1. The Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa, Kuwait
Jumeirah is set to open the largest hotel in Kuwait in Q1, 2013, the Jumeirah Messilah Hotel.
The property is located just 10 minutes from Kuwait International Airport and is looking to take advantage of its proximity to Kuwait City’s business centre.
The hotel will add 316 rooms and suites, 80 residential suites and 12 villas to Kuwait’s itinerary of rooms, while the country’s dining scene receives a boon from the six restaurants along with cafes and lounges that will be part of the complex.
The hotel will offer a 3500m2 ‘Talise Spa’, two swimming pools and a children’s play area and, a rarity in Kuwait, a 200-metre private beach.
Additionally, extensive conference and banqueting facilities will be available, including a showpiece 1950m2 ballroom.
According to Jumeirah, the luxurious beachfront, multi-facility development will provide “functional amenities to cater for both leisure and business travellers alike”.
The designers behind the project said that throughout the hotel design, “digitally-created screens and perforated walls filter the sunlight”.
We can certainly see the hotel becoming a valuable addition to Kuwait’s hospitality scene, which appears to be going from strength to strength in terms of iconic brands and multiple lodging options entering the country.
A few months after buying FRHI Hotels & Resorts from investors including Qatar Investment Authority and Kingdom Holding, AccorHotels CEO Sébastien Bazin denies the hotel management firm is growing too fast. In fact, he intends to pick up the pace – especially in the GCC.