Middle Eastern hotels go wild for design

by | Jun 26, 2018 | Design

Some new hotels in the Middle East are employing daring design to get clients through their doors.

The Middle East has long been an alluring place in terms of design, but some new hotels in the region are really breaking the mould. Check out some of the zany, wacky and avant-garde hotels in the Middle East.

Mondrian Doha, Qatar

For hoteliers looking to lure guests to their property with cutting edge design, extravagant scenes and Instagram-friendly frames, take a leaf out of Mondrian Doha’s book. This property is almost fantastical in its design, and is heavy on bold patterns at a scale that verges on the surreal. Guests are transported to worlds that swing between Willy Wonka, Disney and Salvador Dali, with a dining room fit for a princess, or a swimming pool area straight out of a decadent Tiffany store. Designed by  Marcel Wanders, this lavish hotel also features a 24K gold elevator and 211 rooms and 59 suites designed in an opulent fashion over the hotel’s 24 floors. The hotel is also home to two new restaurants run by internationally renowned chefs, the Morimoto Doha helmed by Japanese chef Masaharu Morimoto, and CUT by Wolfgang Puck. For those with a sweet tooth, the famous Magnolia Bakery also has an outpost at the Mondrian, so guests are spoilt for choice.

W Amman, Jordan

Often leading the pack in terms of cool hotel design is W Hotels, and their latest offering in the Jordanian capital of Amman is no different. This stunning tower commands the city’s skyline, and its rooftop pool treats guests to unparalleled views out over the city. The design of the hotel is intended to reflect the modern spirit of Jordan, where old meets new and the country’s history and traditions are evoked in the bold design. This is most evident in the lobby and reception area, which channels the captivating ancient site of Petra by inviting guests to enter the hotel through an intriguing canyon reminiscent of Petra, which itself is just a few hours away. The hotel boasts 280 guest rooms which have floor to ceiling windows, making the most of the panoramic scenes beyond the hotel.

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, Oman

Luxuriate in the decadent surroundings of desert canyon in this stunning resort in Oman. The views out over the canyon are more than impressive, and the 82 guest rooms and 33 private pool villas all benefit from expansive panoramas out over the natural formations of the lands. The scenery provides a dramatic backdrop for the minimal design of the guest rooms and villas, which are decked out with a neutral palette that echoes the dry landscape beyond. The hotel also has a spectacular infinity pool, where guests can relax in one of the highest hotels in the world. Another draw for guests are the numerous hikes and trails that can be undertaken in the area.


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