Wa International has scooped a top award for the One&Only, The Palm, Dubai at the 2012 International Hotel Awards.
The firm was propelled to a global level after its success at the Arabian Hotel Awards in November. Judged against entries from the entire Middle East and Africa region, it was awarded the Highly Commended for Best Hotel Interior award, and 5 Stars for Best Hotel.
“To be recognised for our work on an international level is such a great honour,” said Claire Craig, design director, Wa International, “and to be competing against so many top hotel properties on the global stage indicates just how tough the competition has been.”
The International Hotel Awards has a judging panel of 20 hospitality experts and entries are first judged at a regional level before the top scoring winners go forward to be re-judged internationally.
Helen Skea, associate, Wa International, said architecturally, the One&Only hotel has taken its influence from Alhambra, a 14th century Moorish palace in Granada, Spain.
“Our inspiration for the interiors also reflects this style and period, while simplifying the traditional interior detailing somewhat, to create pure architectural forms with clean lines and contemporary finishes,” she added.
“We were asked to create a luxurious destination retreat to cater for the world’s ‘rich and famous’ and that is precisely what One&Only The Palm has become.”