The project will be based on Hawar Island, a 45-minute boat ride from Bahrain’s mainland
Accor has signed a deal with Edamah, the real estate arm of Bahrain’s sovereign wealth fund, Mumtalakat Holding Company, to open a new Mantis property on Bahrain’s Hawar Island that could rival luxury resorts in the Maldives.
Hawar Island is recognised by Unesco for its natural history. Situated on the West coast of Hawar Island, the resort will be surrounded by a wildlife sanctuary – both above and below water – that will be home to gazelles, Arabian oryx, coral reefs and dugongs. The island is also a habitat for various migratory birds, particularly Socotra cormorants.
A 45-minute boat ride from the Bahrain mainland, guests will also have the option to arrive by helicopter as the resort will incorporate a private helipad. With a total of 72 keys, accommodation will include overwater villas offering direct access to the sea. There will be five dining concepts, plus extensive sports and leisure facilities, including an adventure park, a tennis court, a bike track and a water park.
Mantis was founded in 2000 by global entrepreneur and conservationist Adrian Gardiner. Offering luxury eco-tourism, Mantis properties can now be found in diverse destinations around the world, from London to the Serengeti. Since joining forces in 2018, Accor and Mantis have worked together on multiple hotels and eco-lodges, while prioritising sustainability and promoting the appreciation of natural environments at every destination.
Edamah CEO Amin Alarrayed said: “We’re looking forward to partnering with Accor to open the first Mantis brand in Bahrain on Hawar Island and welcoming visitors from across the region with the traditional warm hospitality that Bahrain is known for. The island’s pristine environment has been virtually undisturbed, resulting in a vibrant ecosystem, which will appeal to nature lovers. Our aim is to showcase this natural beauty while focusing on sustainability to preserve it for future generations.”
Mark Willis, CEO of Accor India, Middle East, Africa & Turkey, said: “We are noticing that travellers are now more than ever looking for authentic experiences when travelling while remaining conscious of the environment. In fact, they’re becoming even more aware of the impact that an increase in tourism has on the environment and heritage sites, which puts sustainability at the centre of seasoned traveller’s decision making, Mantis is the ideal brand to address these concerns.”
With sustainability at the forefront, the property will implement initiatives and systems to sort waste, reuse biodegradable food waste and reduce water and energy consumption with the latest technologies to minimise the environmental impact.
Accor currently operates eight properties (1,174 keys) in Bahrain, with another three equivalent to 436 keys in the pipeline.
For more information, visit www.mantiscollection.com