Main Photo: The Al Areen Palace & Spa as is
Date: July 2019
Name: Was Al Areen Palaca & Spa….to become Raffles Bahrain
No. of Keys: 78 Villas
Owner: GFH Financial Group
New Brand Manager: Accor’s Raffles luxury brand is to take over the Al Areen Palace & Spa in Bahrain. An agreement with GFH Financial Group will see an extensive refurbishment ahead of reopening.
The resort has 78 villas, which will be upgraded, while additional food and beverage outlets are to be added. There are 14 Raffles properties currently open, with a further eight in the pipeline.
Accor, in collaboration with GFH Financial Group, is set to open the first Raffles-branded property in Bahrain.
For this project, the hospitality brand will take over Al Areen Palace and Spa, and revamp it into a luxurious, all-pool-villa retreat. The property enhancements will include refurbishment of the 56 one-bedroom desert pool villas, 22 two-bedroom royal pool villas which feature open-air swimming and jet pools and converting its four F&B outlets to six.
Raffles Bahrain will have 78 pool villas and region’s largest spa and hydrotherapy facility. The resort is close to tourist destinations including Bahrain International F1 Circuit, the new Bahrain Exhibition and Convention Centre, Al Areen Wildlife Reserve, Bahrain Sailing Club and the Lost Paradise of Dilmun Waterpark.
Mark Willis, chief executive officer, Accor Middle East and Africa said, “We are delighted to partner with GFH Financial Group, one of the leading investment houses in the Gulf region, 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.”
Raffles Bahrain will be the seventh property to be operated by Accor in the Kingdom.
THPT Comment: GFH have been in the news twice this week, with their other deal with Accor-backed Mama Shelter, to open one of that brand’s hotel in Bahrain in late 2019, covering both ends of the luxury scale.
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