spa, 100-slip marina, yacht club, gourmet restaurants, upscale boutique shopping and conference facilities, anchored by St. Lucia’s first Westin resort.

Soaring 600 feet above sea level, the 18-hole Greg Norman Signature Golf Course will feature breathtaking ocean views from each hole. Golfers of all levels will have an opportunity to play through a dramatic cliff side covering 135 acres. The golf course will use a computer-controlled irrigation system to conserve water and minimize impact on the environment.

The Westin Le Paradis Beach & Golf Resort, St. Lucia, will feature guest rooms and suites designed to maximize the indoor and outdoor living experience while encompassing every modern amenity. All guestrooms will include the renowned Westin Heavenly Bed® and Heavenly Bath®. Other resort amenities include: a spa with 26 oceanside massage treatment cabanas; a deepwater marina for yachts up to 200 feet; a Marina Village to include gourmet restaurants, upscale boutique shopping, and a yacht club; extensive conference facilities; floodlit tennis courts; a resident’s beach club; Westin Kids Club; a golf academy; an aquatic center, a wellness center; an equestrian center; and a helipad.

Expecting to be the world’s first fossil fuel independent resort, The Westin Le Paradis Beach & Golf Resort, St. Lucia, has earned praise from local government and community officials for its earnest efforts to improve the community, while building the development into an upscale tourist and residential destination that is fully self sufficient.

Le Paradis’ limited number of residences includes one, two and three-bedroom condominiums and three and four bedroom villas with unobstructed ocean views. Additionally, the resort offers home sites around the Greg Norman course, which sit from 330 feet above sea level with views of the fairways and the ocean. Residential offerings range from below $500,000 to $6 million, with tax incentives.

Nestled between Martinique and St. Vincent in the southern portion of the Caribbean chain, Saint Lucia is known for the spectacular twin Piton Mountains, tropical rain forest, volcanic sand beaches and jagged cliffs. For more information on Le Paradis, visit www.leparadisstlucia.com or call 866.798.9873 or 758.452.3603.

JUDGES
Helen Shield, editor-in-chief of International Homes magazine; Peter Bolton King, chief executive of the National Association of Estate Agents; Phil Spencer, property expert and presenter of Channel 4’s Location and Relocation TV shows; Imtiaz Farookhi, chief executive of the National House Building Council; Christopher Hall, past president National Association of Estate Agents; Gillian Farr, designer from Laura Ashley; Thijis Staff, International Consortium of Real Estate Agents Association (ICREA); Alejandro Escurdero, SIMA; Kirkor Ajderhanyan, French Real Estate Federation (FNAIM); Jonathan Price, FIABCI; Hans-Ulrich Berendes, FIABCI; Graham Norwood of the Daily Mail; David Hoppit, property writer; Jill Keene, editor of International Homes magazine; Diana Yakely, chairman British Interior Design Association; and Tad Zurlinden, Association of Relocation Professionals.

About DCG Properties Ltd.
DCG Properties Ltd was formed for the purpose of developing the proposed multi-phased destination at Le Paradis, Praslin Bay, St. Lucia. Kierron Dolby is founder, major shareholder and managing director of DCG Properties Ltd. For more information on Le Paradis, visit www.leparadisstlucia.com or call 758.452.3603.

About Westin Hotels & Resorts
Westin Hotels & Resorts®, with more than 160 hotels and resorts in 35 countries and territories, is owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT). Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with approximately 900 properties in more than 100 countries and 155,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, and the recently launched AloftSM, and ElementSM. Starwood Hotels also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com