Hilton Hotels plans to launch the luxury Conrad brand in Manama in 2011. The property will be built on Reef Island, the land-reclamation project off the coast of Bahrain’s capital.
The hotel, located a short distance from Manama’s central business district and easily accessible from the international airport, will have 250 rooms and 50 apartments, as well as three restaurants, two bars a coffee shop and a shisha café. Fitness facilities will include a tennis court, squash court, swimming pool and health club.
Ross Klein, global head of luxury and lifestyle brands at Hilton, said: “The Conrad Bahrain epitomises the Conrad lifestyle with its high-tech offerings, distinct modern design, best-in-class service and customised experiences.”
Jean-Paul Herzog, president of the Middle East and Africa region at Hilton, said the new hotel will target the corporate market, adding that Bahrain’s tourism industry saw a 15 per cent increase in visitors in 2008. Conrad Bahrain’s meeting facilities will include a business centre and six meeting rooms.
Elsewhere in the region, the Conrad Dubai and the Conrad Abu Dhabi are set to open in late 2010 and mid 2011 respectively. In China, the Conrad Shanghai was due to open this year (see online news, September 7) but has been delayed until early 2010.
Report by Sara Turner