Located at Burj Alshaya, the new Four Seasons hotel stands tall as an oasis of luxury in the very heart of Kuwait. With avant-garde architecture and Arabesque interiors, the hotel has, since its opening eight months ago, attracted guests both from within Kuwait and abroad, and for all the right reasons. Zahra Husain speaks to Didier Jardin (below), General Manager, Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait, to learn more about how the hotel is redefining the hospitality sector in the country.
On entering the hotel lobby, one is greeted by a magnificent floating staircase. The interiors of the hotel with its bright red and deep blue hues set the tone for its location. The red resembles Kuwait’s ever-so-bright sun while the deep blue reminds one of picturesque Arabian nights. Created by the Canadian architectural firm Yabu Pushelberg, what differentiates the Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait from its contemporaries is the marriage between traditional and modern.
Step into sophisticated interiors that would be cutting-edge anywhere in the world, yet in the hands of the Four Seasons belong distinctly in Kuwait.
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With state-of-the-art facilities, a two-storey spa and wellness centre, three fine dining restaurants, two lounges, an indoor and an outdoor pool, the Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait has everything one may need, be it for a corporate stay, a diplomatic mission or a weekend get-away. An urban resort set in the very heart of Kuwait.
Founded more than 50 years ago, the Four Seasons world over is famous for its intuitive service, eye-for-detail and luxurious experience and the Kuwait property does justice to the brand’s legacy on all three counts. Be it through in-room check-in service for tired travellers, the fantastic food options and open spaces, the Four Seasons is ever ready for any kind of traveller that knock on its doors.
The 21st floor of the hotel is occupied by two fine dining restaurants, Dai Forni, an Italian concept restaurant and SinToHo, that serves Pan-Asian cuisine. With a wondrous views of the city, and both indoor and outdoor seating, these restaurants are perfect for those looking for an authentic dining experience. The hotel also features a breakfast, brunch and lunch restaurant, Elements, on the 4th floor, that serves everything from Italian, Indian, Arabic and Asian at live cooking stations.
The two lounge concepts Al Soor and Al Bandar, go back to the Arabian roots in terms of food, and serve those who are looking for a more Diwaniya-esque experience. “A Diwaniya setting is very integral to the Kuwaiti culture. We wanted to create something that matches in sensibility with our GCC customers and also something that provides a new experience for those from other cultures,” said Didier. The Al Bandar lounge also has a pool view and five air-conditioned cabanas that can be rented out for a mid-day break, and in the evening transform into spots for romantic dates, offering patrons a private and luxurious dining experience. The hotel is fast becoming a hot-spot for weddings and other private events.
While the indoor pool gives off a palace like feel, with its green Italian tiles and detailed décor, the outdoor pool is reminiscent of an oasis in the middle of a desert. Perfectly complemented by the two-storey spa and wellness centre where you can practice anti-gravity yoga or just relax by opting for one of the many cutting-edge services like Sodashi treatment, MCMM Cosmetics or Biologique Recherche beautification procedures. A multitude of dining and luxury treatments attract the discerning Kuwaiti and GCC audience, while the the Four Seasons brand equity pulls-in international tourists.
At the helm of all this picture perfectness stands Didier Jardin, with over 24 years of hospitality experience with Four Seasons alone.
Having started his career as the Assistant Food and Beverage Manager, at the Four Seasons Resort in Maui, Hawaii, Didier has grown from strength to strength managing the hotel’s properties across USA, Europe, Far East, Cairo and now Kuwait.
For Didier personally, the Four Seasons in Bali holds a special place in his heart, as it is there he celebrated his honeymoon and where he returns this summer with his wife to bring in their 25th wedding anniversary.
With staff from over 51 nationalities, the hotel is truly international both in its offerings and the people who bring it to life. Keeping a close eye on the day-to-day functioning of the hotel, Didier and his team work round the clock to ensure that the guests get nothing but the very best.
Described perfectly by Didier in three words, the Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait stands for True Luxury, Avant-Garde Architecture, and Intuitive Service.