Accor has signed a deal to open its first Mantis-branded property on Bahrain’s Hawar Island, a resort it says will merge luxury with eco-tourism, while “redefining adventure”.

The hotel group is partnering with Edamah (Bahrain Real Estate Investment Company) to develop the property on Hawar Island, which is a 45-minute boat ride from the Bahrain mainland and has been recognised by UNESCO for its natural history.

The resort will feature 72 keys including overwater villas with direct access to the sea, plus five dining concepts and extensive sports and leisure facilities, such as an Adventure Park, a tennis court, a bike track, and a waterpark. It will also have its own helipad.

At the beach resort, luxury accommodation units will be coupled with chill out zones, bars and coffee stations, meditation spaces, as well as other social areas for adventure and sports enthusiasts. Guests can choose from a variety of recreational activities such as morning hikes, beach walks, outdoor beach yoga sessions, and water sports.

Situated on the West coast of the Hawar Island, the property will be surrounded by a wildlife sanctuary, making it one of the first such environmentally focused projects and a “one-of-a-kind destination” in the Middle East.

Visitors can enjoy the island’s biodiversity, which includes sand Gazelles, Arabian Oryx, multi-coloured coral reefs, and endangered Dugongs. The island is also a haven for birdwatchers, attracting various migratory birds, particularly Socotra Cormorants.

Mantis was founded in 2000 by global entrepreneur and conservationist Adrian Gardiner and features a diverse collection of extraordinary destinations around the globe.

Since joining forces in 2018, Accor and Mantis have worked together to take on new opportunities to welcome guests in authentic curated hotels, eco-lodges and waterways while prioritising the cause of sustainability and promoting further appreciation of the natural environment across every unique destination.,