Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Pierre-Rochon design Four Seasons Bahrain

Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay announced its scheduled opening in early 2015 at the center of the capital city of Manama.

When completed, Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay will rise 68 stories above the bay on its own 12 acre oval-shaped manmade island. At its base, architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill conceived a layout of restaurants, meeting spaces, a spa complex and landscaped pools, terraces and gardens. In the tower will be 273 rooms and suites – all with panoramic views – and a two-level sky bridge housing restaurants and event spaces.

Interiors by Pierre-Rochon will have modern technologies. The inspiration came from the ocean liners of the 1930s, realized here in modern lines with Art Deco accents and a calming color palette. Attention was paid to lighting design, transforming spaces from day to night and taking full advantage of the hotel's natural light.

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Throughout the hotel, contemporary local culture will be celebrated in a collection of works by Bahraini artists, including a series of ceramic tiles depicting the region's ancient Dilmun Culture by Huda Al Saie.

Featuring either Manama's skyline or the expanse of the Arabian Gulf, the hotel's 216 guestrooms and 57 suites will offer the fully customizable Four Seasons Bed; and in-room technologies. The property will also have fully-supervised Kids for All Seasons program and teen's game room, 24-hour business center and the six prayer rooms located throughout the hotel.

Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay will offer seven dining and drinking concepts, with menus overseen by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, and the hotel's own executive chef Stefano Andreoli. Among the dining venues will be Asian Cuisine, the 50th floor nightspot Blue Moon Lounge; and the CUT Bar & Lounge.

Four additional dining and lounge venues will be available, including: Bahrain Bay Kitchen, located one level down from the main lobby and conceived by EDG; Bay-View Lounge, designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon, boasting panoramic city views; Vento, designed by A-list Hollywood designer Waldo Fernandez; and Azure, which is a lounge/bar.

There will be five pools available. The Free Form Infinity Pool is nearly 10,000 square feet, and will include an underwater sound system, poolside services and all-day refreshments from the adjacent Vento, enjoyed on the terrace or delivered to one's lounge chair. The kids' pool is located in the Kids' Club is a shallow splash pool. The Azure Pool will be an exclusive retreat for adults, complete with private air-conditioned cabanas. The Saltwater Experience will be an enclosed swimming area open to guests 16 years and older. Meanwhile, the indoor spa pool will be part of the hotel's spa complex, with a 82 foot indoor pool.

At 37,512 square feet, the Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay will be one of the largest in the global Four Seasons portfolio.  Pierre Yves-Rochon created a series of pavilions linked by modern mashrabiya (traditional screened windows seen throughout the Arab world) and surrounded by gardens. There will be a separate unisex and women's only facilities, including two fitness centers.  Additional spa facilities will include complimentary fitness classes, two relaxation lounges with juice bars, locker rooms, whirlpool, a beauty salon and barber shop and the indoor spa pool.

The property will have more than 38,000 square feet of event space. Two naturally-lit ballrooms include the 10,172-square-foot Bahrain Ballroom and large pre-function space, divisible by three and with a total capacity of 750 for a reception or 540 for a banquet.  It will open onto a terrace and the oval-shaped Bahrain Lawn with cityscape views. The more intimate Manama Ballroom will have 4,736 square feet of space, plus pre function space divisible by two, accommodating up to 220 for a reception, or 200 for a banquet.

Four meeting rooms and two boardrooms will be located in the Sky Bridge on the 50th and 51st floors, offering views and exclusivity.

In addition to divisible ballrooms to accommodate the local custom, the property will have have the Kingdom's only enclosed music studio to pipe live music into the ballrooms, offering brides their own suite throughout their big day, including a private entrance, photography room, pantry and separate living room and companion suite.

Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay will join the soon-to-open Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach and Four Seasons Hotel Doha as the brand's collection of Arabian Gulf properties continues to expand. 

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