New beginnings with Jumeirah Messilah

Poolside at the brand new Jumeirah Messilah Kuwait

THE iconic Messilah Beach Hotel reopened its doors as the Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa earlier this year.

As part of the Jumeirah Group, the property will bring an exciting set of new experiences interlaced with heritage and history to its guests. The hotel is built on the site where the Messilah Beach Hotel stood for more than three decades and features aspects of Arabic architecture in a contemporary setting.

General manager Mark Griffiths said, “The Messilah Beach Hotel was popular with locals and visitors to Kuwait alike, and was at the heart of the community. The Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa will continue that tradition whilst offering levels of service and a range of experiences unrivalled in Kuwait. With 316 rooms and suites, 80 residential suites and 12 villas within 10 minutes drive of Kuwait International Airport, the hotel will cater for both business and leisure travellers.

“Its enviable position on the beach, exceptional dining choices, and comprehensive banqueting and business facilities will appeal to the most discerning guests seeking the very best for their stay in Kuwait.”

The hotel offers an extensive selection of conference and banqueting facilities which are equipped with the latest communications technology. The sumptuous purpose-built wedding hall has a 1,950 sq m ballroom and private bridal suite. It can be divided up with sliding walls as required. There are two 405 sq m meeting rooms along with five 75 sq m break-out rooms.

“Jumeirah is a well-known brand within the Kuwait market. Its strong presence in the UAE in hotels, serviced residences, restaurants, and spas has particularly helped to build its reputation within the GCC as a whole, as the premier luxury hotel brand,” said Griffiths.

“Our key source markets currently are Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, USA, UK, GCC countries, the Netherlands, Germany, Egypt, India and South Korea.”

Messilah, derived from the word Massiyalah, denotes a low-lying area where waters merge and flow into the sea. Water features can be found throughout the hotel, as water is inherent to our identity. Water flows from our central lobby through the building to connect with streams, channels and fountains in the gardens. Water is also reflected in a series of striking sculptures and in the interior design of the hotel.

Another key design feature is the use of traditional oriel windows of Mashrabiya design which can be found around the hotel. Mashrabiya screens are also fitted in the bedrooms and can be pulled across the windows to provide privacy and shade from the sun. By blending tradition and heritage with contemporary design, the hotel has created an ambience which is familiar, and at the same time, exciting and new.

“A personal favourite space is the Reef room, a hidden haven in our hotel. With its impressive underwater designs featuring over 7,500,000 million mosaic tiles, the room provides a comfortable retreat in a unique setting,” said Griffiths.

He further added, “Kuwait has an extremely competitive tourism sector and market wherein tourism and hospitality-related product and service providers are fighting to get a lion’s share of the market by meeting the needs and requirements of today’s sophisticated and discerning customers.

“Our rates will be in line with other five star hotels here, though we will be offering a level of luxury and service which has not been seen before in the Kuwait market. We have taken bookings for exhibitions and are currently arranging incentive packages for summer and government groups for the final quarter of 2013. We also have opening and summer offers which will be valid until August 31, 2013,”he concluded.