Accor's Raffles hotel to debut in Bahrain

Accor's Raffles hotel to debut in Bahrain
File photo of the Al Areen Palace & Spa
Published: 16 July 2019 - 7:15 a.m.
By: Priyanka Praveen
Hospitality group Accor is set to debut a Raffles-branded hotel in Bahrain with the takeover of the Al Areen Palace & Spa.

The announcement came after the group signed an agreement with GFH Financial Group (GFH) to manage “the Kingdom’s first ultra-luxurious retreat”.

Following its takeover of Al Areen Palace & Spa, Accor will conduct an extensive refurbishment programme with a view to repositioning the property.

Property enhancements will include upgrading the 56 one-bedroom desert pool villas and the 22 two-bedroom royal pool villas, which feature open-air swimming pools.

Officials will also increase the property’s four existing F&B outlets to six.

Once renovations are complete, the hotel will be re-launched as Raffles Bahrain.

“We are delighted to partner with GFH Financial Group, to debut the Raffles brand in Bahrain, a destination which has emerged as a sophisticated option for discerning travellers from the Gulf and all over the world,” said Mark Willis, CEO, Accor Middle East & Africa.

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This property will be the seventh Accor-branded hotel in the island nation.

Hisham Al Rayes, CEO, GFH, said: “It is a privilege to forge a long-term partnership with Accor. Launching Raffles is a major achievement for Bahrain, elevating its status as a lifestyle destination and significantly enhancing GFH’s fast-growing collection of prestigious real estate projects.”

According to officials, the property will feature 78 pool villas.

The resort’s 10,000 sq metre spa and hydrotherapy area, one of the Middle East’s largest with 16 spa pavilions, the world’s first garden hammam and a hydrothermal garden, will be renovated and upgraded.

Health facilities including separate male and female gyms, the kids’ club and indoor and outdoor swimming pools will also be refurbished. Raffles Bahrain will also introduce its signature wellness experiences to the Kingdom, including Raffles Sleep Rituals.

The Al Areen Palace and Spa was also previously called the Banyan Tree Resort.

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