IHG® Hotels & Resorts has announced the signing of a management agreement with the owners of Carlton Al Moaibed hotel in Al Khobar, KSA, in order to transform the hotel into Saudi Arabia’s first Vignette Collection Hotel. The refurbished and rebranded property is scheduled to open in 2024.
The Vignette Collection is a group of exclusive hotels curated for guests seeking rich and varied stay experiences. Promising luxury with purpose, Vignette Collection hotels weave responsibility and community. The brand also gives owners of world-class independent hotels the opportunity to retain their distinctive identity while benefitting from IHG’s global scale and luxury and lifestyle expertise. The rebranded Vignette Collections Hotel in Khobar will join existing Vignette properties across countries including Portugal, Austria, Thailand and Australia.
Haitham Mattar, managing director, India, Middle East and Africa at IHG, said: “A great Vignette Collection hotel is on its way to Saudi Arabia to cater to a growing number of guests in the kingdom who seek luxury experiences that differ from the conventional hotel offering. This signing is also in line with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 and the Government’s efforts to bring new, refreshed brands and experiences to the Kingdom. As a long-established hospitality player in the country, we are well-positioned to add over 10,000 additional rooms to our existing portfolio in the next two to three years, largely focused on the luxury and lifestyle segment. Our Vignette Collection brand debut is a testament to our commitment and marks a milestone in our journey in the country.”
The signing of the 150-key hotel also marks another milestone in IHG’s over 40-year presence in the kingdom and brings a fresh and compelling luxury experience to the most discerning of guests. The rebranded Vignette Collection Hotel will be a part of a luxury community village with entertainment facilities, five F&B outlets, a sophisticated experimental spa and a health club. The community village will offer an Olympic-sized outdoor pool among other premium sporting facilities. Business guests will be able to take advantage of the hotel’s five multipurpose meeting rooms and convention spaces, as well as other MICE facilities that will accommodate up to 1,500 guests.