Entering the all-new Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya, eyes are immediately drawn to the dramatic staircase, spiralling 13 metres up through the soaring lobby, appearing to defy gravity as it makes its way toward the sky.
“Our own ‘stairway to heaven’ is quickly becoming the symbol of Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait, and indeed it reflects the optimism one feels in this dynamic city,” notes GM Didier Jardin on the occasion of the hotel’s opening day. “For our team of 415 staff, it’s a daily inspiration to take the hospitality experience to new heights, proudly introducing renowned Four Seasons service culture in a new country while being at the vanguard of the company’s continuing leadership around the world.”
Located within the new, two-tower Burj Alshaya development – the new centrepiece of Kuwait City – Four Seasons is ideally situated for business and leisure travellers visiting the city, as well as local guests to dine, entertain and relax. With 2912 square metres of beautifully-appointed event spaces hosting up to 1200 guests, Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait already has many important business meetings and social events on the calendar – including 21 weddings so far.
With 217 guest rooms plus 67 lavish suites, Four Seasons easily transforms for each individual guest, whether in the city to do business, enjoy an urban getaway for two, or with the whole family for a holiday filled with shopping, sightseeing and playing in the outdoor pool. Four dining venues – plus a fifth opening in September – showcase the creations of international culinary talent while celebrating local tastes and traditions. A two-level spa complex hosts innovative treatments as well as a state-of-the-art fitness centre and second swimming pool.
Chef concierge Ahmed Elmomor notes that the Four Seasons experience can begin the moment one exits the airport with Kuwait’s most luxurious fleet of house cars ready to convey guests to the hotel, and chauffeur them about town, including a plush Bentley Flying Spur.
Be among the first to experience the new Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya: To welcome its first guests, Four Seasons has extended a special Introductory Offer featuring 20 per cent savings on the regular room rate, as well as an attractive Bed and Breakfast package.
In the hotel’s 284 guest rooms and suites, residential-style decoration and furnishings conceal myriad thoughtful touches and high-tech conveniences that allow guests to effortlessly create their own quiet hideaway, high-performance workspace or family home-away-from-home. Views in all directions take in the glittering skyline, and to the east, Al Shaheed Park, the largest urban park in the country. Many suites are easily expanded for larger parties or entertaining, including the fabulous top-floor Royal Suite, the largest in the city.
Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait presents multiple options for dining and socialising, with culinary operations led by Executive Chef Sebastiano Spriveri, who also oversees the hotel’s extensive banquet and catering division.
With its incredible views, three wood-burning ovens emitting mouth-watering aromas and lively atmosphere, Dai Forni on the 21st floor offers indoor and outdoor terrace seating, and two private dining rooms. Chef de Cuisine Daniele Bartolo Polito offers specialties from his native country including freshly made pizzas, baked pastas and more in the carefully curated dinner menu of regional Italian dishes and global favourites.
At Elements, Chef Fabio Quarta’s menu is an international marketplace of flavours from South and East Asia, Italy and around the Arab world including hot and cold mezze, a signature falafel burger and local sweets such as mouhalabiya (rose-scented pudding) and traditional fatira tamir (date pie). Serving a daily buffet or a la carte breakfast – don’t miss the Kuwaiti breakfast featuring a balaleet (omelette with sweet vermicelli), foul medames (fava bean stew) and fresh labnah and halloumi – as well as lunch, it’s an ideal choice to sample local and international cuisines, host a business lunch in its private dining room, and delight every member of the family with its broad menu options.
Poolside at Al Bandar, a variety of light dishes, refreshing drinks and shisha can be enjoyed at outdoor tables, or in the comfort of an air-conditioned private cabana. In the lobby, guests can partake in Al Soor’s gourmet menu choices accompanied by rich coffees, premium juices and creative mocktails at any time of day, or indulge in an elegant tea set in the afternoon, featuring delicate finger sandwiches and exquisite treats from Chef Lucio Colombo’s pastry kitchen.
Coffee connoisseurs will also love the immersive Starbucks Reserve coffee bar experience at the new Starbucks located in the lobby at Four Seasons, which also offers a convenient grab-and-go alternative for those on the move.
In September, Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait will introduce a fifth restaurant, Sintoho. Both its name – for Singapore, Tokyo and Hong Kong – and menu will offer a hybrid interpretation of Asia’s most famous cuisines in a see-and-be seen setting.
Spa, swimming pools and more
At the heart of the two-storey wellness complex is the Spa at Four Seasons – a temple of indulgence and results-oriented therapies offered in ten treatment rooms plus two bath suites. Spa director Melissa Rodriguez is particularly excited to introduce the ancient Greek practice of psammo therapy to discerning Four Seasons guests.
An extensive spa menu offers custom treatments featuring MCCM, Sodashi and Biologique Recherche products, and there’s even a selection created just for young adults, while other treatments are specifically tailored for men.
Also on site is the first-ever Aveda Salon in Kuwait. The famed American salon and organic product brand offers hair, nail and beauty services for ladies and gentlemen. Guests of the Spa as well as the 24/7 fitness centre also have access to men’s and women’s change rooms; sauna, steam and whirlpool; and a 26 metre indoor lap pool.
Outside, another pool is located on the fourth floor rooftop, surrounded by comfortable loungers, five private air-conditioned cabanas, a whirlpool and Al Bandar restaurant for casual outdoor dining.
Fully serviced by Four Seasons attendants, a day at the pool is a wonderful diversion for families on holiday. In addition, younger guests will thrill at the numerous surprises they’ll find in their rooms from special bedding to their own robes and slippers, while parents will be thankful for thoughtful services including professional babysitting and custom-tailored family itineraries.
Weddings and other occasions
Even before Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait officially opened its doors, Kuwaiti couples and families have already begun planning their weddings in one of two grand ballrooms, each fully divisible for ultimate enjoyment of all guests. Flexible set-ups can accommodate seated dinners and stand-up receptions, or even a cat walk flanked by raised sofas and tables.
Four Seasons is currently offering the Majestic Wedding Package, including use of a bridal suite with multiple change rooms, bridal spa package, a private photo studio, honeymoon night accommodations in an Ambassador Suite and complimentary airport transfers via Bentley.
Business travellers will find every convenience in their guest rooms, from large working desks to multiple outlets and charging stations, task lighting and meeting-ready living areas in all suites. A 24-hour business centre is fully equipped, and the multi-lingual concierge team is always ready to assist.
In addition to the Al Bidaa and Al Mirqab Ballrooms, 2912 square metres of flexible meeting space accommodates groups from 10 to 2,000, with two additional divisible meeting rooms, and two more boardrooms, as well as private dining rooms throughout the hotel’s restaurants.
Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait is also available for group buyouts and exclusives.