Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) announces today that St. Regis Hotels & Resorts will join Sentebale for its highly-anticipated charitable polo match. Taking place at Ghantoot Racing & Polo Club in Abu Dhabi on November 20, the event marks the luxury brand’s fifth year supporting Sentebale. Prince Harry, playing for the Sentebale Huntsman team, and Nacho Figueras, captaining the St. Regis team, will compete in an exhilarating match in an effort to raise awareness and support for the improved healthcare and education of the children of Lesotho, Africa.
"I am proud to join St. Regis, Prince Harry and Sentebale once again, and look forward to a great day of polo that will help raise awareness and funds to better the lives of the children of Lesotho,” said Nacho Figueras, St. Regis Connoisseur and Sentebale Ambassador.
“Polo and philanthropy are innate to the legacy of St. Regis, and we are honored to continue our support of Sentebale through ‘the sport of kings’,” said Paul James, Global Brand Leader, St. Regis, The Luxury Collection and W Hotels Worldwide. “With Prince Harry and Nacho Figueras on the polo field in Abu Dhabi – the Emirate in which the brand operates both The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort and The St. Regis Abu Dhabi – it is sure to become a thrilling and memorable day.”
The Sentebale Polo Cup, presented by Royal Salute signifies St. Regis’ ongoing support for Sentebale. Last year, Prince Harry scored the winning goal for the Sentebale Land Rover team in a close match against the St. Regis team which was led by Nacho Figueras at The Greenwich Polo Club in Connecticut. In 2012, Nacho Figueras led the St. Regis team against Prince Harry’s Sentebale team in Sao Paulo, and in 2010, Prince Harry attended an “Evening to Honor Sentebale” at The St. Regis New York.
Earlier this year, St. Regis kicked off the polo season in the United Kingdom with the seventh annual St. Regis International Polo Cup at Cowdray Park Polo Club. Nacho Figueras captained South America, but it was Audi England who emerged winners in the exhilarating match, which was followed by the first-ever Family Traditions at St. Regis Polo Cup. Late September, the brand hosted the inaugural St. Regis Polo Cup in Sonoma at the Wine Country Polo Club, in aid of Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center.
St. Regis has long been associated with the world of polo, beginning at the turn of the last century when polo matches on Manhattan’s Governors Island were the highlight of the New York social calendar and where St. Regis’ founding family, the Astors, were a prominent fixture. As St. Regis continues to grow globally, the brand expands its polo presence in nearly as many destinations: this year, hosting spirited polo matches and marquee events in London, Sonoma Valley, Bridgehampton, and Bangkok.