In Brief


RAK Properties partners with Nikki Beach

RAK Properties PJSC, Ras Al Khaimah’s leading publicly listed property developer, has announced its partnership with Nikki Beach Global (‘Nikki Beach’) an award-winning luxury lifestyle resort, branded residences and beach club operator, to develop Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Ras Al Khaimah, a new branded resort at Mina Al Arab in Ras al Khaimah.

The resort, developed in partnership with RAK Properties, will bring Nikki Beach’s Celebration of Life atmosphere to Mina Al Arab, a luxury lifestyle destination that offers the tranquillity of island life with beach access and panoramic views of the Gulf. Guests will have a vast array of rooms and villas to choose from in the 155-hotel key resort, as well as access to the brand’s signature Nikki Spa, Tone Gym, and restaurant concepts. While Nikki Beach is renowned for its lively luxury beach club and resorts destinations around the world, the brand has recently announced several new resorts worldwide where visitors can experience a more relaxed barefoot luxury environment.


Chiang Mai resort starts luxury river cruise

Anantara Chiang Mai Resort’s prime riverfront location invites exploration in style. Its new river barge, the Nam Jai, is available for both group and private cruises along the Ping River.

The Nam Jai, literally ‘water from the heart’ in Thai, but more commonly understood as ‘with heart’, is an antique teak rice barge which has been restored by hand and outfitted with comfortable seating for eight. Cruises will set off from the resort’s newly built private pier, Long Muan, which means ‘fun sailing’ in the local Lanna dialect.

There are two itineraries for guests to choose from. The sunrise cruise departs at 9am for the nearby Wat Ket Karam. One of Chiang Mai’s oldest communities, Wat Ket, is a melting pot of cultures. The twilight voyage departs at 5pm, sailing north past some of the city’s most iconic bridges, small temples and into lush green.


Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts details new resorts

Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts reveals details of its soon-to-be launched resorts in The Red Sea and Dubai in 2024.

Marking the first phase and opening in 2024 on Shura Island is Jumeirah The Red Sea. It will offer a range of accommodation options, from spacious rooms and suites to stunning pool and beach villas. The hotel will epitomise ‘barefoot luxury’, offering a unique single-story architectural design, with elements of the hotel connected by a sand covered ‘Ribbon Path’ to ensure that guests feel immersed in the natural beauty of Shura Island.

Jumeirah Marsa Al Arab is Dubai’s 5-Star luxury hotel with 408 key rooms located on a reclaimed peninsula to the east of the iconic Burj Al Arab Hotel and Jumeirah Beach Hotel. 

The luxury hotel features 387 rooms and suites, 82 luxury residences, an 82-berth superyacht marina by D-marin, and a range of curated dining experiences.


Valor Hospitality grows Pakistan presence

AAA Associates appoints Valor Hospitality Partners to operate internationally branded 5-Star Hotel and Residences located within an innovative, upscale mixed-use development in Karachi, Pakistan. Since announcing the first property in Lahore, Valor Hospitality Partners continue their growth in the Pakistan market.

The 5-star internationally branded property will feature 114 luxurious Rooms and Suites, an airy feature sky lobby, over 3000 sqm of banqueting space to include a ballroom and spacious multi-purpose meeting rooms. Dining options will include a unique all-day diner and a cozy bar amongst the three planned venues, supported by 24-hour private dining. Leisure and wellness options will include a fully equipped gym & fitness centre, stunning infinity pool and a spa offering holistic and indulgent treatments for ladies and gents. In a first of its kind, the expansive ‘Executive Club’ of over 6,400 sqm within the development, will feature a snooker club, cigar room, kids play area, ladies and gents salon, cinema, batting pitch amongst a host of other recreational facilities.