Category: Middle East

Victoria Beckham offered  £25 million to design hotel?

Victoria Beckham offered £25 million to design hotel?

Media speculation claims that Victoria Beckham has been offered a cool £25 million to design rooms and staff uniforms for a luxury Dubai hotel. Isla Moda has reportedly already recruited the services of Chanel’s head designer Karl Lagerfield and it’s claimed that Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum has personally approached the former Spice Girl about […]

New to Lebanon: Four Seasons Hotel Beirut

New to Lebanon: Four Seasons Hotel Beirut

When the beaming smiles of the doormen at Four Seasons Hotel Beirut dazzle their very first guests, the city will take another step forward in its renaissance as a 21st Century metropolis. After ten years in planning and five years under construction, the hotel opens as a gleaming statement of intent for visitors to enjoy […]

Swissôtel to debut in the Middle East

Swissôtel to debut in the Middle East

Construction is under way on Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts‘ first hotel in the Middle East: Swissôtel Makkah in Saudi Arabia. The international hotel chain expects the hotel to open in January 2011. The new Swissôtel Makkah is going to have 1571 guest rooms, including 88 suites, spread over 53 floors, with half of all the […]

The view from the very, very top of the Burj Dubai

This amateur video footage is taken from the very top of the Burj Dubai‘s spire and gives an interesting perspective over the surrounding area. Even some skyscrapers look miniscule in comparison.

Mövenpick's Zara Spa at the Dead Sea

Mövenpick’s Zara Spa at the Dead Sea

Zara Spa at Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea features Oriental-inspired thermariums, tropical rain showers and 24 spacious treatment rooms and suites. It is also known for the diversity of its five pools: a hydro-pool, a large outdoor heated massage pool with 3% salt concentration, various massage jets, whirlpool and geysers, a Kneipp-foot massage pool, […]

Multiple openings for aloft in October

Multiple openings for aloft in October

aloft is gaining momentum this month with plans to open one hotel each week in North America – double the pace of previous months. The surge in aloft openings is helping move Starwood Hotels & Resorts closer to its goal of opening its 1,000th hotel or resort worldwide. Offering high style at a steal, aloft […]

First Fairmont hotel to open in Abu Dhabi

First Fairmont hotel to open in Abu Dhabi

The first Fairmont hotel in Abu Dhabi is due to open at the beginning of next month, adding to the capital’s portfolio of luxury hotels.  The 369-room Fairmont Bab Al Bahr hotel, in the “between the bridges” area, will include the first Marco Pierre White Steakhouse and Grill outside the UK, and a Frankie’s Italian […]

Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island to open soon

Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island to open soon

The iconic Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island will open its doors shortly. The 428-room contemporary hotel is located along the new Links Championship Golf Course and is within five minutes walking distance of the latest Formula 1 Yas Marina Circuit. This latest addition to IHG’s Crowne Plaza estate is situated on one of the […]

New to the Syrian coast: Afamia Rotana Resort, Latakia

New to the Syrian coast: Afamia Rotana Resort, Latakia

The doors have been opened to the Afamia Rotana Resort, Latakia. Located on a sandy peninsula, two kilometres from Latakia city centre, the new five-star resort brings a new level of comfort and a host of leisure activities to the city.   It  is within easy distance of Syria’s historical sites including Ugarit Canaaite, the […]

Israel’s Hidden Gems

Israel is not a large country. You can drive from its northern border to its southern tip in less than 10 hours. From east to west it will take you less than two. But this small territory contains an unimaginable wealth of natural landscapes, historical treasures and a rich cultural heritage – many of which […]

Al Bustan Palace to get Six Senses Spa

Al Bustan Palace to get Six Senses Spa

Six Senses Spas has officially signed a partnership agreement to operate a world-class spa at the Al Bustan Palace InterContinental Muscat. Set amongst Oman’s Hajjar Mountains and adjacent to the property’s palatial grounds, the spa boasts spectacular ocean and mountain views. The Six Senses Spa, with an area of more than 3,500 square metres,  will […]

Middle East hotel market turned on its head by W Hotels

Middle East hotel market turned on its head by W Hotels

W Hotels  has marked  its entry into the Middle East with the opening of the highly-anticipated W Doha Hotel & Residences.  This new hotel merges  traditional Arabian imagery with the contemporary cool design of the W brand with a hotel lobby that combines water features, ceiling-suspended seating and modern hand-blown hanging lanterns. Symmetrical designs, clean […]

New exclusive brand from Ritz-Carlton: Ritz-Carlton Reserve

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is launching a new exclusive brand for high-end travellers; Ritz-Carlton Reserve. Phulay Bay in Krabi, Thailand, will be the first property to open in spring 2009. The philosophy behind the Ritz-Carlton Reserve portfolio is to create idyllic retreats where guests can escape into an exclusive leisure experience. It offers guests […]

Bask in the Easter sun in Jordan

Bask in the Easter sun in Jordan

The new, modern and stylish 5 star Tala Bay Resort is located 15 minutes south of Aqaba with stunning views over the Red Sea.   Facilities are excellent with 5 swimming pools, 4 restaurants and 2 bars, plenty of aquatic activities, a private beach and an outdoor fitness area.   Enjoy all that Aqaba has […]

New convention centre at Swissôtel Izmir

Business representatives can now convene in style at the Swissôtel Grand Efes, Izmir on the Turkish Aegean. The elegant hotel, a Leading Hotel of the World, celebrated its opening last year, and now the Grand Efes Convention Centre, within the hotel complex, has also opened for business. The centre is one of the largest and […]

The Cove Rotana Resort, Ras Al Khaimah

The Cove Rotana Resort, Ras Al Khaimah

Rotana has announced the opening of its first property in Ras Al Khaimah – The Cove Rotana Resort  -overlooking the Indian Ocean on an idyllic water inlet at Arqoob Beach. This exquisite resort offers authentic Arabian hospitality, an elegant design and more than 600 metres of beach, tranquil azure waters and a multitude of activities. […]