Rebrand: Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental, Abu Dhabi

Emirates Palace Hotel has officially rebranded as Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental, Abu Dhabi.

The company states that this signals “a new golden era as part of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group portfolio. This exciting chapter will celebrate and build upon the hotel’s distinctive legacy while introducing unparalleled experiences for guests, further cementing its position as world’s most iconic beachfront resort.

To commemorate the rebrand, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the hotel. H.E. Mohammed Al Junaibi, Chairman of Emirates Palace Company (‘EPCO’), H.E. Sultan Al Hemeiri, Managing Director of EPCO, and other senior EPCO officials were welcomed by James Riley, Group Chief Executive, and Joanna Flint, Chief Commercial Officer of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. During the ceremony, they unveiled the hotel’s signature fan, which was designed by Abu Dhabi-born multidisciplinary artist Ahmad Saeed Al Areef Al Dhaheri and inspired by the UAE’s treasured tradition of pearl diving.

Emirates Palace ribbon cutting: From left to right: Michael Koth, General Manager & Area Vice President – Operations Middle East, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group; Joanna Flint, Chief Commercial Officer of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group; James Riley,
Group Chief Executive of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group; H.E. Sultan Al Hemeiri, Managing Director of
Emirates Palace Company, H.E. Sameera Al Romaithi, H.E. Salah Al Waswasi, H.E. Hamad Hareb Al
Muhairi, Mr. Rashed Al Nuaimi, Board Members of Emirates Palace Company.

Commenting on the occasion, H.E. Mohammed Al Junaibi said:

We are thrilled as Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental, Abu Dhabi enters a new golden era of hospitality. Guided by the legacy and expertise of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, the resort is set to become an icon of
global luxury in line with our leadership’s quest to extend world-class hospitality to anyone
visiting or living in the UAE

James Riley said,

Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental, Abu Dhabi marks a milestone for our brand and confirms our commitment to the region. The palace is a globally recognised landmark in the UAE and we are delighted to manage a property with such rich historical and cultural relevance.

Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental: The beachfront palace boasts renovated rooms, innovative dining experiences, and brand-new spa and sports facilities, each elevated by Mandarin Oriental’s legendary service. The reimagined accommodation will include the region’s very first vegan rooms with compassionate design, sustainable bedding, plant based in-room dining options and crueltyfree bath amenities.

The hotel’s new signature suites offer a haven of sophistication and style, complete with priority access to the resort’s facilities, whilst The EP Club comprises 660sqm of elevated living, dining, and relaxing areas exclusively for members and suite guests.

Found at Emirates Palace will introduce an exclusive range of gifts, accessories, and resort wear, whilst guests can also discover unique crafts and contemporary art from local businesses and emerging artists with The Palace Pop-Up.

Talea: Amongst the enhanced dining options, the one-Michelin-starred Talea by Antonio Guida is a celebration of authentic Cucina di Famiglia, served in a vibrant atmosphere both indoors and outdoors.

Elsewhere, the all-new culinary destination Episodes – comprising a tea apothecary, a deli, a cake shop and a gelateria – promises an exploratory journey into both contemporary and classic favourites.

In addition to the serene sanctuary offered by The Hideaway, The Spa at Mandarin Oriental will pioneer self-care practices by world-renowned practitioners and launch a new range of skincare products by Tata Harper and Oto. The new spa will also be home to an exclusive Acqua di Parma Barbiere services and retail products.

Mandarin Oriental announces a private island resort in the Maldives

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced that it will manage a new resort on a private island in the Maldives that is scheduled to open in 2025.

The resort is currently under development on a pristine Indian Ocean site and will stretch across three private islands on Bolidhuffaru Reef in South Male Atoll, accessed by a 20-minute speedboat ride from Male’s Velana international airport.

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is the award-winning owner and operator of some of the world’s most luxurious hotels, resorts and residences. The Group now operates 36 hotels and seven residences in 24 countries and territories.

Surrounded by white sand beaches and the vibrant coral reefs for which the Maldives is renowned, the resort will provide a picturesque backdrop from which to enjoy a variety of activities including wellness experiences and watersports.

The accommodation comprises 120 stand-alone villas, made up of 56 overwater villas and 64 beachfront villas, including ten branded Residences at Mandarin Oriental.

Ranging in size from 200 to 1,000 square metres, the villas will be some of the largest in the market, each providing exclusivity and seclusion, with private pools and sweeping ocean views. 

The Group is working with a number of international consultants to ensure sustainability best practises are followed in all stages of the development.

Six dining outlets, including three speciality restaurants and a sunset bar, will ensure that guests have a varied choice of venues during their stay.

In addition, creative indoor and outdoor event space will provide unique locations for meetings, social gatherings and weddings.

Spacious wellness facilities will be located in the resort’s tropical gardens, and will include twelve treatment suites, vitality pools, sauna and steam rooms as well as a beauty salon.

Mandarin Oriental’s expert team of wellness practitioners will offer tailored experiences and the Group’s signature treatments.

Additional leisure activities will include a watersports and dive centre, tennis courts, a kids and teens club, a swimming pool and numerous private coves and beaches to explore.

James Riley, Chief Executive of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group said,

Mandarin Oriental is focused on developing its resort portfolio and has been looking to enter the Maldives for some time. This project represents the right opportunity for the Group.

The 34-hectare site is being developed by DAMAC Properties, part of Dubai-based DAMAC Group, one of the world’s foremost luxury real estate developers.

Hussain Sajwani, Chairman of DAMAC Group said,

The DAMAC brand is synonymous with luxury products and service, and so we felt the Maldives was a perfect fit for us. DAMAC has extended its global footprint outside of the Middle East, from the UK to Canada, and we are thrilled to have reached the Maldives as well.

We look forward to working with Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group to manage our new resort on this beautiful island.