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  • Jumeirah’s first Bahrain hotel opens with bookable ‘royal residences’

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    Leading international hotel group Jumeirah have opened their first hotel in Bahrain.

    The Jumeriah Royal Saray aims to give guests a royal experience. Guests can book actual “royal residences” within the hotel, which are a luxurious alternative to the hotel’s “Summerhouses” suites, and are decked out in the colours and patterns preferred by the Bahrain royal family.

    The Royal Saray hotel’s 174 rooms lead onto their own private beach on the Arabian gulf’s northern coastal Seef district.

    The hotel’s interior design has been described by the group as “understated luxury”, although the marble detailing and sweeping cream palettes look classically luxurious and palatial.

    The exterior feels indebted to the aesthetics of a formal palace. There is a grand, sweeping entrance and intricately detailed exterior patterning, and a grand sweeping stone runway up to the property.

    A UNESCO World Heritage site is closeby

    Bahrain has a lively pearl diving industry so the shimmering tones of the jewel have provided inspiration for the hotel’s colour schemes. The patterns are inspired by royal houses, and span furnishings, glass and the ornate details on the outside of the hotel and the stone floors.

    A central swimming pool leads down to private sun loungers, while all rooms and suites overlook the ocean.

    There’s space for 400 in business suites, and a signature spa is set to open in a separate building near to the main hotel shortly.

    A specialised gin bar serves artful cocktails

    The hotel’s main restaurant, PLAY Restaurant & Lounge, is Dubai chef Reif Othman’s concept and has been awarded many high accolades.

    There’s also a specialised gin bar on site, with artful cocktails.

    There’s plenty to do outside of the hotel, including visitor hotspots Adliya, Bahrain’s cultural hub for restaurants and nightlife, Muharraj Island with royal residences and winding alleyways to explore, and UNESCO World Heritage site Qal’at Al Bahrain – Ancient Harbour and Capital of Dilmun, which is 4,000 years old.

    Adam Bloodworth / 26.02.2018

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