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Design firm HBA Collaborates with Three Luxury Middle East Hotels

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

St. Regis Saadiyat IslandDubai, United Arab Emirates – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

Three unique new lifestyle experiences at Grand Hyatt Dubai headline global hospitality interior design leader HBA’s latest revolutionary projects in the Middle East, hot on the heels of the prestigious new St. Regis address in Abu Dhabi.

Grand Hyatt Dubai has commissioned three distinctive concepts for Ahasees Spa and Club, multi-event venue AL Manzil and The Living Room bar lounge complex.

In the thoughtful redesign and expansion of Ahasees Spa and Club, HBA has brought beauty and solitude to create an oasis away from city life. Much like a painter, HBA dipped its brush into the local palette to design a clean and textural refuge for the expansive pool, spa and wellness facilities. Tactile soft surfaces were created using silk wall paneling and leather on staircase handrails and reception tabletops. In the relaxation rooms, a sanctuary of calm prevails as customized stone-cut angled walls remind guests of the rich local culture.

HBA also delved deep into local cultural, artistry, craft and lifestyle when designing Al Manzil, Grand Hyatt Dubai’s multi-event venue for meetings and events. It feels like a residential home, housing six venues including meeting rooms, a lounge, family room, conservatory and open show kitchen in the dining room. In local culture, Arabic homes are often built around a central courtyard. Similarly, guests enter Al Manzil through grand timber-paneled doors into a central courtyard.

The Living Room bar and lounge reflects the energy and vibrancy of Dubai’s eclectic mix of diverse cultures spanning the Middle East, Europe and Asia in a melting pot of style. The central bar is composed of textured metal extending into each of the living rooms, leading to a ceiling of light boxes with color changing LEDs. Artwork creates dimension and unique vision, notably framing food as art, with a cheese room flanked by wine towers within a larger picture frame. Hollywood glamour plays a role with iconic images by UK-based artist Julia Brooker in collaboration with famed London photographer Gianni Mosella.

In neighboring Abu Dhabi, HBA has combined Mediterranean style with Arabic influences for the first St. Regis Hotel in the Middle East, St. Regis Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi. Timeless elegance underlines the 380-room hotel located on the pristine white natural beach of Saadiyat, a beautiful natural island just 20 minutes from Abu Dhabi International airport and seven minutes from downtown Abu Dhabi.

In contrast, The St. Regis Nation Towers offers a defining urban hotel experience in Abu Dhabi. The distinctive addition to the Abu Dhabi skyline is an ultra-sleek glass and steel landmark of two skyscrapers linked by the world’s highest sky bridge. The St. Regis Nation Towers occupies the top floors of the smaller tower with 228 distinctive guestrooms and 55 grand suites, including one on the connecting bridge.

HBA has been increasingly active in the Middle East since opening a dedicated new office in Dubai in 2000. High-end projects have also included Taj Palace Dubai, Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anatara, Ritz Carlton Dubai and Amethyst Lounge Beirut.

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