Dubai-based MMAC Design to refurbish and design two luxury resorts in Africa
Dubai-based firm MMAC Design Associates has been chosen for the partial refurbishment of the 5 star Kempinski resort in Seychelles and also selected to design the newly launched 5 star Dusit Thani wellness conference and resort in Legedadi, Ethiopia.
The Dusit Thani hotel is located 27 km north of Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, on a forty hectare property and built around a man-made lake.
The design for the resort is completed in syn with the surrounding nature, with minimal-style architecture that is conceived in a way that all rooms enjoy a view of the mountain and lake.
The interior design will integrate indoor and outdoor spaces to reconnect the space with the nature outside. The materials used within the interiors boasts Ethiopian granite, white calcimine, paint and various forms of wood that make up the African design scheme. Also featured in the design is locally crafted ornaments.
The hotel consists of 288 luxurious hotel rooms, 23 bungalows, four restaurants, a Thai-inspired Spa village as well as a conference centre and an entertainment centre.
Kempinski Seychelles is nestled within the Baie Lazare, featuring 148 rooms with a balcony or terrace, an outdoor Olympic-size pool, spa facilities as well as four F&B outlets.
The hotel has been open since December 2011, with the new refurbishment aiming to meet current luxury standards as well as showcase Seychelles’ Creole architecture.
Incorporated in the refurb are large double-doors, exotic hardwood floors, plantation shutters, and antique pieces of furniture and artifacts that are placed in large open veranda-type rooms.
designMENA has recently interviewed the founder of MMAC’s founder Christian Merieau, who spoke about designing with hoteliers in mind.
Read full interview here.