Bahrain will see its first ultra-luxurious Accor opening as the French chain takes over Al Areen Palace & Spa, which will be rebranded as Raffles Bahrain. The ultra-luxury retreat includes a private resort with 78 pool villas, as well as the region’s largest spa and hydrotherapy facility and landscaping inspired by the Arabian palace gardens.
Following its takeover, Accor will conduct an extensive refurbishment with a view to repositioning the property as the ultimate luxury retreat. Property enhancements will include the refurbishment of the 56 one-bedroom Desert Pool Villas and 22 two-bedroom Royal Pool Villas, which feature open-air swimming and jet pools, and the addition of two new dining outlets. With guest fitness and well-being central to the Raffles experience, the resort’s 10,000-sqm spa and hydrotherapy area — one of the Middle East’s largest, featuring 16 spa pavilions, the world’s first garden hammam and a hydrothermal garden — will be renovated and upgraded.