Four Seasons to launch new luxury hotel in Moroccan capital

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and Atlantic Coast Hospitality, a key subsidiary of Abu Dhabi developer Q Holding, will be jointly opening a luxury hotel, Four Seasons Hotel Rabat at Kasr Al Bahr, later this year, following its extensive renovation.

Global hospitality major Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and Atlantic Coast Hospitality, a unit of Abu Dhabi-based real estate development firm Q Holding, will be opening a luxury hotel - Four Seasons Hotel Rabat at Kasr Al Bahr - later this year, following its extensive renovation.
Kasr Al Bahr, meaning “castle of the sea,” was built as a sprawling royal summer palace in the 19th century overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, which later became a military hospital prior to closing in 1999, said a statement from Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. 
Rabat, Morocco’s capital city, is located on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and effortlessly blends the treasures of its past with dynamic offerings for the modern luxury traveller. 
The city holds a Unesco World Heritage Site designation and is often known for its historic landmarks reflecting its past French and longstanding Islamic influences such as the Hassan Tower and the Kasbah of the Oudayas. 
Visitors will also enjoy the city’s coastal setting with beautiful beaches, bustling music festivals, and more than 500 acres of green space comprised of tranquil parks. 
Following extensive renovations of the 12-acre cliffside retreat, the Rabat property will usher in a new era for the historic property with 204 luxuriously appointed rooms and suites overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, it stated.
"As Four Seasons continues to grow its presence in Morocco, we are proud to build upon the success of our existing properties in Marrakech and Casablanca while introducing a complementary experience, this time in the nation’s capital city," remarked Bart Carnahan, President, Global Business Development and Portfolio Management, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. 
“We are honoured that our partners at Atlantic Coast Hospitality have chosen Four Seasons as the stewards of Kasr Al Bahr, and we look forward to introducing guests to this dynamic destination through a new luxury hospitality experience marked by our renowned personalized service and quality excellence,” he added. 
The hotel will feature seven restaurants and lounges; a spa with treatment rooms and an indoor pool; several outdoor resort-style pools; as well as expansive conference and event space. 
The hotel’s thoughtful restoration has been led by Moroccan-based architect Karim Chakor of META Atelier d'Architecture, while Roger Nazarian and Associates have been selected to lead the property’s interior design, landscaping and more.
The new Rabat property will be led by Gregory Viaud, an industry veteran with more than 19 years of experience across a broad collection of Four Seasons properties globally, as General Manager.
He will manage the hotel’s pre-opening operations, the second in his career following his assignment at Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center. 
Most recently, he was the Resort Manager at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort. 
Gregory and his team in Rabat have already begun preparing to welcome guests with the genuine heart and passion for excellence for which Four Seasons is renowned worldwide, said the statement.
Q Holding's Director Malik Awan said: "As we transform Kasr Al Bahr for the future, we are proud to showcase Rabat’s history and culture while creating a world-class hospitality experience for all who visit."
"Four Seasons is the ideal partner for this important project, and together we are dedicated to honouring this exceptional property while offering guests the service and experiences they have grown to expect from this legendary brand," he added.-TradeArabia News Service