The Kingdom of Bahrain continues to develop and diversify its economy, with tourism a growing influence.
In October 2015, it was announced that the Al Areen Palace & Spa, the first 5-star in-villa style luxury resort in the Kingdom, is set to continue to enhance its resort amenities and expand The Lost Paradise of Dilmun Water Park in partnership with Avenue Ventures, led by Esam Janahi and Imaad Zuberi of Avenue Ventures.
“Bahrain is a great country to invest in and properties such as the Al Areen Palace & Spa and The Lost Paradise of Dilmun Water Park because of its good investment climate for foreign investors,” stated American partner, Imaad Zuberi. “Bahrain is the only country in the Middle East with a free trade agreement with the United States.”
News of the expansion consolidated an excellent year for Al Areen Palace & Spa, which in June received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award.
Now in its fifth year, the award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great reviews on TripAdvisor.
“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team at Al Areen Palace and Spa and we’d like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to write a review on TripAdvisor,” commented general manager Pierre Vasseur.
“There is no greater sign of recognition given by our valuable guests.
“With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence,” he continued.
That particular accolade was far from the only award won by Al Areen Palace & Spa, which in December 2014 won the “Luxury Private Pool Villa” award in the Country winners category for the second time at the World Luxury Hotel Awards held recently in Camps Bay, South Africa.
“It is with great pride that Al Areen Palace & Spa receives this accolade at a time when our property has undergone major development and upgrades within recent years, an investment that plays an important role in our continuous effort in providing the finest luxury facilities and services to all our guests,” Vasseur said at the time.
“Furthermore, this award also proves that the Bahrain’s hospitality and leisure sector has always been a global player in the world class and luxury arena,” he added.
Al Areen Palace & Spa, boasting of the finest comfort and elegance through its exclusive pool villas, culinary dining excellence and multi-awarded spa, commits to further enhance guests experience with new and exclusive offers as it continually strives to be a pioneer in hospitality distinction.
The World Luxury Hotel Awards is a recognised global organisation providing luxury hotels with recognition for their world class facilities and service excellence provided to guests. Awards are presented to luxury hotels in different categories on a country, continent and global basis. Voting is based on facilities and service excellence and is cast by hotel guests.
Opened during the first phase of the Al Areen development, Al Areen Palace & Spa, Al Areen offers the perfect blend of relaxation and intimacy.
Phase one of the Al Areen development, was completed in 2007 with the opening of the Al Areen Palace & Spa, which boasts the largest spa in the Middle East and the state-of-the-art “Lost Paradise of Dilmun” Water Park. The Al Areen Palace & Spa was built at a cost of US$ 170 million by the UAE-based Al Hamad Construction and Development Co.
“The unique Al Areen development that cost over $2 billion and spread over an area of 2 million square metres furthers Bahrain’s reputation as a friendly destination for family and health-oriented tourists. The development is a 35-minute drive from the Bahrain International Airport, 25 minutes away from the city centre of Manama and 20 minutes away from King Fahad causeway. It is adjacent to the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC), the Middle East’s first ever Grand Prix circuit and the Al Areen Wildlife Sanctuary.
“Drawing upon the wealth of Bahrain’s long and distinguished past, the Al Areen gives you an opportunity to experience the legacy of the country’s rich and varied history, while maintaining the comfort and convenience of modern living.
“The mission of the Al Areen development project is to transform its distinctive desert location area into a diversified range of residential, commercial, health and hospitality, and entertainment components. Major components of the development include the Al Areen Palace & Spa, The “”Lost Paradise of Dilmun” Water Park, Sarab Al Areen, Domina Prestige – Al Areen, Al Waha Resort, Downtown Al Areen, Al Areen Medical Centre, Oryx Hills, Sunset Hills, Al Areen Homes, and a number of residential villages, entertainment and recreational facilitiesm,” the Al Areen Holding Company website describes.
Al Areen Palace & Spa encompasses 131,000 square metres and the resort features 78 luxuriously appointed villas on a total built-up area of 32,000 square meters. This includes 22 two-bedroom Royal Villas and 56 one-bedroom Desert Pool Villas each with their own private courtyard, swimming pool and jet-pool. Bordering the spectacular grounds of the Al Areen Wildlife Sanctuary, the resort is a perfect retreat.
Boasting the world’s most extensive spa and hydrotherapy garden Al Areen Palace & Spa, Al Areen provides a complete body wellness centre offering up-to-date sporting and relaxation facilities. Including 12 Deluxe and 4 Royal Spa Pavilions, vitality pool, ice igloo, foot spa and the world’s largest modern day build Hammam. It also offers an extensive range of meeting and banqueting facilities, six international standard restaurants including Saffron, Rimal, Tamarind, Vertigo, Lobby Lounge, and the Pool Bar, the Al Areen Palace & Spa Gallery, kid’s club, 2 tennis courts and a squash court.
The progress of Al Areen Palace & Spa reflects the development of the Kingdom of Bahrain and has led to the present expansion plans.
The expansion plan includes several attractive and exciting features for both the resort and the waterpark. These new developments will allow both destinations to continue to offer world-class facilities for guests and tourists.
The Al Areen Palace & Spa will continue to increase its wellness center services by offering a wide variety of holistic treatments and expansion of the facilities. Additional resort features to be built include the creation of Bahrain’s longest Cascading Pool with mini slides, a kid’s pool and a prominent alfresco dining and bar along the pool. The Lost Paradise of Dilmun Water Park will expand by adding new water attractions including rides, slides, restaurants and various other infrastructure improvements to the waterpark.
“Al Areen Palace & Spa and Lost Paradise of Dilmun Water Park have been achieving healthy double digit `Revenue Generating Index’ increases in the last 2 years,” reflected American investor Imaad Zuberi, “impacting positively, the local tourism sector, with several luxury properties having recently opened in Manama. Al Areen Palace & Spa has the highest RevPAR in Bahrain.”