As a spectacular year of polo comes to a close, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: HOT) is pleased to announce that it will be the official hospitality partner for The Piaget World Snow Polo Championship in the glamorous high-goal tournament, hosted by the Aspen Valley Polo Club. Celebrated polo player and St. Regis Connoisseur Nacho Figueras will captain the St. Regis polo team against Audi and Piaget teams on December 19 th and 20 th at the snow-packed Wagner Park, across from The St. Regis Aspen Resort. The Piaget World Snow Polo Championship follows on the heels of spirited polo matches and marquee events hosted by the St. Regis brand in the United States, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Bangkok, Beijing and Abu Dhabi.
St. Regis Connoisseur Nacho Figueras to play in Piaget World Snow Polo Championship in Aspen. (Photo: Business Wire)“Polo is an innate part of the St. Regis legacy, and it is exciting to see how this social tradition manifests in Aspen among a new generation of global travelers and their families,” says Paul James, Global Brand Leader for St. Regis Hotels & Resorts. “We are delighted to have Nacho Figueras captaining the St. Regis team for the first time here in Aspen; it is sure to be a thrilling day.” The St. Regis Aspen Resort will bring a taste of the brand’s signature style to polo for its guests, residents and the local community, who will be invited to experience a day of world-class polo from inside the VIP hospitality tent with such signature brand rituals as the St. Regis Bloody Mary cocktail and legendary St. Regis Afternoon Tea service. The event will be the final stop on the 2013 calendar for the World Polo Tour, where top ranked players from around the globe will earn valuable points towards the final world rankings . Following the polo tournament, guests will be invited to the unveiling of the hotel’s new mural, “ Strong Wind: The Myth of the Aspen Trees,” by renowned contemporary artist Bo Bartlett, who was commissioned to create a vibrant and whimsical mural as the focal point for the bar and lounge. The mural is symbolic of the brand’s evolution: a modern iteration of the iconic King Cole Mural at The St. Regis New York, commissioned by St. Regis founder John Jacob Astor IV in the early 1900s. The new mural will be the centerpiece of Shadow Mountain Lounge and a cornerstone to the comprehensive redesign of The St. Regis Aspen Resort completed earlier this year by award-winning designer Lauren Rotett. “Mr. Bartlett’s mural is the perfect fit for The St. Regis Aspen Resort: embracing the rich heritage of the St. Regis brand while capturing the beauty of the destination in a contemporary way,” said Heather Steenge-Hart, General Manager of The St. Regis Aspen Resort. “We are thrilled to showcase his artwork to our guests, residents and neighbors who mix and mingle at Shadow Mountain Lounge for après-ski, live music and handcrafted cocktails.”