Historic Abu Dhabi palace converted to hotel

A historically important former palace in Abu Dhabi has been converted into a luxury hotel.

 Global hospitality management chain Swiss-Belhotel International said it has continued its expansion in the Middle East with the launch of Swiss-Belresort Ghantoot – a heritage building on the shores of the Arabian Gulf that was originally built as a palace for the Abu Dhabi ruler.

 Gavin Faull, Swiss-Belhotel international chairman and president, said: “Swiss-Belresort Ghantoot is a prized addition to our portfolio. It is a wonderful, venerable property.

 “Swiss-Belhotel International is in the midst of an exciting period of growth in the Middle East, with three more hotels set to be launched before the end of next year. And our growing footprint there is matched by our global progress.”

 The recently refurbished resort’s architecture exemplifies Arabian luxury and style, with golden walls, soaring domed ceilings, capacious balconies and generous living spaces.

 The former palace also offers a health club with squash courts, gymnasium facilities, table tennis, billiards and rooms for steam, sauna and jacuzzi with massages provided by expert therapists.