Accor to build health resort
The UAE-based Belhoul Group and the international French hospitality group, Accor, will build and manage the region's first wellness and thalassotherapy resort to be located on The Palm, Jumeirah. The 400-room resort complex will be situated on the second plot of The Palm's trunk and will occupy 20,000 square metres.The five-star resort will be developed by the Belhoul Group and situated on the world's largest man-made island. The resort will offer a complete package for guests seeking to combine the utmost in hotel service and unique location, while experiencing a 'wellness' ambience through the most advanced techniques in internal and external health and fitness. Faisal Belhoul, CEO of Belhoul Group Holdings LLC cited Accor's vast experience and its network of hotels and travel agencies, while Christophe Landais, regional director Middle East at Accor, highlighted Belhoul's position as one of the leading health/wellness providers in the UAE. "Together we will bring about a truly unique concept in that wellness and hospitality are combined to create synergy, allowing us to cater to the needs of the growing health/wellness travel niche market as well as the entire tourism market", explained Faisal Belhoul. The French group Accor is one of the biggest hotel operators in the world with more than 400,000 rooms in 90 countries and new properties being added to the portfolio every day. "The Palm,has proved to be a major draw for hotel operators from across the globe. We welcome this new resort from Belhoul/Accor", commented Saif Sultan A1 Shamsi, managing director commercial at The Palm.