Spread over 10,000 sqm, the latest five-star hotel project being developed by GHM Hotels under the Government of Sharjah’s Heart of the City campaign is ‘Al Bait’. The property will provide the experience of stepping into a real Emirati house of the bygone era, reveals its General Manager Florian Leven.
Aboutique property with 53 luxury guestrooms and suites, Al Bait is currently under construction in the heart of Sharjah. The whole area will consist of two storied buildings in order to preserve the area considered a heritage site. General Hotel Management (GHM) is known for its most exceptional creation of luxury hotels and resorts in some of the most unique locations catering to the discerning clientele from around the globe. Al Bait Sharjah will comprise of suites of various sizes depicting Arabic influence combined with Asian design. There will be nine deluxe rooms, 13 deluxe patio rooms, nine grand rooms, 10 grand patio rooms, four heritage rooms, two heritage suites and four suites.
Sharjah preserves itself as the cultural capital of the Arab world, hence, this hotel has been conceptualised and is on its way to be one of the most unique properties in the emirates. GHM is a Singapore-based company unique for its exclusive management of conceptualised hotels around the globe.
“We are a five star exclusive boutique hotel which cater to a very discerning and high end clientele. There are very ancient buildings around and regarded as a UNESCO heritage site. The hotel has nearly 10 to 12 buildings and is integrated to the surroundings we built the concept among them with over 17 access points. There are various souks around the hotel, various walkways and paths to go around and discover the hotel. We have hosts assigned to various rooms with personalised check-in for the guests. The tag line is – a style to remember,” Leven said.
In terms of gastronomical delights, there will be restaurants serving different types of cuisines from around the world. The names of the F&B outlets are simple. ‘The Restaurant’ will open for breakfast, lunch and dinner offering international cuisine and scrumptious dishes from around the world. The space has a main dining area and an open-air terrace. For those who prefer a taste of Arabia, there is ‘The Arabic Restaurant’. It will be Al Bait Sharjah’s signature restaurant specialising in traditional Emirati cuisine, served in an elegant, Arabic setting.
The ‘Ice Cream Shop’ is different from the traditional ice cream parlours. Ice cream is referred to as Dondurma (which translates to ‘freezing’) and are unique ice creams with Turkish and Azerbaijani influence. ‘The Café’ will open daily for afternoon tea and offer a quiet space among the heritage buildings, where guests can savor rich Arabic tea and coffee and pair with traditional Emirati sweets such as the ‘luqeymat’.
Spa and Fitness
The 500m2 spa at Al Bait Sharjah opens the door to an intimate world dedicated to the restoration of strength, beauty, and balance of the body, mind and soul following ancient healing traditions of the East. The treatments include stimulating body polishes, nurturing envelopments, rejuvenating beauty rituals and therapeutic massages, are designed to pamper and restore vitality. The ladies’ spa facility includes a reception and spa boutique, three treatment rooms, a relaxation lounge, and hydro-thermal facilities including a ‘hammam’, steam room, sauna, hot and cold plunge pools.
The men’s spa facility shares the reception and spa boutique, and has two separate treatment suites, and hydro-thermal facilities include a hammam, steam room and sauna. ‘The Health Club’ will be a state-of-the-art gymnasium, complete with the latest techno gym equipment that includes a kinesis zone, cardio zone, free weights zone, stretch and Arke zone, and fitness lounge. The outdoor swimming pool will be exclusively open to hotel guests.