Bahrain experiences its first boutique hotel Opened by Chic & Unique Hotels Group and designed by architecture and design firm House of Infinity
Known as The Domain, the new and first real boutique hotel to sweep Bahrain off its feet has broken design barriers for the country and introduced an entirely new concept for the Bahraini hospitality market.
Located in Manama’s Diplomatic District, the hotel overlooks the island’s beautiful coastal landscape and centres on a socially-charged operating system, where guests and locals can apply for membership and gain access to a number of the hotel’s facilities.
Such facilities include “The Conversation”, which refers to a social media platform that offers Domain members and residents a mode of networking with one another.
General Manager, Patrick de Groot says: “We are truly serious about calling ourselves modernist and social. For us, that does not mean simply engaging on Facebook or Twitter, it means moving those social media outlets off the screen and into real life.
They are great tools, but we need a bit of old fashioned clubhouse cool. You can sleep here, eat here, party here, try new things [and] meet new friends.” And for such a social and forward moving concept, the 36-storey hotel had to boast a design that coincided with such a philosophy.
The hotel, which evokes the sleekness of an Apple product, was designed by House of Infinity. A boutique design firm founded by Steven Hemphill and Mohamed Shaat, House of Infinity had previously focused on upscale residential palaces and resorts. The Domain marks the firm’s swift and successful transition to commercial boutique hotels.
Steven Hemphill, founder and managing director of House of Infinity, explains: “We worked closely with the owner of Chic & Unique Hotels Group, and his team who had the foresight to understand what was needed and to allow us to take hospitality design to the next level within Bahrain.
“This hotel project has indeed raised the bar for what is presently on offer in Bahrain,” remarks Hemphill. He continues: “This has been a House of Infinity goal for a long time—so the partnership was perfect. Having such freedom of creativity encouraged us to take risks and be bold with the conceptual design.”
The hotel consists of 63 luxury suites and 68 rooms, with each room maintaining wall-sized windows that offer views of Manama and the Arabian Gulf. Additionally, The Domain houses about nine social spaces, like trendy restaurants and lounges including Imari, Txoko, Le Sauvage and Le Domain.