They’ll be facing stiff opposition though: for the past eight years the award has been won by the same establishment – the Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates Dubai.
Voted Lebanon’s Leading Spa Resort 2014 and a proud member of the exclusive group Leading Hotels of the World, Le Royal Beirut has won numerous other awards for excellence in leisure, gastronomy and spa facilities. It perches on a towering hilltop overlooking the Mediterranean Sea close to the magnificent Jeita Grotto, the Casino du Liban, the historic city and souks of Byblos, ski resorts and chic shopping districts. The beautifully furnished 231 guest rooms and suites are equipped with every modern convenience and feature kitchenettes, living rooms and terraces, with high speed wireless internet and excellent facilities for disabled guests.
Gastronomy is a key feature of Le Royal Beirut’s success story with several top-class restaurants throughout the resort; recently 11 of their managers successfully completed the Intermediate HACCP (Level 3 training) and Award In Managing Food Safety for Catering (Level 4 training), taking food safety to a new height. HACCP is known as the ultimate food hygiene and safety system as it controls against all possible hazards at every level of a hospitality business (purchasing, receiving, storing, processing, and serving).
The impressive Royal Spa, spread over four levels and 6,000m2 of space, has a stunning glass façade with panoramic views of the Mediterranean, an indoor infinity pool, indoor and outdoor jacuzzis, sauna, mud bath and the only authentic Turkish hamam in Lebanon. A fully equipped gym with state-of-the-art machines, aerobics classes, personal training, squash and tennis complete this unique experience, while for more energetic entertainment, the Watergate Aqua Park spread over 20,000m2 is the largest and best in the whole of the Middle East.
Le Royal Amman is an impressive landmark of Jordan at the cutting edge of hospitality and design, yet this deluxe resort is always aiming to improve its standards. With 286 impeccably furnished guest rooms and suites with free internet, international satellite TV and individually controlled AC systems, this sumptuous hotel offers an award-winning standard of service, complemented by eight intercontinental dining experiences.
The ballroom with its royal balcony is the city’s largest and most prestigious venue with a capacity of some 1,800 guests. With 33 suites and the Royal Spa encompassing an area of 7,000m2, guests experience outstanding levels of comfort and superior facilities. In addition to the business and leisure amenities available, the property’s very own shopping arcade features two floors filled with different speciality boutiques, including designer stores, fashion boutiques, banks, jewellers, a beauty salon, barber, gift shop, gourmet shop and more.
Multilingual staff, impeccable service and customer-driven attention to detail all contribute to the property’s first-class reputation.
Both resorts are part of the prestigious Le Royal Hotels & Resorts division of the business group General Mediterranean Holding, founded by Iraqi-born British entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Nadhmi Auchi. The Group represents a strong and diverse multi-national organisation with activities in banking and finance, real estate, construction, hotel and leisure, industrial, trading, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications and aviation.