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Banyan Tree Desert Spa And Resort, Al Areen Unveils Oasis Of Tranqulity

9th April 2006


Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts, one of the world’s leading luxury resort and spa operators have unveiled their first Middle East property in the Kingdom of Bahrain, under the auspices of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa who appointed His Excellency Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Salman Al Khalifa, Minister of the Royal Court as the guest of honor.

Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Salman Al Khalifa was received by Sheikh Ahmed bin Ali Al Khalifa (Chairman of Al Areen Holding Company B.S.C), Essam Janahi (Vice Chairman of Al Areen), Mr. HO Kwon Ping (Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts) and senior management from their respective companies.

Nestled in the heart of the desert the specially commissioned resort, boasts one of the most luxurious and extensive spa resorts in the world. Offering travel connoisseurs a new address, the property is part of the prestigious, Al Areen development.

Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts will operate the property under a long-term management agreement.

“Banyan Tree Desert Spa and Resort, Al Areen is aimed at raising the bar of hospitality and wellness in the Kingdom of Bahrain in addition to adding considerable value to its investment landscape" said Sheikh Ahmed bin Ali Al Khalifa, Chairman of Al Areen Holding Company B.S.C. “Furthermore, its distinctive project positioning in the regional hospitality sector will also add a new dimension to tourism in the Middle East.”

“As a global luxury chain, representation in the Middle East is crucial for Banyan Tree. The Al Areen development of which Banyan Tree Al Areen is a part, provides an ideal launch platform into the region,” said Mr. HO Kwon Ping, Banyan Tree’s Executive Chairman. “Our association with Al Areen Holding Company B.S.C. is the latest and largest to date in a series of strategic partnerships with resort developments in the Middle East. It will help us further consolidate our growing presence in the region”

Understated Charm and Elegance
A majestic silhouette on the Arabia horizon, Banyan Tree Al Areen presents a total of 78-luxuriously appointed villas; 56 one-bedroom Desert Pool Villas, each 400 sqm (4305 sqft) and 22 two-bedroom Royal Pool Villas each spanning 740 sqm (7965 sqft) and featuring private open-air swimming and jet pools, over-sized infinity bath tubs and sprawling master bedrooms. Capturing the essence of Arabia, each villa is designed to incorporate an intimate fusion of traditional Middle Eastern and contemporary Asian architecture. The interior effortlessly combines arabesque style furnishings with elegant far eastern fabrics, wrapping guests in sheer luxury and total tranquillity.

Arabian Opulence
Banyan Tree Al Areen offers fully-fledged five star facilities, including six international restaurants, the signature being Saffron which floats majestically on a lake serving contemporary Thai cuisine and extensive meeting and banqueting facilities, which lend themselves to a range of events from corporate retreats to weddings, a comprehensive fitness and wellness centre boasting, two-tennis courts, a squash court, separate male and female gymnasiums, with the latest cardiovascular and fitness equipment, a kids club and an indoor lap and outdoor free form swimming pool. The highlight is Banyan Tree Spa Al Areen.

Designed with inspiration from the gardens of the Royal Arabian palaces, the resort boasts the Middle East’s largest spa and hydrotherapy area, 10 000 sqm, (107 640 sqft) a world first in terms of size, design and treatments. The development features twelve Deluxe and four Royal Spa Pavilions, the world’s first Garden Hammam, Banyan Tree Spa Hydrothermal Garden and extensive fitness and wellness facilities. Banyan Tree Gallery will offer unique cultural souvenirs inspired by the ancient Arabian culture and traditions and a range of specially designed natural Banyan Tree spa products.

Diverse Attractions
Bahrain, the hidden pearl of the Middle East is an archipelago of islands situated in the Arabian Gulf with a unique blend of ancient and modern values.

Banyan Tree Desert Spa and Resort, Al Areen is situated in the southwest of the Kingdom of Bahrain, in the prestigious Al Areen development. The resort is only a 35-minute drive from Bahrain International Airport and five minutes away from the world-famous Bahrain International Circuit. Discover the roots of this ancient island believed by many to be the home of the ‘Garden of Eden’ and be immersed in the arts, history, and cuisine and warm Arabian culture. Equally enchanting is the wind-caressed desert landscape with its rolling sand dunes and unique flora and fauna. Activities in the area include falconry, pearl diving, horse and camel riding, off road driving, Formula BMW racing experience, golf and shopping.

For reservation or enquiries please contact ++ 973 17845 000. Reservations can also be made through the award-winning website at, www.banyantree.com