IHG Hotels & Resorts Partners with The Heart of Europe to Introduce the First InterContinental Resort in Dubai

By Ivan PetrenkoFeb 22, 2024 16:35 PMNews
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In a significant collaboration, The Heart of Europe, a flagship project by Kleindienst Group, has joined hands with IHG Hotels & Resorts to unveil and manage the InterContinental Resort Portofino, The Heart of Europe, situated on The World Islands, Dubai. This landmark agreement heralds the debut of the prestigious InterContinental brand in Dubai, underscoring IHG's dedication to delivering luxury experiences in prime leisure destinations.

Positioned as the first resort property in Dubai under the InterContinental banner, this partnership underscores the commitment of both entities to curate unparalleled hospitality experiences. With this latest addition, the alliance between IHG Hotels & Resorts and The Heart of Europe expands, bolstering their joint portfolio and furthering their shared vision of excellence in architecture, development, innovation, and sustainability.

Haitham Mattar, Managing Director of IHG Hotels & Resorts for India, Middle East, and Africa, expressed enthusiasm about the collaboration, highlighting the significance of introducing the inaugural InterContinental Resort in Dubai. Anticipated to redefine luxury leisure experiences in the emirate, the resort promises an immersive stay for global travelers, reflecting IHG's unwavering dedication to hospitality excellence.

Set amidst The World Islands, InterContinental Resort Portofino, The Heart of Europe, will serve as the centerpiece of 'The Heart of Europe,' a unique holiday destination spanning six islands. Blending European architectural charm with world-class hospitality, the resort aims to offer guests a rejuvenating retreat amid serene beaches and captivating landscapes.

Josef Kleindienst, Founder and Chairman of Kleindienst Group and The Heart of Europe, emphasized the strategic partnership with IHG Hotels & Resorts as a means to introduce a distinctive luxury experience in Dubai. By leveraging IHG's expertise in luxury hospitality, the resort aspires to merge cultural richness with innovative luxury, providing families with an unparalleled getaway amidst the scenic splendor of the UAE.

Scheduled for completion in early 2026, InterContinental Resort Portofino, The Heart of Europe, embodies contemporary Mediterranean design infused with traditional Italian influences, evoking the vibrant allure of Portofino and the Italian Riviera. Boasting 466 rooms and suites, the resort will offer authentic Italian dining experiences and a unique atrium showcasing marine life, aligned with The Heart of Europe's commitment to environmental sustainability.

To cater to diverse guest preferences, the resort will introduce the Kingdom of Portofino—an exclusive area featuring amenities tailored for families, including a kids club, theatre, and outdoor play and water park. Moreover, in line with The Heart of Europe's sustainable ethos, the resort will feature eco-friendly design elements, ensuring a responsible approach to luxury hospitality.

As IHG Hotels & Resorts continues to expand its presence in the Middle East, the collaboration with The Heart of Europe signifies a significant milestone in delivering exceptional hospitality experiences in the region. With a portfolio spanning multiple renowned brands, IHG remains committed to redefining luxury travel across diverse landscapes.

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