Okura initiates Omani footprint

Japan-headquartered Hotel Okura Co Ltd is planning a first Okura Hotels & Resorts brand hotel in Oman with a site in the country’s capital.

Okura Resort Muscat will open in 2027 in Muscat and will also be the first Japanese-branded hotel in Oman.

Omani-Japanese fusion

The company has contracted Saud Bahwan Group to manage the new property, which will offer a total of 150 guestrooms, each with a standard area of approximately 50 sq m.

The lobby and other public spaces will be designed in a fusion of Omani and Japanese styles and traditions. A variety of dining options will be available, including all-day dining, teppanyaki and other Japanese cuisine, and western-style fine dining. The hotel will also offer seven banquet and meeting rooms for a variety of occasions, as well as indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a spa, and a gymnasium.

Middle East expansion

Toshihiro Ogita, president, Hotel Okura Co Ltd, commented: “We are delighted that the Okura Group will be bringing the Okura brand to the Sultanate of Oman. This expansion into the Middle East will create a new base for the Okura Group as we seek to raise the profile of Okura Nikko Hotels in the region.

“We are confident that this hotel will allow us to better cater to our customers in the region, both those on business and those vacationing, by introducing them to the Japanese art of hospitality in Oman.”

Finest experiences

Mohammed Saud Bahwan, chairman, Saud Bahwan Group, added, “It gives me immense joy to be partnering with the globally-renowned Okura Nikko Hotels. Saud Bahwan Group has been closely associated with Japanese brands for several years. Through the Okura Resort Muscat luxury hotel, we aim to offer customers in Oman and from around the world the finest experiences inspired by Japanese hospitality.”

The Okura brand has several Asian properties already in the pipeline, including: Okura Resort & Spa Phu Quoc, adding 200 keys to Vietnam in 2027; the 181-room Hotel Okura Jakarta arriving in the Indonesian capital in Q1 2025; preceded by 380-key Hotel Okura Manila Bayshore landing in the Philippines in Q2 2024.