Edamah brings Accor’s Mantis brand to Bahrain

Rock formations in Bahrain’s Hawar Island

Bahrain’s first eco-friendly, luxury property is expected open in 2024 in partnership with Edamah (Bahrain Real Estate Investment Company), the real – estate arm of Mumtalakat Holding Company, the sovereign wealth fund of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The Mantis Bahrain Hawar Island Hotel & Resort will be the first environmentally focused resort in Bahrain and, as part of the Accor group, the first Mantis hotel to open in the Middle East.

Situated a 45-minute boat ride from mainland Bahrain on the UNESCO-recognised Hawar Island, the property will be surrounded by a wildlife sanctuary home to an array of different species including Arabian oryx, sand gazelles, endangered dugongs, and multi-coloured coral reefs, each a credit to the island’s rich natural history. Immersed entirely within nature, the resort offers the chance to stay in overwater villas and sleep under the stars.

Ensuring that the island’s pristine environment remains undisturbed by the new hotel build, the resort will implement a number of systems to sort and reuse biodegradable waste, and continually rework technologies to reduce its energy and water use. Incorporating luxurious accommodation and adventure activities on its doorstep, alongside authentic and sustainable visitor experiences, the property will be an exciting addition to the destination’s accommodation portfolio.

Mantis was founded in 2000 by global entrepreneur and conservationist Adrian Gardiner, and features a diverse collection of extraordinary destinations around the globe. Since joining forces in 2018, Accor and Mantis have worked together to take on new opportunities to welcome guests in authentic curated Hotels, Eco-Lodges and Waterways while prioritising the cause of sustainability and to promote further appreciation of the natural environment across every unique destination.

Situated on the West coast of the Hawar Island, the property will be surrounded by a wildlife sanctuary, making it one of the first such environmentally focused projects and a one-of-a-kind destination in the Middle East. Visitors will enjoy the island’s biodiversity, which includes sand Gazelles, Arabian Oryx, multicoloured coral reefs, and endangered Dugongs. The island is also a delight for birdwatchers, attracting various migratory birds, particularly Socotra Cormorants.

Once open, the hotel & resort will feature 72 keys, along with 5 dining concepts and extensive sports and leisure facilities, such as an Adventure Park, a tennis court, a bike track, and a waterpark. Additionally, the property will have its own helipad. The property will feature two main concepts: the beach resort, which will encompass luxury accommodation units coupled with chill out zones, bars and coffee stations, meditation spaces, and other social areas for adventure and sports enthusiasts. Guests can choose from a variety of recreational activities such as morning hikes, beach walks, outdoor beach yoga sessions, and water sports.