Owned by Al Qudra Holding and managed by, One To One hotels, the property – which will be renamed One To One Resort – Ain Al Fayadha – will open in two phases. The first, which comes online next month, will include 56 luxury one and two bedroom villas as well as a signature, contemporary restaurant set on a meandering boating lake.
Phase two, which is scheduled for end of June, will include the re-opening of the 26-room boutique 4 -star hotel, two additional restaurants, spa, gymnasium, salon, three swimming pools, children’s playground, tennis, volleyball and football pitches and a traditional 1,000 seater Arabic tent for socialising, eating and relaxing in Jebel Hafeet.
In addition, a dedicated race track for camel and horse racing, as well as instruction, will also run as part of the second phase, and will be open to the public and guests.
“The hotel has a near 30-year legacy in Al Ain and we want to rekindle that nostalgia and create a new, modern experience whilst maintaining qualities that made the property so special in the first place,” said Philippe Harb, hotel manager, One To One Resort – Ain Al Fayadha.
“We have set ambitious targets in the pursuit of breathing life back into this historic property, and are confident of launching a hotel that seamlessly blends a deep-rooted heritage with a contemporary twist.”
A study is also being undertaken to turn the current duck pond into a fish reserve, allowing guests to catch their dinner and have it prepared at one of One To One Resort – Ain Al Fayadha’s restaurants. There’ll also be an organic farm with all locally grown products being exclusively used in the hotel’s restaurants. A golf course is also being developed on site to complement the resort’s offering and is expected to open this summer.
“We are also looking at increasing room stock beyond its original plans with the addition of 30 to 60 luxury VIP tented chalets on site,” said Harb.
According to Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, total hotel guest arrivals to Al Ain in 2011 was 266,000 – a figure the authority expects to swell to 400,000 by 2013.