Anantara to launch in Saudi Arabia

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by Patrick Ryan | Published 3 years ago

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Minor Hotels has announced that it will be opening its luxury Anantara brand in Saudi Arabia.

Sheikh Salah al Belawi and William E Heinecke - Anantara Jeddah Resort handshake

Sheikh Salah al Belawi and William E Heinecke sign the deal for the Anantara Jedda Resort

The Anantara Jeddah Resort will be situated on the waterfront in Obhur in the northern district of the city, it is expected that the property will have 226 guest rooms and 102 villas.

William E Heinecke, chairman and CEO of Minor International, said: “We are delighted to announce Anantara Jeddah which represents Minor Hotels’ debut in Saudi Arabia and grows our presence in the GCC to four countries.

“Minor Hotels has been looking for the right opportunity to expand into Saudi Arabia and we are pleased to be partnering with SAB Group to launch our luxury Anantara brand in this key strategic market.”

The property, as mentioned by Heinecke, is owned by the SAB Group and previously was a luxury residential compound.

Facilities will include a range of dining options with indoor and outdoor seating, swimming pool and fitness  areas, a kids’ and teens’ club, as well as a library.

Wellness and spa facilities are a prominent feature of the project. Anantara will be providing a series of wellness packages as part of their Balance programme – this includes detox, de-stress, weight management, anti-aging and rejuvenation to go alongside therapies including ayurveda, hammam and reflexology.

Guests will be able to avail of a number of wellness cuisine and healthy cooking classes and activities including yoga, pilates and tai chi. In addition to this, the resort is expected to offer a regular programme of wellness-focused educational workshops and special events.

Sheikh Salah al Belawi, chairman of the SAB Group, said: “We are excited to bring the concept, experience and legacy of Minor Hotels through their flagship ‘Anantara Hotels and Resorts’ to Jeddah. The concept of a health and wellness resort is long overdue in KSA and our Obhor property lends itself to such a concept.

“We, at SAB Group, are very delighted to partner with Minor Hotels and host the Anantara brand. This venture subscribes to our Think Ahead philosophy and to our futuristic steps towards achieving Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030.”

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