Kleindienst Group and creator of The Heart of Europe revealed that it will launch its first hotel in the next 100 days. It will be located on Main Europe island and the Portofino Hotel is the first five-star, family-only hotel in the region.
The Heart of Europe team is also planning on breaking the Dubai record for the fastest hotel to soft launch less than a year after first construction commenced, with the soft opening set for December 2018. More than 1,000 people are working on the site to ensure the property is delivered on time.
The Portofino Hotel will have 489 Princess suites including the exclusive Villa Adriana on the top floor, named after the famous Roman Emperor.
The hotel will be constructed with Portofino in mind and will have a fully-serviced private marina (known as Paraggi Bay), either by their own vessel or hotel-shuttle service. The whole front-of-house team will be Italian and the time zone and currency will be European, with visitors able to pay in Euros.
Portofino Hotel will have five swimming pools, including a large pool - designed especially for water sports and showcasing regular water ballet shows throughout the day. Entertainment will also include the Castello Theatre, with family shows, concerts and movie screenings. For dining, there will be a choice of four restaurants and six bars – all serving organic-only, Mediterranean-inspired food, which will be a key feature across all 13 hotel properties on The Heart of Europe.
There will be a choice of options including a Queen’s Club for women. Mothers will be able to relax in the Beauty Box with a range of services available such as massages and nail bar, yet be in close proximity to their children at the kids’ club. There are two infinity pools, one inside and one outside with views of Dubai and four islands offering treatments inspired by the natural elements of air, fire and water. A 24-hour concierge, baby sitting services and chauffeur will ensure all requests are catered for. There will also be a host of personal shoppers, beauticians, nutritionists, therapists and personal trainers.
Specialists from European family-only hotels have been hired to create an atmosphere where children and their parents will learn about marine ecology and experience, first-hand, coral fragmentation that will help build new coral beds to attract many of the 514 species of marine life in the Arabian Gulf. Through these techniques, Kleindienst Group aim to create the biggest coral nursery in the world, producing 100,000 corals by 2020, and ensuring children play a part in the survival of the region’s marine species. In keeping with the sustainable approach, the lobby area will host 514 aquariums representing the 514 species of marine life to educate and delight guests by bringing the ocean to life.
Josef Kleindienst, Chairman of the Kleindienst Group said: “At Kleindienst, we were inspired by the Dubai leadership’s Vision 2020 to broaden the Emirates’ offering to attract 20 million visitors and make Dubai a world-class leisure and entertainment destination. The Heart of Europe has been carefully designed to serve this vision sustainably and bring the best of Europe to this great city.
“The soft launch of the exceptional Portofino Hotel at the end of this year marks an important and exhilarating stage in the construction of The Heart of Europe. This is our first hotel and it demonstrates how we will cater for each visitor demographic tailoring the hotel and experience to their needs – family-only, 24/7 entertainment or romantic. It will all be curated for guests’ pleasure. At the Portofino Hotel, we look after families who will encounter no distraction from singles, couples or party-goers, offering a safe and luxurious haven for the perfect family holiday.”
Kleindienst Group recently announced progress on The Heart of Europe with the completion of the first Sweden Beach Palace on Sweden Island.