Four Seasons to convert historic Moroccan castle

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is partnering with Atlantic Coast Hospitality, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi-based real estate development firm Q Holding, for a development in Rabat, Morocco.

Four Seasons Hotel Rabat at Kasr Al Bahr will result from the conversion of Kasr Al Bahr, meaning ‘castle of the sea’, which was built as a royal summer palace in the 19th century, later becoming a military hospital prior to closing in 1999.

Extensive renovations

Anticipated to open later this year following extensive renovations of the five-hectare (12-acre) cliffside retreat, the historic property will feature 204 rooms and suites overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

The hotel will feature seven restaurants and lounges; a spa with treatment rooms and an indoor pool; several outdoor resort-style pools; as well as expansive conference and event space. The site’s restoration has been led by Moroccan-based architect Karim Chakor of META Atelier d’Architecture, while Roger Nazarian and Associates have been selected to lead the property’s interior design, and landscaping.

Luxury experience

Bart Carnahan, president, global business development and portfolio management, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, said: “As Four Seasons continues to grow its presence in Morocco, we are proud to build upon the success of our existing properties in Marrakech and Casablanca while introducing a complementary experience, this time in the nation’s capital city.

“We are honoured that our partners at Atlantic Coast Hospitality have chosen Four Seasons as the stewards of Kasr Al Bahr, and we look forward to introducing guests to this dynamic destination through a new luxury hospitality experience marked by our renowned personalised service and quality excellence.”

Malik Awan, director, Q Holding, added: “As we transform Kasr Al Bahr for the future, we are proud to showcase Rabat’s history and culture while creating a world-class hospitality experience for all who visit. Four Seasons is the ideal partner for this important project, and together we are dedicated to honouring this exceptional property while offering guests the service and experiences they have grown to expect from this legendary brand.”

African additions

Four Seasons Hotel Rabat at Kasr Al Bahr will join Four Seasons growing collection of properties in Morocco, including Four Seasons Resort Marrakech, Four Seasons Hotel Casablanca and Four Seasons Private Residences Marrakech at M Avenue.

Elsewhere in Africa, the group has two projects underway in Egypt. Four Seasons Madinaty will arrive in a northeast suburb of Cairo in Q1 2025. The six storey hotel will encompass 346 keys.

Due to complete in the same quarter, Four Seasons Hotel Luxor will be located just south of Luxor Temple in the historic city. With 200 guestrooms and suites, the site will feature several restaurant and bar outlets, a spa, a fitness facility, multiple pools, luxury retail, a ‘Kids For All Seasons’ program and a young adults centre, as well as 1,300 sq m of meeting and event space.