AHEAD Middle East & Africa 2017 Hotel Design Awards
The winners of this year’s AHEAD Hotel Design Awards for the Middle East and Africa have been announced and as we enter the middle of winter, it’s giving us serious holiday envy. Take a look at some of the stunning designs that are making us double check winter flight prices.
The awards celebrate various aspects of hospitality design, with entries assessed on aesthetics, guest experience and commercial viability by a panel of judges comprising leading hoteliers, architects and interior designers.
AHEAD MEA HOTEL OF THE YEAR – The Four Seasons Hotel Dubai International Financial Centre
The grand hotel in Dubai, designed by Tihany Design, took the Hotel Of The Year Award and also the Urban Hotel Award for bringing a “genuinely new sense of intimate luxury” to the Dubai hotel industry.
The Four Seasons Hotel Dubai International Financial Centre
Jumeirah Al Naseem – Dubai
The five star hotel by Woods Bagot and DSGN was praised for blending indoor and outdoor spaces as well as the use of sliding screens to create rooms within rooms. The earned them the Guestrooms Award and the Resort Hotel Award.
The Jumeirah Al Naseem – Guestrooms and Resort Hotel – AHEAD
Belmond Eagle Island Lodge – Botswana
This hotel won the award for Lodges and Tented Camps due to it’s careful consideration of the location along the Okavango Delta, part of the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The Belmond Eagle Island Lodge – Botswana – AHEAD
Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort – Oman
The winner of the Spa and Wellness category went to the Anantara Spa, which is on a cliffside. Yes please.
Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar – Oman – AHEAD
The Six Senses Zil Pasyon Resort – Seychelles
This stunning hotel (we think it’s our favourite) in the classically luxurious destination of the Seychelles won two awards; Landscape and Outdoor Spaces Award and also the Suites Award. Designed by Studio RHE, the resort won plaudits for its “seamless and sustainable” integration into the landscape.
The Six Senses Zil Pasyon Resort – Seychelles – AHEAD
Ibis One Central Hotel’s Cubano Lito Bar – Dubai
The Bar, Club or Lounge Award was won (strangly enough) by an Ibis Hotel for its Cubano Lito bringing an essence of Havana.
Room Mate Emir – Istanbul