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Red Sea sanctuary

The new Park Hyatt in Jeddah fuses a mix of European, Arab and Andalusian influences, says Selina Denman.

Red Sea sanctuary
The design promotes a real sense of serenity.
Red Sea sanctuary
Lighting reiterates the ‘Moorish’ feel.
Red Sea sanctuary
The hotel features extensive spa facilities.
Red Sea sanctuary
The design scheme fuses European, Andalusian and Arab influences.
Red Sea sanctuary
The design scheme fuses European, Andalusian and Arab influences.
Red Sea sanctuary
The design scheme fuses European, Andalusian and Arab influences.

The new Park Hyatt in Jeddah fuses a mix of European, Arab and Andalusian influences, says Selina Denman.

Set on reclaimed land on the shores of the Red Sea, the recently-opened Park Hyatt Jeddah - Marina, Club and Spa, is influenced both by its waterside location and by the old town of Jeddah.

"The multi-faceted resort is a remarkable feat of engineering that has reclaimed prime waterfront land from the Red Sea, while retaining the delicate surrounding marine life. The 34.5 acre complex overlooks sweeping views of the sea and the world-famous King Fahd fountain, with its over 1,000ft-high plume of water," noted Rady M. Rady, general manager, Park Hyatt Jeddah - Marina, Club and Spa.

The property is strategically located just minutes away from Jeddah's central business district, in the city's Al Hamra area, but presents itself as a serene, self-enclosed haven. In contrast to the high-rise buildings that characterise Jeddah's skyline, the 142-room resort is a low-lying, five-star retreat.

According to Rady, the interiors of the hotel promote the Park Hyatt ethos of "understated elegance and personalised, luxurious style". French interior designer Gilles Quiffet and architect Patrice Hart were responsible for translating this brand promise into a property that would appeal to affluent business and leisure guests visiting the rapidly-growing city of Jeddah.

"Park Hyatt Jeddah will meet demand for a luxurious city-centre resort hotel that offers personal service for the growing number of both leisure and business travellers visiting Jeddah," said Rady.

The main hotel is complemented by 10,000m² of spa, wellness, meeting, and F&B facilities. The Lazurde Meetings & Events Centre features 2,500m² of meeting and banqueting facilities and is accessible via a dedicated entrance. The facility was designed as an elegant setting for wedding parties, product launches, corporate meetings and conferences for up to 800 guests.

The hotel's spa and wellness facilities are expected to be ready later this year. A 10,000m² complex will feature a range of sporting and leisure facilities set out in separate men's and women's areas. The complex will also feature the region's first hydrotherapy centre."From design and architecture to food and beverage, every aspect of this hotel has been carefully planned to ensure that our guests experience authentic hospitality in a truly serene environment," said Rady.

Quiffet and Hart created a residential-style design scheme that fuses European and Arab-Andalusian influences. Saudi-based Technolight, which represents leading brands such as Erco and Vitra in the Kingdom, was responsible for all of the project's interior and exterior lighting. "We provided the interior lighting and all of the lighting for the pathways and roads. We also did the tennis courts and the marina area.

"In addition, we did the laundry equipment for the hotel because we have a division for laundry and food service equipment, and we did all of the audio visual solutions. When it came to lighting, we also did the dimming systems; we were responsible for everything related to dimming and lighting control," said Abdul Al Azem, managing director, Technolight.

Interior lighting was modern but reiterated the overall ‘Moorish' feel of the resort. "The style of the project is Moorish, so they brought in some decorative lighting from Morocco. The rest is very modern; square-shaped recessed ceiling lights and halogen lights. There are very small lights that are very elegant looking," Al Azem continued.

It is the interplay between modern and traditional that defines this resort's interiors. "Park Hyatt Jeddah is an intimate and residential-style hotel where Quiffet and Hart fashioned rooms that fuse a sleek European style with Arab-Andalusian architecture," said Rady.

"The beautiful gardens and striking interior design create a haven of understated elegance. Modern artwork and designs merge with traditional Arab-Andalusian features, setting a new standard for contemporary luxury," Rady elaborated.

In keeping with a company-wide pledge to respect the environment, the design of the Park Hyatt Jeddah - Marina, Club and Spa has also taken sustainable considerations into account. "Hyatt is committed to designing, building and managing innovative hotels that provide guests with authentic and comfortable accommodation that respect the natural environment and the local communities in which they operate," Rady concluded.

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