Future design collaboration at Jumeirah Al Sahel Resort & Spa in Bahrain
GM Architects has announced the future interior design and collaboration with the Jumeirah Al Sahel Resort & Spa in Bahrain, in association with DSA architects, the first 5-star retreat resort of its kind to open in the area, set to launch by the end of 2019.
The Lebanese architectural firm specialising in the field of high-end tourism, notably in the creation of luxury hotels and resorts, is the only architecture and design company in the Middle East to regularly work with Accor, Rotana, Starwood, Marriott and Jumeirah.
The Jumeirah Al Sahel Resort & Spa will be an impressive resort secluded from the city, which will offer a retreat style stay for local and foreign visitors looking for exclusivity. The resort will feature a variety of accommodation and entertainment options for its guests; including both room and villa accommodation, as well as family restaurants, a cinema, a teen room, kids club, conference centres, a juice bar, several bars and lounges and luxurious spa facilities.
GM Architects envisions new interiors for the Jumeirah Resort and Spa. The new face of the hotel is deeply rooted in local traditions and lifestyle, and embedded with a vision of modern luxury.
The design by GM Architects is a representation of the journey taken by pearl traders for millennia beginning in the heart of the city, a place of cultural exchange and lively interactions, to Bahrain’s shores, scattered with fishing huts and where life is intertwined with the sea, and finally on to the vast ocean on board a traditional boat or “Banoosh” in search of pearls and new worlds.
Visitors to the hotel will experience this journey as they move through the hotel’s diverse spaces, each which tells a part of one whole story. The architects’ main goal was to create a unique place through a holistic approach keeping very close contact with the local culture, all while assuring a relaxing and luxurious environment in line with the high standards of the Jumeirah hotels.
The main lobby is a direct invitation to enter this journey, with a welcoming glimpse of the sea in the distance, and a spectacular glass lighting installation which hangs above a seating area ‘Majlis’, which suggests oceanic elements like sea foam, pearls, and a light breeze. Approaching the outer façade, the visitor will pass by a water mirror that links the inside with the outside nature, as well as large bookshelves carrying objects and books as if gathered from a global explorer. Further in to the hotel this vision of pearl traders, intercultural references, and seafarers flows naturally with the elegant and contemporary atmosphere that GM Architects’ is known for.
For the design of the lobby, certain private rooms, the ballrooms and the business center, GM Architects has taken direct influence from the surrounding city. Creating each space to reflect an inherent part of the local city life, such as the bustling streets, the houses with local architecture and aesthetics influenced by far away Eastern cultures, decorated with lattices and foreign materials.
The light-filled interiors of the ballrooms for instance are inspired by a wind tower, with high ceilings naturally illuminated above and adorned with meticulous geometric carvings.
In addition, GM Architects has added details around the hotel that are inspired by the local arts and crafts such as the hanging glass installation that follows you up the stairs, as well as the aesthetic of weaving grass native to the area.