Conservation-focused hotel brand Mantis to enter Middle East

by | 16 Sep 2021 | Hotel Projects, Projects

Bringing together the worlds of luxury travel and ecotourism, Mantis Bahrain Hawar Island Hotel & Resort will celebrate the incredible biodiversity of its setting when it launches in 2024.

The forthcoming Mantis Bahrain Hawar Island Hotel & Resort will incorporate a host of sustainable practices.

An ecotourism experience in Bahrain

Accor has signed a deal to open a Mantis property, fusing luxury with ecotourism and adventure, on Bahrain’s Hawar Island in 2024. For this breath-taking new site, it’s partnering with Bahrain Real Estate Investment Company (Edamah), the real estate arm of the country’s sovereign wealth fund.

Global entrepreneur and conservationist Adrian Gardiner founded Mantis in 2000, with the brand joining forces with Accor in 2018 to create new properties prioritising sustainability and promoting appreciation of each location’s natural surroundings.

Hawar Island is a 45-minute boat ride from mainland Bahrain. Guests will be able to experience this beautiful destination from overwater villas providing direct access to the sea.

“We are looking forward to partnering with Accor to open the first Mantis brand in Bahrain on Hawar Island and welcoming visitors from across the region with the traditional warm hospitality that Bahrain is known for,” said Edamah CEO Amin Alarrayed. “The island’s pristine environment has been virtually undisturbed, resulting in a vibrant ecosystem which will appeal to nature lovers. Our aim is to showcase this natural beauty while focusing on sustainability to preserve it for future generations.”

Sustainable luxury and adventure

The new Mantis property will be surrounded by a wildlife sanctuary. Hawar Island is internationally renowned for its biodiversity, which includes sand gazelles, Arabian oryx, coral reefs, dugongs and Socotra cormorants.

On opening, the 72-key hotel and resort will encompass five dining concepts, a helipad and a range of sports and leisure facilities such as an adventure park, tennis court, bike track and waterpark. During their stay, guests will be able to take part in activities like morning hikes, beach walks, water sports and beach yoga.

The scheme will be developed to reflect Mantis’ sustainable and environmentally aware approach. Biodegradable food waste will be reused, other waste will be carefully sorted, and water and energy use will be minimised with the help of cutting-edge technology.

“We are noticing that travellers are now more than ever looking for authentic experiences when travelling, while remaining conscious of the environment,” said Mark Willis, CEO of Accor India, Middle East, Africa and Turkey. “In fact, they are becoming even more aware of the impact that an increase in tourism has on the environment and heritage sites, which puts sustainability at the centre of seasoned travellers’ decision-making.”

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