Saudi Arabian hospitality brand Boutique Group has finalised three more palaces for conversion into ultra-luxury hotels, as reported by Arab News.
In an interview with the news agency, Boutique Group’s CEO Mark DeCocinis suggested the possibility of the three properties being situated in the southwestern part of Saudi Arabia.
DeCocinis spoke to Arab News on the sidelines of the Future Hospitality Summit in Abu Dhabi, UAE, saying: “We identified three (palaces), but I cannot announce them to you at this time… One of the palaces we’re looking at has beautiful palm dates, farms and vineyards and fruit trees. It’s really spectacular, I think… just to give you a little glimpse of it.”
The locations can include Taif or other destination areas within the country.
Currently, Boutique Group’s portfolio of hotels includes Al-Hamra Palace in Jeddah, which is expected to open in 2025; Tuwaiq Palace and The Red Palace in Riyadh.
After its renovation, Al-Hamra Palace is expected to offer 77 rooms, consisting of 33 palace suites and 44 luxury villas.
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Tuwaiq Palace will boast 96 keys when completed, comprising 40 palace suites and 56 luxury villas.
The Red Palace will feature 71 keys, which include 46 luxury suites and 25 guest rooms.
Additionally, the brand plans to venture into locations such as resort areas.
DeCocinis added: “We certainly want to be in some resort areas. And so I’ll give you an example. Like in Taif, I think there’s some beautiful mountain-type [locations]… So we are exploring all of the possibilities. There are some beautiful sites that have the potential to be converted.”
Further, the company is putting together a team and working in collaboration with the Kingdom’s tourism ministry to train the staff. 60 of the brand’s staff are currently under training.