Minor Hotel Group is expanding in the GCC with the development of Anantara Durrat Al Bahrain Resort in partnership with Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company (Mumtalakat), the investment arm of the Kingdom of Bahrain.
The resort will be in Durrat Al Bahrain, the Kingdom’s second-largest island development, which has been created across a cluster of 15 islands. The hotel will be the first hospitality component in Durrat Al Bahrain, and will be an integrated destination project for leisure, business, and MICE guests visiting the Kingdom of Bahrain. The master development will include 2,000 beachfront villas, 3,600 executive apartments and offices, parks and entertainment precincts, retail malls and restaurants, along with a 400-berth marina. 1,000 waterfront villas have already been completed as part of Phase 1 of the development.
Slated to open in 2018, Anantara Durrat Al Bahrain Resort will have a total of 220 rooms, including Lagoon View and Lagoon Access rooms, Beach Pool Villas and Overwater Pool Villas.
In a statement, William E. Heinecke, chairman & CEO of Minor International, noted that Minor Hotel Group is expanding its footprint in the Middle East and wider MEA region, especially with the Anantara brand. Beyond the 10 Anantara properties already operating in the MEA, the group also has six properties in the pipeline in five countries in the region. Two Anantara resorts are in the final stages of development in Oman and three new Anantara resorts were announced earlier this year to open in the region in 2017/18 in the UAE, Tunisia and Morocco.
Overall, Anantara currently has a portfolio of 34 hotels and resorts in operation in ten countries across Asia, the Indian Ocean, Africa and the Middle East, along with a pipeline of more than ten properties in multiple countries. Minor Hotel Group has a portfolio of 134 hotels and resorts in 22 countries across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, South America, Africa and the Indian Ocean.