Swiss-Belhotel International has opened its first five-star property in the Middle East – the Grand Swiss-Belhotel Waterfront Seef, located in Bahrain’s Al Seef district.

The seafront hotel, situated between the picturesque Al Reef Island and Water Garden City, is just 12.6 km from Bahrain International Airport and is close to City Centre mall, Bahrain’s Financial Harbour, the World Trade Centre and Manama’s diplomatic area.

It features 193 rooms and suites and six exclusive chalets, each with an en-suite bathroom, kitchenette, a private swimming pool, two-car garage and a large balcony overlooking the Arabian Gulf.

Dining venues include Azure Cafe, Waterfront Restaurant, Sea Banks Pool Bar, Fattoush Lebanese restaurant, El Maestro Asador steakhouse and Maestro bar, while leisure facilities span a fitness centre, sauna, steam bath and a temperature-controlled outdoor swimming pool.

For business and events there are two multi-purpose meeting rooms and a ballroom for up to 400 guests, plus a business centre, concierge, 24-hour in-room dining, laundry and dry cleaning services, a parking area and valet parking.