Abu Dhabi's Emirates Palace Hotel completes conversion to Mandarin Oriental brand

20 Feb 2023 by Mark Caswell
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Abu Dhabi’s Emirates Palace Hotel has officially rebranded under the Mandarin Oriental portfolio, following a renovation project covering the property’s rooms and public spaces.

The luxury hotel group first announced plans to take over the management of the hotel from Kempinski in 2019, and phased renovation works have since been carried out across the beachfront property.

Kempinski’s Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi to become Mandarin Oriental property

The 390-room Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental now features new spa and sports facilities, as well renovated rooms including newly designed signature suites and “the region’s very first vegan rooms”, offering  “compassionate design, sustainable bedding, plant based in-room dining options and cruelty-free bath amenities”.

The hotel features 12 dining venues including the one-Michelin-starred Talea by Antonio Guida, as well as Episodes, described as “a tea apothecary, a deli, a cake shop and a gelateria”.

Other facilities include two swimming pools, hotel gardens and a private marina, while the new 1,500 sqm spa is now home to exclusive Acqua di Parma Barbiere services and retail products, as well as skincare products by Tata Harper and Oto.

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Commenting on the rebranding, James Riley, chief executive of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, said:

“Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental, Abu Dhabi marks a milestone for our brand and confirms our commitment to the region. The palace is a globally recognised landmark in the UAE and we are delighted to manage a property with such rich historical and cultural relevance.”

Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental joins the group’s existing Middle Eastern hotels in Doha, Dubai, Marrakesh and Riyadh, with a forthcoming Kuwait property set to open by 2028.

Mandarin Oriental to debut in Kuwait by 2028

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