Family ties ... the poolside at the Elite Suites Hotel.

Elite Suites Hotel has opened soon in the prestigious Seef Area to cater to family and business tourism needs in Bahrain and in the Gulf as its quiet ambiance with no night clubs or alcohol represent an ideal place for families.

The first non-alcoholic outlet in Bahrain is expected to provide five-star services and become an ideal place for families and business people.

Rafiq Khairallah, general manager of the hotel said: "Raphael has been launched to meet the increasing demand of family oriented tourism services by providing top-class accommodation and dining facilities which provide the best of the oriental and Arab cuisines."

The state of the art design and concept of the entire premises including rooms and suites along with the location of the hotel and the facilities and amenities, make it a highly desirable retreat for the discerning traveller.

Himanshu Gandhi, director of operations of the group said: "Raphael Hotel comes in line with the prestigious services, we are offering in Seef Residence and Elite Luxury Apartments. It also holds testimony to our emphasis on promotion of family tourism and implementation of the government policies, aiming to encourage more family oriented tourism activities in Bahrain."

He added that the hotel would be carrying out a promotion campaign in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states to promote the unique family services provided by Elite Suites Hotel.

Ghandi said that the $25 million hotel includes 215 suits and it was developed by Sir Ghulam Noon and Dadabhai Group.

The management trained a 50-strong Bahraini workforce to provide services to guests.